My BFF’s Birthday

For those of you that are not familiar with BFF, it stands for Best Friends Forever. Brianna and I have been BFF’s since she was three years old. She asked me if I could be her BFF. I appreciate having my granddaughter as my Best Friend!

Today, this precious girl turns 9! Sadly, I can’t be with her. I hope she has a good day. My daughter will take cup-cakes to invite her classmates; at least that is what she always does.

I haven’t spent many birthdays in Sweden, but I turned nine here. I don’t remember anything about that birthday, but I figure it was in Askersund, where we lived at the time. One thing I know is that I had a little boyfriend. How serious the relation was I can’t remember, but I know his name was STIG and that we were neighbors and always walked or bikes to school together. That was the extent of the relation!

Brianna B Day

I made this card for my Princess, highlighting each year of her life. I can’t take credit for all of it because Cristina made the letters with the name and pictures in it.

Here are some highlights about my BFF Brianna:

  • As far as I can remember she wanted to be with her “mormor” (that’s me)
  • When she was four years old she visited me and I got sick. She stayed by my side all the time, playing at my bedside.
  • Just like me, she loves missionary stories.
  • When we have sleep-overs, we cuddle in bed together and tell secrets and stories.
  • She loves to make crafts and color my story-pictures.
  • When I visit her, she always has crafts from school she has saved for me.
  • Brianna loves to sit in my lap and cuddle (she might outgrow that too soon!)
  • She is bright and friendly and very alert.

I admire Brianna for her positive attitude in coping with her health issues. She has both gluten and lactose intolerance. She has to take her own food to school and her own cookies or “cakes” to a party. I don’t hear my BFF complaining.

One time in her life she did not like me. That was when her mother was expecting her little sister. I guess she realized she was not going to be the baby anymore. She would even tell me, “Go away, I don’t like you!” But that has changed. She has accepted her role as middle sister gracefully, and we are once again BFF’s.

Because of the time of year she is born, Brianna got to stay home and “extra” year with her mother. That was the time when I was battling my own health issues and had to take time off from work. This precious girl was a great source of happiness and comfort for me.

Brianna was the one that made me start loving and collecting butterflies. I taught her the verse, “Keep me as the apple of your eye, hide me in the shadow of your wings.” She called it “the butterfly verse,” because it has wings! That’s a very special memory!

Brianna will always have a special place in my heart, as will of course my other grandchildren, each one for special reasons. But today, Brianna is the Princess of my Heart.

“Brianna, may God bless you with a tender heart towards the things of God. May he keep you as the apple of his eye, and hide you in the shadow of his wings. I pray that you will grow up to be God’s special anointed servant. May all your steps me ordered by the Lord.”

Happy Birthday from a distance, my dear and precious Brianna!

(I have your present!)


About kelund

My name is Kerstin Anderas-Lundquist. I was born in Sweden to Per & Brita Anderas, on March 6, 1946. In 1948 we left to begin a missionary life in Chile; in 1956 we moved on to Peru. On May 1, 1969 I married an all-Swedish guy from Karslkrona: Bengt Göran Emanuel Lundquist. God blessed us with two daughters: Eva-Marie Elizabeth and Ruth Carina. We served as missionaries in Peru and Bolivia. In 1988 we moved to the United States to work at Life Publishers in Miami, Florida. I was to assist in developing the line of Sunday School Curriculm in Spanish known as Vida Nueva. I live in Springfield, Missouri, and am retired from work at the Assemblies of God Headquarters. My husband and daughter Eva-Marie have been promoted to Heaven. Carina is married to Thom Cole and they have given me four gourgeous grandchildren, even five (teen-age John). I will be writing about my life, past and present, blended with visions for the future. My deepest desire is to spread the “seed of love”–inspiration to serve God and our neighbors with love and compassion.
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