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Even as we age and get older, I think we tend to look forward to our birthdays - wether we admit it or not.  We hope that we will be fondly remembered by family and friends alike.

This year has been especially difficult because it also signified the first anniversary of Wayne's death.  He was the positive in my life and I miss all the goofy surprises he would bestow on me.

Last Friday the dining room staff pinned a corsage on me, a few residents wished me a happy day, but my mailbox remained empty all day.  On Saturday, a quilting friend stopped for an afternoon of laughter and cheer.  She had stopped at my house and rummaged through boxes to find projects I can work on and maybe even complete.

When my girl friend left, I asked if she would drop off my crocheted hats at a local quilt shop?  They will head to Project Linus and warm the heads and hearts of 102 babies and 57 children.  Happy birthday to me!!!!!!

I may not be fondly remembered by family, but I have started my own traditions of caring and sharing my crocheting and quilting - to wrap others in love, one child at a time.

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Comment by Linda Christianson on May 2, 2014 at 5:11pm

 Happy birthday! I too have a birthday in a few days. Not much family, just the three of us. I have been looking at recipes for a cake. Good for you in making hats. One year I made receiving blankets.

Comment by Roxann on May 1, 2014 at 9:11am

First and foremost, HAPPY BIRTHDAY! 

My b-day is tomorrow and I have always looked forward to it.  My family is big on those kinds of things so there was always some sort of celebration.  Tomorrow my mom, sister and I are doing our annual girls shopping to celebrate my sisters b-day which was last week, my b-day, and Mothers day.  We always have the best time and make great memories.  However, there is one very important person who isn't here to help me celebrate my day and that's my dad.  I lost him a little over a year ago and now my day just doesn't feel the same.  I miss him EVERY single day and I KNOW he would want me to be happy and celebrate the day but it's just hard when I know I won't get that first thing in the a.m. Birthday call. 

I admire your new traditions and bless you for blessing others!!!! 

Happy Birthday!

Comment by Barb/WI on May 1, 2014 at 8:30am

We should never outgrow the need to be appreciated, and celebrated.  Love your generous attitude!  Happy Birthday!

Comment by Shelia/AR on May 1, 2014 at 8:05am

Happy Birthday! You are touching many lives with your love and generosity. You are a special lady! Have a blessed day.

Comment by Karla Ridpath on May 1, 2014 at 6:58am

Happy birthday!  It's also my twin grandsons' birthday - 19 today!  Just think of all of the people right here on this site that are thinking of you right now hoping that your birthday was special inspite of the sad anniversary.  And think of all of the babies and kids that you are helping and how many of those little hats will be saved as a momento of other birthdays!  Chin up, Dear, put a smile on your face and keep those hats comin'!!

Comment by Shannon, ON on May 1, 2014 at 6:06am

yes Happy Birthday. Some years are better than others for various reasons. one year i was alone due to a massive snowstorm!! and i think with internet, fewer people are sending cards. i remember as a child getting several cards in the mail from aunts and uncles etc. not so much now. but celebrate being alive and yes, your generosity will come back to you. i know this has been a very hard year but time will help.

Comment by Joan on May 1, 2014 at 4:43am

Hey, Happy Birthday!! 

Comment by B J Elder/WA on April 30, 2014 at 7:50pm

HAPPY BIRTHDAY! They are to be enjoyed!  I'm glad that your friend and co-workers remembered your special day.  How wonderful to have made and given hats that will help keep many people warm. Your love is reaching so many.  What a special gift that is.

Comment by Donna Sykes on April 30, 2014 at 7:37pm

Happy Birthday!!! Glad you were able to spend time with a good friend. What a great thing you do sharing your talent for such a worthy cause.

Comment by Irene Gallway on April 30, 2014 at 7:25pm

Belated Happy Birthday.  It's always nice to be remembered on our special day.  Your way of celebrating is so nice for those who will have warm heads from your acts of kindness and generosity.  Bless you for being so thoughtful.

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