Monday, October 15, 2007

Ninety Birthday Cards!

Today is my Mother-in-law's 90th birthday! Mom is a wonderful woman
that has touched so many lives over the years; a loving wife, mother
and grandmother she has always held family close and requested a quiet
afternoon celebrating with us on the farm. Yesterday we took her to visit
Winget Park Elementary School, which was named in her honor, to see
the mural of our farm that I painted with my studio. The children at the
school had also made a DVD of themseleves singing Happy Birthday to
her which was so special!

Then we celebrated her 90 years of love and nurturing with the family
on the farm. Our biggest surprise was yet to come – we knew that many
friends would want to play a role in her birthday celebration so over
the past few weeks we collected birthday cards, hoping to collect 90
cards for 90 years. As the word spread, the cards flooded in from
distant family, old and new friends and past students she taught at
South Mecklenburg High School. We had so much fun reconnecting with
folks from around the country- the experience of collecting was so
dear to us as everyone shared their memories and stories of Mom
throughout the years. In the end we collected over 120 cards! Mom was
thrilled at the display and I know she will enjoy reading the cards
over the next couple of weeks. It was a wonderful way to celebrate!


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