I recently had my big birthday party - becoming a "senior" is something to celebrate. I think I did get a bit carried away, but wanted to have a special time with family and friends. And it was a special time with my family - my mother, my aunts and uncle, my sister and her family, cousins, nieces, nephews, my own children and grandchildren.... that was only part of the crowd . Old friends and new friends made the day even more special by just coming together and having a good time.
Sisters and daughters
Granddaughter wearing my own baby dress (60 years old) with her other grandfather
Oldest grandson enjoying the party
Friends and family
Scene BEFORE the downpour of rain and panic!
The sun did shine eventually.
FOOD? This was just the dessert, supplied by friends and my daughter-in-law with the fabulous birthday cake made by my aunt. Members of my Rotary Club ( Rotary Club of Wallsend-Maryland) cooked and prepared the main course - delicious roasted meats with accompaniments.
Never short of a word or two ...
This photo (above) seemed to sum up for me what this special day was all about . Various people from diverse groups but all special to me coming together... Here is my brother-in-law, a new friend we met for the first time last year in Papua New Guinea, and Jim's niece - I am so fortunate to have such great friends and a fantastic family. What was also special was the amazing collection of "quilt" contributions everyone has either delivered or sent to me. I am so looking forward to putting them all together. Each square is unique, not only in its decoration and embellshment, but also for the story it tells, and the the very special memory each one invokes and the precious relationship it signifies. In subsequent blog posts, I hope to feature a few of the squares each post so that you can share the joy of putting my birthday quilt together.
Thanks to everyone who came to the party, and especially Rotarians from the Wallsend-Maryland Club who catered and my wonderful friends, family and husband who did so much preparing for the day and providing great food and celebratory spirit. I also want to thank my friends at Hello Dollies who also gave me a beautiful party at the Sydney meeting. What a great birthday - thanks everyone - I've enjoyed such a wonderful time.