Sunday, October 20, 2013

A surprising weekend

Not much sewing done this weekend. 

Tomorrow is my birthday and last night we went over to my daughter's for dinner.

My mother-in-law and I walked in and there was my 86 year old mother from Winnipeg, and my son and his girlfriend from New York, and both my children from here with husband and girlfriend, the grandchildren and my oldest friends, a couple I have known since university, the kind of friends who had kids the same age (nine between the two families) and are like family. My daughter said she considered a larger party but knew I would then spend the night hosting and this was better for a big birthday.

She knows me.

It was the first surprise party of my life and I was completely surprised.

The really weird thing was the feeling that this was for me. All other events I am making the party for someone else and it was strange it was for me. I kept thinking that all night.

I was so touched that they were there. 

Everyone I love most in the world in one room and the three sisters who weren't there, close in spirit. One sister sent me jewelry she knows means something to me, another wrote a really lovely card and my sister who quilts made one that is half farmland (where I grew up) and half a seascape, because that is where I have spent the other half of my life. I will take a picture this week to show you.

I felt really emotional all night and still feel that way.

Everyone is so good to me.

My mom is here for the rest of the week and I will be checking in again next weekend with my project news.

In the meantime I am just going to enjoy my family.

Until then.

22 comments:

Angela said...

What a happy birthday! Have a wonderful week:)

Karen in VA said...

What a great and thoughtful surprise.. happy birthday!

seamsandfinishes.com said...

Happy Birthday, and the best possible memory is to spend this time with family. Celebrate in good health!

TinaLou said...

I'm glad this was a happy surprise .... Happy Birthday!

Anonymous said...

Love given, returns. Glad you're enjoying the well-deserved returns. Elle

twotoast said...

What a fabulous surprise - Happy Birthday, wishing you a lovely day with lots of treats!

Margy said...

Happy Birthday! What a lovely celebration. Enjoy!

Jacq C said...

How lovely, have a very happy Birthday week :)

Karin said...

Happy Birthday! All ages, family get togethers are the best!

Sueann Walter said...

Wonderful birthday wishes to you. Have a delightful week with your mother.

Cleverclogs said...

Best wishes on your birthday!

Jodie said...

What a terrific gift! Enjoy your time with your family and Happy Birthday!

Chris Lucas said...

Happy birthday! Sounds like you had an amazing surprise and a wonderful time. Enjoy the rest of the week with your loved ones.

Patty said...

What a wonderful gift! More & more I find I treasure time with loved ones the most.....Happy Birthday!!

Mary Collins said...

Best Birthday eeeverrr! Have fun!

Anonymous said...

Happy birthday, Barb! I know exactly how you are feeling. I had a surprise birthday eight years ago, very much like yours and it makes you feel so special. Hard to believe is is all about you. I am glad you had such a wonderful celebration. I still smile from ear to ear every time I think of my surprise birthday.

Hugs
Donna
Have a great visit with your mom.

Judi Pinkham said...

Happy Birthday!!!!

Bunny said...

Happy birthday, Barb! It doesn't get any better than a night of being surrounded by your most loved ones. May yo have many more.

Anonymous said...

Happy Birthday!!! Enjoy your wonderful family and their thoughtful surprise!!! :)

Mary said...

Happy birthday! What a wonderful surprise for you.

Anonymous said...

To be with all your loved ones was the "perfect surprise"!! Happy Birthday.

PS Thank you for the wonderful blog. You have me laughing and saying, "I feel the same way". Love your creations.

Almeda

Anonymous said...

Happy Birthday and enjoy this special time with your family. Love your interesting blog. Almeda