16 december

when i was a young woman i went to live near Seattle, WA.

my mother sent us a package of Christmas ornaments

and this little bird was included in the box.

There was also a wooden heart, a porcelain angel and a knitted child. 

I still have all of them.

 Since then I have lived 31 years, in 8 places, had 2 children of my own,

2 marriages, a long-term committed relationship (or whatever we are calling those things

these days) with my best friend and the love of my life,

5 step-children, 2 dogs, at least a half a dozen cats and 4 birds.

it's been a bumpy ride

recently we celebrated my mum's 79th birthday

she still continues to amaze and inspire me


  1. A wonderful tribute to a wonderful mother!

    Lovely post!

  2. hoping that little bird brings with it a memory of love at the holidays...

  3. Oh this makes me smile Mothers are amazing and those little ornaments remind you just how amazing they really are. Happy Birthday to your Mom. B

  4. What a grand story behind this beautiful little yellow bird ornament. A small creature laden with treasures. Delightful.

  5. fabulous post-Happy 79th Birthday to your Mom...

  6. Beautiful and colorful bird ornament! Happy birthday to your mom!

  7. What a wonderful tribute to your mother! Happy birthday to her!
    So great that you still have these little things after all!

  8. I like to keep ornaments as mementos too, cute bird. It's great you still have your mom around to celebrate birthdays.

  9. Happy Birthday to your Mom! What a great post and story. I love the cute bird ornament! Have a happy week!


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