Saturday, September 1, 2012

According to BettyRants

Mel: "Where are you in FL? Swear I'm not a stalker...just curious. :)"
Me: "I've been dying to ask where you guys were, too, but didn't want to sound all stalker-y."

The picture that started it all.
Want to go fishing, Mel?
Dad says Michele can come, too, since it's your birthday.
And so, began the start of a beautiful friendship. I have my father to thank for its inception. See, he introduced me to the force of nature that is Old Dog New Tits when he nearly pulled a muscle laughing more and more each week at the "Check Your E-mail, Dude!" exchange, and for the first time in a long time felt compelled to participate.

Faithfully following ODNT's blog led us straight to According to Mags and we all fell head over heels for Mel, Chris (this is his tribute to Mel), and those precious, precocious little darlings who inspire Mel to pen such brilliance.

You Can't See Me!
As Baby Sister became Mother to Baby Boy, Grandpa Wy found himself reading more and more about what it means to be a SAHM today and passing those nuggets of knowledge along to Grandma Sandi, Baby Sis, and me. Baby Boy is now, in fact, proudly wrapped in one of the fabulous anti-microbial blankets that Grandpa Wy won for him through Mel and Chris' Night Light Stories project.

With the summer off, I took to reading and writing and found hours of entertainment with Guapola, TheJoyofJoe, Lance, and KBar to name a few who are joining this birthday bash. Dad and I took a road trip, just the two of us, to the mountains of North Carolina and each night, through the magic of technology, managed to share Happy Hour with Mel, @Bbswit, and a couple of our new friends in the blogosphere/Twitterverse each night. We just kept coming back for inspiration, for encouragement, for a laugh. The Mel & Michele Spreecast that took place in advance of BlogHer 2012 nearly sent me into a full-on asthma attack. Seriously. And I almost left my inhaler at home! What a pair! The fact that those two had yet to actually meet in real-live-person until BlogHer just boggles the mind. To think that we, Mel and all of The Raggs, have shared so much and have never actually met face-to-face is just nonsensical! But such is the world we live in today.

Mel, when Hurricane Isaac was threatening and we were trying to bring Michele home to stay on Ragg's Ranch Florida, you jokingly said that you thought you should draw up the papers so you could both be adopted by us. Darlin', you are a little late. You had us at "MAGGIENOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!"

Although we me may have yet to occupy the same air space, Mel, you have become family to me and and all the rest in this crazy beautiful Ragg Bag! So from all of us to you on this most auspicious day, Happy, Happy Birthday! May all your dreams come true.

How do we not have any newer pictures? Seriously?
Do you know how old this is? Damn, my face is red!
Okay, not the point. We all love you!
Happy Birthday!

May your year be filled with sunshine, exploration, discovery, laughter, good health, enough of everything you need that you never ache for anything, joy, and more love than you ever imagined possible.
Happy Birthday, Mel!
Thank you for the blanket!
You have brought great joy into this world. May that joy surround you all the days of your life.

Happy Birthday, Mel!
We love you!
The Ragg Family


  1. Awesome! Thanks so much for posting this birthday message for my lovely wife! I know that she's beyond thrilled right now, tears of happiness are a flowing!

  2. You guys are absolutely the BEST FAMILY out there. I love that we've met and we are so thankful for all the support you gave this summer.

    And thank you for adopting us. It's your love and support through all our adventures that help fuel our fire. And that is what family is about.

    Much love to each and every one of you!!!

  3. Great birthday post, Ragg family!

    Did someone say fishing?

    Happy Birthday, Mel!!!

  4. Awww. I heart the Ragg family. I really do.

    Thanks for helping to make my friend smile (and, apparently, cry because she's kind of a weirdo) today.

    1. TAKES ONE TO KNOW ONE! *sticks out tongue*

  5. What a fun day!
    Thank you all for including our family in the planning and execution of Mel's birthday shenanigans! I feel so much like one of the cool kids now, a d just geeky enough all at the same time!
    Love you all!

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