September 21, 2010

A Gigantic Birthday Surprise!

Happy Birthday Cake
You are amazing friends!!!

Last week I received a birthday package from my Dear Friend, Lynn at Her Creative Spirit, with instructions that I was not to open it until she gave me the official word. On Thursday, September 23rd, I'll be celebrating a very special birthday. I'm one of the original "Baby Boomers", and will turn the BIG 60.

My First B'day!

With Lynn's permission, last night after having dinner with my guys, I opened the package. Need I say more!?!? OMG! I was totally blown away by what was inside - 60 atc's, one from each of my friends, all beautifully presented in a handmade box from Lynn, and one of her beautiful pressed flower bookmarks too.

A Few of the Goodies
(Click on the picture to see an awesome slide show!)

As I examined each card, I laughed and cried and was reduced to a blubbering, slithering idiot for the remainder of the evening. I'd no idea of this wonderful "surprise party in a box". No one breathed a word! Who knew in addition to Lynn being such a good friend, that she's an awesome 'stalker' too!

Thank you, Dear Lynn, for organizing this priceless gift. My heartfelt thanks to everyone who sent a Birthday wish. Each ATC is AWESOME and will be dearly treasured. I am surrounded by joy and love and art. I am humbled and grateful for your kindness. You have made this the BEST Birthday gift ever!

We're leaving for Maine first thing tomorrow, and I didn't have time to take pictures of my awesome gift. However, leave it to Lynn! She thought of everything (clever girl!) and photographed and scanned all of the ATC's as well as her gorgeous box. You can click here to see a super fantastic slide show at Photobucket

A Blogging Vacation! 

One of my Birthday gifts is a trip to Maine to see our daughter and her lovely family. I'll also get to celebrate my Birthday with my oldest grandson who shares my Birthday date. As mentioned earlier, we're leaving tomorrow and won't be home for a week or so. I won't be blogging while I'm away, but I will be checking in from time to time.

Again, my heartfelt thanks for your kindness and love. May you find many reasons to celebrate life!


Lynn said...

Happy happy birthday! What a lot of talented friends you have, what an amazing collection of ATCs. I am bowled over. Cannot even begin to imagine what it was like to receive such a gift. WOW!!!!
Have a wonderful time with daughter/family and grands.
And again wishing you a very happy birthday and many,many more to come.

Melissa said...

Hey Sweet Terri! Happy Birhday! I hope it's the best ever!

Lori said...

I'm always so inspired by your gorgeous art, it was a very small token! Happy Birthday, hope it's grand, and here's to many more birthdays, filled with happy memories and of course, ART!

Diana Evans said...

Happy Birthday Sweet Terri!!! I see you got that wonderful package that Lynn organized!!! I hope you love each and every piece...especially the ones I made!!!

Hugs and may you enjoy your trip with plenty of family, friends and cake!!!


Janet Ghio said...

What a fabulous birthday present==how well loved you are!! Have fun in Maine!! and Happy Birthday!

Lorraine @ creativedaily said...

What a FABULOUS selection of ATC's you've received. Suspect you will remember this birthday for some time to come. Happy, happy birthday girlfriend! Have a great celebration in Maine and enjoy your blog vacation too.

Outstanding Stranger said...

Glad you had fun looking at all your cards. I was pleased to be counted as one of your friends..Have a wonderful visit with your daughter and what a special b day gift she gave you...a grandson!!(a few years ago)..Love and Hugs, Diane

Bleubeard and Elizabeth said...

When Lynn wrote that you were opening the gift tonight, I knew it would be a very special time. I've seen the other 59 and was blown away by the creativity and uniqueness of the group Lynn organized. You know you are loved, and you know that because you have tangible proof of it. Have an awesome birthday and vacation in Maine. I'll celebrate with you on Thursday.

Happy, happy!

Gaby Bee said...

I'm so happy that Lynn's surprise has succeeded. Glad you had fun looking at all the wonderful ATCs. I've seen the other 59 and I'm thrilled as well. Happy Happy Birthday dear Terri! I hope it's the best ever! Have a great celebration with your loved ones in Maine! Hope you blew out a candle for all of us.
Gaby xo

Diane said...

You are loved Terri, and you're always here for us--we'll always be here for you--Have a Great Birthday!!

Dorthe said...


It was great to be a part of Lynn`s
gorgeus idea, and a little thankyou, for being able to visit you here.
Have a wonderfull day, and tour.

susi said...

happy birthday terri! enjoy your trip - drive safe!

Healing Woman said...

I was glad to be a part of your birthday celebration that Lynn drummed up. Her box is gorgeous as well as all of the ATC's. Look closely at the one I created. Do you notice anything unusual about the back with the Crone story? LOL..I'll tell you..I used some of the small scraps of handmade paper you sent me in Feb.!

AND...Happy Birthday!

Martina2801 said...

Step by step the journey goes on,
Little by little it may seem so long.
Forget about your past, you can’t change it,
Forget about your future, you can't predict it.
Just think about present, you can handle it.
Enjoy presents every moment & be happy.

HAPPY BIRTHDAY to U, dear Terri!

I am very happy that you like the ATC`s. This was a very charming idea of Lynn.

*jean* said...

oo sounds great! hope you have a wonderful visit with your family! it was so fun to be a part of such a thoughtful gesture...and to see them all was a real treat!! best wishes, terri!

MosaicMagpie said...

It was so much fun to be a small part in this Birthday Surprise, Lynn dreamed up. I love the slide show she created for you and that box is gorgeous as well. Terri, I told Lynn I wish we could be a fly on the wall and watch you open that box. To have so many willing to participate, says a lot about you as a person and how well loved you are. Have a great visit with your family.

Lynn said...

Hi Birthday Girl :)
I am so happy that we could make your special birthday as special as you are. You have so many friends in blog land and you are so loved. You inspire us all with your artwork and your amazing and uplifting spirit.

That cake looks wonderful, so can we all have a piece? Oh and what an adorable baby you were :)

Enjoy your time in Maine with the family, and we will see you when you return.
Big Birthday Hugs,

~*~Patty Szymkowicz said...

Just returned from the fab slide show almost couldn't find my way back heehee! Lynn kudos to you for doing that TOO!!!

Such fun knowing all of you lovely gals here in the land of blog! you each hold a special place in my day and in my heart!

Hoping your birthday celebration keeps going and going dear Terri!
Enjoy * Enjoy!!!

Thespa McLaughlin said...

What a great friend, and a wonderful surprise! Happy Birthday to you. Enjoy your goodies.

Sue@MyArtsDesire said...

Oh HAPPY, HAPPY, HAPPY, Terri! And how special that you get to run away and celebrate with some of your loved ones. Truly, this idea of Lynn's was the sweetest, most thoughtful gesture...a chance for your admiring bloggy friends to return just a bit of the warmth and kindness you so readily lavish on us! It's been such a treat getting to know you! Xo, Sue

indybev said...

....and you, my dear, are one of the reasons to celebrate life. Your generous comments are always a bright spot, and your art never fails to be eye candy. Happy, happy birthday!!!

Leila Gervais said...


I'm so glad to hear you loved your ATC surprise and that I can now breath a word, hehe. I had a blast making one and then checking out all the ones you received.

Happy Happy Birthday to you!

Sharon said...

Happy Birthday Terri!~ So glad you enjoyed the ATC's. The box Lynn made is so beautiful. She really did an amazing job getting this all together. Have a wonderful trip to Maine. (a place I would love to visit someday) Stay safe and will look for your return to blogging.

DeeDee said...

I was so happy I got to join in on such a great have a great friend in Miss Lynn..she had you in mind the whole way...with a little help from her friends...I hope your enjoy such a landmark in life....Happy Birthday to you Miss Terri....enjoy your special day...

p.s. evryone cards are just fabulous and what a great storage chest for them too..

Astrid Maclean said...

Terri wishing you the very best birthday ever and have a wonderful time with your family! I love your baby picture!!!

Trudi Sissons - Two Dresses Studio said...

Oh Terri! I'm so excited that you finally got to see your surprise and that I get to see them all now too!!!! I can honestly say, I don't know anyone more deserving than YOU!!!!
I learned about this project very late in the game so time didn't permit me to be included in the ATC celebration....but I'm thinking that maybe, just maybe, there may be something waiting for you when you come back from your vacation.
Please have a wonderful time and know how many think so fondly of you!!!!! You are a sweetheart!!! And in case you haven't heard it today, 60 is the new 40!!!

Elizabeth Golden said...

Happy Birthday sweet girl! Hope you have a wonderful time with your family! What a lovely surprise of ATC's. They are all beautiful. I am wishing you many more Happy Birthdays!

Linda said...

Hi Terri...hope you have a wonderful birthday! The ATCs look great; Lynn did a wonderful job. It was good to be a part of it :-)
Linda x

Rosie said...

Happy birthday and have a nice day.

BlueRidgeLady said...

Happy Birthday Terri!!! What a sweet picture of you! I practically felt the same way you did just reading about your beautiful gift! What a thoughtful thing to do and it brought me to tears! You have been such a good friend to me and all of us and brighten our days with your art and words! Have a blast on your trip and hope your day is perfect!!

Deb said...

Terri you are such a gracious and beautiful human being and you have touched many people in many ways, even though you have never met many of us in the flesh. I was honored and thrilled to be included in this wonderful well deserved surprise. I was excited for you knowing what was coming. Lynn is amazing and I'm still not sure how she pulled this off without any beens being spilled.

Have your self a wonderful Birthday enjoy your special day.
Hugs Deborah

Amy said...

Happy Birthday Terri!!!!!! WOOOT!!! Hope your day is most special. Hugs and Blessings

LiveArt said...

A very Happy Birthday to you dear Terri!! What a great present from your friends :) Wish you a wonderful birthday celebration and trip to Maine. May all your wishes and dreams come true my friend!!

Cheers, hugs and smiles,

peggy gatto said...

Happy birthday and happy trip to visit your daughter!
What a nice surprise from your friends!!!

Marilyn Rock said...

Happy Birthday Terri! From your video; you sure don't look 60. But; take it from me - it gets better! Wishing you all the best life has to offer! xxoo

Kimmie said...

what a special package from all of your friends! what an amazing group! I hope you have a very special getaway too - you surely deserve it! Happy Birthday!!!

Deb~Paxton Valley Folk Art said...

Happy birthday! Hope you are having a fabulous time in Maine with your family. What a wonderful gift from your very talented friends, you must be a very special person indeed to get such a beautiful and thoughtful gift. And by the way, you were quite the cutie patootie at one year old! Happy, happy 60th birthday and here's to many more yet to come. Deb

Debby said...

Happy Birthday Terri!!! What an amazing gift Lynn put together for you. I was proud to be part of it. Happy a wonderful time with you family.

Cynthia Schelzig,Cynnie said...

What a box of joy...wasn´t that nice of all of them...just fantastic!!

gypsy said...

Terri, You bring so much joy to the lives of others, and for that I thank you! Happy Birthday and I so enjoyed your baby photograph from your first birthday. Enjoy your trip!

Diana Evans said...

so wonderful to hear from you my sweetest Terri!!! I hope you had the greatest Birthday ever!!!

We missed you in blogland!!!


thekathrynwheel said...

Wow, what a great gift. You are very loved :-) Happy birthday Terri!

Such a Wondrous Place this Faery Space said...

We love you! Blessed birthday wishes!!!

Sherry Goodloe said...

Sorry it has taken me this long to get over here to wish you an even more personal "happy birthday" Terri! I was honored to be invited to create a special atc for your special day! xoxo