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Thursday, February 04, 2016

Princess Cupcakes 30th Birthday!

This post is dedicate to my precious Daughter who turns 30 today!
It's mushy, loving, personal and long! Feel free to enjoy my quirky 
art filtered throughout and pass on the rest of my musings!!
Just shy of two! Probably didn't like that dress I picked out with the lacy neck!
 I never imagined a two year old would  demand 
to pick out her  own clothes,  and refuse to wear
 anything seemingly itchy or frilly!
Cupcake can be seen in outfits very similar today
  Amazing how a child can know exactly who they are at such a  
young age! I must say this girl has always made great choices!
Cupcakes 4th Birthday
"Mommy can you smell a rainbow," she asked as she walked out 
to the gazebo hot tub at four years old! I knew then she was here to 
teach me more than I could ever teach her! Instead of having a
 child constantly test me, I had one who would challenge 
and inspire me, in ways I never imagined! 
Cupcake at five
She  read my face and seemed to know my heart and 
soul at a very  young age. How I wondered could she be so small 
yet have so much insight. So shy, yet wise beyond her years.  
At five, during her Nana's  last days, she offered up  fresh fruit 
brought from home to the elderly  ladies on the ward in  palliative 
 care! She's had an empathetic heart from such a young age!
First professional photo!
Cupcake one week old! Alert from day one, born with black curly hair!
She reads others well too! At seven she refused to play with 
a neighbor who she caught lying to her! At eight, long before the
 new girl in school stole her pencil collection she knew the girl 
was bad news, even when I kept  urging her to  befriend her.  
As editor of the Year book graduation year she managed 
to integrate and calm the year book team when a difficult 
student kept causing havoc and going off point!   
She is always cautious who she invites into her life!
Always well behaved At two and a half  I promised  never  to 
 embarrass her if she didn't embarrass me!  Except the time she
 was  eight and  I showed up at her school in a  Halloween 
costume I think I  pretty much kept my word. Even though 
 the other kids pleaded to know who was frolicking around
 in costume, I refused to tell them, knowing she'd be furious!
As a mother who chose to be more affirmative and positive 
 I was always surprised at how well she took the "No's" in life! 
When spoiling her for ten years came to a  halt she was
 so  adaptable. She understood and accepted  our new 
situation with  such grace!
My little  ham has always loved to wear hats!!
My little hat lover  was a spectacular teen always full of clean fun!
She sensed how upsetting it was for me to be unable to feed 
her every need with the  same luxury or energy as before. 
All along, no  matter what went wrong,  we held onto the
 fun! Thankfully there are so many lovely fun things that
 money just can't buy!
We giggled and played cards, board and video games! 
We did crafts, I helped with homework, we had pizza parties,
 video nights, we swam, had picnics, went to free festivals,  
enjoyed many friends and laughed lots
There was always loud music playing in the  car and in 
the house from the moment we awoke!! We got matching 
slippers and nighties just for the fun of it! We made 
pies together, played dice, went on Slurpee hunts for our
favorite flavours, I drove her anywhere and everywhere 
she needed to go! Most of our time was spent
 giggling and chatting!
Some may say I sacrificed, I say it was the cost of having her under
 my roof daily,knowing she was safe, loved, provided for, and happy! 
You could ask me what that was worth and I'd tell you it's priceless!!
We always made do, and got by quite well with no one knowing
 the difference or lack in our lives!! We focused on the good, always!
My Cupcake has been her authentic self all 
of her 30 years and so far it's really paid off!
I have no idea why I have been so blessed with a child who 
cares so lovingly and deeply for me at all times! I often think 
she was my gift from god for all the lonely sad hours I felt in
childhood! This treasure of mine introduced  me to pure
 unconditional love like no one ever could! She has never 
acted embarrassed by my weight or crazy antics.
She's worn red to many weddings including her own!
 My investment in having a happy well rounded child has paid off
ten fold in how well  I am treated now! I have no regrets, she is a 
wonderful human being! Even though there is a thirty year age
 difference we have grown up together!!  
Cupcake and me at the same age!
Hard to believe she's thirty. A woman with so many amazing assets, 
yet she's maintained a childlike quality, much like I have!
 She knows how to be silly, yet responsible, always marching 
to her own drummer. She maintains  her own unique style, 
 a dash of old school peppered with colour and fun!

People too often give me credit for how she's turned out. 
Seriously she was born this way! Outside of being kind,
 nonjudgmental, silly, and honing her authenticity, and 
uniqueness  I don't have much to do with how she has always 
made good choices. I pride myself on being a good mom,  
 as my health has waned over the years I can't do for her 
 what I'd like to!   
She is a my gift that keeps on giving!
She was such a joy to raise and is an even greater daughter 
than I am a momShe is everything a mom could only 
ever dream of... every single day! 

 I am so grateful to be blessed with not only a loving child, 
kind, generous thoughtful and helpful, but a best friend who 
I can giggle with for hours, who supports my lifestyle however
 inconvenient  that might be at times and  who  ALWAYS 
gives with a full heart!!

Happy Birthday dear daughter I could have never dreamed 
I'd be so blessed with you as my child, and best friend!
Way more than 
Thirty  Things I appreciate 
about you!   

 A loving woman who is so kind, thoughtful and generous 
to  me and others! A hard worker, unafraid to work with  
dedication and passion! So  creative in thought, you always 
find new things to make or invent! An amazing intuitive cook 
unafraid to experiment and create new  healthy recipes!
So respectful of the homeless, the environment and
 bus drivers! 
I love how you put oils together for perfume, and make
 lip and beard balms I love how you dye clothes, paint
 your shoes or sew to create  something unique at little cost!
I love how you rarely waste food and prep food regularly
to save money!  
This is a dress she wore before Penny wore it in an episode of Big Bang Theory
I appreciate all the treasures you bring  home that you 
think I may need  art supplies, makeup, slippers, music,
and  treats that only I love! I love that you always look at 
the junk mail, old catolgues  and heavy envelopes  as
 potential paper for me to paint over! I love that you rarely
 complain about my messy paint area even
 though it annoys you!
I appreciate how charitable you are to single moms and 
 people in need! I love how generous you are with your  baking, 
always giving it to others! I love how you have great boundaries
 with everything and refuse to succumb to  bad trends or bad 
influences! I love how you recognize your own issues  and work
 to resolve them, by replacing them with better things!!  
I appreciate what an amazing couponer you are with a wiz of
 a math brain! I appreciate how loyal you are to your employers
and  everyone you know! You are ethical, honest and fair  
in the way you act, think and treat others!
You are frugal  with money, yet value quality I love how 
you supply us with new and interesting items  at little to no
 cost with your couponing skills! I love how you speak up for 
yourself and injustice for othersI appreciate how dedicated 
you are to our home!
I appreciate that you yelled,"I LOVE YOU" to me, in front 
of all the parents who were judging me at your graduation
I appreciate that you earned the money to pay for your grad,
when I couldn't, and never once made me feel guilty about it!
I admire that rocked your own style even though some mothers
 gave you the stink eye!
I appreciate when you were seventeen you paid our
 dogs vet bill because I couldn't! I love how you value me 
with love and concern but treat me with such respect!
I appreciate that you make me special healthy drinks 
every morning and leave it at my bedside I love how attentive 
you are to my needs when I go anywhere, loading the car
carrying heavy things and making sure I don't feel ashamed
 of my mobility I appreciate that you help me with such respect 
yet don't molly coddle me!
I appreciate how much you love my friends and enjoy their 
company too! I love the empathy you have for those in need,
 and your positive attitude! I appreciate that you value your 
husband, your relationship and his family so much! I
 appreciate that you know how to have a good time at
 little cost! I love that you know all the old music better 
than I do,  that you're witty and laugh easily!
I love that you find joy and gratitude in small things
 every single day even when things are tough!
Happy Birthday sweetheart! I hope you feel better today
 than you did yesterday and that you don't have the
 flu on your thirtieth and can enjoy the day with Beardo!
I love you with all my heart and have saved the real 
mushy  stuff for your card!! Wishing you everything 
wonderful today and always as it's much deserved!!      


Valerie-Jael said...

Fantastic post for your beautiful daughter, happy birthday to your sweet Cupcake. I love that you are so proud of her and she of you. Happy PPF tomorrow, hugs, Valerie

Jess said...

A wonderful tribute to your lovely daughter! It's fun to see those photos from the eighties, how can it be so long ago? It feels like another life when I see photos from that time when my children were little. Happy birthday to Cupcake! xx

Anonymous said...

Pleasurable thank you for sharing.

Christine said...

Happy Birthday to your beautiful cupcake! This is a milestone birthday for sure!

Clare Lloyd said...

Super post, super art. Happy PPF

sirkkis said...

It's good to see how much love you have in your family. Happy bird day, Cupcacke ♥and happy PPF to you ♥

Faye said...

I loved seeing all the photos of your beautiful and loving daughter. Your love for her shows in every post you make so there is no wonder why she is so loving to you. Happy Birthday to Cupcake!

Laila said...

What a beautiful post, lovely words and tons of love you are sharing today. I do understand she must be a very unique person and daughter, but I must say, I think she has a pretty unique mum as well. Best wishes for both of you.

Linda Kunsman said...

wow- what a totally LOVING tribute to your beautiful daughter-it really touches my heart. Thank you for sharing your Cupcake along with your beautiful art. Happy, happy birthday to you dear Cupcake-and here's wishing you the next job of your dreams!

Stephanie Bird said...

This is a lovely and touching dedication both artistically and in your words. I too have a son that turned 30 recently, so I know something of how you feel.

Fallingladies said...

what a wonderful post, such fun to see her grow up before our eyes!

Dea Lenihan said...

How lovely! It was so nice to see this tribute to such a special lady. It is hard as our kids grow up--my son just turned 20 and I'm having a bit of a fit. I still feel somewhere not much older than that. Well now I am getting sappy--you are so lucky to have one another. Hugs and blessing all around. xo P.S. Love the birthday painting too.

Janet said...

Happy Birthday, Cupcake!!

This is such a beautiful tribute to your daughter. And something I'm sure she will treasure all her life.

The new heart banner looks great...and of course, all your quirky, colorful art is fun.

Gillena Cox said...

Happy Birthday to cupcake and a Happy PPF to her mummy

much love...

Nicole Beadwright Campanella said...

This is a wonderful post. Happy 30th. She loves you all the time and for all times because of the responsive and giving mother that you are. I loved this post. My daughter will be 45 next month. I have the same relationship with her that I did with my mom. Close and loving. How can one be unhappy with that?

My name is Erika. said...

As usual, I love your art, but I really enjoyed the photos of Cupcake and you. What a fun journey it shows. I know you've said it hasn't always been easy, but the love shines through. Happy birthday Cupcake and hopefully the two of you can enjoy many more love filled and creative years together.

Lisa Isabella Russo said...

What a beautiful tribute to your daughter! Happy birthday to her. Your art face that you created is sweet!

Gloria J Zucaro said...

wow! The love is spilling over! I congratulate you both for the love you have shared and will share! You are both blessed by the other.

Gloria J Zucaro said...

The love between you is spilling over! You are both blessed with a truly rare relationship. I am happy and congratulate you both. Your art and all the photos are wonderful.

Carol said...

What a heart warming post! ♥ Happy Birthday Cupcake!!!!

Kate Robertson said...

A lovely tribute to the best thing a woman can have, a daughter.

Goldfish Diaries said...

With only love and positive attention from her mom, Cupcake was sure to become all that she can be, and she certainly has! A wonderful tribute to an amazing young lady.

Tammie Dickerson said...

AWWWW - SO SWEET!! What a very special gift to share such an amazing bond with your daughter!! A treasure to share forever!! Happy PPF!

Ayala Art said...

What a wonderful special bond, how beautiful it is to get along so well, and have a daughter like her... what a blessing. I hope your birthday was fantastic, Cupcake!!! Both of you actually, the mom celebrates as well ♥ Many many many more wonderful years to come! Hugs!

sheila 77 said...

What an amazing tribute, you both have something very special.
Lovely to see the photographs of you both, two beautiful women inside and out.
Happy birthday year, Cupcake.

June Walker said...

a beautiful celebration of cupcake. HAPPY BIRTHDAY! lovely whimsical art and a lovely photo display too.

~*~Patty S said...

to your precious cupcake!
Thank you for sharing this loving birthday salute to your lovely girl.
Happy Birth Day to you too.

Ileana said...

What a sweet post, like it should be set to music...the song, "I Hope You Dance" comes to mind. She's beautiful. Happy B-day!! Cute art as well...so perf!

Cindy D. said...

The little girl in her crown and striped stockings is too cute! Lovely tribute to your daughter. :)

Cozydoodle said...

Happy Birthday to your beautiful daughter! Time goes by fast! :) I have two girls of my own. Beautiful photos! Very special artwork and this post made me very happy and I have a smile on my face. Truly beautiful and i wish your daughter all the best! :)

Mona Pendleton said...

Wow! What a wonderful and touching tribute to your daughter! I hope she had an amazing birthday :) Thanks for sharing!

Beverley Baird said...

What a lovely, loving tribute to your beautiful daughter! They certainly grow up so quickly. Mine will be 31 this year. Your art is lovely as well.
Thanks so much for stopping by.

Ariel said...

Such a lovely post Sherrie! How lucky you both are for having each other.Belated Birthday Wishes to Cupcake-:) Your illustrations are awesome
Hope you all had a wonderful time together this weekend.

denthe said...

Oh Sherrie, you raised a beautiful daughter, inside and out, and you're right to be proud of her. And you should be proud of yourself too, because you raised her to be the woman she is now. Hope you will continue to share many happy birhtdays with her!

Sweet Things said...

A wonderful post and a beautiful daughter xx

Caryn Strauss-Smith said...

What a wonderful homage to your daughter! You are both so lucky to have each other! The love and closeness shows! You are both so beautiful!

Silke Powers said...

Oh, wow! I read every single word. You and your daughter both sound like amazing people. I'm so glad that you got to enjoy each other for 30 years! HAPPY 30th and many more!! xoxo Silke

Pia Rom said...

What an awesome post for your so loved cupcake! Happy birthday from me too!! Your words brought me to tears! What a treasure you both have to have you ;)!♥ Conny http://piaromsartjournaling.blogspot.de

Indira said...

What a wonderful birthday post. Your daughter sounds amazing. Happy 30th to her and best wishes for many many happy years of sharing between you and your daughter.

Thanks for visiting my blog and for the lovely comment.

stefanie stark said...

Happy birthday to cupkace and congratultion to have such a wonderful daughter! You created such a lovely post for her!

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