I have to say Thank you to my Dear Husband George for starting my day off, with this waiting for me in the Kitchen.
To not 1, but 2 cards....
and yes, you "know" I wore it... Joanne will have pictures of that I'm sure lol. Loved the nonchalant looks that I was receiving in the short trips I had to make on my way to the shop. Giggled a lot to myself.
Yes, I made my own cake....from scratch.... (I'm thinking it was a success!) Remember it was "my" party. I didn't want anyone to do anything..... Nor Bring anything!
My Daughter called and sang Happy Birthday to me while i was getting ready in the morning (which I over slept!) What a smile her singing brought to my face... To my Son texting me later in the day to send me wishes.. I will see him and Lake on Sunday and will have our family get together then! Looking forward to it!
A few shots throughout the day. I have to say that I did not get many, and I'm sorry for that. I was busy helping some color planning, visiting, socializing..... Lots of socializing... and did not have the camera with me at all times. (I'm thinking I needed the camera around my neck too)
And just look at what Joanne will be fostering for a little while. .... Can you say sweet???
Gotta get that cake in :) Candles were from George... After I blew out the candles I opened card #2 from him. It was one of those musical ones that had "I'm so excited, and I just can't hide it" (now you'll be singing it all day too ) lol. It also said to dance around.... So I did :). Had others shaking it too!
When George was done with work, he called me to tell me he was on his way. Right when I was ready to leave, the Girls from East Berlin came! Surprised to see All of them! I had to give quick hugs and I was off to meet George at AppleBee's for dinner and we had a very relaxing time. Delicious fish dinner for me and steak for George. Little did I know from all the hugging I did before I left, my 50 pin was blinking.... Didn't realize it until I was looking down at my menu! Thank you George for a beautiful dinner.... (tastes so much better when you don't have to cook it!)
When I returned, there was felted soap making going on. Tanya showed me how. Oh, how soft, and oh so fun!
And speaking of felting, Sherri came and she was making these sheep for a show she was doing next week. Sooo sweet!
Now Miss Joanne had me working by unwrapping 50 gifts! They were all labeled and to be opened in order. I had to search through the bags to find #1.
Starting with #1 (I hung this around my neck too...)
how fun it was to open a skein of floss here and there, a slim jim here and there, 50 pennies, nickles etc., etc. Lots of giggles, and fabulous gifts!
to #50 A Beautiful quilt that Joanne's Mom made (or helped Joanne make ;) ) the picture does not do it justice. It's just super!! Size is a lap quilt!
All of the EB Girls ..... (hmmm,,,, I'm thinking wool?)
My Secret Pal
From Linda (a Beautiful leather Bible tote and journal for my lessons) My papers are always a mess..
From Sherri ( Loved watching her make these!)
To my "Nutty" friend Tanya :)... She knows how much I love acorns (these were Super....came from a beach in DE and have such a cool texture on the caps)
Also my Nutty friend Tanya LOL. She has added to my collection immensely!! Are they hysterical or what?
And Joanne on her way home.....
And here is the pattern that I treated myself to for this Winter! Still thinking about color on this one. Old Nutfield.
So how does one say Thank you? This has truly been overwhelming to me. I laid in bed last night just replaying the day in my head, and I'm sure I'm forgetting a lot. I am still in awe of the relationships that I have developed over the last 11 years since moving here. I needed to be still and just listen to what my response was going to be.
It is so true that women need girlfriends in their lives. Every one of them has a different role that you appreciate in a different way. And I have to say that I am so Blessed and so very Thankful for creating the friendships that I have with these women and those who are not pictured here. Ones that I have never met through on line groups, to blogland... (starting to tear up here).. You are all unique, gifted, talented, giving, and very special to me.... I appreciate you for who you are, and proud to call you my friend. Your comments, your prayers, ALL emotionally felt. And the cards, the gifts? My goodness, each one of them will be treasured......... Thank you, thank you, and you really shouldn't have!
Yesterday was filled to the Brim, so much that it overflowed. My heart is still overflowing today. So I want Thank you All from the tips of my toes to the top of my "Tiara" for celebrating my Big 50 with me. It was supposed to be a day for me to be goof-ier than usual, Celebrate the Half Century Mark.... and to make others laugh and have a good time. But in return you All put a smile on my heart that I will forever be grateful for.
Life is meant to be Lived... So get out there and enjoy every minute to the fullest... And whatever you do, do it with a joyful heart....
With Much Love...... May you All have a Blessed week ~~