I am back!!!
The break was filled with so many precious moments and so many life experiences that I am not quite sure where to start. I don't want to cram it all into one blog so......
I guess the beginning would be the best starting point. I took like a million photo's (I kid you not) but I will only share some of the highlights with you.
So I went down to Cape Town to celebrate my friend Lande's 40th birthday. Now since I arranged her 21st you can imagine the long road we have traveled together. In fact we have known each other for 24 years!!! Now that is a lifetime.
It was all a big surprise and the theme of the party was masks. It was such fun knowing that Lande did not know that I was in Cape Town although talking to her on her special day was a little hectic as there was a very distinct announcement made in the mall where I was shopping for her gift. Fortunately, she was distracted (read distraught) by the fact that her really sweet husband had bought her the same gift as he had 3 years ago (NO RODDY NO)!!!! Bless his heart but the man was in the dog box in a big way. This resulted in Lande being the lady of the hour not wanting to go out to "dinner". In the end it took some persuading but they got her there and the surprise was huge. We were both overwhelmed when she saw me (hiding behind my mask) and it did result in some tears!!!
It was a wonderful evening and it was such a blessing to reconnect and spend time together celebrating this milestone in her life. Her six kids were so precious and even had masks on too!!! I was able to keep my emotions in check until I reached the end of my speech then well......I was overcome!!!
Here are some of the photos....enjoy!!!
|The birthday girl and I.......check out our masks!!!|
|All six kids!!!! Megan, Ethan, Aidan, Nathan, Dustin and baby Katelin.|
|Rod and Lande having a fabulous at 40 moment!!!|
|That's what 24 years of friendship looks like!!!|
|My outfit for the evening: Dress and Jacket: Donna Claire, |
Shoes: too old to remember,
Mask: a gift from a true life saver
|Lande's special mask and the head table decor|
|The Cullingworth family....minus Miss Katie who was taking a nap!!|
|The birthday girl and her cake|
At the end of my speech I read my favorite EE Cummings poem to Lande and now I share it with you....
I carry your heart with me; I carry it in my heart
I am never without it
Anywhere I go, you go my dear
And whatever is done by only me, is your doing, my darling
I fear no fate, for you are my fate, my sweet
I want no world, for; beautiful you are my world, my true
Here is the deepest secret no one knows
Here is the root of the root and the bud of the bud
And the sky of the sky of a tree called life
Which grows higher than the soul can hope or mind can hide
It is the wonder that’s keeping the stars apart
I carry your heart I carry it in my heart…