wings and things

Birthday girl!

on October 29, 2014

Okay so today is my mother’s 80th birthday and nobody can believe she is that great age because she looks so young. We met up at the nursing home at 11am so that Anthony and I could give her ‘the book’ together and (sigh of relief) Meg loved it, despite its falling apart with messy fullness! Then we went out for lunch with a sprinkling of special people with the surprise star being Meg’s first great-grandchild who has just turned 1.

On Saturday we have the party, a 2-hour boat cruise which is just family because, if we had to include friends, it would have entailed a ship!

All of the grandchildren wrote something for Grandma to be included in the birthday book and here is what I did with Ashtyn’s words:


Ashtyn is Meg’s first grandchild, my fantastic first niece, my god-daughter, Ming’s godmother and, in so many other ways, the star of the family. She and Meg are very much alike in that their presence at any occasion elicits a lot of attention because they are both so beautiful!

So, Mama, you are now 80 +

Note: I will CHANGE the subject tomorrow!

35 responses to “Birthday girl!

  1. Happy birthday Meg!

    Can we see a photo of the book? Pleeeeeeeeeeease?

  2. Meg says:

    You must never refer to this absolute masterpiece as messy again! It is the most creative, stunning, memory-filled and humbling work of art and probably the most treasured possession I will ever have. To have assembled messages and anecdotes from every one of my immediate family members, ages 12 and on up to my kids in their 50’s,was a marathon, and your creativity in photographing each message against a backdrop of the farm garden, could have only be devised by you. Your poem and the prayer quotes, once again reveal your beauty and talent and I am the most fortunate of women. Love you forever sweet Daughter. Mother.

  3. Happy Birthday Magnificent Meg!!!!!!

  4. susanpoozan says:

    Sounds like a perfect day.

  5. Happy Birthday to your dear mom!

  6. Happy birthday beautiful mother of Jules. Many more are wished for you. Your new cyber friend, Paulette ❤

  7. Happy Birthday Meg!!!

  8. Happy 80th to your mother!!! ♥

  9. Terry says:

    This is just beautiful, enjoy that cruise also!

  10. Colline says:

    I am sure she had a wonderful birthday.

  11. I love this subject! Happy Birthday Meg! ❤
    Diana xo

  12. tootlepedal says:

    I like the idea of a birthday boat cruise.

  13. Yvonne says:

    I’ll bet others besides me who would like to read more of THE book!

    What a nice 80th birthday!

  14. ksbeth says:

    how absolutely wonderful and i’m sure she loved the book!

  15. Trisha says:

    I just knew she would love such a wonderfully thoughtful, personal gift, falling apart or not! Happy 80th to Meg! Wishing your whole family a joyous celebration this weekend.

  16. I hope your mum had a bloody great birthday, 80 is nothing to sneeze at, we all knew she would love the book

  17. Happy Belated Birthday wishes to your mum, Julie. I’m sure the book was a HUGE hit.

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