Thursday, November 13, 2008

I have a confession to make..

Yesterday WAS my birthday...

Before I start filling you in on all the ways it was special, I want to THANK YOU guys for all of the sweet comments you left... You guys are AMAZING!

Okay... now, I'll tell you how our day started...

The day (for Zach & Gabe) began around 4 AM. Zach had asked Gabe the night before that if he got up early to wake him. I don't think he thought Gabe would get up THAT early. =-)

Once they got up, they IMMEDIATELY started cleaning (that was the plan from the night before)... Link & I knew they were up to something so we stayed in bed.

After a LONG WHILE we turned on the tv (in our room) so that they would know we were awake. Then we started hearing the "clank" of dishes. You guessed it - they cooked me BREAKFAST and brought it to me in bed.

Wait, let me back up... Link went ahead into the kitchen... just a few moments later they came into my room (while singing Happy Birthday), and carrying a tray and my breakfast. Now, get this... I've been doing Weight Watchers and I've been cooking things like "grilled cheese" in a special way to make it lower in points. Well, Zach cooked it JUST THE WAY I DO! (With fat free spray butter and EVERYTHING!) They even put the tiny little pickles on my plate, just the way I would! Oh, and they also fixed my water (with my FAVORITE flavored "stir in")

Did I mention I got HOMEMADE birthday cards too???? Those are THE BEST!!!!!!!!!!!!! Yes, I learned after we lost Brent that things done by their sweet little hands BEAT ANYTHING that could be bought!

THEN, they announced that they wanted to give me the day off! Are you thinking what I was thinking??? LOL!! I believe there was some motive behind that one! (I always give them the day off on their birthday... remember, we home-school)

Well, motive or not, they'd been SO STINKIN SWEET I decided we'd ALL take the day OFF! Link was rained out and he was going to be home all day... SOOOOOOOOOO... ALL of that to say that I spent the whole day with my guys!

Of course my Mom came over and hung out a while. Later in the evening my sister came a little early for church so I got to have a little *extra special* time with her as well. (It's been our week to "host" church - so everyone was coming here).... Oh YEAH, and to finish off the night... my niece, Addison, baked me a birthday cake and we all (our entire church group) had CAKE after church last night! It was a REALLY WONDERFUL day!

Now, don't let me FAIL to mention that my BEST GIRL, SUSAN, HONORED me on HER blog! (I stole the image below from Susan's blog - hehehe)

That was one of the sweetest posts EVER! Yes, I was doing the "happy cry" all day. (I got that phrase from my friend Amie... well, unless I'm saying it all wrong.. LOL!)

Friends, if you don't know Susan, you are MISSING A BLESSING! We met through our son's caringbridge sites, then GOD ALLOWED me to meet this sweet soul in person! (I'll share THAT story in another post) O:-) Please, if you haven't already, go over and say hello.. You'll be BLESSED by getting to know her!

So, from Susan's post, I had many BEAUTIFUL HEARTS to come over and wish me a Happy Birthday! THANK YOU ALL, SO VERY MUCH! You guys are BEYOND AMAZING! Yes, it was an AMAZING DAY INDEED!

Whoops, I also got some emails and text messages wishing me a great day! (I sure don't want to leave anyone out)

I have not so great memories of my birthday in history - it was the day that Brent went into the hospital for the last time, ever. We went in and things just kept going terribly wrong from there. He was in the hospital from my birthday, until he WENT HOME to be with the LORD on Jan. 2, 2007.

THANK YOU ALL SO VERY MUCH for making my day so SPECIAL! Thank You for helping me make HAPPY memories! I ADORE YOU!


Susan Foster said...

Aw, Happy Belated Birthday! You were blessed with such and awesome family to share it with and they showed you how awesome they think you are by the things they did for you. Hope today is just as special for you.

He And Me + 3 said...

You are so blessed! You are for sure the princess at that castle...and your guys adore you! That was the perfect day! I am so happy for your great day! Happy B-lated Birthday!

Keli said...

What a great family and a great day for your birthday!!! I love homemade things too - it just seems more special! I'm glad your day was fun and Happy Belated Birthday to you! Love ya - Keli

Jill said...

Happy B-lated Birthday!

I'm so happy it was such a special day for you and your boys have learned the value of taking care of their Mom!

Love you and blessings today!


Davisix said...

Oh Tonya, what an amazing day with an amazing family! You deserved a day "off". I knew it was your birthday from Susan's blog but didn't hop over and say anything to YOU. I'm sorry. :( I was thinking of you though. :) xoxoxoxo Ang

Pam D said...

Happy belated birthday, beautiful Tonya! I'm so glad you got to do the best thing ever; spend lots of time with the people you love the very most. What a wonderful present!

Paula (SweetPea) said...

Happy Birthday. I do not know Susan so I didn't get the message. I'll have to pop over to her blog.

What a wonderful blessing to start afresh and make good memories on that day.

Dawn~^i^Brandon^i^, Jordan, and Seth's mom said...

HAPPY HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!! Sounds like you had a really special and wonderful day. Those days are the ones that you can just never try to create yourself. Isn't it wonderul that God LOVES YOU so much that he gave you this wonderful family that showed you how much THEY love you. And even better...ON YOUR BIRTHDAY!!!


Jennifer said...

What a wonderful day!! And what a blessing your guys are! I'm sorry I didn't know it was your birthday, because you know I would've come by to tell you Happy Birthday! So, Happy Birthday late!! I'm so glad you had such a wonderful day!!! You deserve it!
Love ya, Jenn

Liz said...

That sounds like a perfect birthday. What wonderful sweet boys you have to do so much for you on your day!!

April said...

Happy, Happy Birthday Tonya!!! Sounds like you had a wonderful day! I can't get over the thoughtfulness of your boys! That is just the most precious thing! I probably would have cried my eyes out! Here's to many more happy birthdays!

Have a great day, my friend!!

Daphine said...

Happy Birthday to you...Happy Birthday to you...Happy Birthdayyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyy Dear Tonya! HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO YOU! You turkey! Yes, you did have a confession to make!

Reading about what your boys brought tears to my eyes. How sweet!!! Glad you had a wonderful and special day my friend!

Ashley Griffin said...

Tonya, i didn't know that yesterday was your day!! consider this a belated birthday wish!
I am so thankful that I have been able to take a peek into your life. you truly have been an inspiration and a source of encouragement! glad you had such a great day! you deserved it!

Half Gaelic, Half Garlic! said...

Happy Belated Birthday!!!

Sounds like the perfect sweet of your boys to make you breakfast in bed....and give you the day off!!


Belinda said...

Well, Happy Belated Birthday! Sounds like you all have a great time. I'm sure the boys didn't mind taking a day off from school to "celebrate" your day! Hope today is great as well,

Amie@HeartSmiles said...

Happy Birthday GIRL!!! HOw could we have talked and you not fill me in on that little tidbit??????

Happy Happy DAY Girl. You deserve the best, and it sounds as though your boys made that happen for you!!!

Lots of love!!


Melanie said...

Oh, I'm so glad you had such a wonderful birthday! God IS so good, isn't He?

Love ya!

Beth E. said...

Awww, I didn't know that yesterday was your birthday!!!! Shoot-fire...(or as they pronounce it here, shoot-far) I missed it!

It sounds like you had an absolutely wonderful day! And those boys of sweet was that?!

You deserve every bit of pampering, girl. I think moms should always have a birthday WEEK. We could live it up the entire week of our birthday. Sounds good, huh?! haha

Happy Belated Birthday!
Love you

Sarah said...

Happy belated birthday! I am so glad you had such a wonderful day. Your boys sound so very sweet. Thank you for sharing the details of the day with us.

Kim@Seasons of My Heart said...

You are one blessed...LOVED....Mamma!!!

What a great day you had.

Love ya girly!!

Greg P. said...

You're a wonderful lady. I'm glad I got to know you and your family, even though it is only virtual.

Your boys were just reflecting the good Christian upbringing that you and Link are giving them.

Many more happy birthdays!!!

michele said...

I happened upon your blog... I read your profile and found myself in tears. Bless your heart for looking to the Lord and trusting Him even though your dear son was taken at such a young age. love and prayers, Michele

crispy said...



Hope your day was great.

Michelle said...

Happy Belated Birthday!! It sure sounds like your sweet guys made up for the early morning. How thoughtful of them. And perfect that you got to spend the day playing hookie with your family.

Anonymous said...

I am so sorry I missed you Birthday! I have a November birthday also! I am glad you had a great day!

And YES! Homemade things are the BEST!

Special K said...

ok, so somehow I missed that it was your bday and then I missed that your last couple posts...

I am going to catch up right now!

Oh and Happy Birthday LATE!! UGH!

I promise you can miss my bday as well... LOL!