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My Mother’s 90th Birthday

by Jane Windham on December 23, 2012

Yesterday we had a birthday party.

Mother turned 90 yesterday. This is Velma Lou when she was a child.

And here she is surrounded by her 3 children-Ken, Don, and me.

We had plenty of party food for our guests, including this marinated shrimp. I haven’t given y’all the recipe for this yet, but I need to do that soon. It’s so good!

My sister-in-law Jean helped me prepare some of the food, and my mom made a lot of sandwiches for her own party!

Jean’s husband Jim, who is Leo’s brother, set up his karaoke system outside. He had some big band music playing for the party.

Lots of family came, including these cousins Brenda, Paula, and Paula’s husband Chester. I had not seen these cousins for many years so I was thrilled that they came.

My niece Donna and her husband Scott came.

Isn’t this a sweet picture of Donna’s daughter Lauren who is Mom’s great granddaughter?

This is my nephew Allen with his daughter Savannah who is another great granddaughter.

Along with family we had a lot of good friends like Lorraine and Pat who stopped by.

Betty and her mother Thelma came. Behind them you can see the poster I made with photos of Mom at different stages in her life. The photos made the shape of the number 90. (Got that idea on Pinterest!)

Here’s my niece Donna again along with good friends Doris and Sis. My brother Don is on the sofa. Donna is his daughter.

All of these girls were having a good time yesterday. It was the first time that they had met one another.

Here’s Dot and Jean along with my mother. I’m sorry that I didn’t get a picture of everyone who came. There were some family members and friends who couldn’t come, but they all sent their good wishes.

I asked my mom today how she felt about her birthday party, and she declared that it was the best party that she’d ever had in all of her 90 years!

We’re so blessed!

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{ 23 comments… read them below or add one }

Helen December 24, 2012 at 1:14 am

Jane, how wonderful that your mother had such a lovely celebration of 90 years. Y’all really know how to party down there! She surely looks younger than her years! Thanks for sharing the fun with us. And now, I’m craving that marinated shrimp! It surely would be a great Christmas Eve dinner, too!

Merry Christmas to everyone at the Crossroads!


Dolly Sarrio December 24, 2012 at 6:08 am

Jane I am so glad you shared this with us. Happy Birthday to your Mother and I see where you get your beauty. There is no way she looks even close to her age…It is good to see your family members you are so blessed.


Melanie December 24, 2012 at 7:07 am

Thanks for sharing, Jane. Beautiful family!!!!!! Looks like such a special time!! Your mom is beautiful and she absolutely, positively does not look 90!!


Mary December 24, 2012 at 7:12 am

Happy 90th Birthday to your mom Jane! She looks amazing, aren’t you glad you have her genes?! The food looks delicious! Wishing you, Leo and your family the Merriest of Christmases!


Regena Fickes December 24, 2012 at 7:33 am

Thank you for shareing this beautiful party. What a blessing to still have your lovely mother. You have a precious family. Kiss your Mom for me.


Suzy @ Worthing Court December 24, 2012 at 8:39 am

What a lovely party for to celebrate being 90 years young! Your mom looks wonderful. Merry Christmas to you, Leo and the rest of your loved ones!


Barbara F. December 24, 2012 at 10:03 am

Jane, your mom is so beautiful! And her outfit was lovely. Your buffet looked like a spread put out by Paula Deen, especially the marinated shrimp. And the beauty of living where you do, even a late December birthday party can be inside or outdoors. Happy Birthday to your mom, and Merry Christmas to you and yours. ((hugs)) xo


Dawn December 24, 2012 at 10:08 am

What a great day, Happy 90th Velma. I so love her name, it’s so vintage. (She may not like that term) LOL. Jane you look so cute all dressed up. Beautiful family:) Merry Christmas to you and Leo:)


Kathleen December 24, 2012 at 10:38 am

What a wonderful party, Jane! Happy Birthday to your mom, she looks great!
Wishing you a very blessed Christmas, and healthy 2013!


Carol December 24, 2012 at 11:02 am

You all are blessed. I can see that your mother has lived a long and wonderful life with a loving family. I’m so happy for you :) Merry Christmas!



Gwen December 24, 2012 at 12:27 pm

Thank you for sharing! What a wonderful time!! Happy times! As we travel to see my mom who will be 95 in one month. Fun, family and friend times!!
Your chalkboard wreath looked good as a backdrop too:-)


Kay December 24, 2012 at 12:33 pm

What a lovely party…thanks for sharing with us…and Happy Birthday to your beautiful Mom…
cherish this time with her lucky lady….


Harriett Grady December 24, 2012 at 12:33 pm

Jane Thanks for posting. Your mother is beautiful! The food all looks delicious.
So blessed to still have her. My mom is 91 in May and I feel so blessed she is still
with us even though she has dementia.

Have been enjoying you page and sent it to my sister who is very creative and she is enjoying it also.



Susan in SC December 24, 2012 at 3:16 pm

Happy Birthday to your mom. Looks like she had a wonderful party!!!


Kris December 24, 2012 at 5:14 pm

Your mom looks great! Wish her Happy Birthday wishes from me. You have a lovely family and all of you kids resemble you mom in one way or another! Great photos! :)

Merry Christmas!


Karen (Back Road Journal) December 24, 2012 at 8:59 pm

What a wonderful celebration for your mother. Have a wonderful Christmas with your family.


Kathy December 25, 2012 at 1:46 pm

Your Mom looks wonderful! Hope I can still move at 90! Have a wonderful Christmas!


Jean Windham December 26, 2012 at 5:58 pm

Jane I know Miss Lou was so happy to have all of her family and friends their to celebrate her 90th birthday. The food looks absolutely yummy. I am sure it was a good time for all. I think Miss Lou looks so good too. All the photo’s are so good. Jean


Gail December 26, 2012 at 11:11 pm

I know you all had a great time together. Your mama looks just like she always has! Love her!
Tell her she is missed in this Cross Roads!


Charlene December 27, 2012 at 11:17 pm

Oh Jane, It was truly a beautiful day with a perfect setting to celebrate a beautiful lady that is loved so very much. Glad to see Ken made it & the photos are great! I’m so sad to have missed it but I hope to see you all soon. Love to all.


VICKIE December 30, 2012 at 4:16 pm

What a lovely party you had. Your Mother certainly does not look ninety! And yes do give us the recipe for the shrimp!


Lynne December 30, 2012 at 10:10 pm

Everything looks so beautiful and so does your Mom. She never seems to change. So sorry we couldn’t be there to celebrate with her. Happy birthday to her and Happy New Year to all.


Vonda January 2, 2013 at 12:10 pm

Wow! What a wonderful party. Your mother looks great. Just like I remember her from 40 years ago. It was great to see pictures of your brothers. And Allen…he’s all grown up. You know how to throw a party, girl!


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