All Hail the Queen

If there is one thing I have learned in my lifetime, it is the value of true friendship.

Those people in your life who stand by your side through thick & thin, through the good & the bad.  Their friendship never wavers.

The Queen & her subjects

The Queen & her royal subjects

Today I am writing about one of those friends, in honour of her 70th birthday.

We call her the Queen.

I can’t recall exactly when she took reign but I do know that she received the title based on being the Queen of all things in our minds.

15 years my senior, there are countless times in our 30+ year friendship, I have turned to her for sage advice.

Her wisdom in knowing when to just listen & when to offer encouraging direction,  when to question & when to just nod in agreement, when to be open to a new perspective & when to cry bullshit.  She can cry bullshit like no other person I know!

She is one of the kindness people I know, happily & unselfishly bestowing the most thoughtful of gifts upon you when you least expect it.  I cannot recall the number of times I have opened my mailbox to find a beautifully handwritten note on a card sent just because.

imageBecause the Queen’s birthday falls but a few days before Christmas, her special day often gets overlooked due to the craziness of the season.

And so, as we celebrated the 25th anniversary of girls weekend this past fall, we opted to also celebrate the Queen’s 70th so that this significant milestone did not sneak by unnoticed.

A weekend filled with reminiscing, sharing, & gift giving but most importantly, it was a celebration of the beautiful friendships formed through this remarkable group of women.

Birthday kisses for the Queen.

Birthday kisses for the Queen.

To the Queen on her actual birthday,  I humbly bow to your majesty.  The laughter & the tears we have shared over the years are tucked deep in my heart.

I am so grateful for your friendship & the impact you have had on my life, simply for having had you in it.

I wish you the happiest of days today & always my dear friend.  I hope the joy you spread so willingly on others, comes back to you tenfold on your very special day.

I love you with all of my heart.

All hail the Queen!




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38 Responses to All Hail the Queen

  1. Joanne Sisco says:

    A lovely tribute to a special friend in your life!! The love in this group is apparent in your smiles.
    We are certainly richer for these wonderful people who give our lives texture, colour, and warmth ❤

  2. What a beautiful tribute! Isn’t it amazing how, in adulthood, we have friends of all ages and that we can learn from each other. Happy Birthday to your Queen!

    • Lynn says:

      You touch on such a great point! I think for every friend I am blessed to have in my life, I learn a little something from each one of them. I shall be sure to pass along your good wishes to the Queen!

  3. What a precious honor you have placed your wonderful friend. Wish her a Happy Birthday and many, many more anniversaries together. ❤ ❤ ❤

  4. roseanna vachon says:

    A wonderfully written tribute to your lovely friend. You understand the meaning of true, unwavering friendship. Merry Christmas to you and your family. May 2017 be filled with many joyful moments and wonderful memories.


  5. Al says:

    Very nice post, Lynn. Looks like the Queen Bee has a very good group of worker and soldier bees to take care of her!

  6. Sue Slaght says:

    What a special friend! Wishing the Queen a very happy birthday and many more to share with all of you lovelies.

  7. Phil Ryan says:

    What a lovely tribute. As a UK citizen I hope her reign mirrors our Lizzie’s and you have another twenty years plus of friendship. 🙂

    • Lynn says:

      Phil, how lovely to meet you! Our Queen’s duties pale in comparison to your Lizzie’s but we love her all the same! Thanks so much for visiting!

  8. Midwestern Plant Girl says:

    How sweet! Wow! 25 years of girls weekends.. that’s impressive 😃
    I’m visiting from Joanne’s blog. Ain’t she a hoot? She recommended your blog, so I’m checking it out 😉

    • Lynn says:

      I can’t even begin to tell you the stories over the 25 years we have been getting together! Thank you so much for visiting! Joanne is an absolute gem, that’s for sure😘

  9. Ann Coleman says:

    What a touching tribute to your friend! And you are right, there are few things better in this life than a true friend. I have been lucky to have a few of them, but I haven’t called any of them Queen! I love that you do!!!

  10. The photos are a blast and the whole post such an amazing testament to friendship! Nothing like long lasting steady friends…always there for the ups and downs in life no matter what.

    • Lynn says:

      Peta, these girls are a blast! So much fun & so many memories we have shared together over the years. Thank you for stopping by today, hope things are well with you!

  11. Love this !! So special to have such a great friendship

  12. George says:

    What a beautiful post, Lyn and how lucky that you have a such an amazing person(s) in your life. The Queen indeed!!😊

    • Lynn says:

      Thank you George. I am truly blessed to have a number of wonderful, supportive people in my life who I call friends. The Queen is definitely among them!

  13. Not sure how I missed this but what a wonderful tribute to your friend but also to the special friendship of women!

  14. handsomebeauty blog says:

    true friends are hard to find

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