April 2009 will not go down in history as the BEST! MONTH! EVER! for anyone I know.

Me included.


April 2009 will go down as one of the most blessed months of my life.

For every horrible thing that knocked me down this month, there was a net already in place to catch me.

You were my net.

Yes. You.

When I went in for a painful medical procedure I had a dear friend to hold my hand and tuck my drooling face into bed when it was all over.

That same friend took the moosh in as her own when I flew across the country to be with one of my best friends who lost part of her heart on April 7th.

When I got into an accident on an LA freeway I had two ladies in the car with me who turned my sobs of sadness into sobs of laughter.

When complete and all consuming emotional exhaustion punched me in the face, I had friends who called, texted, tweeted, emailed, stopped by and just showed up.

I received more bad news today about my reproductive future but it’s okay, because I have friends who believe something good is going to come of this.

While Cody is off claiming adverse possession of the Law Library until 2 am, I have my one and only sissy sitting next to me watching ER reruns all night.

Instead of having to march around my city alone in honor of Maddie, I was surrounded by 16 other women. Five of those women made me laugh so hard I forgot to breathe. Multiple times.

Just as I’m about to slip under and succumb to the extreme blergh of the entire month of April, some lady shows up in some form with inappropriate jokes, Canadian candy,  professional hugging arms or words of extreme comforting wisdom.

Pardon me, but girls pretty much kick ass.

Today is my birthday. I am 27 years old. Don’t feel much like celebrating, but it is a tradition that you darlings make me a comment cake on my birthday. Layers of comments filled with the best things that happened to you in the month of April.

I know it sucked for a lot of us, but there were bright spots.

And you were mine.


  1. Happy Birthday, a day late. I had no time yesterday to type a comment (hate when work gets in the way of blog stalking). Good things will come your way, I do believe that.

    April for me, besides the heartache of Miss Maddie; through that I got to witness a large group of incredible people come together and support 2 wonderful people. And, again, my heart was full with the kindness of strangers.

    My husband & I joined our church and my path with God is closer than it was this time last year. I now am trying to do what I should and not what first comes to mind and my time in prayer is longer. Of course, having my 2 year old is always the best! 🙂

    Again, Happy Birthday. I think you are truly remarkable.

  2. Amber Welch says:

    I met you because we have the same birthday. I never knew I could have a friend who’s as unique and special as you are. I just wish we could see each other more.

    Loves and birthday wishes for someone who’s one of a kind. Seriously. XoXoX

  3. My 8 month old’s EEG was normal. While someone loses everything, others are blessed with a happy ending. I don’t know why it works that way, but at least it gives us reason to hope. Here’s to a better May!!!

  4. Just visiting from Twitter. Happy birthday!

    You’re right; April has sucked for pretty well everyone. Best things that happened:

    My eldest son, who was a preterm baby and still has some feeding and growth issues, turned four. I made him a super-chocolatey cake shaped like a tank, which was what he wanted.

    The baby learned to blow kisses. And he has finally (at almost a year old) decided that he likes to be cuddled at night before bed. Which is very very awesome indeed.

    My birth mom, who has inoperable metastatic pancreatic cancer, learned that her tumours are continuing to shrink.

    I started work on a new song that I hope will turn into something good.

    Spring appears to have finally arrived!

    There’s lots of good stuff in the world. We just have to look for it in the right places. Happy birthday!!

    Trishs last blog post..Proof that urine is acidic

  5. Happy birthday, my dear friend! Sorry I’ve been away. April has pretty much sucked for me too. I’m thinking May will be much better.

  6. Happy Belated Birthday!

    For me, most of April ate one; however, it feels like the novel I’ve been writing is finally heading somewhere, and I’m excited. I’m just ready for May.

  7. Happy happy birthday! I love your blog, btw.

    Happy things in April …
    I turned 25 and celebrated with friends and family.

    Discovered how awesome American Apparel T-shirts are.

    It’s spring! Yay!

    Hope May is 10 million X better for you!

    sarah marie ps last blog post..Bday Prezzies!

  8. Going to Chicago for a long weekend with my boyfriend of 6 months, whom I’m madly in love with and will certainly marry some day. Have never been to Chicago and am super excited! Just found out that I got selected to go to New York City this summer for a Teaching American History Grant program. Boyfriend will come up after the program is over and we will have a long weekend in New York. I have also never been there. Things are going better for me than they ever have.

    May is your month, Casey. I can feel it!

  9. I hope you had a fabulous birthday and that you all found something to do.

    Um, I enjoyed that my hubby got a week of vacation in April-that and with some E-time he took I saw him for a couple of weeks straight. That hasn’t happened in a long time with his work schedule.


    Heather @ Domestic Extraordinaires last blog post..The post in which you think I am going to complain but I really am not.

  10. Happy Birthday!

    After a difficult pregnancy my daughter was born on April 7th, so of course it was all worth it. April is turning out to be a pretty good month.

    Your blog is one of my favorites. You have a beautiful soul.

  11. Happy birthday!

  12. Lisa in TX says:

    1 – My husband got laid off (w/ severance!) from the horrible job that he wanted to quit so badly but couldn’t figure out an ethical way to leave. That same night, his brother called with a lead on my husband’s dream job.

    2 – My baby boy got two teeth and decided to start sitting up.

    3 – The 4 year-old has started reading Dr. Seuss books to her 2 year old brother.

  13. Gosh- I’m also hard-pressed to give props to April ’09 for anything good…

    I guess I’ll go with taking on my first foster kitty- she has really brought some playfulness to my life!

    Happy belated birthday!

    Reagans last blog post..Tribute

  14. Happy Birthday!!! April’s highlight for me– warm weather and time with extended family 🙂

  15. I really enjoy your blog – happy birthday – so sorry you got bad reproductive news on your birthday 🙁

    my april was full of devastating realizations (I need underwear that sucks me in) followed up by small joys (it actually worked).

    susies last blog post..I miss Leslie

  16. Happy Birthday!

  17. I was trapped in no-internet-land on your birfdays, love, but you are a blessing all around. I’m so glad to have met you and to call you a friend. Plus, if anyone’s going to try to kill me on the freeway, I’d have it be no one but YOU! XOXOX, happy belated birthday!

  18. Um. I guess you’d expect nothing less than me being days late on your bday comment. for your comment cake. because you’ve seen my purse, you know I have gas in hotel rooms and i am, after all, whiskey tango, wt mom. much love, kisses and all the best to you sweetpea. xoxoxox

    michellelamar-WhiteTrashMoms last blog post..Alltop: Paris, London and Wichita, Kansas