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Monday, December 31, 2007

70 YEARS OLD...Only by the GRACE of GOD ~

It was supposed to be our annual Fun and Games night on the 28th, with our home church group and a few other family and friends.....BUT, when I opened the front door of the Community Center, this fabulous sign was the first thing I saw. A SURPRISE BIRTHDAY very first one in my entire life and, needless to say, I started crying!! (We seem to cry a lot in our family but, thankfully, it is nearly ALWAYS tears of joy!)

Since handsome son and family and beautiful daughter and family were going to be out of town on New Year's Eve, my actual birthday, they all decided this would be the perfect time to have a party for me. It couldn't have been MORE perfect in any way!!

They gave me this "AGED TO PERFECTION" badge to wear........(I can remember a time when just the word "aged" made me'm just proud to still be around at 70!! :)

There were lots of balloons, brightly colored....... Thank you, beautiful daughter and 2 lovely little faries for making the room so festive and happy. I LOVED the red tablecloths on all the tables, too

Not only was this cake beautiful (even with the "70" candles on it!! lol), but it was absolutely delicious and served with Vanilla ice cream.... of course, you are NEVER too old to love ice cream and cake!! Thank you, kids !!

Here's a few of the lovely gifts......

This bath gel and lotion set was most welcome....I love good smelling things for my bath. I am not a shower girl, much loving the long, hot soak in the bath tub, candles, music....the whole bit.

A little wine and a LOT of chocolate doesn't hurt my feelings, either !! heh, heh....

A Country Vanilla candle....There is NO WAY a girl can have too many candles! I just love them!

Thank you, friends!!

AND, OMGosh....another fabulous piece to add to my MACKENZIE-CHILDS collection. I LOVE IT, Beautiful daughter and family!!!! You knew I would and I love that THOUGHT even more!

Thank you so much!

OH, SHOOT....don't ya'll just love these funky tennis shoes? I sure do....I just LOVE them!
Thanks, sweet hubby! I like the black ones, too!! :) this is one pretty birdbath. Thank you so much to my Handsome Son, Lovely Daughter*In*Law and all the little ones! This is going to look so pretty sitting just outside my french doors out back! (I actually wanted to fill it with English Ivy and Hydrangea room perfume chips, put a round, glass top over it and use it in the house but everyone looked at me strangely so I guess I'll put it outside for the little birds!) lol I think it's one of the prettiest I've seen.

Thanks to ALL my kids and grand kids and precious friends for such a wonderful time. I will never forget it and I love all of you so much!

We played card games, ate pizza, drank cokes, ate ice cream and cake, had snacks of all kinds...

There were 24 people there to help celebrate and it was such fun.

It was one heck of a GREAT party!! I AM BLESSED ~


Karen H. said...

Good Morning BJ,
"HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO YOU, HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO YOU, HAPPY BIRTHDAY GOD BLESS YOU, HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO YOUR"!!!! And many, many more. Here you are my friend me singing to you. LOL. Your first ever Surprise Birthday Party was lovely. "THANK YOU" for letting us go with you. The cake is beautiful and you got some beautiful gifts as well. I know you are very proud of each and everyone of them. I do hope that you will have a wonderful day today. It's your Special day, so relax and take it easy. Fix you up a Bubble Bath with your new Bath Gels and light you some candles and put on some music and get you a nice glass of Wine or Champagne. You derserve to do that on this Special Day of yours. I would also like to wish you and yours a "HAPPY NEW YEAR" from our Family. I want to let you know that I have Tagged you as well. LOL. When you have time stop by and get the directions. I hope you will participate. Take care my friend and have a great Monday. May God Bless You and Yours. You have a wonderful Family and I'm so glad they did this for you.

Love & Hugs,
Karen H.

Tammy said...

I definately could take some lessons from you on taking care of myself. You look marvalous! I would have never guessed you to be 70!!!!

Happy Birthday to you!
Happy Birthday to you!
Happy Birthday sweet BJ!!
Happy Birthday to you!
and many more....

Hey gal, I've sent you an invite to my new blog!

Happy New Year!!

Love & Hugs,

judypatooote said...

Happy Birthday are a very young looking 70 year old... I will be celebrating that magical year in 2 and a half years.... you look like you had a great birthday... I came over from Pea's blog.....have a Happy New Years.... judy

Jo and JD said...

Happy Birthday Miss BJ. So glad that Pea pointed me in your direction. Hope your New Year is filled with Good Health and Happiness.

Peggy said...

Happy Birthday! Came over by way of Pea's.

Teresa @ PlumWater Cottage said...

Happy Birthday! Sounds like your party was WAY BIG FUN! So nice to have family and friends around--lovely gifts, wonderful friends, great food...who could ask for more? Enjoy yourself today!

PEA said...

Happy Birthday dear BJ:-) What a wonderful surprise that birthday party must have been...almost made it worth turning 70 didn't it! hehe You look so good for your age, I would never have thought you were 70. Everything looked so well decorated and I love the cake, it's so beautiful. Such delightful birthday presents you also received:-) My first thought when I heard you were born on New Year's Eve was...what a wonderful way for your parents to start a new year, with a new baby!! Of course you can take home the birthday card I posted for you:-) Blessings for a wonderful day!! xoxo

cargol said...

BJ, Wanted to wish you a very Happy Birthday and wonderful 2008. What a perfect day for a birthday with all the hopes and wishes for the upcoming year! Enjoy your SPECIAL day as you are special to us!

Michelle said...


Happy Birthday to you!! Your party looks like fun~what a nice surprise from your family and friends..


Marcela said...

Hello my sweet BJ
and many, many, many more.......

My best wishes for you!!!

Susan Ramey Cleveland said...

A belated Happy Birthday, BJ. No, I don't believe you're 70. I think you just said that so you'd get a surprise party. LOL! But whatever age, you look wonderful.

Terri and Bob said...

WOw! What a special day! Most happiest of birthdays to you!

Amelia said...

Happy Birthday!

May God continue to bless you during this coming year.

Oklahoma Gal

Jackie said...

Oh my goodness BJ, we are almost twins. I am glad that you had a wonderful surprise Birthday Party. You have a wonderful day today.

smilnsigh said...

PEA said to come over and say Happy Birthday, and of course, I did! :-) Always glad to say Happy Birthday to another gal who is happy to have arrived at this fantastic age.

Yes, mine was last March, so I'm now coming up on 71. Imagine that. ,-)

Enjoy each and every day. What better way is there to behave, in later life! :-)


Cowboys & Custard said...

Oh Happy Happy Birthday Greetings to you Bj
What a wonderful milestone to reach and you have to be the most glamorous and beautiful 70 year old on the planet!!
I wish you the happiest of celebrations and a wonderful welcome to 2008..
Thank you so much for your company in 2007
Much love

Lynn@ The Vintage Nest said...

Awww BJ...Happy Birthday to you and Happy New Year to you. xoxo Lynn

Back Through Time said...

Happy Birthday to you!! And from what I can tell from your pictures you look WONDERFUL!! I hope I age as lovely as you have:-)

Betty said...

Happy Birthday to you, Happy Birthday to you, Happy Birthday dear PJ, Happy Birthday to you, and many more!!

Be glad you coldn't hear me singing this, lol.

Looks like you had a wonderful one with lots of people around who love you.

Sunnispace said...

HAPPY BIRTHDAY BJ!! It was Nan who tipped me off and I'm so glad she did. Sounds like you had a WONDERFUL party - I wish you the BEST year yet!

Merci-Notes said...

I would like to wish you a very F*A*B*A*O*U*L*S 70th Birthday! And a WONDERFUL NEW, and I mean NEW year for YOU!!!
You are so loved!!!!!
With Kindness,

Judy said...

Dear Jean: Before heading out to dinner with daughter and SIL, I just wanted to drop by and wish you a HAPPY, HAPPY, BIRTHDAY! I'm so glad I've "met" you in blogland. You are one sweet lady. I wish we lived close to meet but who knows? Someday we may. Happy Birthday and Happy New Year my friend!

Baba's Blog .. Babies Are Special said...

Hi BJ, looks like you had a great birthday party.When I reach 70 in 4 years ,I hope I look half as good as you....I gave my mom a party for her 70th and her 80th and now she is 86 and still a firecracker....Have a happy New Year and I will be back to visit you soon. Hugs, Baba said...

Happy Birthday!! I just read what Barb wrote about her Mom, a firecracker at 86! I love that! We are not old yet!! and may we both live to be firecrackers at 86!!!
How neat is that!!
You have a Happy New Year too!! Love and Hugs,Carolyn

boomama said...


(And those tennis shoes are totally rockin', by the way.)

ginger at enchanting cottage said...

Happy Birthday BJ,
I hope that you have a beautiful birthday, it sounds like you all ready had a wonderful party! What a great surprise. Have a nice new years and a happy birthday

Laurie said...

Happy, happy birthday BJ dear, happy days will come to you all year, if I had one wish then it would be a happy happy birthday to you from me.

Rhondi said...

Happy birthday bj. How fun for you to have a surprise party for your birthday. And lucky you got another McKenzie Childs piece! Happy Healthy new year. Rhondi xo

Rosie's Whimsy said...

Happy Birthday, Dear Jean! You are a bright ray of sunshine!

Sam I Am said...

HAPPY BIRTHDAY JEAN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
You look AMAZING!!!!!! What a beautiful lady you are!!
Lotsa hugs...

Cindy ~ My Romantic Home said...

Happy Birthday! You look fabulous for 70! Wow! Hope you had a great day!

Meggie said...

Happy 70th Birthday Jean! You look damn good, girl! How wonderful that you had a surprise party with lots of lovely gifts. Congrats!

FarmHouse Style said...

Happy Birtday, BJ!!! And Happy New Year:)

Betty said...

Wishing you a very Happy Birthday and a blessed New Year....came over from Pea's....Betty

Cottage Contessa said...

BJ sweetie! HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!! It looks like you had a wonderful birthday, for which I'm very happy! My mum celebrates her 68th birthday on Jan 3rd, so I have a couple of years to plan her surprise 70th! Can't wait! lol Happy birthday again sweetie, hugs for you! Love Amanda (aka Cottage Contessa)

Anonymous said...

Happy Birthday!!!! I want you to know you are the most beautiful 70 year old ive ever seen. You are one awsome lady and im happy to be your friend. Hope 2008 brings you all your hearts desire.

Anonymous said...

Wow, what a fantastic surprise for you BJ! Everything looks just lovely, and I want to steal that bird bath from you! I'm glad you had a great birthday, you're such a sweet lady and always doing for others, it's so nice to see you get what you deserve!

Anonymous said...

I forgot to say, I just hope hope hope I look as good as you when I'm 70 BJ, gosh darnit you look fantastic!

Adla said...

Happy Belated Birthday to you...just stumbled across your blog. You are such an inspiration at 70.Keep up the wonderful enthusiasm.

Wishing you a wonderful new year too :)

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