Here's Betty's birthday story.
I am from a large family, 5 girls and 4 boys. I had a great childhood and learned about family and sharing through the examples of my parents. We never had a lot, but birthdays were always special. Mom let us choose what we wanted to eat for our birthday dinner and of course, there was always ice cream and cake for dessert. Two of my sisters' birthdays were problematic though as they were December 23rd and December 25th. There was always so much going on for the Christmas holiday that their birthdays seemed to be trivialized and not very special. One year my mother decided to bake two birthday cakes and celebrate each sister separately. Hopefully, they would feel special. One cake was round with bright red frosting and looked like a Christmas tree decoration. The other was green and shaped like a Christmas tree. The love and thought that went into the preparations were great...however, no one wanted red or green cake! All these years later, (over 50!) we all still refer to those "special" Christmas birthday cakes. So I think Mom actually did achieve her objective of making the birthdays special!
Do any of you have "Christmas" birthdays? I've always thought it might be a good idea to celebrate those a year and a half - in June or July. My daughter-in-law has a birthday close to Christmas and she says she was never happy to get a birthday gift combined with her Christmas gift or to get the birthday gift wrapped in Christmas paper. I try to remember that. :)
Tish shares a sweet story about her little boy's gift to his mom that has lasted through the years and still warms her heart.
When my son was a little boy, he bought me my first Peony bush. He went into Lowe's and saw the bush and asked his Daddy if he could buy it for my birthday. ...He was so happy to give me my gift. Every year it blooms and brings back memories of him as a little tot so proud of himself and the bush.
Last Cheri tells how she gets back at her kids for deciding to be born in the middle of the night.
My birthday story involves me calling all 4 of my adult children at the time of day that they were born on their birthday. And the best part is that they were all born in the middle of the night!! They actually seem to love it!
And now I've made you wait long enough. Drumroll please! The 1st prize winner is Imogene from KY. She gets the $50 gift card and picked Christmas at Harmony Hill. 2nd place winners are Carolyn J from FL and Tammy R from OR. They get the $25 gift cards and Carolyn picked Love Comes Home and Tammy picked Summer of Joy.
Many thanks to the rest of you who took part in my birthday fun and shared wonderful stories with me. I'm always the biggest winner in these contests because I get to hear from you. Thank you so much and thank you for reading my books and for praying for me while I cared for my mother and then when I had surgery. The radiation treatments aren't bad and I will be through with them by the middle of the month. I am blessed by your prayers and your friendship.
Oh, and stay tuned for a new contest here on One Writer's Journal very soon. Only book prizes this time but you guys like books, don't you? I'm working up something we maybe can have fun with for the giveaway. Not exactly mystery photos but something similar. And now you'll have to wait and see what. There I go again. Making you wait.