I am delighted to welcome back my friend and guest blogger Kathleen Mae Schneider who has dropped by to show us pictures taken during the four day Easter weekend celebration of her mother Margaret Brown Schneider's 102nd birthday.
The Party of
the Century + 2
How on earth do you plan a birthday party for someone who is 102 years old, basically very humble and shy, has challenges because of her age, and specifically asked that a "fuss" not be made over her special day? We love her too much to comply with her wish to keep her birthday quiet, so we found ways to make her day extra special with lots of surprises, laughter and celebration that she could appreciate. Here is proof!
Before our family party could get underway, neighbor Bob Jennings arrived with flowers and chocolates for Mother and we made sure she was outside on her porch for his other surprise that would soon arrive.
Bob told some of his friends about Mother's birthday and with loud roars they soon parked
their Harleys in front of Mother's house to pay their respects.
(Below) Mother enjoyed her diamond-shaped birthday cake, specially made for her by a friend.
The cake was lit by eleven candles - one for each ten years of Mother's life plus one for the new decade just beginning.
Kate, who along with her parents came all the way from California for the party, accompanied herself on her guitar for her Great Grandma.
Several rowdy rounds of Bingo followed with intense competition for fantastic prizes.
By the end of the day of Mother's birthday party, her house was filled with cards, flowers, and gifts, including a large container of cheese balls!
The celebration wasn't over however, because our special Shady Dell friends Toni Deroche (who saved Mother's childhood home) and Greg "A Dell Rat All Ways" Gulden paid us a visit the day after Easter, bringing more flowers, gifts and lots of love!
lottery tickets from Toni Deroche.
It was a rare event to have almost all of
our family and many friends gather together for Mother's birthday. We could tell that she loved every minute of it. We did too, and we know that this birthday was one that will never be forgotten by any of us.
This portrait showing Mother at the age of 102, surrounded by her growing family, is nothing short of a miracle. Here she is, still teaching us how to live and to love!
LEARN MORE ABOUT MARGARET AND HER FAMILY:
Margaret's Birthday, Age 102
Chapter 7: The Demise of the Dell, Pt. 2 Fighting City Hall
Chapter 7: The Demise of the Dell, Pt. 1 Harvest of Tears
Chapter 6: The Dream Becomes a Nightmare
Winter Count: Margaret's 2013 Birthday
Happy Birthday, Margaret! Oldest Living Dell Rat Turns 101
Chapter 5: Home Sweet Dell
Chapter 4: Allie's Rats, Pt 2: Margaret's Pig Tale
Chapter 4: Allie's Rats, Pt 1: Hill and Dell
Chapter 3: The House on the Hill
Chapter 2: Margaret is Born...and So Is the Dell
Chapter 1: The Beauty and the Butcher
Introduction: My Shady Dell "Roots"