Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Simply a Team Teal Moment

I am in my birthday glory, riding in Carrie's backseat as she drives us to the restaurant where we will celebrate with a nice dinner. She and Doug chat away in the front seat as I happily open my birthday cards and packages in the back.

I have a package to open from a dear friend of my mom’s. Actually, now that my mom’s journey is done, I proudly call Judi my friend. She is a beloved soul and a sweet connection to my mom – something I am oh so grateful for. I tear open the padded envelope with excited anticipation and I pause for a moment to appreciate her pretty wrapping – beautiful pink tissue paper with a bright orange ribbon tied in a generous bow.

"Oooh! Look how pretty!” I say, holding it up for Doug and Carrie to see. Doug admires it in the way a boy admires things like that, but Carrie sternly reminds me that she can’t look right now.
I untie the orange ribbon and pull the pink tissue paper back to reveal an adorable apron. “Oh I love it!” I squeal as I lift it up, allowing the fabric to unfold and reveal the apron front. And then my eye catches a sweet little extra in the apron pocket – a handwritten recipe card tucked there, just like my mom always did when she gifted an apron – with a favorite recipe from Judi.

In this moment my mom is right here with me – a memory tucked inside an apron pocket from a thoughtful friend. Gosh, I love my birthday and the gifts of this wonderful life.
As I link up with Alexa today for her monthly “Simply a Moment” meme, I’d like to express my gratitude to her. After a two-year run, this is the final installment for “Simply a Moment.” Thank you, Alexa, for hosting us and encouraging us to stop and notice our special moments. It’s been my pleasure to join you!
PS: I made the recipe that was written on Judi’s card, and I’ll be sharing that on my blog tomorrow.

12 comments:

Beverly said...

What a perfect moment and gift for you. Love the wrapping!

Becky said...

What a wonderful moment :)

Susan ~ Southern Fascinations said...

Deb..what a wonderful thoughtful gift. Those love connections are the best! Each time you wear the apron you will be encircled by two sets of loving arms! Happy Birthday!

Miriam said...

A really beautiful moment Deb.

debs14 said...

What a lovely moment to share, and what a thoughtful gift.

Maria Ontiveros said...

Perfect. Thanks for sharing.
Rinda

alexa said...

What a joy-bringing ribbon of connection between you and your Mom and Judi this must have been - and so thoughtful of her ... It's lovely to read how you have been surrounded by love and caring on your birthday :). Thank-you very much indeed for linking up with Simply A Moment often in the last two years, and for each of your contributions. It is always a pleasure to visit you.

Sian said...

I love this story

Fiona@Staring at the Sea said...

Such a touching moment. I have had the pleasure of an email exchange with Judi and you have a lovely friend there. I got a little thrill out of seeing my handwriting on another packet in your stack and I smiled at Carrie sternly telling you that she couldn't look!

Alison said...

What a perfect moment to end on!
Alison xx

Irene said...

What a wonderful gift. Happy Birthday!

Gail said...

Oh what a lovely moment. Thanks for sharing it and Belated Happy Birthday!

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