Happy birthday to me…

by Kathy on February 26, 2010 · 10 comments

in Abby, Birthdays, Bob, Family, Molly, Sean

…okay, not for another 9 days! But it sort of feels like it today and my special day (March 6) on which I will turn 35 years old (a.k.a. “advanced maternal age”) is on the horizon!

Today I am having one of those days where everything seems to be turning out just perfectly! 🙂

Two things in particular have happened today that have really made it one to remember…

The first being that this morning I found out that my friend Mel from Stirrup Queens had chosen my recent Omega and Alpha post to be featured in her weekly Friday Blog Roundup! I was having a super busy week/day and hadn’t read her Blog Roundup (as I do most Fridays) yet and then noticed, from email alerts, that I was getting a few comments on my post and read one (via the email alert) and saw that the commenter had come over from Mel’s Roundup. Anyway, I was/am soooooo honored that Mel chose my post for this week!

As I told my parents and Bob when I called them this morning to share the news (that is how excited I was/am), I feel like I won an Oscar (at least in my own little world)! I love what Mel wrote about the post and am honored that it spoke to her/that she liked it. I really debated putting it out there, but wanted to share, as it is something we have been struggling with and that has never stopped me from sharing on my blog before, at least rarely.

I believe this is the second time that Mel has chosen one of my posts for her Friday Blog Roundup. The first time was my “We carry on…” post after Senator Ted Kennedy died. Anyway, as I have shared here on my blog before, I have so much respect for Mel and her writing, so anytime she compliments my writing, it feels so special to me and makes me feel so good about myself. So getting this news this morning really made my day, which was already going really well, be that much more awesome!

The second wonderful thing that happened today is that this afternoon Amy (Lisa’s sister from Custom Bracelets by Lisa) sent me this “final draft” picture of what Bob, Sean, Abby, my Mom and my Dad are going in on for my birthday gift this year:

Four custom made beautiful (even more so than I ever imagined they could be) bracelets in honor of my two living children, my daughter in Heaven and the three angel babies we lost in December 2004 (due in July 2005), August 2005 (due in April 2006) and November 2005 (due in June 2006). I haven’t been this excited about a piece/pieces of jewelry since Bob and I went shopping for my engagement ring 11 years ago! 🙂 I printed out this picture and have been carrying it around the house with me and can’t stop looking at it! Which reminds me of how I couldn’t stop looking at my engagement ring after Bob proposed to me on March 15, 1999!

This evening Bob, Sean, Abby and I will be joining Bob’s siblings, their families and his maternal aunt and uncle at Bob’s parents house to celebrate his maternal grandmother’s (Sean, Molly and Abby’s Great Grandmother, a.k.a. “GG”) 89th birthday! So really this post should have been titled “Happy Birthday to GG!” Because it is a very happy day for GG to be on the brink of the 9th decade in her life!

I will leave you with an awesome photo (which some of you may have already seen on Facebook) that my dad took earlier this week on his iPhone (can you believe that my dad got a smart phone before yours truly?! Maybe that can be next year’s birthday gift?!) of proud big brother Sean reading a story on his bed to his adoring little sister Abby in their bedroom. Though today has been fabulous, every day that I get to spend with Bob and my two living children is truly amazing! 🙂

I hope that you have a wonderful weekend and thank you for reading about my fabulous Friday!

Update: The bracelets arrived the Monday after I wrote this post and Bob said that I didn’t have to wait until my actual birthday to start wearing them. So I put them on that afternoon and have worn them almost every day since! I LOVE how they turned out and look on my wrist! Most days I wear the Sean, Molly and Abigail ones and some days I also wear the one with the three hearts. I like having the flexibility to not always wear them all at once, but really appreciate having the option to wear them all together (they all have a similar pattern/design). Here is a photo of four of my favorite birthday presents ever on my wrist:

{ 9 comments… read them below or add one }

1 jill February 27, 2010 at 8:45 am

Happy early birthday! That's awesome that Mel picked you for the blog roundup – well deserved!

Those bracelets are beautiful! I can't wait till you get them and they're not even mine! hehe


2 WiseGuy February 27, 2010 at 11:20 pm

Wish you a very happy birthday!

Those bracelets are beautiful indeed!


3 Beautiful Mess February 28, 2010 at 3:38 am

Happy early birthday, hon! YAY for a round-up nod AND beautiful bracelets. You're a great writer! I love your writing. Have a great week!


4 Alison March 1, 2010 at 8:05 am

I love your bracelets! What a nice birthday present. Can you wear them all at once or are they more to wear one at a time?


5 Kathy March 9, 2010 at 1:22 pm

Thank you for your kind words and birthday wishes! 🙂

Alison – Sorry it took me so long to reply to your question. I can and typically do wear them all at once. I could have had all of the strands connected, but I chose to have them be separate so I wouldn't have to always wear all of them at the same time. Most days I find that I wear Sean's, Molly's and Abby's and then sometimes/days I add the one with the hearts


6 Photogrl March 10, 2010 at 2:18 pm

Happy belated birthday!

The bracelets are just gorgeous! They look great on you!

What a sweet pic of Sean and Abigal…just makes my heart sing.


7 Lori Lavender Luz December 11, 2012 at 12:18 pm

Isn’t it a thrill when you find Mel has highlighted you in the Roundup?

Those bracelets are so beautiful. I’m here from the future, and I bet you are still glowing whenever you wear them.

Look at little Abby!
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8 Justine December 11, 2012 at 9:31 pm

Happy birthday from the future! I love the exuberance of this post … but also how you capture both the gift of being alive, and the gift of remembering. The bracelets are so beautiful all together.

I also love that this post intertwines recognition for your writing and remembering Molly … it reminds me of your week 22 post over at the Today Voice … how those two things can’t be separated. Beautiful.
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9 Mud Hut Mama December 13, 2012 at 12:00 pm

Your bracelets are stunning as is this post. So fun to see Abby as a baby and Sean in his big brother role too.
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