[ETA ANOTHER FedEx Tracking Update on 6/27] The Cloud USA: From Our Heart to Yours Birthday Scrapbook for Rain is a wrap.

[ETA 6/27: Stephe here.

Status is now “delivered”, dear peeps. Our recipient has taken possession of Rain’s birthday scrapbook, and we will be forever grateful. It is a pretty safe bet that Rain has your precious work on his behalf by now, so please rest easy.

Thanks so much to all of you for helping make this project of love happen! I tell you, it does a heart good. Stay tuned for more Cloud USA projects for Rain in the near future. For now, cheers! ^@@^]

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[ETA ANOTHER 6/25 Update:  How about that Twitter trending event, eh?  Did everyone participate?  It was a lot of fun. :-}  So.  Rain’s birthday scrapbook package is on the move AGAIN.   According to the FedEx International Services rep I just spoke to on the phone, the package has cleared customs and is on a truck and on its way to Seoul and its recipient.  The only status left is the one that says “delivered.”  Yippee!

And for those of you who are wondering if I even have a life outside of Cloud USA, let me say that I just spent some time with my oldest DS (dear son), listening to his latest song.  All I can say is it’s REALLY good.  His EP is supposed to be finished by the end of August (barring any delays). I will share it with you when it is finally released.  And for those of you who are new and are wondering why I’m mentioning my son and his music here on Cloud USA, you should read my Standing in the Rain story.  Later, peeps.  :-}]

[ETA 6/25:  Clouds, I was about to call it a night and something made me go check the FedEx tracking page again and—guess what?  The scrapbook has made it to South Korea—and on Rain’s birthday, even.  Wow.  Okay, he doesn’t have it yet, but still.  He and his scrapbook are on the same soil and on his birthday.  So, it’s ALL GOOD.  The scrapbook is working its way through the FedEx sorting facility in Incheon, South Korea.  Now let’s all just pray real hard that it will breeze through customs without a hitch.  As Rain would say:  “We’re so excited!”  LOL.  You know?  He’s really gotta come up with another catch phrase.  :-}]

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ETA 6/24: Okay, Clouds…according to FedEx, the package has left Anchorage, Alaska now, and is in the air and headed to South Korea.  Yay!  (Oh, by the way…Happy birthday, Ji-Hoon.)  :-}]

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[The scrapbook has left the building, folks!  Yes, the scrapbook has left the building!  And for those of you who just aren’t getting it, that means that Rain’s scrapbook is now on its way to South Korea!  Yes, Stephe joined me for lunch this afternoon and we ran over to FedEx’s World Center (FedEx World Center…don’t you just love how that sounds???) and said bon voyage to our favorite star’s precious birthday scrapbook.

Actually, I think we freaked the counter clerk a little, because even after we finished our transaction, we refused to leave until she had actually put the airbill on the box and put it with the other packages headed for the plane.   The problem was after she had waited on us, she laid the airbill and invoice on the box and turned to help somebody else.  All I could think was, you are not DONE until the identifiers for that box are cemented onto that cardboard, my friend.  By the time she had helped two more people and the label STILL wasn’t adhered to our box, both Stephe and I were trying very hard not to glare at her.

Finally, after she had cleared out the entire lobby of customers, she turned and saw us and was like, “Um…do you ladies need something else?”  And I was like, “Um, yeah.  I wanna see you put that airbill on that box and then put it over there with the other packages.  So, we’ll know it’s really on its way to our recipient.”  I then proceeded to tell her how special that book was, how people from all over the world had contributed to it and how I wanted to make damned sure that it got to where it was going.

{*Stephe here. The whole time I was either throwing out thug looks OR pacing and growling at the woman like a caged lion. I mean my gawd. Put the labels on the package before they get separated or lost and I have to THROW DOWN UP IN THIS MUG. This is for RAIN. Do you mind. ^@@^ Poor thing, she was a really nice lady and she just didn’t realize who she was dealing with, that’s all. And she was like, “Rain?” *brain turns over* “Ah.” 😀 }

LOL.  Of course, she thought we were a little whacko.  Still, she let us watch her slap that airbill onto that box and put it on the pile anyway.  That’s all that matters.  :-}

FedEx’s tracking is now showing the package as “in transit.”  We will keep you posted here on its progress.  Terri :-}]

ORIGINAL POST

Cloud cover by: Stephe, Managing Editor ^@@^

If your name is Jung JiHoon…STOP!

DO NOT PROCEED ANY FURTHER!

After all, you don’t wanna spoil your birthday surprise, now do ya?

*glancing around suspiciously*

*waiting for a few minutes to make sure he’s gone*

Okay, CloudUSAers! As we’re sure you’ve read in the headline to this post, Rain’s birthday scrapbook is pieced together, buttoned up, polished and shined up like new money and ready to go. We are done, finished, finis. Talk about a labor of love! Your submissions were amazing—the work that you all put into your pages and messages to Rain left us pretty speechless at our scrap booking party last night. And we were determined to do those submissions (and Rain) justice by crafting the very best project we possibly could.

So… after a straight eight hours, bleary eyes, aching backs, starving bellies, and glued-together fingers, we ended up with the 52-page finished product in Terri’s wonderful slide show (below) at about four in the morning. And we even managed not to kill each other. (“You’re putting too much bling on that!” ^@@^ * “Am not! Will you shut your yap?” ;-} * “Are too! It’s making my stomach shift!” ^@@^ * “Well, you’ve got a point, that is a bit overwhelming…” :-} * “Actually, it’s kind of cute! Aww.” ^@@^ * “Okay, I’m leaving it.” :-})

From 3 am on, I began cautiously watching the doors to the dining room in the hopes that Terri’s family wouldn’t wake up, find me still there, and throw me out into the dark, crime-ridden streets of Atlanta. We also listened for any commotion at the front door, which would mean my family had sent out a search-and-rescue squad to track me down and drag me to safety. But everything stayed cool and quiet, and by 4:30, Terri was finally scarfing down some much-needed breakfast (homemade fruit salad, actually. Boy, was it yummy! :-}) and I was on my way home to some much-needed food and to crash myself.

The next stop will be our reliable FedEx World shipping center near Terri’s work (Yay! Long lunch break! Ruby Tuesday’s okay, Stephe? :-}), where we will personally ship the scrapbook off to our contact in South Korea. We have secured a delivery method by which we are pretty sure your hard work will get to Rain.  So, no worries there.  We’ll keep you updated on the shipment and its progress in this post as well.

Here are the pictures, from beginning to end! Isn’t the book spectacular, with its textured brocade cover? The transparent sleeves are all open at the top, so that Rain can pull pages, cards, and messages out for a better look. Do you see your submission in there? Aww. 🙂

Thanks to those of you who sent us munchies and encouraging notes and little gifts—we love them!—and voluntarily helped with the postage costs. And thanks to you all for making this project a stupendous success. You’re simply the best.

Rain will be so pleased.

Stephe ^@@^ (and Terri :-})

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~ by Cloud USA on June 19, 2011.

73 Responses to “[ETA ANOTHER FedEx Tracking Update on 6/27] The Cloud USA: From Our Heart to Yours Birthday Scrapbook for Rain is a wrap.”

  1. That’s great news! Geez, I wish we could see his face…..oh well. This project was a lot of fun. I can only imagine what the next one will be. (SMILES)

    BTW, that Michael Jackson jacket sold for over $1 million bucks, so we would have had to wash a lot of cars to raise money to have bought it for Bi. (SMILES)

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  2. I just saw my page in the book and it literally brought me to tears… Ladies, hats off. You did a wonderful wonderful job. Thank you for putting this together and “sacrificing” (is it really sacrifice when you love what you’re doing sooo much?lol) time and sleep to give this great gift to this great man we all love sssoooo much. Thank you for giving us the chance to express that love and making it possible for him to see and feel that love. Sorry for going on and on. I’m so emotional right now. ***wipes tear then jumps on couch screaming*** He’s gonna read my letter. He’s gonna read my letter.lmao

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  3. Yeah! Time for the naked Rain dance! Anyone want to join me?

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  4. Awesome!!!! Hope he comments about it onTwitter or somewhere so we know how he liked it. Can’t wait for the next project =) Great job!!!

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  5. Errrrr… ummm.. is it there yet? 🙂

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  6. Yeah So glad it is in Korea and will soon be at it s destination. Hope how soon he let’s us know how he likes it. It is exciting and he will recognize how much time and love went into it. That’s something more valuable than buying something. It was an excellent idea to do a scrapbook and to have so many fans contribute to be able to express their love and well wishes for Rain. I really think it is a very impressive gift .

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  7. Yey!!! I hope Rain can see our handy work soon!! Kekeke Well the trending was awesome and I was feeling really good but then Twitter stopped my twits!!! Grrrr Why? Just when I was having fun with the thingey!!!! I was so mad and the worst part was that I couldn’t retwit either!! Ugh!! But then, it started to rain and I was still in bed alone *my hubbie went to work early* soo I fell asleep again with the music of rain falling. Kekeke Not so bad after all, right? 😀

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    • Girl, I am now in proud procession of 6 twitter accounts! One to stalk the man and other Clouds, and 5 just to participate in these kind of projects. The kind of things I do in my love for this man LOL

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      • Hahaha, cool. You are all up in the mix now. *giggle*

        Welcome to this crazy ride called Rain’s World. LOL! 😀

        Stephe ^@@^

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        • Unfortunately I didn’t get to Tweet….I am moving soon so….I have been dealing with all that crazy mess….LOL.

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      • How do you do that and keep track of all of them? Geez, I never thought of that. Well, next time I will be prepare. Huahahaha!!

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        • LOL.. well, for a start, I tried not to be too creative with my user name.. all my accounts have “riverwood” in it e.g. CloudRiverwood(the big sister), RiverwoodCloud, RainRiverwood, RiverwoodRain and the latest being… RiverwoodJiHoon ROFLMAO! The only odd one is AussieCloud. Don’t know what I was thinking there. And each one follow the other. So if one retweets, the others get the tweets and can re-retweet and so on.
          Confused yet? LOL. Now, don’t go and tweet to any other accounts but the big sister one, cos they only ever wake up to trend or vote for Rain related projects.

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          • Ohh what a good idea. 6 tabs open, ready to tweet and retweet. I like your nefarious plan :strokes chin:

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      • LOL, River…

        You have 6 Twitter accounts? And you didn’t even get to tweet?

        LOL.

        Terri :-}

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        • Oh yeah, Terri. I did tweet and retweeted, and re-retweeted… until all my 5 accounts were locked out… then I had to create the 6th account RiverwoodJiHoon LOL. And this time last year, I didn’t even know how to tweet! Didn’t I say I was a fast learner?

          @Diva unfortunately, you can only have one account logged on at the time.

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  8. LMAO!!!!! Oh my, that is so funny!!! But You did good, this package is too important!! Great job ladies!!! 🙂

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  9. Happy Rain’s birth day to everyone! *hugs all around*
    Thank you, Terri & Stephe for your hard work, and other Clouds sisters for the fantastic contribution to the book making it possible. It’s so beautiful!

    @Stephe .. you cracked me up once again with your comment ” The whole time I was either throwing out thug looks OR pacing and growling at the woman like a caged lion. ..”. The description is so vivid ROFL.

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    • LOL! Girl, looking back on it cracks me up, but I thought I was gonna blow. And I have to give Terri props for truly keeping her cool. SHE was what kept me straight, bless her. LMAO

      Your page was so pretty, River. I’m glad you participated! 😀

      Stephe ^@@^

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      • AAawwwww.. it was? Thank you, thank you, thank you! My first (there are so many firsts for me with this man of ours) attempt so I didn’t know what to make of it.

        I wish I was there. I would have pranced & paced and glowered and ended up pulling my hair out LOL. Patience has always been known to be lacking in me.

        Here’s a drink to celebrate the man’s birthday.

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    • River,

      It was our pleasure. :-}

      Terri :-}

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  10. I just came from The Cloud and it seems many have started a day early wishing Bi a happy birthday. I started to but I think I’ll type my message on his actual birthday. Oh and I think I saw our scrapbook mentioned so if he happens to mosey on The Cloud….well, Jack just got let out of the box! (SMILE). He’s probably so busy he’ll hardly see that message, but it would have been a nice surprise. Oh “Wells”…..I’m off to lunch now. (SMILES

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    • Hey, gurrrrrrl.

      It’s right at 3 am on Saturday morning, June 25 over there in Seoul, so it’s his birthday already across the International Dateline. That’s what up. Hope your day is going well!

      Stephe ^@@^

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      • Hey Lady,

        My day’s going great and I hope yours is too! Well, since it’s Officially his B-Day, I’m going BACK to The Cloud to talk to my BABY LOVE!

        I’ll B back!! (SMILES)

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  11. (*Hahahahahaha*) I’m laughing cause my Dad and his wife bought a franchise shipping store several years ago (was sold when he became ill). The look Stephe gave the lady I know WELL. (BIG SMILES)

    I tell you unless you live in a town where you are the “only game in town” that type of store will suck the living life out of you AND your finances. Nobody tells you this when you sign on the dotted line. Oh well, lesson learned! (SMILES)

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  12. awawwaw your ladies are so awesome i agreed what u have to protect his shipment GIFT to rain heck i would do same too coz thi is a SPCEAIL EFFORT gift of all of us put in together and this must be sucure and go to rain i am evny u 2 ladies did a brave job and make this happen and clear to be FedEX way go your story are so cute but i felt the importan emotion of this shipping to rain will be please with u both KUDO! stephe & terri 🙂

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  13. Hahahaha You go my sisters.

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  14. It really looks SO amazing Rain is gonna love it 😀 thanks to all the clouds who took part and and massive HUGE bucket of love for Terri and stephe for all the organising and planning and all the time you spent putting this together XD thankyou ladies *hugs* all the hard work really paid off

    CloudUSA Hwaiting!!! XD

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  15. ABSOLUTELY AMAZING! Stephe and Terri…this is beautiful! *bows deeply* My mouth was open in amazement thru the whole slide show! Each page made me smile and I’m sure will do the same for Ji Hoon.

    Rain, your Clouds ROCK!

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  16. Stephe & Terri, thank you so much for the opportunity to show him my greetings.
    Has the scrapbook reached Seoul? I’m in Seoul right now, arrived last Sunday ^^ will be here for 8 days. I went to JTCamp office… saw @myjanggun and yummy yummy pics of Rain there BUT we are not allowed to take pix so sad >.<
    I hope I can start write something when I get back home…

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    • Hi there, RedCloud,

      No, the book is still here with us. I’ve been busy working since it was finished and have had no time to get it to the shipping center. The plan is to do that on Thursday afternoon. We will let you all know when it is on its way.

      Terri :-}

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  17. GAH! Wow! This is amazing! I’m rlly rlly excited for him to get it! (squeals inside)
    & lol I love how my page has the most glitter outta everybody’s lol wow. o.o XD

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  18. OMG!!! U ladies did an AWESOME job. It looks GREAT!!! I love everything about it. And I saw my card!! lol… Thank you so much for putting this together. I’m sure Rain will LOVE it. I hope u do this again next year cuz instead of sending a card like I did this year I think I will be more creative and do an actual scrapbook page. All the pages everyone did look so good. Now I can’t wait for Rain to receive it. I hope he comments somewhere that he looked at it. AMAZING JOB….WELL DONE!!! =)

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  19. Clapping my hands!!! Stephe, Terri what an awesome job ladies.

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  20. Ohhh
    Myyy
    Gosssh!!!
    I LOVE it!!!
    Everything looks incredible, I love everything from the front of the it to the back. Now I wish I’d made a scrapbook page because everyone’s turned out sooo darned cool… A tear came to my eye, even. I’m also so glad my card made it, I could do backflips. Lol…
    Once again, you guys are the best and I ❤ you.
    Mwahhhh!

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  21. INSPIRATIONAL PROJECT JUST FOR JIHOON!!! Wow!!! this is very nice.. It looks like this is going to open a way for more fans to participate..in the next project..
    Great going…keep on keeping it going!

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  22. Desde Perú :

    Necesitaba agradecerles otra vez vez .

    No me canso de mirar y mirar el album .

    !!graciassssssss!!

    Con cariño

    Adry

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  23. Desde Perú :
    Terri and Steph !Muchas gracias! son !!fabulosas!! .. quedo precioso. Estoy muy sorprendida por el maravilloso trabajo que han hecho.. Se que Jihoon podrá sentir el gran amor que le tenemos y cuanto lo admiramos como ser humano.
    Gracias por incluir mi saludo en el Scrapbook estoy muy feliz. y agradecida con Uds.
    Cuídense y que el Señor siempre las bendiga en su bella labor.

    !!Thank youuuuuuuu!!

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  24. The scrapbook look amazing!!! You guys did a fantastic job of putting it together!!! I know Rain is going to love it!!!

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  25. Ladies! You are STARS! I wub you so much *hugs & kisses*.
    Thank you so much for your effort. If I were there, I would have given each of you great shoulder massages and help unstuck your fingers. All that with a hefty serving of green tea.
    Much love.
    R

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  26. Pretty impressive… My message didn’t make it but it is awesome. I know he’ll like it. This is an effort that will pay off. Great work ladies! 😉

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  27. hahahahah!!! i knew you ladies would produce something grand…..this year i decided to be “a small fish in a big pond”

    but even though i didn’t participate in this project it was so exciting just watching it develop. this book and every contribution is so full of love it’s just emotionally moving to look through all the pages and read the efforts you ladies put into completing it.

    i can just picture JiHoon’s face and imagine what he will be feeling while he goes through this expression of love from CloudUSA. just EXCELLENT everybody.

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  28. OMG Rain is gonna be soo happy!!!! Stephe and Terri you are awesome gurls!!! It’s perfect and so elegant. Each page is a piece of our hearts but you made a whole out of it. Very well done!!! Sighhh I hope it gives our Baby Boo something to cherish while he is in MS. We have to do another one next year and keep doing it every year from now on. Give our fingers and creativity some exercise each year. LOL!!!!!!

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  29. WOW, WOW, WOW and did I say WOW!!!! The scrapbook is AWESOME and I agree Bi would have to be a dead man NOT to appreciate all the
    L-O-V-E that went into making this book. I just can’t wait for the day when we may actually get to see him open our gifts and enjoy them on the spot. That would make it EVEN MORE awesome. Stephe and Terri you ladies did a MAGNIFICENT job as always and I completely appreciate all your hard, hard work!!! In keeping with the sentiments of the moment, I’ll borrow one of Bi’s most indelible catch phrases…………It’s Amazing!!!

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  30. Ladies,

    I don’t know what to say . What a wonderful job you did putting the scrapbook together. I’m sure Rain will love it. It’s really shows the admiration his CloudUSA fans have for him.
    I wish I could see his face when he opens it. You didn’t happen to put a cam in the cover, did
    ya? ?????/

    Thanks again Terri and Stephe. You girls are the best!!!!!!!!!!

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  31. Oh my gosh, it looks so good! Everyone’s pages and cards are awesome. Thank you ladies for your hard work putting it all together. I’m sure he’ll love it. I’m so excited for him to get it!

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  32. If Rain doesnt have tears in his eyes when he opens this then i’m a monkey’s uncle…I was welling up good and proper! Well done everyone for a job carried out with the most precious love. Thanks to Terri, Stephe and anyone else who gave a hand to sort through all the packages and put it all together. You deserve a holiday! I love you guys!!! Sarangae!

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  33. Awesome job ladies, it looks Amazing. i love it. You can see and feel all the love and thought and effort put into.

    It’s just Beautiful n_n

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  34. What can I say…..
    Ladies thank you so much for all your hard work and much effort you put into making the scrap book! Its amazing!

    Cloud sisters your pages are all awesome and cudos to MoonRogue on the other Hoops and YoYo card!!

    Once again thank you so much Terri and Steph and everyone else who put the book together!! ALSO! I have some sticky stuff remover if you need me to send some!! ^_~

    I know JiHoon will love it!! How can he not!

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  35. Wonderful Well Done ! I know Rain will be so happy and impressed by the time and love that went into it. And thanks for putting up for us to see. Thanks you so much for the opportunity to be a part of this project.

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  36. Wow everything looks amazing!

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  37. oh ladies you have making my day ekekek u very did such oOUTSTANDING oputting them each in scrapbook with vry beauitful AWESOME indeed of our rain belove gift .
    i know he well grin and smell and cloes the ciny eye so swet and cute ands say THANK KAMSAHIMINDA !! and sleep in that book for a nigh when it reach him ahahah i am amazine rAIN (Z_Z) and hugging that book under his arm ahahahah 🙂
    it was so beauitful REALLY !1 rain will be so please and proud of us how much we all meanful to him yet his Brith_Day too .
    that truly our showed for him and does derseved ever pieces of all of our project it all come from our to him so rain know pretty sure that their are Cloud Fan very love him and prof to rain we are their for him and show how much we love him and care fopr Jung Ji Hoon. all of are amazing this sis beauitfully done and i happy to each one put all their own effort for rain B_Day. rain differenly MIND BLOWING ands his heart pop-up like his hand say Saraghae ekekek … awesome jon ladies KUDOS!!

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  38. AWESOME! Truly awesome. Thank you for all that you do…., and for pulling it all together. It’s truly a treasure. 😀

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  39. It is beautiful ! I’m sure Rain will love it and treasure it forever. You’ve done a wonderful job and I’m sure Rain appreciates the effort that you’ve put into it. And probably while reading it, he could feel the love emanating from every page. Too bad I was not able to send one. Regrets only. But I thank you for being there for us who were not able to do our share. Promise, next time I’ll send one.

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  40. Ladies there is no word I can come up with to say how amazing that Scrapbook looks. This was my first time doing this but I must get an imagination for the next time. I say that becuse those pages were so outstanding and put together so beaitufully. I just know he is going to be so happy and tickled at the love we all have showed in this project. Thank you all for the hard work . Great, Great job!!!! I sure hope he tweets about this or emails cloud USA.

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    • Thanks, gurl. I loved seeing your stuff! And I was so JEALOUS of that birthday card you sent where you recorded your greeting to Rain in your own voice. I was so jealous hahaha! And so tickled that you had done that. So special! Good job, doggonit. 😀

      He is going to adore this scrapbook. That’s a given.

      Stephe ^@@^

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      • Thanks, girl I can”t tell you how I am freaking out (inside) at the thought that he (Rain) will hear my voice. I feel like the other ladies who say they wish we could be there when he opens his gift. He is a blessed man to have so much love in his life and blessed to have such great fans/supporters like you guys of his work and life. There is no better gift then the gift of someone’s time. That’s going to be his biggest gift. His the best but don’t forget so are you all.

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  41. Aw… awesome job everyone and Terri and Stephe who put it together. Im sure he will love it.

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  42. ASTONISHING
    ASTOUNDING
    REMARKABLE
    WONDERFUL
    INCREDIBLE
    MARVELOUS
    MIND-BLOWING
    MIND-BOGGLING

    And every other similar word I couldn’t think of. Ladies you all did a super job on your pages and cards and emails. He would be dead not to appreciate every page.

    Terri and Steph once more …. BRAVO!!!

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  43. It looks great!! Thanks ladies for all the work you put into gathering up & organizing our love into the scrapbook for Jihoon! If ever there was a true labor of love, I believe this scrapbook is one 😉

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  44. Hurray!!

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