Friday, May 21, 2010

soul food friday ~ birthday magnificence

Warning: maternal pride alert...

I know you've probably seen this before, but I'm posting it for the first-born who is having her 25th birthday today...and who sent it to me in the first place. Surely she was thinking of me when she flung that image and those words through cyberspace!! Joking. OK, not really.
But on this special day that marks 25 years since those excruciating life altering hours of induced labour ended with a 'c' section in a Brisbane hospital...too much information?!?...I am thinking about her magnificence. Because for sure, she looks magnificent don't you think? Even though I am horribly biased...and you will I know forgive me for this personal indulgence...
But more importantly to me, and to those who love her and who are lucky enough to be loved by her, she is magnificent on so many other levels. Kind, thoughtful, insightful, smart, witty, supportive, talented, accepting, forgiving, generous. And I could go on....but for now my gorgeous girl...and because I never told you enough when you were growing are, indeed, a magnificent creature and one of the finest people I know. 
We love you Jessica Faith.
[And if that doesn't get me into a good nursing home I don't know what will! Joking bloggy peeps, joking...]
...and a late addition to this post...a picture of the vampire slayer, but only because Jess loves her...and it's her birthday...and I'm feeling generous

image 1 from here; image 2 stolen from the first-born's Facebook page, because, as it was already 'out there', I can't be shot for posting it! image 3 by me on a rare occasion when the slayer wasn't demanding to be fed


  1. A lovely post Kerry! Tell Jess to have a wonderful day. Don't you love that she is old enough that you can write things like that and although she might be a touch embarassed, she will feel pretty pleased to have her mom say those things. They grow up fast! love Mary

  2. Hope you have a very happy 25th birthday Jess! Don't be too hard on your mum for posting this, she's obviously very proud of you and just wants everyone to know it! Have a great day both of you, and I'm guessing some sort of celebration will be in order over the weekend? K xx

  3. Now you must do a post reflecting on mothering so those of us coming up behind can get some tips on how to raise strong, beautiful girls. Your lovely daughter does you proud. Every reason to celebrate your 1/4 century milestone big time. Congrats.

  4. Wish Jessica a Happy 25th Birthday! I hope that she has a wonderful day and enjoys her birthday celebrations! xx

  5. What a lovely name...Jessica Faith. It was just my birthday yesterday. I hope she has a great day.

  6. Happy Birthday to Jessica! She is a lovely girl! You did a wonderful tribute to her and I think she must have many of your good qualities!

    I love the picture of the vampire slayer, she is looking rather meek today!


  7. Happy Birthday Jess! (Love her middle name!!). Hope you have a great time celebrating with your lovely daughter. Give the Vampire Slayer a pat for me too :)

  8. Happy 25th Birthday Jess!
    You are such a lovely Mum Kerry with all those lovely words and yes she is a gorgeous looking girl, I hope you have fun celebrating!!!

  9. Such lovely words for your daughter on her birthday. I hope she has a lovely day.

  10. Oh happy birthday & so lovely to see you so excited about birthdays after 25 years!! Love Posie

  11. love you mum xxxx
    PS - sorry about the induced labour, but you know i don't like to get out of warm, cosy beds unless i absolutely must.

  12. Happy happy birthday to Jess:) Hope you have a fabulous day ~ Tina xx

  13. Happy Birthday to Jessica! What a lovely post - it look like the vampire slayer was even feeling smoochy about the joyous occasion! What a gorgeous pic of him :)

  14. Many happy returns of the day to your lovely daughter Jess. I wish her the BEST day and I am sure that you will help her with that, Kerry.Aren't birthday's just the best ? I know that you will give Jess the most wonderful time.
    .... and, what a cute photo of the lovely Vampire slayer. She certainly knows how to work the camera !!!!
    Have a lovely family day. XXXX

  15. Wishing your beautiful Jess, many happy returns for her 25th.

  16. Big Big BIG hippy bday to Jess, who indeed looks like a terrific girl. oh to be 25 again!

    {{and snickle snickle about the nursing home. I have to start adding up some more brownie points, cos the boys are probably just getting to the age now where they'll remember my growling in years to come !}}

  17. Kerry....just gorgeous...what a remarkable job you have done in raising such a remarkable young woman!! HIGH FIVE TO YOU!!
    Happy birthday to Jess...and had to laugh at the Vampire slayer..Meeeeow! x

  18. Happy birthday to beautiful Jessica Faith! What a lovely name Kerry!
    P.S. The vampire slayer looks like a very sweet, flully kitty.. she's a cheater, isn't she??

  19. Happy 25th birthday Jessica. You do indeed, sound magnificent - gorgeous photo and kind, generous heart.

  20. sobbing.....

    Gefeliciteerd (Dutch for happy birthday) Jessica!
    And you too Kerry you are rightfully proud! xox

  21. Kleenex running out...
    HAPPY BIRTHDAY Jessica Faith - the girl with the most beautiful name and the most beautiful mum!

    Big hugs!

    xx Charlotta

    P.S. .. may I just add that the Vampire Slayer is looking more like a lush than a fierce creature of the dark..! :)

  22. Happy Birthday Jess. It's a mother's duty to embarrass her children at least once a year in a public way. It's a child's duty to act embarrassed but be secretly chuffed at the warmth and depth of her mother's love.

  23. They are lovely words and you have obviously done a great job to gether to this point. ....xoxo Happy Birthday.

  24. Hi Kerry, it's so nice to 'meet' you! I am really enjoying reading your lovely blog, you already have me giggling, (about the cat! Classic).
    That is a beautiful birthday tribute for your lucky daughter, I hope she has an amazing day, and forgives you for posting her facebook photo!
    :) Flick

  25. What a gorgeous post, so well written.. How I've missed your blog.. Happy Birthday Jessica! Rachaelxx

  26. Happy Birthday dear Jessica!!

    Hi Kerry.. Gorgeous post for your gorgeous daughter..... I'm sure this post made her birthday even brighter.. Gee love Buffy there too.. great name for the kitty.. xx Julie

  27. Happy Birthday to your sweet daughter!!! Thank you for leaving a lovely comment on my happy you did because now I have found your lovely blog! Off to follow along. xoxoxo Happy weekend to you new friend. xo

  28. Hi Kerry,
    I just made a reference to Buffy in my post and linked back here. Hope that is OK for you. Just a little cat talk. Hope Buffy is not too precious about it all!

  29. Such a lovely Birthday post to a beloved daughter from her smitten mother!!!
    Happy Birthday to both of you :)

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