|Hard to believe this picture was taken 8 years ago!|
Today was my tenth birthday without Mama. I've written previously about how Mama made me feel special just for being born. I wondered if birthdays would ever be special again and there have been a few rough ones over the past ten years. Today, I decided to remember what I had written about it being a day baptized, so I focused on the celebration of Clare's baptism birthday. Eight years ago, she was baptized in Christ and today, we celebrated the day as birthday buddies.
I spent the morning grocery shopping and preparing our meal. I needed a crock pot meal since we had a busy evening with mass and a meeting at church. I tried my stovetop spaghetti and meatballs in the crockpot and it turned out great. I made some other special foods, like these chocolate-filled raspberries which were a big hit with the children. We used the good china because life is too short to not use the good china!
I also made King Arthur Flour's Flourless Chocolate Cake. It was delicious! The kids savored every bite.
We had candles in the cake for my birthday and we lit Clare's baptism candle while we talked about memories of that beautiful day. She was also able to see her godmother, Leslie, after mass tonight.
My evening ended with an e-mail notification that Regina had created this photo and tagged me on facebook. That was worth checking in for: those dearest to me, in times good and hard. There are pictures at births, weddings, and funerals. All those pictured have been with me through it all. What a blessing!
...And...the song we listened to several times today--the current favorite of Clare and Thomas--"My Doorbell" by The White Stripes: