Wednesday, September 15, 2010

My Big Day



My sweet Mom showed up this morning with this shell cake she made and was so excited to show me before she frosted it!


A very big day, as it's both my birthday and the last day before we take our son off to college.  Even though I can't seem to stop the tears I am incredibly grateful for all the blessings that I have in my life.  And though I'm sad and nervous I have faith that the next chapter in our lives is going to be wonderful.

And this was the Birthday Card!
 
 I want to take this moment to tell each and every one of you how much you mean to me and how happy I am to have found a home here in blogland where I feel so much love and friendship.
Wish me luck this weekend!

35 comments:

A Thousand Clapping Hands said...

What a perfect cake for the birthday girl! Wishing you every happiness in the year ahead.
(And good luck this weekend, too.)
Catherine xx

A Gift Wrapped Life said...

Good luck Mom! It opens a whole new chapter for your son and for you and HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!!! Say hello to your Mom and why isn't she wearing her cake-baking jewels? Oops, I see she is wearing one, of course she is! Best wishes to all. XO

Starfish & Sundresses said...

Aw good luck this weekend! Very glad to have found you as well! xx

Shorely Chic said...

Terri, I totally feel you about being so lucky to have found this community in blog land - it's so great and you're so great!!

Everton Terrace said...

Happy Birthday! Today is my husband's birthday as well - very good day. Just another reason why I feel connected to you. Great cake!! Good luck dropping of your son. We took my daughter (only child) to New Orleans from Phoenix for her frosh year at college - I cried as well, but it got easier, it really did. Harder than leaving them at Kindergarten that first day I thought. Be strong birthday girl but cry all you want.

sarah, flourish design + style said...

Happy Birthday + GOOD LUCK! We are all here cheering you on :) xoxo

marty (A Stroll Thru Life) said...

Oh Happy Birthday!!! I hope your day was the best ever.
Sending one off to college is such a tramatic experience. Full of joy at their accomplishment and saddness that they are gone. There is another life, just a little different, but just as nice. Cry all you want to, it helps. Hugs, Marty

Kerry said...

Terri, a very happy birthday to you. I know the feeling of waving goodbye to a child as they start their own adventure. It's hard but also very rewarding to see them live their lives. He'll be missing you too, that's for sure. And that mum of yours is gorgeous. Have the most wonderful, memorable weekend you lovely lady :)xx

vignette design said...

Happy Birthday Terri, and good luck this weekend. I know how you feel, I've taken four kids to college and cried every time. I'll be thinking of you.

Dumbwit Tellher said...

You know I'm wishing you luck birthday girl. I am thinking of you believe me. It's been the hardest thing having my last child leave for college. If I'm not crying that she's gone I'm crying that my mother & mother in law have passed. I still find it so hard to go into Emily's bedroom & to smell her perfume. Life as we know it changes. You are right there will be some good changes too, but there is nothing wrong for us to feel some sadness for the what will no longer be.

Tell your mom I want her to adopt me. It's the little things like your mother baking you a birthday cake that I miss. I took it all for granted.

A big hug to you and hoping your birthday so far today has been the best ever.
With love, Deb

Trouvais said...

Happy Birthday Terri! I've done this once before...but since this is the last, I can certainly relate!They are going to have an absolutely wonderful time...so I focus on that and am determined to not shed a tear till out of his sight!Hugs! Trish

Julie@beingRUBY said...

Happy Happy Birthday Terri
Wishing you much joy and happiness in the coming year.. and good luck for the coming weekend... You'll be fine!! I know your mum will look out for you!!... Best wishes to your son on his new adventure.. xxx Julie

cjsullivan133 said...

Happy HAPPY BIRTHDAY!
Your son will be less than a stones throw away- all you have to do is look down at your heart! xoxoxoxoxo
Miss you. xoxo

Acanthus and Acorn said...

Sending you birthday wishes and good luck tomorrow! It's hard to let them go. My son has been gone 4 weeks and now I am counting down till I see him in 2 weeks for parents weekend!

Hamptontoes said...

Happy birthday my friend! As a mother with a 2 and a 4 year old, I can't even imagine how sad I'll feel when it's time for them to leave the nest...I'll be thinking about you!

FrenchBlue said...

Dearest Teri,
HAPPY HAPPY BIRTHDAY my friend! Look at that shell cake your Mom made!!! It is beautiful to see the generations in your family...the love never ends. May the sun always shine on your face and keep you warm always~
XO

Patti's Artful Design said...

Happy Birthday, Therese! As a mother that has sent her two daughters off to college, I understand your emotions. But be proud, he is at this point, because you raised him to grow and become independent. Those wings fly back home often. And, when they do, it is a great source of pride to see their accomplishments. And,by the way, I love your Mother's shell cake. What a gem she is!

The Zhush said...

Happy Birthday! It must feel so completely bittersweet! I can't imagine, good luck! How wonderful that your mom is there to lean on and give advice...she seems so cool!
xx

Tricia Rose said...

Happy Birthday Terri - and when your son is in college it will feel normal to you - I promise!

Blooming Rose Musings said...

HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!! The cake is beautiful...no one knows us like our moms! And, your son feels the same way about you. I know how you feel but he is going to have a fabulous time and many wonderful adventures. And he knows you are just a phone call away. Just remember, you will be back in a few weeks for parent weekend. We all love you and wish you the best. I'm really looking forward to meeting you in the near future. Have a wonderful birthday and a weekend full of love and strength.

Marie said...

Happy Birthday!:D Good luck this weekend!:D

***** Marie *****
allthingsmarie.com

Kathysue said...

Happpy, Happy Terri,I did not know it was your Bday, I feel badly, I need to send you a card!!! Tell Christopher I am so impressed with him and his wonderful abilities and I know he is going to so well at UCLA, Go Bruins!! Your son is starting and mine just finished, funny how lives cross. I called and left you a message to give you best wishes, I knew this was coming up. You will be fine, I promise. Tears are always allowed, a good way to wash things away. I send my Love to you,
KATHYSUE

Debra Phillips said...

oh terri this is such a bittersweet time and so hard on the moms and dads. enjoy your b-day by eating lots of cake,,,,sugar, massive quantities always helps
debra

La Dolfina said...

I can't thank you all enough for your support and great insights. It's appreciated more than you'll ever know!!! I love you guys :)
XO

lisaroyhandbags said...

Big birthday hugs to you!! What a perfect cake! Perfect for easing the pain of sending your son to school. Best of luck and don't worry, he'll do great (and so will you!) xo

Lumo said...

Happy birthday, Terri.

What a great cake!

la Brocanteuse said...

Happy Birthday dear Terri,
May you have a blessed new birth year filled with laughter, joy and good health. Best wishes for the next big step- handing over to college...
A special candle will be lit for your family today!
hugs Colette x Afrique du Sud

It's me said...

Happy Birthday !!! Terri......bigg hugsss!!..make a beautiful day......that cake looks yammie yammie!!............love love love Ria....

Will @ Bright.Bazaar said...

Happy Birthday! Thinking of you today, Terri. xo

joanneinjax said...

Happy Birthday, Terri! Have a wonderful day and enjoy that beautiful cake! Your mother is a gem.
Warmest Wishes,
Joanne

Copy Cat Chic said...

Happy Birthday! I hope you guys have a fun road trip. Feel better Terri :( When you get back in town we'll need to get together! You know, you can always get a dog, that was my Mom's cure for Empty Nest Syndrome!! xoxoxox

Nutbird said...

Happy Birthday Terri! It has been a delight following your blog this past year. Your charm, beauty and humanity comes through the page with every post. Give your Mom a hug for me. Don't require too much of yourself next week. Ann

Draffin Bears said...

Wishing you a very happy birthday Terri.
I think that we all have tearful times when it is time for our children to go away to college.
Hope that it all goes well and sending a big hug to you.

Carolyn

Beach House Living said...

This how I find out and now I'm late! Love the cake. The shell is just right for you. Had I know I would have sent you something like gilded tissues...

Angie said...

Awww Therese- Happy Birthday (sorry it's late) I can't imagine all the emotion wrapped up into this week. My heart just skipped a beat reading that you were taking your son off to college. I know that day is coming for me and I have NO IDEA how i'm going to handle it. Thinking of you!!!!