Saturday, April 30, 2011

Celebrations Make Life Worth Living

This has been a very busy weekend, filled with lots of activity and celebration. It's the kind of weekend that makes life so very worth living.

 My family is celebrating two birthdays and a baby's baptism.  Balloons and buffets, candles and gifts, laughter and hugs, fruit and veggie platters and cake, and on and on--- all are part of the partying.

Yesterday afternoon, the sun shone down like melted gold, and guests filled the birthday girl's house as well as filtered outside into the backyard. A splendid moment came when a two-year-old did ballerina moves on the grass for the surrounding guests. She twirled and lifted her tiny hands above her head and her face mirrored sheer joy as everyone clapped.   What a moment to treasure!

The birthday girl's bash made me think of that day, 28 years ago, when she was born.  On that memorable day, I was unable to contain my joy and my mother's heart filled to the brim with love. Then, yesterday, while celebrating my daughter's special day, all the same feelings came back and then some. My baby is now a grown woman with many talents.  No doubt she will give a great deal to the world.

Today is the baptism of my one of my niece's handsome little boy. After the church service, there will be more festivities and feasting until an evening birthday bash for one of my sisters!

Such weekends fill my heart with the deepest reservoir of gratitude. How blessed we are to have families and loved ones to celebrate life's special events. Gratitude and love rule the day.



Linda O'Connell said...

celebrate with gusto! Sounds like a fun and buzy time.

Bookie said...

Ymmy looking nice to celebrate so many things and have so much family to share with. Enjoy it all!

It's Just Dottie said...

I have had the same kind of week as you!
We are so blessed.

Chatty Crone said...

Happy Birthday to your daughter and congrats to your nephew, the party looked like they had some great food!

The last celebration - besides the small ones here - was my sister's twins in California almost two years ago. Rick and I are God Parents.

It was wonderful.


Linda @ A La Carte said...

I love family and it is the greatest joy in my life. Of course the birth of my first Grand Child was the last event for me. All the Grandparents made it to visit within the first few days of Tigers arrival and it was wonderful to see the Joy on everyone's faces. I also am so blessed with my beautiful children and lucky to see the wonderful adults they have become. hugs, Linda

diane stetson said...

Living far away from family is sad but I do have a son and daughter in law and two wonderful grandsons closer to me. The last event was Easter weekend... Remember me to all the rest today and tonight Susan.

Carolyn said...

Sounds like you had a lot to celebrate! It is great to get together with family and friends.


Lee G Turley said...

I hope you realize how vital these thoughts are to those around you. It's so unfortunate that the importance of family is a dying priority these days. Truly loving and supporting those around us in our actual family or our honorary family is foundational in our search for a life worth living just as you say.

Keep it up! Lead those around you to see and value this importance as well! :)

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