Monday, January 30, 2012

My Mum's Birthday

"Most of all other beautiful things in life come by twos and threes,
by dozens and hundreds. Plenty of roses, stars, sunsets, rainbows,
brothers and sisters, aunts and cousins, comrades and friends -
but only one mother in the whole world."
           ~Kate Douglas Wiggin

   It is my Mum's birthday today! She never asks for much on her birthday - maybe a small bag of Bernard Callebaut chocolate shavings (generally used to garnish cakes and other desserts but my Mum likes to eat them from a small glass dish with a teaspoon). I always struggle to think of something special to do for her - this year she foiled most of my ideas by insisting on tagging along whenever I tried to slip out to get something special for a surprise. I thought I would buy her a cake - but I couldn't get to the bakery. I thought I would get her some flowers but when I casually suggested on my day off we go to the little shopping complex where our favorite florist resides (thinking I could lose her for a moment and run to the flower shop) she said she would rather go somewhere else (and how could I insist I ask you??). After I failed for what must have been the third or fourth time I threw up my hands in exasperation and declared, "How am I supposed to do anything for your birthday when you upset all of my brilliant plans!!!" - to which she answered that all she wanted me to get her was Callebaut shavings . . . You see what I am up against. So I bought her her shavings (and some chocolates just to thwart her) and drew her a picture, I wrote a card, and now the only thing I can think to do is announce to the world (or those of you who might be reading this) how very, very much I love her. I think she is the loveliest person to ever exist and will always be my most cherished friend! I have put together a few bright and lovely photos that remind me of her and her ability to create beauty wherever she is. Her talent and passion has fuelled mine and her encouragement continues to sustain me. Happy Birthday Mummy!















Drawing by Jennelise

15 comments:

  1. Happy Birthday to your Mother!!!

    What a beautiful post. It is just too sweet and your pictures are AMAZING.

    I lost my Mum almost 19 years ago, she was much too young.....trust me....your LOVE and letting the world KNOW is the greatest gift of all.

    Give her a hug for me, too, please?

    Have a blessed & wonderful day!

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    1. Thankyou for your kind words Michele - I really appreciated them. They made me feel very blessed. Have a wonderful week!
      Jennelise

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  2. Beautiful drawing and a lovely post!

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  3. Oh Jennelise, what a beautiful post, how special you mum is not wanting you to fuse over her, soooo sweet ;)
    I'm so lucky to stll have my mommy too she is my best friend in the world ;)

    Wishing your mummy a sweet and wonderful birthday ;)
    Smiles,
    Mari

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    1. Thankyou Mari!!! She never wants me to fuss which is why it is so fun to do it!!! :)
      Jennelise

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  4. Happy birthday to your mom....I hope she has a wonderful day. Sounds like her gift is having a sweet daughter who cares so much about her. As for gifts, I think moms are just like that. My mom always tells my brother and I never to make a fuss on her birthday either.

    I saw your message about my feature on the comments on your last post and wanted to thank you for your kind words. I truly love all your pictures. You need to be giving us tips on staging rooms and how to take beautiful photos. Glad you are feeling better, and have a wonderful week!

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    1. Oh my goodness! Thankyou for your lovely compliments! I discovered photography completely by accident and I have learnt as I go! I love it! I loved your feature and I appreciated it so much. Take care Shannon and thankyou for your kindness!
      Jennelise

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  5. Your mom is blessed on her birthday to have a daughter as loving as you, Jennelise!
    Linda at Beautiful Ideas

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  6. You succeeded magnificently in the translation of your photos - that your mum is beautiful and knows how to live beautifully! May your love for her be a forever thing.

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  7. A very Happy Birthday to your beautiful Mommy!!
    How blessed you both are to have such a deep and cherished bond. This is a lovely tribute, dear Jennelise. Hug her and tell her you love her every day. I so wish my mommy was still here so I could..
    Cherish each other!!
    Love and light,
    - Irina

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    1. Thankyou Irina! I feel very blessed to have my Mother. She is very special to me. It is always so lovely to hear from you! I hope you have a splendid week :)
      Jennelise

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  8. I wanted to echo commenter Shannon in saying that I think it is very nice when you occasionally reply to our comments left on current or recent posts. I try not to ask too many things requiring your response - but sometimes it happens, at least for me with your January blog additions, when I know I've asked a few too many questions! Apparently your beautiful entries prompt some of us to want-more-ask-more! As your fan base builds, you probably won't be able to continue to do "replies" but, for now it's, again, so nice of you. I like that you write so well, with good grammar and spelling - and well-thought-out posts that are just the right length; also, that you post fairly frequently to keep us interested. I always look forwarding to visiting!

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    1. Hi Vicki - I always appreciate your comments and I try to answer as often as I can! I wish I had time to send individual replies to everyone but as you say that doesn't often work! I do love to read everyone's comments though and your words are such a support to me :) Take care!
      Jennelise

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  9. Vicki One Last TimeJanuary 30, 2012 at 9:09 PM

    My husband started talking to me and I didn't proofread very well before I published on my last comment but...I do look FORWARD to visiting your blog!

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  10. Your mother must have wept tears when she read this post. What lovely words and thoughts you have for her. She must be so proud to have such a lovely daughter. Please wish your mother a belated Happy Birthday from me.

    Nancy

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