Birthday surprise for Mama

I surprised Mama today by showing up in the middle of her Senior’s Memoir Writing Class with birthday cupcakes! After dropping her off at class and secretly conspiring with the teacher, I dashed off home and baked the fastest dozen cupcakes of my life. I didn’t manage a photo of the ginger cupcakes with vanilla…

Happy birthday Mama!

Happy birthday, Mama! You are one amazing woman, a true medical miracle —and today’s #OneGoodThing! What was your #OneGoodThing today? Please share in the comments! Kindness is Everything. Day 274 of 365. And Day 1,370 in a row (here’s the first 366, & the following 365, & the third year of 365 good things)! 1 year ago today: Mama’s birthday in…

Special birthday lunch

The highlight of today was my friend Gail taking me out to a lovely Japanese restaurant for my birthday. The food was delicious and the company was fabulous! After lunch, we visited with Mama and Paisley, and I got to share my progress on our garden/backyard oasis with Gail. We had such fun talking all…

Work-of-art birthday card

Today’s #OneGoodThing was this spectacular cut-out birthday card I received from Mama! The pop-up art piece features flowers and cute dogs, and the wheels on the bicycle actually turn! It’s such a beautiful card that we’ve left in on display in our living room! What was your #OneGoodThing today? Please share in the comments! Day…

Double celebration

This evening Mama and I had the honor of being invited to a Passover Seder at the home of our dear friend Margo. We had a lovely time and adore her family. We especially enjoyed our conversations around the service—these thoughtful tangents added lovely new depths to the traditions of the evening. One of the…

Mama’s birthday in her favorite place

Today we celebrated Mama’s 76th birthday in her favorite place in the world: Venice, Italy! I brought her coffee and pastry from a local bar, which we enjoyed at home. Later we ventured out in the direction of a campo she loves. Along the way, we found ourselves at a shop we’ve long adored, called…

Smart girl gifting

The two very special girls who live next door have birthdays this week. Mama and I had a great time picking out fun gifts for these smart girls, who are turning 7 and 9. We got Jamaica an all-natural lip balm making kit, which teaches chemistry. And for Spirit, who went to a Legos camp…