Happy Birthday, Chrystyna Pedde!!
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It was June 26th, 2003 and friends and relatives from far and wide sent surprise birthday greetings to Chrystyna via a form I (her husband) had placed on a hidden website. I appreciate all of the responses. Chrystyna was delighted and touched. Thanks to everyone who contributed!  To protect your privacy, I have stripped out email addresses.

We would like to wish you Happy Birthday, Chrystyna - read our comments below!


Chrystyna: I wish you a very happy special birthday. Enjoy!
Gabriele Wills
Thursday, June 26, 2003 at 08:27:37 (EDT)

Happy Birthday to the searcher of all life's mysteries and the solver of many riddles:
"Double the value between now and the end of the month; take a ?% discount, and you will strike gold!"  
May there be peace and an inner joy in your heart, on this happy occasion.
Your faithful reader, Wilt Blaak.

Wilt Blaak
Wednesday, June 25, 2003 at 22:43:33 (EDT)

Happy Birthday!!  I guess you probably don't know me... a long lost relative. Well, hope you have a great birthday anyway!
Andrew Hoyer
Wednesday, June 25, 2003 at 20:36:57 (EDT)

Happy Birthday Mme.!! I hope u have a great birthday and i'll miss u teaching me french, so HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!!
Jessica Schiepan
Wednesday, June 25, 2003 at 16:49:52 (EDT)

All the best Chrysta on this very important day. This birthday supposedly heralds the beginning of the best years of your life. Now that's something to look forward to. Have a really good day today! Wendy
Wendy Carruthers
Wednesday, June 25, 2003 at 14:04:38 (EDT)

Happy, Happy Chrystyna, Get out there and celebrate eh? You deserve it! You could even fly your own birthday banner over Thorndale for all your students to see. That'd impress the &&^%$#@$%^ out of them! On second thought forget about the kids. Have a great day! Barb
Wednesday, June 25, 2003 at 11:15:23 (EDT)

Bonne fete a toi. I won't ask "Quel age as-tu?" I'm actually using some of the French I've picked up over the year from you! Anyway, have a great day.
Sandy W.
Wednesday, June 25, 2003 at 08:59:22 (EDT)

Hey BABY, Still As Scrumptious As Ever! All The Best, Luv Pat
Pat Garratt
Tuesday, June 24, 2003 at 09:39:45 (EDT)

Happy Birthday Chrysta! Wishing you the best of Birthday Celebrations with your cherished and fortunate family! Your youthful and spirited approach will always keep you young in spite of any tricks that the calendar may try! Take the cake and enjoy it! All the Best, Judy
Judy Foster
Sunday, June 22, 2003 at 11:10:08 (EDT)

Greetings from Arkansas, USA! Dear Chrystyna, Happy Birthday! Wishing you a very special birthday filled lots of fun and suprises! Terrill, Stephanie, & Esther Fowler
Terrill, Stephanie, &Esther Fowler
Sunday, June 22, 2003 at 03:13:49 (EDT)

Our very best wishes for a wonderful birthday. Turning 30 can be tough, but you can do it! Jerry and Judy Willems
Jerry Willems
Saturday, June 21, 2003 at 09:42:19 (EDT)

Dear Chrystyna, Wishing you a very Happy Birthday today and throughout the year ahead! Thomas & Susanna Holdren Ohio, USA
Thomas & Susanna Holdren
Friday, June 20, 2003 at 23:05:27 (EDT)

Happy Birthday, Mom. I love you! Cows... Moooooooo!
Zachary Pedde
Friday, June 20, 2003 at 21:05:42 (EDT)

Dear Chrystyna, I wish you all the best on your birthday and many, many more...Have a super, super summer and see ya in the fall. Lorraine, your Gr. 7 buddy
Lorraine M.
Friday, June 20, 2003 at 16:08:16 (EDT)

WOW!!! Congratulations on your special day!! This is an ingenious idea!!! Although I wouldn't have minded a bit if Sieg had sent a scantily clad male with a boom box out to Leesboro!!!
Nora Marshman
Friday, June 20, 2003 at 13:19:42 (EDT)

Best Wishes Madame! What's it like to be 29?? Ken
Ken Hume
Friday, June 20, 2003 at 10:07:50 (EDT)

Hi Chrystyna, Just wanted to add my birthday wishes to the list! Thank you for all the extra time and effort you have given to the children of Leesboro. Have a great birthday and a terrific summer! See you in September!
Jennifer Jolliffe
Thursday, June 19, 2003 at 21:42:27 (EDT)

Hi Chrys, I still remember Minodobo, Brooklin, the trees, your black cat Colo (Kolo??), etc, back in 1976. I am now living in Kingston, Ontario, with my husband Victor. Hope you celebrate your special day with friends and family, health, happiness and all that jazz. Regards, Teresa Nocera
Teresa Nocera
Wednesday, June 18, 2003 at 22:22:34 (EDT)

Happy Birthday Mme!!!!!!! The big day is coming up! I hope you have a great day and i'll see you in french class! I know you'll miss the gr.8 class!! (well some of us i hope at least!) anyways Have a good b-day!
Heather Elliott
Wednesday, June 18, 2003 at 22:12:20 (EDT)

Chrystyna: May your day be full of joy and Happiness as well as all your dreams and wishes come true. May the world always be as beautiful for you as you make it for others. We hope you have a wonderful birthday with all those you hold dear, and many, many more! Felicidades !!!!!!
Jaime & Cristina Ramirez
Wednesday, June 18, 2003 at 21:41:47 (EDT)

Happy Birthday, Chrys !!! (Sieg was kind enough to think of us and invite us to pass along our birthday wishes.) We have thought of you (all) often and felt guilty for not keeping in touch. Please add us to the list of places to visit in the West. Sounds like the men in your life are keeping you busy, if not out of trouble. (By the way, who are all these guys??) We hope you have a wonderful birthday and a wonderful year! However, this might be a good time to start expressing your age in metric, or even U.S. years. And remember the advice of Bullwinkle on how to live to 100: “ ... get to 99, then be REAL CAREFUL !!!” Love, Gord, Colleen & Laura (Leitch)
Gord Leitch
Wednesday, June 18, 2003 at 18:58:01 (EDT)

Happy birthday, Chrys! I was thinking not much has changed since 1978 and our gawdoffal apartment in Don Mills - I'm still listening to Van and you're still the best one in the bunch. Have a great day!
shannon vale
Tuesday, June 17, 2003 at 22:34:31 (EDT)

Chrystyna, we wish you a great Birthday and a wonderful year! Hope your big day brings many happy surprises! Greetings from Texas, Richard and Maria
Richard and Maria Pedde
Tuesday, June 17, 2003 at 22:23:55 (EDT)

Hi Mme Pedde!!!!!!!!! Happy birthday to you! I heard it is a very big number. But I didn't think 30 was that big! Anyway wishing you a great time on your special day. P.S. I really don't mind french at all*****
Kathryn Grabowski
Tuesday, June 17, 2003 at 22:14:06 (EDT)

May you enjoy a day of being pampered
We are sure Sieg has a great day planned for you
He has told us he will not be in today
He said you are his Queen and he is your servant
Have a great day !!!!!
Sharon Coll
Monday, June 16, 2003 at 17:23:11 (EDT)

Hope your birthday is the greatest and you get spoiled. Happy Birthday.
Lori Mitchell
Monday, June 16, 2003 at 07:14:38 (EDT)

Birthdays are fun. Friends and family gather round. It's party time: a birthday cake, with crazy presents, laughs and jokes...
Speaking of jokes - and since we can't be there in person to share in the laughter, here are a few from our Bible on "Corny Humor - Fourth Edition"
Everyone has a photographic memory. Some just don't have any film.
Despite the cost of living, have you noticed how it remains so popular?
What three letters turn a girl into a woman? A-G-E
Happiest of birthdays Chrystyna. Jack & Sally

Jack & Sally Hayes
Sunday, June 15, 2003 at 22:47:01 (EDT)

Well Chrystyna, Congratulations on reaching this "Signifigant Day"! I wish you much happiness and fulfillment in the upcoming year(s). We'll see you in a month or so when we all go camping together... Take care and again, HAPPY BIRTHDAY!! Love Joyce
Sunday, June 15, 2003 at 17:30:39 (EDT)

Hello Chrystyna, HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO YOU and all our best wishes for the coming year (and years). We hope to meet you and your family somewhere, perhaps in Germany or somewhere else in Europe or even in Canada.  Sieg's cousin Friedhelm Pedde with Brigitte and Sarah in Berlin.
Friedhelm Pedde
Sunday, June 15, 2003 at 14:47:04 (EDT)

Happy Birthday Chrystyna!

Wishing you a Wonderful "Big" Birthday with family and friends. Have a Great Day!

Ed & Ruth Hoyer

Ed & Ruth Hoyer
Sunday, June 15, 2003 at 12:19:44 (EDT)

Well, well. How time flies huh? A very special happy birthday to you Chrysy. Where did the time go? All my love to you on your big day.
Rick Bolstler
Saturday, June 14, 2003 at 22:28:07 (EDT)

Bonjour chrystyna, je te souhaite un joyeux anniversaire avec tout le bonheur que tu peux esperer pour toi, sieg et zachari. le bonheur est dans le pres, dans le champ, dans la famille, sur la route, berf un peu partout. Je te souhaite encore un joyeux anniversaire, et encore merci pour ces excellents repas et votre genereuse hospitalite que je ne serais oublie. happy birthday and enjoy the future with your very nice family. maxime
Maxime Dupont
Saturday, June 14, 2003 at 21:51:25 (EDT)

Do you remember me? Je te souhaite un joyeux anniversaire. J espere que cette date sera memorable pour toi . Mon passage ici ,restera graver dans ma memoire pour ton sourire et ta joie de vivre,happy birthday to you. JAMES
James Hache
Saturday, June 14, 2003 at 21:30:49 (EDT)

Even if you can't quite place me, here's a birthday greeting for you from Costa Rica. Remember that age doesn't matter unless you're cheese. And also, old age & treachery will soon overcome youth & skill. But you are in the prime of your life, looking good (from the photos on the website) and have a great family. So enjoy, enjoy! Pura vida!
Shirley Yamada
Saturday, June 14, 2003 at 18:17:24 (EDT)

Happy Birthday, Chrystyna! May your life be filled with joy and laughter and love and fulfilment and a complete blast on your birthday! Mary Lou
Mary Lou Gutscher
Saturday, June 14, 2003 at 10:54:17 (EDT)

Happy Birthday Chrystyna from the "Mi" in Minodobo, and very long time no see! I hope you enjoy your landmark day, and that Sieg is still looking after you! Writing this note was a good opportunity to remember a few of our times out on the farm -- you know, I am still planting trees somewhere! If you are ever out Vancouver way, please look us up! Birthday hugs, Paul.
Paul Miniato
Saturday, June 14, 2003 at 10:08:37 (EDT)

Although you probably haven't been looking forward to this day, turning 30 isn't really all that bad. Happy birthday to Sieg's favourite desktop girl. Dave C
Dave Clark
Saturday, June 14, 2003 at 01:22:15 (EDT)

I wish you a nice party and a happy birthday. Although we don´t know each other, maybe me and my wife Marita will come to Canada some day and meet all my relatives there. Anyway it was a nice idea by Siegfried wasn´t it?
Günter Pedde
Friday, June 13, 2003 at 18:21:12 (EDT)

Meow. And pass the tuna-flavoured cat chow please.
Tuesday, June 10, 2003 at 10:48:51 (EDT)

Happy birthday, sweetie. I thought it would be great to embarrass you thoroughly in this fashion, especially since on one notable occasion, you sent a young lady with a boombox and very scant attire to my office to mark a similar event in my life.
Sieg Pedde
Tuesday, June 10, 2003 at 08:34:59 (EDT)

Hope you have a wonderful birthday!! I also hope you enjoy this little site I threw together to help you celebrate.
Ron Craig
Monday, June 09, 2003 at 23:44:24 (EDT)

May your days be filled with sunshine and may you have
many, many,  wonderful years to come...

Love from your husband, Sieg.