This is a very delayed post but I felt the need to blog about for the sheer purpose of having it documented somewhere.
In May, we celebrated my Mom’s 65th birthday party. My sisters and I had such a great time planning it and it turned out exactly how we hoped it would. We wanted a dinner party with her closest friends and family. Something special but comfortable enough that she would just be able to enjoy being with all these people that love her.
We decided on a theme of coral, blush and gold. Italian food. Champagne cupcakes. And lights. There must be lights.
There was a moment just before Mom and the guests arrived, when Erin, Kathryn and I were squealing that everything turned out better than we could have hoped.
I want to remember how fun it was to plan. But I also want to remember what everyone said about her. We gave people the opportunity to say something if they wanted to.
I told her how grateful I was to have a mother who modeled what it looked like to love Jesus and to love what Jesus loves.
A neighbor talked about how my Mom cared for her when she was sick.
Another neighbor thanked my Mom for caring for her after surgery. That she didn’t know what she would have done without her.
Erin thanked her for her heart of adoption. For loving children that weren’t biologically hers which then instilled in her children to do the same.
Kathryn thanked her for time that Mom has spent with her. For being there for Kathryn when she was really hurting.
A couple from church that doesn’t live near either of their families told her that they think of her as their Mom to which my Mom promptly responded that she feels the same way.
It was such a special time! Here are a few pictures to prove it! (you can click on each photo for a better view)
For the record, the gold birthday candles were my favorite detail 🙂