Change Is Hard

…but change is certain.

Happy birthday mom



Happy birthday, mom, it’s your 17th up there in heaven. I know lots of your friends and many of your family are there with you so I bet you’re having a heck of a party. I hope someone besides you made the cake! Or better yet a cherry pie.

For dad’s birthday I testified in front of a Senate subcommittee. I don’t think I can put anything that dramatic together for your birthday today, but since I know how much you loved flowers I thought I’d show you what’s blooming in our yard this year. It’s pretty spectacular.

I put together a slide show of shots I’ve taken in the past couple of days with you in mind. I hope you enjoy them as much as I did taking them!

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And just in case the flowers weren’t enough to make you smile…

Katie says “Happy birthday, grandma!”


Author: dawnkinster

I'm a long time banker having worked in banks since the age of 17. I took a break when I turned 50 and went back to school. I graduated right when the economy took a turn for the worst and after a year of library work found myself unemployed. I was lucky that my previous bank employer wanted me back. So here I am again, a long time banker. Change is hard.

19 thoughts on “Happy birthday mom

  1. I like the tradition of celebrating such birthdays. Happy birthday to your mother.


  2. Happy Birthday to your mom, I know how you feel. Our mom passed away a year ago this past March and her last two birthdays have felt strange. She lived in Houston and I lived in the Chicago area so I didn’t see her as often as I wanted, but we talked and wrote letters. I am really thankful for making the time to visit her for her birthdays when I could and took my daughter with me for her 80th – it was a blast and O baked the cake and I cooked the burgers. It was a good time. Be comforted by the times you did have with your mom and your dad. Have a wonderful day – stay safe and well. Peace.


    • I’m sorry, Clay, about your mom. It’s hard isn’t it! I didn’t see mine as often as I wanted either, but we called and emailed and before email wrote weekly letters. You stay safe and well too.


  3. Birthday celebrations morph as we go along in life. I think of my parents on their birthdays, too. It’s not with sadness at this point, but as a way of feeling centered in where came from, expressing gratitude for the good that was.


  4. Happy birthday to your mom! I, too, think of my parents on their birthdays. Bittersweet.


  5. Aw, Happy Birthday to your sweet mom in Heaven! Bet she somehow had a hand in helping those flowers become so spectacular this year. Give Katie some extra love since you can’t shower it in person on your mom today.


  6. Happy Birthday to your mom up in heaven, but never far from your heart. These birthdays of deceased loved ones can bring them back closer to us for a day. I am betting she enjoyed the photos.


  7. Happy birthday, Dawn’s mom.


  8. This is such a beauatiful tribute, Dawn.


  9. Happy Birthday to your Mom. We sure do miss our Moms and celebrate them til this day.


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