HBD to Us, A Family by Design.

This is an important birth-day. My "aunt and uncle" got married a few years ago on a day which also happens to be my birthday, yesterday. They've actually been together since I was born, or just after depending on who you ask. I have found heroes in these two and I am constantly overwhelmed by the love, support and magic of knowing them. I love this day of this year the most because I get to share it with them. Together we've strengthened the bonds between our families that haven't been familiar for at least a decade. We did that, we designed new connections. They have taught me and shown me so much about myself over the last 6 months. Never judging, always caring and hella creative.

If I've met you since moving to the West coast chances are you have definitely heard me bragging on and on about them, "they do this and this," "they recycle this and grow that," and "they love to do this," "and the cat, omg Bagheera the cat!" I have them to thank for a monumental life experience, moving and settling in California. They're the coolest and closest-distant family I have.

in closing: blood may be thicker than water, but so is fine wine. We love wine. Thank you, my journey to establish myself here is dedicated to you. Happy 23rd birthday to us!