Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Happy Birthday Phillip!

Ten Years ago today, I fell by chance into the greatest interview of my life. I spent months preparing, nauseated by the enormity of it.
It was a sunny morning in Del Rio Texas, a dry desolate place that had become my temporary home. The interviewer was late. A week and a half, late. I was losing patience. I waited anxiously in the sterile meeting room.
We called the interviewer, begged him to come to the meeting. After much cajoling and extraneous help, he finally found his way to our meeting.
I knew we would be a good fit as he fell into my arms. He was still angry from the uncomfortable conditions of his journey. As soon as we began to talk, he knew I was the one. I knew that there would be a lot of work involved in this job, but his gentle way assured me that the perks would far outweigh the struggles. Not only did this job become my life, it became a career and eventually a cause. We have expanded 3 times and each time presents new challenges and benefits.
Today we celebrate the 10 year anniversary of when I met Phillip Robert Mallory. The big surprise that guided us onto the path we were destined to travel. And we wouldn't change a minute of it. Well, maybe a couple- but the end result would still be the same.
Happy Birthday to the 2nd love of my life. Whoever said there could only be one guy for every girl, was not the mom of a sweet boy!


  1. Wasn't that just yesterday?! Happy Birthday, Phillip! I had the wonderful honor of holding you the day you were born. You were the snuggliest, most sweet-cheeked baby in the world, and your parents were smitten with you from the second they saw you. Happy big 10!!

  2. Happy Birthday, Phillip! We sent your card yesterday. The Big 10, Double Digits, pre-teen, handsome guy! Wish we could see you to give you hugs and kisses - love, Grandma, Grandpa and Aunt Samantha

  3. Happy birthday,, double digits,,,time sure does fly by and these beautiful children just keep growing.

    Happy Birthday 10th to you all and especially Phillip!



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