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On Sunday we celebrated my 41st. It was a quite one. Just the family. Perfect for where we are at the moment. My requests were minimal: a nice breakfast together, followed by a family sail. Dinner and cake. My requests were met and well exceeded. I was showered with lovely gifts and phone calls and cards from friends and family across the globe.

One of the best parts of my birthday was Morgan’s excitement about the event. In the week leading up to my birthday, she had been receiving packages for me and hiding them in her room. On the morning of my birthday she greeted me in a fancy outfit and said, “I’m ready for your birthday.” so firmly that I knew I would not be spending another moment in bed.

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So very different from the one last year but just as lovely.