Then I grew up, got married and moved away. And had children. When I was twenty and something, some twenty odd years ago, I was blessed with a beautiful early birthday present, DD1, who was born two days before my birthday. In those days, in that neck of the woods, new mothers were kept in the hospital for several days, so I spent my birthday resting up and reading a new book (a gift from my mother who was visiting and taking care of my two little boys), and getting to know my new daughter. The picture above is DD1 on her fifth birthday. The one below is DD1 with DS1 and DS2 (the top of his head, anyway.)
Six years later, I had another beautiful early birthday present, DD3, who was born two days before her sister's birthday. Now DD3 insisted on being born by Caesarian section, so of course, I spent another birthday in the hospital with another new baby:
This year the last week of October has not been nearly as hectic as in years past since DD4, the tail end of the crew, is now a high school senior. With only two children living at home right now, we ended up combining all of the birthday celebrations into one weekend filled with cakes and presents and lots of phone calls and good wishes. Do I miss the hectic last week of October of days gone by? Yes! And No! I wish I had a few more pictures, but I am grateful for a bit slower pace. I guess I'm just getting old(er).
Have a wonderful Halloween! Here are a few more Halloween pictures for your viewing pleasure: