Monday, May 2, 2011

Rose Petals







If you know me in real life you know that I have a very big thing for flowers and especially rose petals.

Oh the rose petals!!!!

Years ago I used to have a small party planning/floral design business where I created small, intimate and detailed events for my clients. One of my favorite parts of my job was the chance to sprinkle and scatter rose petals everywhere.

I was like a child. Giddy with excitement!! I could hardly contain myself!

On my wedding day our sweet friends threw rose petals as we left the reception. No rice, birdseed or bubbles for me! Then once we arrived in Paris for part of our honeymoon I was beside myself to open the door and see rose petals all over the entire room, a special gift from my new groom!

A few years later once our baby girl was born I covered her with pink rose petals in her little hospital bassinet!  All of the nurses shook their heads and rolled their eyes and could not believe someone would do such a thing! But I just scattered and covered her even more and loved every second of it.

She was the only baby in the nursery covered in rose petals, wearing a beautiful gown, wrapped in a pink blanket and wearing a monogrammed hat!!! I loved making such a fuss over her and had waited 13 years for another baby!!! It was a long awaited blessing for me and I relished in it.

Big Sigh.

Almost five years later we were blessed with another baby girl and this time rose petals came delivered to my hospital room in the most gorgeous packaging along with the most beautiful arrangement I have ever received!

This time when I scattered the petals on my newborn baby I had the help of her big sister! We covered her with petals , dressed her in a beautiful gown, wrapped her in a beautiful pink blanket and fitted her little monogrammed hat on her tiny head!

We did the same thing for all three of the boys minus the petals!!

I love to make a fuss over my children....

And every year on the birthdays of my baby girls they wake up to a bed of rose petals!!

And every year I celebrate my children in the most beautiful, glorious and creative ways I can imagine on the day of their birth. I cherish that day. I am beside myself on their birthdays. And I do everything I can to shower, scatter, cover, bless, sprinkle and love them in ways that minister to the deepest parts of their hearts.

One of the most amazing gifts in parenting is when the love you have given over the years comes full circle and suddenly it's you.....being showered, covered, loved and sprinkled.......



Today I woke up on the morning of my 40th birthday to this.........




Please excuse our messy hair and pajamas..... We are doing a little celebrating!

I'll be back tomorrow with more pictures. Today I am eating birthday cake and kissing babies!!



28 comments:

paige said...

happy happy glorious rose petal filled birthday to my beautiful friend!!
i love you sweet girl
xoxoo

Alison said...

What a great way to start a birthday!
HAPPY BIRTHDAY, TO YOU!

KVP said...

Happy 40th Birthday! This post just made my day. You are everything I want to be when it comes to parenting my future babies. Enjoy your day!!!

lizziefitz said...

Happy Birthday dear Sibi! I , too , turned 40 a couple of weeks ago,. Apparently my body and hair turned 70!!! Ugh .

Jill said...

Happy! Happy! Birthday!!! (40 is great!) enjoy your cake and precious babies!
Many Blessings!
Jill

Maria said...

What a beautiful way to celebrate!! Happy Birthday!

Mandy said...

happy birthday, many blessigs to you!

Ariadone said...

Van harte gefeliciteerd met je 40e verjaardag. Have a nice day among all your "Roses".

Lana K. W. Austin said...

Happy 40th birthday (I just turned 40 as well!!!) and what a way to joyfully celebrate it!!!

MANY blessings to you,
Lana

Cha Cha said...

Happy Birthday sweet friend. Snuggle with those sweet babies and eat lots of cake. I hope you have the most beautiful and blessed day.

Love,
Cha Cha

Love Being A Nonny said...

From one pearl to another, May you be blessed on THIS, your special day....Looks like you already are! Happy Happy Birthday Sibi!

sparrowsandsparkles said...

Happy Birthday to you! How lovely :) xo

KTG said...

Happy Birthday to you! I love that you shower your children with so much love on their special days too so sweet!

Preppy Mama said...

happy birthday!!! hope you have a wonderful time celebrating!!

Emily said...

This is a fabulous idea. I love your thoughtfulness toward your children. I hope you have a wonderful 40th birthday.

Preppy 101 said...

You are a fabulous Mommy! The best way to live - kissing babies! I'll be kissing my new grandbaby in a few weeks ;-). XOXO

Tiffany said...

Happy Birthday!! I hope you have a beautiful day filled with lots of love, kisses and rose petals! You sure do deserve it. :) Lots of love to you!

Jo said...

A beautiful celebration surrounded by those who love you ~ love the rose petals Wishing you a very happy birthday on your special day!

Jo

Raining Pearls said...

Happy 40th Sweet Sibi... You have earned every single one of those rose petals... Sending you lots of love and hugs!
XOXO
Nancy

Hood Canal Gal said...

Happy Birthday! What a beautiful way to start your special day! Your babies are so beautiful....as is mama:)


Megan

DianeTaylor said...

HAPPY HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!!! What a glorious way to wake up - love it.

CHH said...

Dear Sibi,

Happy Birthday!

All the best.

Coastal Blue Ocean

Jess said...

this post made me SMILE! so sweet! hope you hade a wonderful, beautiful day!!!!

3 Peanuts said...

Happy Birthday SIbi!!! You deserve all those beautiful petals:) Hope you had a delightful day!

Valerie said...

Happy Birthday, Sibi!

Isn't miraculous to be the mother of a "newborn" at 40 (or in my case 40+)? I love it, love it, love it, and thank God for all the little blessings He has showered me with.

Never did I think I would get to celebrate the birthdays of 3 little people when I was walking through the fire of infertility, but God has other plans!

Again, happy birthday to you sweet friend!

Valerie

The 5 Bickies said...

You are beautiful in your rose petals. I love the detail with which you shower your children! Happy Happy Birthday and welcome to the 40's!

Sarah said...

A very Happy Birthday to you, Sibi!It looks like you had a beautiful day.

Bella Michelle said...

Oh, happy, happy belated birthday! I am so glad you had some a glorious celebration!