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Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Happy Birthday to Meeeeee

Yep. Today is my birthday. And it has been a really great day. What a total difference this year was from last year when I thought I'd been forgotten!

It started off at 12:00 A.M. with Hubby getting out of bed to come into the office and give me a hug and a kiss and deliver his rendition of 'Go Mama. It's your birthday. We gonna party like it's your birthday' (ala 50Cent) accompanied by a totally cute butt-waggy dance. He had me cracking up! And thanking God he doesn't own a speedo!

After he went back to bed, My Girl came out of her cave and gave me a beautiful card and this tealight candle holder from her and The Boyfriend.

It says, "Mothers are special and so kind... touching lives with tenderness, warmth, and love combined." I have seen these several times and always thought they were beautiful and secretly wished one of my kids would give me one. Yay for birthday wishes come true!

I was awakened this morning by a text message from my friend, Tanya, telling me happy birthday and offering to buy me breakfast.

Before Hubby left for work he gave me a wonderful card. As usual, it made me weepy. He always makes me feel like the most special person in the world, but on my birthday he finds cards that speak such love and faith that if they were all I got all year it would be (almost) enough. I am so blessed to have that man in my life.

For lunch, My Girl took me to Olive Garden where we had salad and shared a lucious piece of the heaven they call the Black Tie Mousse Cake. After lunch we spent a little time shopping. While we were at Kirkland's I admired this and she bought it for me!

Here's what it says up close:

Isn't that wonderful! I'd never heard that before. It so perfectly fits the way my life has gone that if she hadn't bought it for me I'd have done so for myself, but it wouldn't have meant nearly as much as having her spend her own hard-earned money just to put a big birthday smile on my face.

When we got home I had an email from Bug containing a gift certificate to Kiva which is a website where people can go to help out small businesses by lending them small amounts of money. It's called microfinance. Bug very thoughtfully gave me money to give to someone else. Isn't that the coolest thing! I just love that boy. He knows my heart so well.

Tonight, Hubby took me out to The Chart House at the Kemah Boardwalk. I am so glad Ike didn't blow it away! Otherwise I wouldn't have had lobster and key lime pie for my birthday dinner. Calories don't count on your birthday, do they?

Throughout the day I've received cards, emails, and text messages from all over the place. I even received a phone call from Lady T all the way from The Netherlands. Plus I just finished a call from Twig.

I must tell you, though, that the most welcome present I got all day long came from ME! I've spent most of the last month talking about turning 53 (or 40-13 as a friend of mine prefers to say). This morning I was thinking about how quickly the years have passed and how I don't FEEL 53 in my head when it dawned on me... I was born in 1956 which means I TURNED 52 TODAY NOT 53!! How much better can it get to gain a whole nother year to live. Now if I can just find the check-out girl at Wal-Mart who told me last week that I looked good for 53. I wonder if she'll think I look good for 52, too.

Peace, blessings, and may all your birthday wishes come true, too!


  1. I don't know if you saw my tweet, but even if you did, you deserve it twice: HAPPY BIRTHDAY! (Even if it's not still your birthday in Houston. Nor here. To modify Alan Jackson, "It's still Tuesday somewhere." I think we'll overlook that part about "Make it a hurricane" -- you've had enough of those for one year.) I'm so glad for all those wonderful birthday gifts, especially those from your Girl.


  2. "A very merry Un-(53)Birthday to you" Damama! All these good family moments will continue with your blogger-friends.
    Joyeux Anniversaire!

  3. "Learning to dance in the rain" ... love it! We've had a couple of days of line dancing, haven't we? I got a kick out of you discovering you were only 52 ... no one else in your family caught it, either? Getting back a whole year is spectacular! Was really pleased to read about The Chart House being open. Thought that whole area was pretty badly damaged. (?) Had been (futilely, I thought) hoping to get out there between Christmas and New Year's with a friend. You've given me hope. Happy belated birthday, by the way ... sounds like you had a great one!

  4. You crazy lady! You sound as if you had a brilliant 52nd birthday, and I'm so glad for you.

  5. From a girl who loves to dance in the rain (literally) I love that sign. I have never heard that saying before.
    Sound like you had a great day. Happy birthday once more!!

  6. Happy Happy Belated Birthday to you, Damama. I'm so glad you had such a great day. By the way, if you were somehow thinking, "My body doesn't feel too bad for 53" how does it feel to be ONLY 52? Hahahahaha. Margie PS I'm right behind you. :)

  7. Happy Belated Birthday!
    The kids say, "Happy Birthday!"
    Jon's at work or I'm sure he'd say it too.

    By the way, my parents are not old, and you are three years younger than them. So, you're not old! :)


    You are correct, calories don't count on your birthday.

    And you look good for 52.

    40 13? Ha ha ha! (I was 29 for about 10 years;0)

  9. Happy Birthday again! You don't look a day over 29 - how do you do that?

    Hope your fifty-third year of life brings you much happiness and dreams that come true.

  10. I wasn't online much yesterday so I'm late. Happy birthday!! :) :)

  11. Happy Birthday, Happy Birthday to you, Damama T!

    That was my singing telegram to you. I hope you enjoyed. So sorry I couldn't get it video taped and sent on to you in time. You'll just have to use your imagination. (Just imagine me singing with an awesome voice ;) LOL )

    Glad you had a great day!

  12. Happy Birthday a day late! Guess what, my youngest daughter's birthday was yesterday too!!!! She turned 10 and said it was the best day ever. Sounds like you had a wonderful day and that makes me happy! Take Care....hugs....

  13. I'm so awful - I'm behind in my reader, so I just saw this today, so Happy Birthday to you!!

    Sounds like it was a terrific day, and YAY for getting an extra year!

  14. Happy Birthday (a day late) I am glad to read that your family made you feel so special!

  15. Happy birthday!! I know I already told you but now I am telling you again! So glad you had a great day!

  16. Kalynne - Yes I got your sweet tweet! I responded with a big THANK YOu!, but obviously twitter isn't any better at delivering my outgoing tweets than it is at making sure I get all the incoming. LOL at Alan Jackson!
    Catherine - LOL! Un(53). What an appropriate usage of one of my favorite Alice lines. I so know how she feels when it comes to that falling down the rabbit hole thing! LOL!
    Goldenrod - The Chart House, but the water view isn't too great because so many of the lights are still out. Hopefully by Christmas Kemah will be back up to full speed.
    Dragonstar - Yes it was brilliant. And Yes, I am crazy! LOL!
    Lilac - As I was reading your comment I distinctly heard Neil Sedaka singing Laughter in the Rain in my head. LOL
    Margie - LOL!! You are such a little snot. LOLOLOL!! It's a good thing I love ya! ;o)
    Brandi - THANK YOU! I needed to hear that. Tell the kiddos I sent hugs and smoochies of thanks their way. Jon, too. xoxoxo
    Jillybean - Do calories count for birthday leftovers? LOL!
    Roger - Looking old in hear is easy. You just use a picture taken several years ago! LOL!
    Teri - that name threw me! I'll be over to catch up soon.
    LIsa- There's a Grammy in that thar throat, missy! ;o)
    Sandra - YAY FOR 11/11s! I'm SO glad to hear from you. Are you ever gonna start posting again, girl? Hope all is well in your world.


  18. Happy Happy Day!!

    Next time video tape that birthday song by Hubby and put it on YouTube.

  19. Happy belated Birthday. Sorry I missed it. That's a better present than I gave myself one year. I had me a year younger than I actually was going to be!

    It sounds like you had a great day.

  20. Happy BELATED BIRTHDAY! I knew I re-joined this blog world for a reason - if only to visit and wish you well.

    SOUNDS like things are going so well for you. I'm glad. You are loved and doing what you love and for that I am happy!

    I love that saying and I will be borrowing it for one of my scrapbook pages!

    Hugs and then some,


  21. I did not know it was your birthday.. Mine is the 19th cool. So I guess that means that you are what 8 days older than me. November sure is a great month to be born in. HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!!

  22. Sorry so long getting back to thank you guys!

    Sunshine!!! You are behind in your reader, but as I told AZ the other day, my family says I'm just A BEHIND! LOL! ;o)
    Brandy - They really went all out this year. I'm so honored!
    AZ!! Feel free to tell me again. As often as you like. ;o) LOL!
    Robin - WHY DIDN'T I THINK OF A VIDEO! Dang! It would go viral in mere minutes! LOL!
    Debbie - Early, late - anything's great! ;o) LOL at the year younger thing. I know, it's cruel to laugh at such misfortune, but.. HA!! (sorry... it was funny! See why you should keep blogging! LOL!)
    Lucille!!!!!!!!! Speaking of people who SHOULD KEEP BLOGGING! I'm so glad you are back. xoxoxo
    Gracie!! Yet another AWOL blogger. But then with TWO little ones now, I'm sure you have your hands waaaay full! Send me some new pictures! I bet G-man has grown a foot

  23. OM gosh....... i missed this! I'm so sorry! Jeepers! I need to check my online friends more often! I'm so sorry!
    But I'm here now!



    Ooops! Left the caps on. Didn't mean to shout. but it looks kinda cool, so I'm leaving it. So maybe, unconsciously I did! Heh heh heh!

    I'll come back later and say more, but right now I'm having this thing dragged from my hands so that my oldest can do his homework. Drat!


  24. I'm glad you had a great birthday. Sorry I haven't been on much. Happy belated birthday!!

  25. Glad you had a good birthday.



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