Thursday, December 8, 2011

Happy Birthday to ME!!!

Today is my birthday----and I am truly thankful! When I was younger I really had a problem with birthdays, because to me, that meant I was running out of time to do all the things I wanted to do. Today though, I am reflective, because when compared to others, my life is pretty good! I have outlived my mother, who died at the young age of 53----with so much left to accomplish. I never talked to her about her life and her hopes for it, I was only 14 when she died, but as a adult, and looking back now, I know she wasn't blessed to have the wonderful opportunities I have enjoyed, and at times taken for granted.

I have a husband who loves me and wants to make me happy, never complaining (much) about all my quilting "tools" I want and usually end up getting; five plus one (my nephew) kids, who also love me and try really hard to be supportive---saying always great things about my quilts, regardless to what they "really" look like and who call me an "artist"; grandchildren who think no one is better than their "Mai" and who don't understand the concept of not having quilts to snuggle in; friends who again, provide me with the support and drive to keep trying (Diane especially), and providing that other perspective in a loving and empowering way; and I have a job that is meaningful and students who will one day literally save a person's life, supported by the information I have imparted to them. How great is that!!!!

My health is good, considering I am officially long pass middle-age and although I am considered a "senior citizen", I don't think I look like it and I sure don't feel like it. God has been good to me and my family and I truly feel I am "blessed and highly favored". I look forward to the coming years with anticipation knowing that rather than not accomplishing what I thought I wanted, I will accomplish what has already been ordained for me---and my hope is to make a positive impact somewhere.

Happy birthday to me! I am going to try to quilt a little, although that might be hard since the contractors are due to start tearing up the floors. I think I will go to a bakery and buy cupcakes and have a celebration with my grandbabies. No work for me today-----

Have a wonderful day in celebration of MY day!


  1. Happy Birthday to ya! Happy Birthday, my quilting sistah. I'm so happy that our paths have crossed through Zuri. I can understand why your grandchildren think no one is better than "Mai" ... you are a jewel. Blessings for many, many more!

  2. Happy, happy birthday!! What a great post and super attitude! My dad's birthday was yesterday and he turned 73, something he almost didn't see because he spent his last birthday in the hospital recovering from a heart attack. I should send him your post because I had to remind him yesterday that he easily could have never made it to this birthday.

    My mother also passed away at the young age of 53. Like you, it makes me appreciate the opportunities and blessings I have been given and to not take them for granted.

    Enjoy your day!

  3. Happy Birthday to Patricia from your Zuri quilting sister, Renita.

    Charm is deceptive, and beauty is fleeting;
    but a woman who fears the LORD is to be praised.
    Honor her for all that her hands have done,
    and let her works bring her praise at the city gate. (Proverbs 31:30-31)

  4. Happy,happy Birthday to my other sister!! Anyone that has or will have the opportunity to know you, in whatever capacity it is deemed, will be blessed tremendously. I thank the good Lord for the inspiration of just saying hello to you so many years ago! You continue to brighten my days and I know no matter what I can call you & you will 'keep me in line'! You are such an inspiration to us all!
    Here's to many many more years of having each other. I love your post and the inspiration in it!
    Hugs and lots of love to you, Diane

  5. Happy Birthday Patricia from your Zuri sister Cynthia

  6. What a wonderful day this is!!!
    This is the day that the Lord has made. Let us rejoice and be glad in it.
    What a joy it is to know you. We have truly blessed by God because God knew we needed you in our lives, Patricia. May God continue to richly bless you.
    I love you and there's nothing you can do about it.

    Your Zuri sister,


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