Sunday, January 11, 2009

Where to start ...

First I want to thank you all for your comments and prayers for Cheryl and all of us. I really appreciate hearing from all of you.

The last few days have just flown by. I've been spending most of my days at Cheryl's house doing whatever needed to be done. There's been lots of tears and laughter, people in and out all day and omgosh the phone calls .. the outpour of care and concern for her and the saddness of lossing Larry has made for some long long days .. all leading up to today (Sunday) which will be the memorial service.

This weekend is defiantely bittersweet for me because today is also my birthday. Saturday evening we got together with my side of the family and had a wonderful mexican meal and played some games .. it was a really nice way to celebrate and to also have a little down time .. I didn't have to cook! lol

Back up a couple of days .. Thursday night I got home late from Cheryl's and had a wonderful surprise waiting for me when I got home. There was this wonderful stitched envelope waiting for me from Jill. She had my name from the Stitching Bloggers Birthday Club. Look at this fun stitching she did for me! All my favoriate things are stitched on this envelope .. first there's this darling reindeer on the front ...

and on the back are more motifs of things that I love ...

What a special gift! But there was more .. a sweet birthday card inside .. but there was more .. there was also a big box from her too.

and here what was inside the box .. more great things like coffee socks, a coffee cup and goodies from Starbucks, a coffee notepad and pen, a beautiful stitch counter that she made herself, a storage box and floss bobbins. And if that wasn't enough, she included Yule Sampler.
Thank you so much Jill .. I just love everything! You really made me smile :)
I hope everyone is having a great productive fun weekend! You all deserve it! I'll leave you with one last picture .. me at my 4th birthday. Can't remember why there was a fire hat there! lol


I'm grateful for another birthday ... 55 will rock!

14 comments:

KarenV said...

Happy Birthday Michele :) Glad you had a nice time with your family.

WendyCarole said...

Happy Birthday

karen said...

Happy Birthday Sweetie! What a great surprise from jill for you! she rocked on that one!

I know today is going to be a bittersweet day for you and if you need anything or want to talk, you know my number, i am here for you!

(((hugs)))

Melissa M. said...

Happy Birthday, Michele!! {{{hugs}}}

Chris said...

Happy Birthday my friend. See you soon.

Beth said...

Happy Birthday Kiddo - you are still a baby to me!!

Hope things will calm down soon in your life - you could use some down time.

Beth

Sally said...

Happy Belated Birthday Michele! What a wonderful gift you received.

Thinking of you.

Wendy said...

Happy Birthday, Michele! I love the box of goodies that you received and the stitched envelope is awesome.

staci said...

That is a gorgeous gift from Jill...and it couldn't have arrived at a better time :) Take care.

monique said...

Happy, happy birthday!! Great surprise in the mail :)

Jean said...

Isn't life a mix of sorrow and joy? Somehow the joy balances the hard times in life. I hope your birthday is a wonderful celebration!! I couldn't tell exactly when the date is. Plus, I forgot to email you my birthday as you requested!! It's June 5. What do you have up your sleeve collecting all these birthdays??? Hmmm???

Love all you got for your birthday! I'm glad you got such a wonderful birthday surprise. I am so glad to know you.

Cindy F. said...

Happy belated birthday Michele. Such beautiful, fun gifts from Jill! Her mail art piece is beautiful!
I hope Cheryl is doing ok. You and dh are good friends for her to have.

valerie said...

Happy Birthday Michele! Jill sent you a lovely birthday package. What a lucky lady! I'm sorry to hear about the passing of your family friend. My thoughts are with you...

mainely stitching said...

What a wonderful birthday surprise!

I'm glad that you've had some happy moments during a sad time. Thinking of you!!!