today is the 21st birthday of the amazing Hayley.
and, quite simply, i love this girl.
she's a beaut, isn't she? this photo is from a year and three months ago - the last time i got to spend time with her. i was feeling creative and utilised Picnik's awesomeness (which you should also do while you still can), and this is the result... a stamp :)
i gave Hayzelnut and Hannycake (our amalgamation nicknames, since Hayley is Hayz / Hazelnut and i'm Hanny / Pancake) a Latin species name just for the heck of it: Amici aeternum. [not even gonna lie - i looked it up on Google Translate. and ye-e-e-es, i'm studying Latin! *cringes* i will get better at it, i promise...] roughly translated - which you could do yourself on Google Translate ;) - that means, friends forever. and i believe it.
Haze is one of the most gorgeous people i've ever come across, both inside and out. i mean, she could model; every time friends of mine see photos of me with her, they ask, "who is that? she's really beautiful!" but aside from that, she has this inner loveliness that just shines through, where, when you're in her presence, you could have a million different things going on... but you can just sense that it's okay. and that it'll work out. and that Haze loves you. to be around that? it's pretty darn incredible, folks.
i was searching for a Bible verse that struck me as HAYLEY and i kept coming back to Zephaniah 3:17, which reads:
The LORD your God is with you,
he is mighty to save.
He will take great delight in you,
he will quiet you with his love,
he will rejoice over you with singing.
and i can see God doing just that over Hayley's life; i can see Him looking down and rejoicing over her with the most incredible songs, enveloping her in His love, a glorious love in which she in turn envelops others.
this girl is more than special and stunning and i'm so proud to call her friend.
HAPPY BIRTHDAY, HAYLEY!
i less-than-three you, lovely girl.