A Wonderful Birthday Surprise/Birthday Blog Hop Tomorrow!

Good Morning!

Yesterday, I received a wonderful birthday surprise in the mailbox from my friend Heather Lynn.  Thank you so much Heather Lynn!  You made my day!

 Heather Lynn, your card is just gorgeous!  I love the "cup cake icing" and the little gifts are wonderful!  I am button & twine crazy and I will think of you when I use them!

I have had several people say to me, "oh yuck Chriss, you are turning 55 why are you celebrating as if you were turning 21?  Well, I will tell you why.  My mom passed away when I was 16 and she was 53.  Then my dearly loved older sister passed away when she was 52.  I never thought I would live long past my fifties and I was prepared (I thought) for that.  Then we found out that my mom and sister (and some of my other brothers and sisters) have something called Factor V Gene Mutation.  I don't have it.  I have probably inherited the old people genes and unless I get hit by a bus tomorrow, I could live to be well into my 90's.  So in some ways, I do feel like I am turning 21 and I am celebrating!  A chance to start over, a chance to be free of the things in my life that have held me down.  A chance to walk away from any negative people who stifle my creativity or don't want to get to know who I really am.  I feel free!  I feel like I this is just the start of a new beginning.  I have turned the page and a new chapter of my life is beginning.  Please come celebrate with me tomorrow!



  1. nicely said, I think everyone should celebrate their birthday no matter how old they are. Wow i am so sorry to hear about your mom and sister (glad you don't have that gene!!!) can't wait for the hop tomorrow!!

  2. happy birthday and I will sure join you tommorrow.hugs

  3. You're as young as you feel! And, you look marvelous (55 never looked so good)! We're going to have fun tomorrow. Thanks for inviting me to your birthday hop. See you then!

  4. Celebrating life at any age is a wonderful thing. Very excited about tomorrow.

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  5. What a sweet heart-felt post that completely moved me. Thank you so much for sharing that story. And here's to us young ladies partying into our 90s!!!

  6. That is such a sweet post Chriss. I feel sad [for loss of your loved ones] as well as happy for you

  7. That's right, Chriss! Celebrate every day! Today is the first day of the rest of your life!
    I'm so sorry to read about your mom and sister.
    Looking forward to hopping and celebrating with you tomorrow!
    Warmest Hugs, Sheryl

  8. Hi Chriss! So glad your goodies made it there! Wow, it made it super fast, too! :)

    So sorry to hear about your losses of loved ones! So happy you are here and that I met you and am lucky enough to call you my friend!

    Excited for your hop tomorrow! Thank you for asking me to join you in the celebration!

    Heather Lynn

  9. Beautifully put Chriss...we should all celebrate every day we have on this earth & not take it for granted! I hope you have a wonderful birthday & look forward to hopping in honor of your day!
    Hugs, Renee

  10. Hope you have a wonderful birthday Chriss! I am on vacation but had a minute to get on my laptop to pop in and wish you a wonderful day!!!! I will not make it to the hop but will check in to see the projects when I return home. Take care!!
    Sherrie K

  11. Beautifully said, Chriss!! I am so happy and honored to be able to celebrate with you!! And what a gorgeous card from HeatherLynn!!

    Hugs, Lisa
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  12. Happy Birthday, Chriss!What fun!

  13. Wow Chriss such an amazing story and its truly a reason toe celebrate in memory of your family member and your your "Birthday" TFS AJ!

  14. Wishing you a very Happy Birthday and many more creative years.Happy to Participate in your bloghop


  15. Happy Birthday and enjoy the new phase of your life!

    Sheri R

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