Happy 81st Birthday, Mom!

My mom at a surprise 25th wedding anniversary party in 1981

My mom at a surprise 25th wedding anniversary party in 1981

Dear Mom,

It is so wonderful to be at Fort Myers Beach celebrating your 81st birthday with you!

As we said this morning while shelling and birding along the beach, “It doesn’t get much better than this…”

Spending these days with you and Dad is so special for K and me.

You are someone I have loved so very dearly all these years and it’s a treat to get together so often and “make memories”, as you always say.

I put together this little collection of photos from the early 1980’s to present before leaving Michigan to make an extra-special card for you.

(Readers, perhaps you’ll enjoy this little glimpse into my family, as well.)

This is my blessing blog for this week–to feel so blessed to have such a wonderful mom who has enriched my life so much.

Hugs, kisses and much love,

Kathy

Mom and Dad celebrate 25 years!

Mom and Dad celebrate 25 years!

Mom rocks my first little baby boy.  How I appreciated that she traveled up the Upper Peninsula to help!

Mom rocks my first little baby boy. How I appreciated that she traveled up the Upper Peninsula to help!

Loving grandma...squiggly baby...

Loving grandma…squiggly baby…

Christmas 1984.  My parents with their sons, Scot and Tim.

Christmas 1984. My parents with their sons, Scot and Tim.

Mom in her beloved kitchen in 1989

Mom in her beloved kitchen in 1989

Mom and my kids hiking here in the U.P.  in 1990

Mom and my kids hiking here in the U.P. in 1990

My mom--also known as "Nanny"--with my daughter and other granddaughter, Tianna

My mom–also known as “Nanny”–with my daughter and other granddaughter, Tianna

Mom and her mom in 1992

Mom and her mom in 1992

Nanny supervising one of the many family birthday parties in  1992

Nanny supervising one of the many family birthday parties in 1992

My kids and Mom in Fort Myers Beach, Florida, in 1994, soon after they bought the condo.

My kids and Mom in Fort Myers Beach, Florida, in 1994, soon after they bought the condo.

Christopher and Nanny at the lodge in Copper Harbor just before...

Christopher and Nanny at the lodge in Copper Harbor just before…

...she runs after a bear to get its picture!

…she runs after a bear to get its picture!

Four generations of golfers.  (Ha ha, one of the FEW times I've held a golf club in hand!)

Four generations of golfers. (Ha ha, one of the FEW times I’ve held a golf club in hand!)

Fall  1996.  My dad, me, Mom, Chris with cat Lancelot, and Barry

Fall 1996. My dad, me, Mom, Chris with cat Lancelot, and Barry

Kathy and Mom enjoying a cup of coffee in Florida

Kathy and Mom enjoying a cup of coffee in Florida

Chris starts college and look who comes to visit in 2000?

Chris starts college and look who comes to visit in 2000?

Kathy loves her mom and dad.

Kathy loves her mom and dad.

On the boat in Florida about 2010

On the boat in Florida about 2010

In Nicaragua celebrating one of their grandson's wedding in 2012

In Nicaragua celebrating one of their grandson’s wedding in 2012

All of us celebrating here in Florida on Saturday night!

All of us celebrating here in Florida on Saturday night!

About Kathy

I live in the middle of the woods in Michigan's Upper Peninsula. Next to Lake Superior's cold shores. I love to blog.
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31 Responses to Happy 81st Birthday, Mom!

  1. sonali says:

    Kathy dear! my best wishes to your Mom on her 81st birthday. Your pictures made me senti.. your mom looks really sweet. what a long journey of life and may it continue even more brighter, happier & merrier! I enjoyed your family pics..

  2. Barbara Stasik says:

    I loved this so much! I truly never realized how much you look like your beautiful Mother. What a great walk down memory lane. Happy Birthday J. Sending our best wishes to you for a blessed year ahead. You are a wonderful, kind and loving wife and mother. I am so proud to have been able to always call you and neighbor and a friend.

  3. marion says:

    Kathy and Joanne- I hope that you are still down in Florida so that your mom can see this little note. Happy Birthday Joanne. Now, you have caught up with me. I love the pictures of you and the family and thanks Kathy for posting them. God Bless all of you and have a great life. Your cousin,Marion

  4. Susan D says:

    What treasures these photos are .. speaking of love and family, and a special tribute to your mom. Happy Birthday to Nanny! Thanks for sharing this joy, Kathy… just beautiful.

  5. Elisa says:

    Happy Birthday Kathy’s Mom!!

  6. P.j. grath says:

    Happy 81st to your mom, Kathy! My family’s recent visit was in celebration of my mother’s 91st!

  7. lisaspiral says:

    Happy birthday to your Mom! You know you look just like her. What a beautiful gift, and lots of gratitude for the memories and the opportunities with your Mom.

  8. happy,happy birthday to your mom. You both look so happy and beautiful….you look so much like her.
    You would not believe this but it is true. The drapes behind your mom in the squillgy baby…had some just like them in the 70’s!
    Enjoy the days…they pass so quickly.

  9. Cat says:

    A very happy birthday to your mom!

  10. sybil says:

    Happy Birthday Kathy’s mom.

    What a wonderful trip through the years. Now. Off you go, and look for shells on the beach.

  11. Heather says:

    This was just lovely, Kathy. What a blessing to have so many happy memories. And through so many generations. I can feel your love for each other.
    Happy Birthday, Kathy’s Mom 🙂

  12. dorannrule says:

    You look so much like your Mom Kathy…. and what a beautiful family. The memories are priceless so keep making them and thank you for sharing some with us. 🙂

  13. What a beautiful post, Kathy. I LOVE all of the photos. Happy birthday to your mom!!!

    Hugs from Ecuador,
    Kathy

  14. john says:

    What a wonderful blessing! I am so happy that you could be with her to celebrate. You two look like slices out of the same apple pie.

  15. Katherine Worton Brennan says:

    Nice trip down memory lane Kath! Everybody looks great! Tell your mom Happy Birthday for me and have fun in Florida. Its getting cold here today with a chance of snow! 😀

  16. Brenda Hardie says:

    Happy Happy Birthday to your precious Mom ♥ Thank you so much for sharing this glimpse into your family life. I loved seeing the pictures! You are so blessed to still have your parents—treasure every moment you get with them ♥ I’m praying for safe travels back to the northwoods for you, Kathy. Give hugs to your Mom (and Dad too)!

  17. Barb says:

    Happy Birthday Nanny/Mom! You look just like your Mom, Kathy. I think you have great genes. Happy memories and making more is a good way to live!

  18. Robin says:

    Happy Birthday, Kathy’s Mom! Kathy, this is such a wonderful, loving tribute. I enjoyed getting a look at your family. Thank you. 🙂

  19. Happy Birthday to your Mom! You certainly are blessed to have such a wonderful family! Thanks for sharing, Kathy!

  20. Christie says:

    Please give a Happy Birthday hello and hug to your mom for me, 81 years and still looking great. I, like many others who have commented never realized how much alike you and your mother look. It is so nice that you and Kiah could be in Florida to celebrate with your parents. Hello to all from cold snowy Michigan….

  21. lucindalines says:

    Happy 81 years to your mother, Kathy, and many more. Oh what a beautiful family. Thank you so much for sharing these pictures and the glimpse into your family. Many blessings to you during this visit and safe travels to everyone going back home.

  22. Kathy the photos are great and how fortunate that you have your Mom to enjoy now and I hope for many more years to come.

  23. dawnkinster says:

    Happy Birthday Kathy’s Mom! You raised a good one, yes you did. And you guys look so much alike, could not mistake you for anyone else!

  24. happy, Happy, HAPPY birthday to your mom! What a wonderful photographic tribute. I enjoyed “traveling through time” this morning as I enjoyed this post with a cuppa tea. 🙂

  25. msmcword says:

    Kathy:
    What a blessing that you still have your parents (both of mine would have been 91 this year). May you and your parents have many more years together.

    Nancy

  26. What a sweet post! Loved seeing all the pictures, too….and you look soo much like your mom!
    Happy Birthday, Kathy’s mom, and many, many more!

  27. What a lovely celebration (both the trip and the post)! You must suggest to your mom that she run away from the bear in the future, though…

  28. Kathy says:

    Thank you for all your well wishes for my mom’s birthday! She and Dad both loved reading each and every one of your comments and birthday wishes. Bless you all!

  29. Janet says:

    Thank you for the posting. It was special to see your family throughout the years. I enjoyed it.

  30. How wonderful for you all to have the chance to celebrate your mom’s 81st birthday like this! She still looks like a vibrant woman and I noticed a very strong resemblance among the women folk in your family. You all seem to have the same lovely smile! 🙂

  31. Joanne says:

    Happy belated birthday wishes to your mum, Kathy! And thank you for sharing your birthday message and photos with us here. It’s no wonder I feel as though I know and love your family when you speak of them so often and with so much love. ❤

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