I've had a week full of surprises!
A few months ago, one of our daughters asked me what did I want to do to celebrate my birthday this year. I replied "have my family around me". We have one son who lives near us, a daughter who lives three hours away, another son a couple of thousand kilometres away and then a daughter living even further away - overseas in Japan.
I was overjoyed that our nearby son and his family and our 3-hours away daughter and her family were all coming for my birthday dinner on Tuesday, and because it was school holidays, I was going to see them on and off for the rest of the week. My talented daughter, Janelle, presented me with my first surprise - this fabulous cake she had made:
Isn't it just gorgeous? She modelled it on my Calista Cottage wall-hanging which was very special as it was my one hundredth design to be published:
My next surprise was that the doorbell rang just after 9 in the morning - rather early to have someone at the door. What I received next was an absolutely HUGE surprise. There on the doorstep was our daughter from Japan, with her husband and oldest son!!!! How it was all organised for them to be here, without me having even the slightest hint that anything was going on, I will never know.
Can you imagine how lovely it has been for me to have so many of our family around?
Saturday morning, the doorbell rang again and I was in for yet another BIG surprise. On the doorstep this time was our son from Melbourne! Again, I was totally in the dark and didn't have a clue that he was coming. He was able to stay for the whole weekend, so it was party time again - not that it had ever stopped as we seem to have been celebrating the whole week! To be able to spend time with all four of our children has been just so special.
Janelle produced yet another surprise. She couldn't have her brother miss out on sharing in a birthday cake, so she had made another cake, and hidden it away to be produced just at the right time:
This one is based on my "Fan-ciful" design:
It's definitely been the best birthday I have ever had!
One day I'll come down off cloud nine and do some more stitching and give you the next block in the Apples of Gold free quilt pattern!