I love birthdays.
While some may dread them as a sign of getting older, I have always found them a wonderful opportunity to celebrate life. To celebrate the person who is being honoured on that day. To celebrate friendship. To celebrate experiences that have formed the individual and brought them to where they are today. To celebrate how loved they are and how they have loved others.
|On either side of the Equator (Quito, Ecuador)|
|Dress up night in Egypt|
When you start to examine a life, there is much to celebrate.
|Freezing our butts off in Antarctica|
|Iguazu Falls in Argentina|
|Rockin' the head scarf in Africa|
|Perhaps the best shopper ever|
|Mother-daughter Disneyland trip!|
|Taking the grandkids for rides in the wheelbarrow|
|We're pretty funny....|
This week is my mom’s birthday week. On Saturday, she will be turning 61.
|Surprise 60th birthday dinner and musical|
|Chillin' with the little ones...|
|Orchid gardens in Singapore|
|Mimicking tigers in Thailand|
|Catching a ride in Japan|
|Pre-dinner selfie on a cruise|
|Cheering on the Canucks|
|Jumping in Turks and Caicos|
|Fun on Splash Mountain|
|My mom still hadn't caught on to what facial expressions we are supposed to have for selfies|
I am thankful for a mother who has loved her children with every ounce of herself.
For a mom who has also been a dear friend.
For a mom who is always up for anything.
For a mom who instilled in me a love and desire for the Lord.
For a mom who introduced me to musicals, concerts and roadtrips.
For a mom who taught me how to appreciate other cultures.
For a mom who has traveled around the world with me (7 continents, 45 countries).
For a mom who taught me that you need to be gentle with yourself and laugh at yourself.
For a mom who showed me that life is better when you pee your pants from laughing too hard.
For a mom who modeled hospitality and love for others.
For a mom who never let me be bored as a child (lest I become boring as a person).
For a mom who is a fighter.
For a mom who is generous, fun, loving, and adventuresome.
|Now we got it...|
|Dinner with the princesses (because that was designed for adults, right?)|
|Still pretty funny|
The list could go on, but I will stop there. As the pictures in this post demonstrate, the last 61 years (okay I have only been around for 29 of them), have been filled with love, laughter and life. I am thankful to celebrate all this with my mom this week and into her 61st year. I am beyond blessed to be her daughter.
|My mom and I!|
Happy birthday Mom!