Friday, July 18, 2014

My Birthday Without A Mom


They say that the first year without a loved one is a year of firsts.
Today is my birthday.  The first one I celebrate without my Mom or
my Daddy.  I am looking back with love and looking forward with
love too.  I was so lucky to have such loving parents.  



I have shed a few tears but I am smiling too.  I am remembering fun
birthdays of the past and looking forward to fun ones in the future too.




A birthday is just a personal day.  One that should be spent doing
exactly what you love.  To me it's not about presents or cake but about
reflection and excitement of a new year to come.  While David is at
the office today, I will spend it watching some of my favorite old movies
and working on my dollhouse.  For me it will be the perfect way to
celebrate the past and look forward to another happy year of life.
Of course my darling Bentley will be right next to me every step of
the way.  Life is good.



Big Texas Hugs,
Susan and Bentley

37 comments:

  1. Lovely, poignant post, Susan! It sounds like you spent your birthday in the perfect way, counting your blessings and being good to yourself!

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    1. Thank you Tricia. I do count my blessings every day and I am working hard every day to make today a good day.

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  2. Have a Happy Birthday. It's a very hard day
    Lily & Edward

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    1. It is hard, but I keep reminding myself that Mom and Daddy are in heaven with all the rest of our family who have crossed over and that makes me happy.

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  3. Happy Birthday, Susan. Yes, it will be a year of first for you and I, who have so recently lost our mothers. My mom's birthday is the last day of this month. It will be a tough one. You are doing just what you should do, taking care of yourself, nurturing yourself. Have a wonderful day.

    xo
    Claudia

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    1. My nephew Gabriel (who is also my Godson) shares your Mom's birthday. So glad that you and I are friends!

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  4. My mothers was on the 2nd of this month, I just celebrated mine 3 days ago & my dad's was on the 20th. He loved to tell us each year that this was the day that man walked on the moon. He loved making those significant connections. He passed on Elvis's birthday. I am sure he smiled at that one! Happy, happy birthday to you Susan. Cherish your happy memories.

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    1. You and I have a lot in common. Belated happy Birthday to you. Yours is on the 15th ~ right? July is a big birthday month for our family too. I have a brother-in-law on the 4th, my Aunt Susan is on the 13th, my hubby's is on the 16th, my sister-in-law Cindy's is on the 22nd and my nephew is on the 31st. We both should have one big month long party!

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    2. Amen to that! And yes, the 15th is mine. Smack dab in the middle. I am taking a ferry to Orcas Island this evening. It is my birthday present from my youngest son. Saturday we are going over to San Juan Island for a lavender festival. I can't wait to sample some lavender goodies!

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  5. First, let me wish you a happy birthday. Second, I can only imagine your loss, being the 1st b'day without both of your parents. I still have mine but know that time is short for us and don't know how much longer I will have them in my life. I can't even imagine that day...
    GADawn57

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    1. Treasure each moment you have with your parents and all of your loved ones. It all goes by too fast. And make each day of your life full of joy no matter what.

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  6. Oh, Susan, I'm so sorry and I fully understand. Happy birthday and I'm glad you've got your sweet plans going on.
    Blessings,
    Shelia ;)

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    1. Thank you Shelia. You gave me a wonderful giggle yesterday when you told the story of your granddaughter's reaction to your varicose veins. Out of the mouths of babes! Absolutely adorable little girl.

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  7. Happy happy birthday, sweet friend. Enjoy your day doing just what you want. Life holds so many promises for you. xo Laura

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    1. Thank you Laura. I treasure our friendship.

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  8. Happy, Happy day, Susan! May your new year of life also be blessed with memory-making moments. Susan p.s. Working on the dollhouse sounds like a splendid way to spend your day. Susan

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    1. I am working on my dollhouse while watching "Mr Blandings Builds His Dreamhouse". I have seen that movie countless times but I love it every time I do. Thank you for the birthday wishes!

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  9. Happy Birthday, Susan, and I hope the coming year is filled with good friends and good health. This was a lovely tribute to your mom on your birthday and one that many of us understand.

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    1. Thank you so much for your kind words.

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  10. Happy Birthday, my friend! Be good to yourself for a whole week. And then some!
    Brenda

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  11. I have just lost my Mama back in March 14 2014 just recent.. I truly understand.. I wish you a lovely day as I don't celebrate b.days.. with love Janice

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    1. I am so very sorry for your loss Janice. My heart goes out to you. Email me if you ever need to talk. Grieving is a tough process.

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  12. I know what you mean I still to this day after all these years cant get used to having my B day with out my parents here but I know they are watching over me and will always be in my heart and memories so I celebrate in their memory ! Happy Birthday ! Have a good weekend !

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    1. I know that your parents are watching over you just as I believe mine are. I just read a quote (can't remember the author)
      "Memories are like roses in winter".

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  13. Hi Susan, I remember that “first” all to well. You sound wonderful and I’m sending you a hug, one for Bentley too!
    Happy Birthday.............

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    1. I am surprised at how well I am doing. At first I felt like I could not breathe. Time doesn't totally heal the wound but it does make it less painful. Thanks for the hugs my friend!

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  14. Just after my first birthday without my mum my daughter was born, she is nothing like my mum but there are times when she reminds of my mother.
    Merle...........

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  15. Happy birthday, Dear Susan. Your beautiful spirit is a blessing to us all, and a reminder of His goodness.
    They are always with you.
    Big hugs,
    Patti

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  16. Happy belated birthday, Susan! Yes, a bittersweet one, perhaps, this year, without your beloved mother, but as you say, you have many things to look forward to, and most of them, are what you enjoy doing every day. All the very best!

    xx
    Poppy

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  17. Happy belated birthday to you, Susan. Yes, the first year is so difficult with all the firsts that we must endure, but your spirit is bright and positive. I'm sure your dear mom is always in your heart.

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