From: Mary Zimmerman
I do not want to pass by this day (my birthday) without sharing it with my dear readers. I woke up at 11 p.m. - 3 hours of sleep. I convinced God I needed a few more, nevertheless I arose quite early with my heart singing “this is the day the Lord has made, rejoice and be glad,” it was my invitation to live, laugh and love - and prayer.
I savored my morning cup of coffee, again looking at the many heartwarming birthday cards I’d already received. After a few prayers, I decided to lie back on our comfy couch. I had a dream that so many people came to our house to wish me a happy birthday, the only one I recognized was my brother Jim (deceased for many years). I decided to find some notebooks and ask everyone to write down their name and address. About that time my one hour alarm went off, oh shoot - oh well it was only a dream. Anyway it was about time to watch the “Birthday Spotlight” on channel 10 - my daughter Lynette had sent them the information, estimated age, what I like to do, etc. I didn’t like my picture at first but I was wearing an apron so that fit in very well, as it was mentioned I’m known as “the pie lady.”
About 6:15 a.m. son Gene called to invite us to Perkins with him and Candy. Our food and conversation was most enjoyable. Soon after that my dear friend Sharon popped in with some beautiful tulips and a lovely card with tulips on it, followed by visits from our children Kathy and Diane with more beautiful cards and gifts. Oh yes, our two little grandsons (with the help of their dad) also stopped by. What a joy to see them. Eli James, 1, is constantly smiling and big brother Conner Duane, 3, is constantly watching over him so no one hurts his little brother. Oh yes, I do want to share this too. I purposely glanced toward our son Duane’s (now deceased) picture. He has such a big smile. I seemed to sense at that moment that smile said happy birthday mom.
Today, I hit the jackpot. Got over a dozen cards in the mail. I loved them all. Allow me to share just a few of the verses. “Happy birthday to someone who really has a heart for God,” “May your own special angel be near on your birthday and fill it from morning till night,” “God speaks in gentle whispers on the wind, in warm rays of sunshine, in the beauty of nature - and in special people like you.”
As I looked out our window, I saw a robin sitting on a sheet of ice on our driveway - chirp, chirp. What’s going on here, I heard it say! I just shook my head and said, I don’t know either. Ha.
It was time to attend 5:15 Mass offered for our family. At home there was a plastic bag hanging on our door handle with a birthday card inside and a bag of hugs and kisses (candy). I made sure I put them where I could for sure find them the next day. I was pretty sure I’d need some hugs to hold me over to Sunday, my surprise birthday party.
As the day went on I got three welcome calls from my grandchildren - Sharon, Melissa and Tonya.
Well the day was far spent. Jim and I said our prayers together. I kept falling asleep doing so, yes this was the day the Lord made, thank you Jesus. Thank you everyone who made it so. You all went the extra mile. I think I’m getting ready to accept that rather large number (my age). I’ll tell you soon.
My surprise birthday party.
Even this cold blustery weather couldn’t dampen our spirit of love within our family and friends. I enjoyed the gathering a lot. Two priests took time out of their busy schedules to come. Father Jason Kern led us in prayer with a beautiful blessing. Father Jim Berning joined us after he performed a baptism. He gave me a small image of St. Faustina, blessed by Pope Benedict XVI. I’ll always treasure that. The food was excellent, again received some more nice gifts and money, including a beautiful blooming flower. On the vase it reads “Family makes every day more beautiful.” To top it off, a beautiful silver necklace adorned with a small cross from all the children. After all the celebrating, kisses, and hugs (real and candy), I wish to make an announcement. As I look back on my life, I’ve had many good years. I almost didn’t have. I’ve traveled the mountains and the valleys (the happy and the sad times). Yes, my friends I must say I don’t look it, I don’t act my age, but the truth must prevail. I am 80 and counting, and hope to be around for a long time yet - God willing.
This ends another beautiful day as only the Lord and you my family and friends could make it so. Amen.