Monday, September 21, 2009

The Birthday Girl

Bonjour from Campagne Maison

This is my mom, Sylvia Kathryn. My dad's nickname for her was "Kat". Born during the depression she knows true hardship. She has instilled alot of her best traits into her children but will not take credit for any of them.

On January 8, 1938, at the ripe old age of 15 1/2 years, she married my dad. They had been married 43 yrs when he passed away in 1981. (As my hand grabs a pen and I start subtracting, it startles me--to say the least--that my husband and I have been married 42. Somehow, it seems like my mom and dad were married much longer than my husband and me). A widow now for 28 years, as she chose to never remarry.

Anyway, back to statistics! She birthed nine children, all of whom are still living. She has 15 grandchildren, 25 great grandchildren, and 4 great-great grandchildren.

I know...she doesn't look a day over 60!

With all her brood, it takes a big cake!

Now...the reason I told you a little bit about her was so I could REALLY TELL you this: She's a real party animal!! Here she is caught "sleeping off" all that birthday cake and diet coke that she over indulged in at her party! Don't you just admire a woman that knows how to celebrate her birthday?

Mama, as the saying goes..."if you can't run with the big dogs, don't get off the porch"

to be continued tomorrow...

Thanks for stopping by the farmhouse for a visit today. We love having company.

Au revoir


Anonymous said...

Your mom looks great. It's great all of her nine kids are still around. When you add up all the offspring from that union, it's amazing how many lives can be touched. TL

Sea Witch said...

I am crazy about your party animal mother!!! The love you have for her really shows through your post and I bet she has wonderful stories about her rich and full life. Happy Birthday KAT and wishing you many many more. Sea Witch

Lorrie said...

What a wonderful post about your mom. I hope I'm as full of life when I reach her age.

Belated happy birthdays to Kat.

Thanks for your sweet comment on my blog, Jacque. Means a lot.


Ana said...

Hi Jacque,
It was a true pleasure meeting your mom. You're right, she doesn't look a day over 60. What's her secrect? I love the last picture, her with her little cute.

Oh! And awesome news about your hubby. Yay!!!

Wishing you an wonderful first day of Autumn. You'll have to take pictures of the trees there when they start turning to share!

hugs and kisses,

Vera said...

Just wanted to say your mom looks great!! HAPPY BIRTHDAY KAT

Doris Sturm said...

Happy Birthday to your mom ... and many moooooooore ;-)

Theresa @ Take A Sentimental Journey said...

How wonderful that all of her children are still with her ! She looks real spunky, is she ? LOL .

decoratingyourworld said...

A woman after my own heart sipping on one of my favorite coke.I'm sure she had a great birthday cause that's alot of love in that family of numbers. If Dad could see her now bet he'd say she's holding up nicely. I should be so lucky...Happy Birthday 2

Barb said...

Wow. Your mom does look very young but best of all, she is young at heart.

Happy belated bd to Kat!