Saturday, January 12

happy birthday marmie*

my breathtakingly beautiful French marmie, canon digital rebel xti

Today is my mother's (marmie's) birthday. Since I can't be with her physically, I thought I'd gather all the angels in blog~land to surround her in the largest and warmest virtual hug.

A few years back, I wrote a post about her on mother's day. So many lovely comments followed, giving her love and celebration for her and they're own mothers. I think she read it a hundred times and it moved her to tears.

This year has been a rough one for my parents. Their beloved dog Daisy passed away from illness and to them, she was their child that kept them company every moment of their days.

They have been blessed with a new puppy named Callie Lu that has melted their hearts and slowly healed their grief. I tear up thinking of how they found the most cuddly and loving puppy at a time in their lives when they need it most.

callie lu & marmie during the holidays, canon digital rebel xti

My marmie has always supported every wild and crazy decision I've ever made for my life. She has been a rock for me...an ever steady rock. My heart has broken when I hear stories of others on a journey to conceive that have parents that do not support choices to do fertility treatments of all types or eventually adopt if needed. My parents have been open and supportive of anything and everything that we feel comfortable with. Their hearts are open to embrace our baby and they trust that however or whenever it comes into our life, it will be perfect for us and our family. On top of all this, there is no pressure, just love and support. We never take this for granted.

My marmie has been by my side so closely the past few years through all of this...even through her own grief. She listens without judgment and doesn't try to fix it for me. She just reminds me of my strength and bravery and ability to make the right choices.

Before Christmas, when I was coming down the escalator to meet my parents at the airport and she was waiting at the bottom, the minute I saw her I started to cry. She was standing there with her gorgeous bouncy red curls and a smile as wide as her heart. I collapsed in her arms and let all my tears go. She didn't even question it. She just held me until I was ready to go find my father and their new puppy around the corner. Sometimes when I just hear her voice I start to cry. I think its just the overwhelming love a mother has for their child that draws out those places in us that need to be nurtured and held.

She's an amazing balance of being young at heart and full of a deep wisdom that comes from living a full life. She's my safety net, my security blanket, my best friend and my biggest fan.

Today I celebrate all that she is and all that she brings into this world. I would love for you to leave some affirmations for her and this new year she is embarking on...if you are inspired to do so.

Happy birthday beautiful marmie! Angels on your pillow and all around you, always.

callie lu & marmie cuddling, canon digital rebel xti


Blogger Maggie Ann. said...

OH! How beautiful. How beautiful this world can be. Today is my Mother's birthday as well. Blessings, blessing to you and your's.

All the love.

January 12, 2008 at 12:56:00 PM PST  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

What a sweet, lovely and true post. Happy birthday to your Marmie!

January 12, 2008 at 1:03:00 PM PST  
Blogger Ruby Bigonia said...

happiest of birthdays, marmie. may your day be as beautiful as you are.


January 12, 2008 at 1:49:00 PM PST  
Blogger Lyric said...

What a wonderful tribute!

HAPPY BIRTHDAY to Marmie... ;) You must be an amazing woman - you've certainly raised one.

To the year ahead...many blessings to you and those you love.

January 12, 2008 at 2:02:00 PM PST  
Blogger Susannah Conway said...

your mum is just so gorgeous, inside and out - i see her youngest daughter takes after her :-) happy birthday marmie! one day i hope to meet you and give you a birthday cuddle in person xo

January 12, 2008 at 2:07:00 PM PST  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Happy Birthday Marmie and may you cuddle all day with Callie lou. Oh and lets not forget your cool hubby Lou in his best dress blues cooking a wonderful 3 course birthday meal, all the while a warm bath is on its way with rose peddles reflecting the steamy candlelight inside your after dinner bath.
Best wishes jon-erik and ghozt

January 12, 2008 at 3:16:00 PM PST  
Blogger Molly said...

So lucky and blessed to have such a wonderful and supportive mother!

January 12, 2008 at 3:50:00 PM PST  
Blogger Stacy said...

happy birthday marmie!!! i can't wait to meet you one day and give you a big squeeze.

you have raised a beautiful family ~ i am especially in love with your youngest ; ) sounds like deni gets her zest for life from you.

you are strong and beautiful and 2008 will bring many more blessings for you... callie lu is the cutest, the photos of the two of you are so sweet.


January 12, 2008 at 5:38:00 PM PST  
Blogger Cali said...

These pictures of her make me cry. I love seeing her cuddle with that puppy, seeing her bright contagious smile that she passed on to her daughter, knowing that she loves you so unconditionally and that you feel so safe in her arms. I love knowing that she will hug you and let you cry as long as you need to. It helps me imagine what it would be like to have a mama love me *physically* like that... and it moves my heart to know that because of her, you will be an incredibly loving and nurturing mama yourself.

To Marmie~
Happy birthday to you. Thank you so much for being the mother you have been to Denise. I can't even find words to say... I'm just thankful for people like you who create such love in the next generation, to then be passed on a million times over. You are leaving such a legacy. I wish you peace and joy in your heart, sweet woman.

With love and gratefulness,

January 12, 2008 at 7:08:00 PM PST  
Blogger Guatyen said...

happy birthday to marmie! you look absolutely gorgeous! looks like you're everybody's angel marmie here. *giggles* may you be blessed with all the sweetest things in life, and celebrate each day with joy and love!

January 12, 2008 at 7:26:00 PM PST  
Blogger Silvia said...

Bon anniversaire Marmie!!! I hope you had a wonderful birthday!

Through this bloggie world i got to know two of your daughters...I wear a piece of Denise's creativity around my neck often. And her words always inspire me. And Darlene became such a good friend over the past year, her wisdom has helped me out a lot, she's like a second mommy to me. You've raised such a beautiful and loving family!!

With love,


January 13, 2008 at 1:07:00 AM PST  
Blogger pERiWinKle said...

Happy 'be-me-day' Marmie...what an amazing woman you are...you have raised such a beautiful and brave daughter..with words so ever gentle..which I'm sure she must have learned from you...looking into your eyes I see softness...love...experience...
and a cute little smile!
May your heart overflow with joy and love...and compassion for your family...May there be many cuddles, many moments of bliss...
and always never-ending love!
May your cup overflow!
Happy Birthday!
Love and hugs,

January 13, 2008 at 5:19:00 AM PST  
Blogger BJ said...

Happy Birthday Marmie! What a beautiful tribute from a daughter who loves her marmie! You must be so very special as I can so feel the love Denise writes here. Bless you in 2008.....that you will find even more peace, love & happiness. And boho girl.....I will follow along with your journey....wherever it may take you. God bless!

January 13, 2008 at 6:43:00 AM PST  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Happy Happy Birthday Marnie!I have tried to be a mom just like you Marnie! You did a better job because of what you accomplished with your daughter. Where your lovely daughter tears up when she sees you and gives you a hug, mine doesn't see me or call me, let alone share her hugs, since my divorce. Maybe someday I'll experience my daughter's love, like you experience yours. You are one lucky lady and she is one lucky daughter. God bless both of you on this special day!

January 13, 2008 at 8:25:00 AM PST  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

moved to tears by your post:) happy birthday a stellar marmie - amazing to read your legacy. you're both such inspirations.

January 13, 2008 at 10:01:00 AM PST  
Blogger selftaughtgirl said...

Happy Birthday, Marmie! My deepest gratitude that not only are you a bright spirit in this world, but that you have nurtured and cultivated another bright spirit whose light shines brightly.


January 13, 2008 at 11:53:00 AM PST  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Oh, happy birthday Marmie!!! Moms are just the best people ever!! Marmie sounds truly wonderful and I LOVE her red hair - (I'm a faux redhead). I hope she has a wonderful day and that this year will be her very best yet!!

January 13, 2008 at 12:44:00 PM PST  
Blogger Jessica S. said...

oh boho...you made me cry when I read how you started crying at the site of your mom...I too have these moments with my parents and you described it perfectly. thank you for that.
marmie...happy birthday. bdays are BIG in my family...it is YOUR day so whoop it up! have a gorgeous day and a gorgeous new year.

January 13, 2008 at 1:02:00 PM PST  
Blogger meghan said...

Happy Birthday dear Boho-Marmie!

I cherish your daughter's friendship and know that you must be an incredible woman to inspire such devotion from her.

Love to you and Boho's Dad and to your cute wee pup.

Happy Birthday!!

January 13, 2008 at 1:55:00 PM PST  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Happy Birthday, Boho Marmie!

It seems your daughter has a magical gift of capturing souls with her camera...she didn't have to say a word for us to know how the two of you feel for each other...

Just beautiful

January 13, 2008 at 2:12:00 PM PST  
Blogger sas said...

You have moved me to tears with your beautiful words. I lost my beloved Mum five years ago, very suddenly. I think of her every day and try to honour her in my own life.
I am childless (so far) and the thought of taking that journey without her seems overwhelming.
I feel blessed to have had her in my life for 29 years.

January 13, 2008 at 4:04:00 PM PST  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

what a gorgeous way of celebrating your mum. i hope she had a wonderful birthday and that the year ahead is kind to her and all your lovely family. thank you for sharing your delicious words and photos.

January 13, 2008 at 5:49:00 PM PST  
Blogger lizzie said...

a very happy, if belated, birthday to marmie! as usual, bohogirl, your photos of her capture a wonderful essence that practically pops off the screen and into my heart, thanks for sharing :)


January 14, 2008 at 9:30:00 AM PST  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Happy Birthday Marmie! Motherhood is no easy feat so bless you for making it what sounds like an art. You lead by example. Embrace yourself and enjoy the lovely family you have created. I know Denise will be following in your footsteps soon--actually yours will be right next to hers every step of the way I imagine.

January 14, 2008 at 7:10:00 PM PST  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

This post brought me to tears. You have a beautiful mother.

Happy birthday to you Marmie...hoping you have a year filled with an abundance of laughter and love!

January 16, 2008 at 7:20:00 AM PST  
Blogger Kirsten Michelle said...

Boho Marmie,

You are the matriarch of a strong and beautiful family and it is clear reading these words that you are adored. Your daughter, our boho girl has taught me so much about myself this past year. She has re-awakened parts within me I had long since forgotten existed and so many of the exceptional qualities she writes here about you...I see she has also learned from you.
Your gentle spirit twinkles in your loving eyes and warmth emanates from your beautiful smile.
I hope that your day was wonderful and that the year ahead sees the unfolding of all the wishes your heart holds most dear.
Love and Blessing to you,

January 17, 2008 at 5:40:00 AM PST  

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