Monday, November 26, 2012


Every year, my birthday falls close to Thanksgiving Day.  Sometimes it's actually ON Thanksgiving Day. My birthday was yesterday. It was a biggie--and one that I had tried hard to forget about. Don't get me wrong. I'm not against celebrating birthdays. I love celebrating the birthdays of friends and family. in fact, this is my  basic philosophy on birthdays:
 (Card I found on etsy a year ago--SO sorry I don't remember the artist)
Gifts aside, and even though we should do it more often than one day a year, it is a chance to tell someone "I'm glad you were born because you matter to me."

Mark and Aaron had left the day after Thanksgiving to go to a Texas A&M football game with my brother and our niece (a senior at A&M), and came home yesterday afternoon. Christa planned a girls-only lunch with family and a few close friends at a lovely restaurant. It was the perfect celebration, as I had been quite adamant about not wanting a surprise party. Across the table from me was this little sweetie--things don't get much better!

 After a delicious lunch, I celebrated with a butterscotch creme brulee--with candy-coated popcorn on top (yummy!).
 The restaurant graciously only put a single candle on the plate. But I still needed help blowing it out.
I love this picture--with my mother and granddaughter.
And the other two exceptionally special women in my life, Christa and Jill.
The whole group who made my day so very special.

Did I mention that there were gifts? All so very wonderful. I'll share just a couple of them:
A "Live a Colorful Life" mug--and it's orange inside!--and a scarf that will surely inspire a quilt (don't they look perfect together?)

My family knows that pictures are probably my very favorite gift in the world. And while I'm so very thankful for each gift and card I opened (and I'm sure everyone will understand when I say this), it would be hard to receive a better gift than the hand-painted and hand-written cards I received from Levi and Charlotte.

A special thank you to all the many people who took the time to leave a message on Facebook or Instagram. I appreciated them more than I can say. I feel very blessed.

Just a reminder--tomorrow is my tutorial for a cute selvage Christmas wall hanging over at Ellison Lane Quilts. With a giveaway! The fun has already started so you might want to head over right now and check it out. And then come back tomorrow!


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Shelly said... #

Happy Birthday, Cindy! Glad you had a special day.

Allison said... #

happy birthday! sounds like you had a wonderful celebration :)

Cheryl Arkison said... #

Happy Birthday!

Anne / Springleaf Studios said... #

Happy Happy Birthday Cindy!!
Nothing better than spending time with loved ones on special days.

Mama Pea said... #

Oh, can't wait to see that quilt.

Glad you had such a wonderful birthday! What a nice celebration you had. Wish I could have been there to help you celebrate. Big hugs!

Mary on Lake Pulaski said... #

Sounds like a fabulous birthday for a fabulous person!

Clara {Clover and Violet} said... #

What a wonderful way to celebrate your birthday!!

Paulette said... #

Happy Birthday! Looks like you had a good one. Did you ever get that fabric you had your eye on as a birthday treat?

Carla said... #

I think I "met" you this time last year. Hugs to you ; ) happy day.

Needled Mom said... #

Happy, happy birthday. It looks like a wonderful day and I hope the good times continue to roll through the year ahead.

felicity said... #

Happy Birthday, friend! It looks like you had a beautiful celebration.

CapitolaQuilter said... #

happy happy birthday. last year was a biggy for me and it boggles the mine that another has flown by. The mug is super cute.

Debbie said... #

Glad you had such a sweet celebration!

Anita said... #

Happy Belated Birthday! Mine and my son's are today...we also sometimes have Thanksgiving birthdays which are very fun! Have a great year :)

Mrs Flying Blind... said... #

Many happy returns Cindy xxx

Anna said... #

Aw, happy birthday! It looks like you had a wonderful day :)

Pomegranate Quilts said... #

Happy Birthday, Cindy! That photo of you with your mother and granddaughter is priceless. Wishing you a year filled with great health, much joy, and continued pleasure in walking the paths you want to walk. Hugs!

CitricSugar said... #

Aw, and I missed it! Happy belated birthday, m'dear! I'm very glad you were born. :-)

FlourishingPalms said... #

Happy belated birthday! You don't know how refreshing it is to know you're older than I am... even if it's only by not quite four months!

Terriaw said... #

It's great having a birthday around Thanksgiving, isn't it?! (NOT, in my opinion)

Wonderful to see you had such a great day of celebrating!

Lucy | Charm About You said... #

Happy Belated Birthday Cindy!! That creme brulee looks delicious and seems you had a lot of fun :) x

Rene' said... #

Sounds like a wonderful way to celebrate!!! So glad you had a wonderful birthday.

Marit said... #

Happy birthday! Looks like you had a perfect celebration!

Toni said... #

Glad you had a special birthday, Cindy! An all-girls party is ALWAYS a good idea :)

Archie The Wonder Dog said... #

Happy (belated) birthday!!!

Katy Cameron said... #

Belated happy birthday, glad you had such a wonderful day!