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August 9, 2011


 I just came back from a weekend of visiting with my Mom and to celebrate her 89th birthday! My three other sister's and I wanted to celebrate her birthay as we realize each year becomes more and more precious.
Early in the day I  started to set up the table for the birthday party.
 We had chicken, grape salad, potato salad, baked beans, chips, deviled eggs and punch! I joked that it was an "all" cholesterol meal!
 My sister Jen made the cake and lit the candles!
 Mom took a minute to stare and enjoy!
It took her about 5 times to get them all blown out!
Everybody dove in and enjoyed cake and ice cream.  Jen made the top half Lemon Supreme and the bottom half Orange Supreme! It was very tasty!
These are plates I had made up by Hallmark on their website (click on the Hallmark) and it will take you to the web page.  You select the design you want and add your photo. You can adjust the position of the photo and you can choose to add your own greeting!  There are tons of designs!  She was so surprised when she saw these!  We saved a few before they got used!
20 years from now we will enjoy these pictures even more.
Mom and her baby sister Virginia...she is in her mid 80's.  
Treasured moments!
 She opened a few gifts later on and seemed quite happy with it all!
 A smile at the end of the day, that's what counted!
Dan and I found this vase at a local gallery
called The Twisted Fish  There is a wealth
of wonderful handmade art there.  When my
wallet is fatter I'm going back!
Celebrate with those you love, take that extra minute to give attention to your aging family members.  You never know when their time will be up. 
Thanks for stopping by!
I love your comments!


  1. Hi Liz,

    It looks like you and your sisters had a wonderful day with your Mom. Happy 89th Birthday to her! The table looks wonderful and so much delicious food. I didn't realize Hallmark did custom plates - how cute? Enjoy these moments - my mother passed away at 61. If only I had more time ...

  2. You've created some wonderful memories with your Mom and family, Liz. This post is very touching and has me in tears, as I've just returned from emptying the contents of my Dad's place and preparing it for the new owners. (My Dad passed away in December)
    The custom plates from Hallmark are just lovely. Thanks for sharing.

  3. The cake is beautiful too. So glad you still have your mom Liz and get to see her often. It's wonderful that her sister could be there too.

  4. Hi Liz,

    What a beautiful birthday celebration you had for your Mom. I'm sure she was overjoyed! Love the Hallmark plates, I had no idea they did that, I'm going to keep that idea filed - thanks for the tip! ~Marcy

  5. Hi lovely lady.
    Looks like your Mom was having a great time on her 89th Birthday!!! Im so glady you still have your sweet Mon.
    I hope you and your sister enjoy all the Moments of this day with your Mon Liz....
    XXOO Diane

  6. Liz
    Thank you for visiting my blog!
    I appreciate your post today. My mother is 88 and Dad is 94. And you just know now that their days are limited. I live a two days drive away so I can only visit 3 or 4 times a year, but fortunately I can call and let then know how much I love them!
    You did a bang up job for your Moms birthday. She looks like a dear lady and I'm sure this special day meant so much to her.

  7. happy belated birthday to your dear mother! looks like it was a wonderful celebration....


  8. Wonderful celebration Liz! Happy Birthday to your dear Mom.


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Welcome to Home and Gardening With Liz. I have combined my previous blogs “Infuse With Liz” and “Sit With Me In My Garden” into this new blog. I love interior decorating and gardening. I enjoy redefining interior spaces by moving things around and reusing decorative items already found in the home. I also enjoy creating tablescapes and an occasional crafting project. I'm so pleased you've stopped by. I invite you to follow me and I do hope you will keep coming back! Liz
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