Tuesday, June 8, 2010

A Treasured Birthday!

Today was my birthday. I wasn't sure how it would go because my husband is out of town. I think it is the first birthday he has missed in our 21 years of marriage. Oh, how I miss him! Anyway, I had a great morning with the kids and really was in a joyful mood even though today is "45." :) Well, my Mom and Dad took us all to lunch. We went to Cheddar's. We haven't been there in a LONG time, and it took me a while to look over the menu. My dad decided to tell the waiter that it is my birthday. He didn't realize that Cheddar's doesn't do anything for birthdays. No biggie. I don't mind the hoopla but if it's not there, I don't miss it either. Well, Cheddar's couldn't substitute french fries for onion rings so they blessed me with the appetizer plate FULL of onion rings and said "It's on the house." Oh yum! All 6 of us enjoyed them but there are still more in my refrigerator! LOL! THEN, Cheddar's blessed me with a HUGE piece of cake! Look at this thing:

Again, all 6 of us enjoyed it, and there is still some in the refrigerator! The next items took me by complete surprise and brought on the crocodile tears. My great aunt passed away in February, and I told Mom that if the phone was still in her house that I would love to have it. Mom surprised me with it along with one of my great aunt's old sewing patterns that she used for my mom and her twin when they were young AND these beautiful crocheted pieces that my great aunt made. And look at that PINK! Oh my! These are treasures, and YES, the phone works. How fun!
The next birthday gift came from one of my daughters. My mom could not even read it because I was already crying so hard. Mom, maybe you can read it now. My daughter wrote:

"Dear Mama:
I just wanted to tell you how much you are appreciated and loved.
Who else in this world can give me a hug like yours?
Who else in this world can say one word that makes it all OK?
Who else in this world has a voice as sweet as yours?
Who else in this world is always right?
Who else in this world has the kind of faith like you?
I love you Mama. I could have gone on forever but those are some of my favorites! Happy Birthday, and I hope God blesses you with many more."

Wow, who could have imaged I would be SO very blessed with family, memories, and family heirlooms on my 45th birthday! What a treasured day! Thank you precious family for making my day a joyous and memorable day! And now, I get to celebrate all over again when hubby gets home! How perfect can 45 be? :) Thanks for bearing with me as I shared my glorious day! May the Lord bless you all with the joys of family and memories!


Roulien said...

Happy birthday Patter!! I'm so glad you felt loved & cherished!! That's how one should feel on your birthday!! May you have a wonderful blessed year ahead!

Grace said...

What a wonderful day Patter!!! I'm so happy for you! I know you missed your hubby but isn't it neat how God always fills our hearts with joy overflowing!!! These are all special treasures forever and I bet your hubby will have some wonderful words for you as well!!Happy Birthday!

Anonymous said...

Hi Patter~

HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!!!!!!!! Your post was sweeter than that piece of cake, I am sure of it!

You are so blessed to have such a wonderful loving family! Your daughter's letter was so unusual for a young lady her age. It actually made me tear up. She is mature beyond her years. Many children wait until they are adults to become friends with their parents. I was so moved by her seeing your faith in Him. What a gift you have given her! What a gift of noticing, and letting you know!

That crocheted pink is so beautiful. I'm glad you showed us it up close. Where do you think you will use it? That pattern is a hoot!

I am sorry that your dear hubby isn't with you right now. What a special birthday for you to celebrate when he gets home!

45 isn't as old as it used to be! Trust me! I am realizing "old" isn't a number...it is just a state of mind.

He IS Able,
Traci S.

Chrisd said...

What wonderful gifts from your loved ones, and a special day for you after all. Birthday Blessings to you and a big hug from Michigan.I remember that phone too!

Paper doll said...

HAPPY BIRTHDAY Patter, glad to hear its going so super for you on your day. My grandmother always kept a phone like this for the little ones to play with, I took it home when my little ones came along!

Sabrina aka okimom2girlz said...

Awwwww, Patter you are going to make me cry here!!! Love that phone and those doilies....awesome. But what really got me is that letter from your daughter......this needs to be incorporated into a special wall art piece or something......amazing!!! I am srry your DH was not there,but I am sure he will make it up to you besides that new car you'll be driving Thursday :D:D. Hugs and blessings, Sabrina

Carla said...

Happy 45th Birthday, Patter! May God grant you the desires of your heart on this very special day. Looks like you are off to a great start.

Angella D. Crockett said...

Happy Birthday!!! Looks like you had a very blessed day....especially the letter....I need a tissue!!!
God Bless!!!

NickelNook said...

Oh Patter...Happy Birthday to you!! Onion rings AND cake? YAY for birthdays!!! lol Sounds like the best way to celebrate since your husband couldn't be there! Thank you for sharing your joy! I pray you'll experience much more of it in the year ahead!...Nancy :o)

Mommy and Me said...

Oh Patter,
what a precious letter, gifts and time spent with your family. I am sorry your husband wasn't with you but am so happy to hear that you had a great time with your girls etc. Happy birthday and yes, may God bless you with many more! :)

Anonymous said...

You are truly blessed! Glad you had such a wonderful birthday!
Gail in Oklahoma

Sandee said...

Oh Patter! What a special birthday! Enjoy!

Leora said...

Happy Birthday to You! Thanks for all you do for all of us!

Shari Winterstein said...

What a lovely, sweet memory you have for your 45th birthday. The Lord bless you and keep you in His precious care as you walk through this next year. Blessings and happy birthday joy -

Dawn said...

what a fabulously special birthday!! hugs

Davi said...

Happy Happy Birthday! Glad that you had family to spend your special day with since your husband was gone. What a wonderful blessing family is and their treasures that stir wonderful memories. A precious poem from your daughter to have, what special memories you will have to keep in your heart forever.

Francie G. said...

What a joyful special day you had! Just wonderful, Patter! Happy Birthday Blessings to you!

Natalie said...

Thanks for sharing your birthday blessings with us, Patter! May the year be filled with the joy of the Lord!!

Helen Dooley said...

Happy Belated birthday!! Love the vintage everything!

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