Tuesday, November 25, 2008

My photo blanket from Con, Meggie and Keaton - to stunning for words
One of Deqlans pages - exquisite..

1 of our wedding pages - love how Mark chose the black and white to go with the red, so striking

Little Samm!


My Deqlan bag from Mom and Dee

My boys

Smiley boy

My tree of blessings

The pictures dont do this justice!

My tree of blessings sas breath taking

Thanks Kevin and Louise for being a part of my 30th celebrations. It was wonderful to have you there,hope you guys also had a great time to.Thanks for making such an effort to drive through in the early hours of the morning, and thank you for spoiling me rotten! We hope all your dreams come true in the land down under

My 30th heart my mom created for me

Thank you Darling Mom and Dee is not enough - the love you conveyed to me in every single thought and detail you put into my celebration is astounding - i dont know how you slept, kept this a secret and managed to still be so creative with all the dreams you turned into a reality. Thank you for all my gifts from the haircut to the dolphin encounter to the magnificent bag with the photo of Deqlan - i shall treasure them all always. Dee, the 30 sign you made for me is in my box of important memories, it is to beautiful and the love and effort and time you put into creating it, blows me away. You are our guardian angels on earth,and i promise you that one day, i will be the one taking care of, spoiling and loving you two. You deserve to be showered with every blessing imaginable, i love you both so very very very much. You are the stuff dreams are born from!

Thanks so much Tyler and Gaynor for an unforgetable weekend, i hope you enjoyed your little taste of the midlands! Thank you to for spoiling me rotten, i am going to choose something extra special to spoil my self with, thank you for everything - thank you Tyler for helping me out with all the computer and camera stuff to! We hope you enjoy your well deserved holiday to Cape Town next week.

Nix, my dear and amazing friend- thank you from the bottom of my heart for being with me to celebrate the big 30! You have been an amazing friend to me, and i treasure all the memories we have mae and are yet to make. You are going to be an amazing mom one day, that i am sure of! Thank you for driving so far and for spoiling me rotten! Its your turn next!

Dear Philip and Nats, I know you guys had a great time and so excited you want to go back to the midlands! Thank you Philip for driving the girls through and for the good chats! Nats, you are glowing and you both are going to be extraordinary parents to Abigail, we cant wait to meet! Thank you for my stunning book voucher , i cant wait to go and find the book that reminds me of you both!

My other guardian angels and best friends - what a phenomenal weekend we had together. Megs, i am so lucky to have you helping mom with all the details for my birthday, my birthday table at la lampara looked stunning! thank you to you both for my stunning gifts, i adore my blanket with all the photos on and will treasure forever and always, its to stunning, thank you for all you continue to do for me, and i am so glad Keaton is feeling better! Love you so very much!

My love and my darling Deqlan, thank you for the most unforgetable weekend ever. The love and thought and detail you put into making sure i was spoilt rotten every minute of the day was unbelievable. Down to the theme colours being red and green, to the most stunning photo book i could have ever imagined, for the months of preparation and thought into ensuring each moment was perfect, thank you, it was perfect. To share the dolphin encounter with you, was magical and unforgetable. My Deqlan, just having you as our son is the biggest treasure and gift i could ever be blessed with. You are my inpsiration, my hero, my reason for everything i do, i love you both more then i could ever put down in words. Your face, your smile, the songs you sing, the ring a roseys we play, absolute treasures in my book of life. You can be sure your 30th Birthday celebrations are going to be magnificent, i have to live up to what your Dada and Nanna and Grandpa and Meggie and Conrad prepared for me!

My stunning cake, we all agreed it was the most delicous cake we had EVER tasted!

A special moment between Deqlan and Conrad..rare to get on film!

Smiley boy!

Philip and Conrad

The decor! The 30 sign Dee made for me!

The engraved champagne glasses

The place cards, a stunning idea i thought!

Eating at my favorite restaurant in the world! la lampara!

Deqlan enjoying the cake

My 30th Birthday candle created by Mom

My birthday breakfast

My Dolphin tribute from Mom

My tribute from Meggie, Con and Keaton

More surprises - i think i have lost count, i am loved beyond words!

The big morning finally arrived, 16 November - i didnt feel 30, still dont! Just felt absolute love and adoration and admiration for my amazing family and friends - not only those that where with me in the midlands , but around the world that called, sent text messages and emailed - thank you to you all, i wish i could have had you all there with us!

I continued to be showered with gifts - my family knows me so well and knows how much photos and memories mean to me- i recieved the most stunning photo book from Mark , Deqlan and Logan - Mark had spent many many hours deciding on the photos, each photo had a place and a reason, he had to size and crop each photo , co odinate colours .. this in itself its a gift to know how much time and love went into creating this treasure - i wish i could put every page onto the blog for you to see, its stunning. From Mom and Dee the dolphin encounter and then something i have always said i woudl love to have, a bag with a photo of Deqlan on! Its stunning - Mom and Dee also spent many hours deciding on which photo - but they went with this one because of the green background, our favorite colour and symbol of healing and hope, and this photo also shows a whisp of Deqlans gorgeous blond hair- it is truly one of my favorites ever. Meggie , Conrad and Keaton gave me something i have never seen before a blanket with photos and words such as hope and strength and faith, framing the beautiful pictures - truly breathtaking.
My Darling Grandpa and Nan - having both my grandparents and Deqlan his great grandparents is the real gift to me, the other is sharing my Birthday with you Nan! Thank you for spoling me and i am going to find something extra special that reminds me of you both - i wish you could have been with us, but you were in spirit and heart!
Sophie and Ivan, we missed you to and hope you are feeling lots better Soph! You to continue to spoil me and us, and i enjoyed my shopping spree thoroughly ! Thank you so so much!
I was spoilt ROTTEN by Nats and Philip with a book voucher i cant wait to go and use and Nix and Darryl also spoilt me rotten , i have already bought the book Mother Warriors by Jenny McCarthy - i have wanted this for ages and was so happy to order it, going to get it in two weeks time, thank you so much guys - the presents not necessary, your friendship is the gift that i treasure!
Thank you so much Uncle Quintin, AuntyRene, Kevin and Louise, Tyler and Gaynor for also spoiling me rotten! One of the things I have decided to do, is to print out all the photos from my 30th and get some beautiful frames and scrap booking stuff! Cant wait!
After a wonderful breakfast, i was taken on a 'walk' - lead to the chapel at Lords of the Manor, where Mom had prepared 'Mass' for us, mo found out exactlt what verses would have been read at mass on my birthday and she had prepared them for us to enjoy in our own private chapel in the midlands - mom also had stunning music playing and made the most beautiful candle to mark my birthday - mom, this was one of the gifts i will treasure for the rest of my life - it was amazing to say the least and i would love to share the verses that marked my special day
PSALM 128 1-5
Blessed are all who fear the Lord, who walk in His ways. You will eat the fruit of your labour; blessings and prosperity will be yours. Your wife will be like a fruitful vine within your house; your sons you will be like olive shoots around your table. Thus is the man blessed who fears the Lord. May the Lord bless you from Zion all the days of your life;may you see the prosperity of Jerusalem and may you live to see your childrens children. Peace be upon Israel
Proverbs 31 10-13;19-20;30-31
A wife of nobel character who can find? She is worth far more then rubies. Her husband has full confidence in her and lacks nothing of value. She brings him good, not harm, all the days of her life. She selects wool and flax and works with eager hands. In her hand she holds the distaff and grasps the spindle with her fingers. She opens her arms to the poor and extends her hands to the needy.Charm is deceptive; and beauty is fleeting; but a woman who fears the Lord is to be praised. Give her the reward she has earned, and let her works bring her praise at the city gate
Matthew 25 14-30
Again, it will be like a man going on a journey, who called his servants and entrusted his property to them. To one he gave five talents of money, to another two talents, and to another one talent, each according to his ability. then he went on his journey. The man who had recieved his five talents went at once and put his moey to work and gained 5 more. So also, the one with the two talents gained two more. But the man who had recieved the one talent went off, dug a hole in the ground and his his masters money. After a long time the master of those servants returned and settled accounts with them The man who had recieved the five talents brought the other five.'Master', he said' you entrusted me with five talents. See, I have gained five more' His master replied, ' well done, good and faithful servant! Youhave been faithful with a few things; I will put you in charge of many things. Come and share your masters happines!'
The man with the two talents also came. ' Master ' he said, 'you entrusted me with two talents; see, I have gained two more'. His master replied, 'well done, good and faithful servant! You have been faithful with a few things; I will put you in charge of many things. Come and share your masters happiness' Then the man who had recieved the one talent came. ' Master', he said, ' i knew that you are a hard man, harvesting where you have not sown and gathering where you have not scattered seed. So I was afraid and went out and hid your talent in the ground. See, here is what belongs to you' His master replied,' you wicked lazy servant! so you knew that i harvest where I have not scattered seed? Well then, you should have put my money on deposit with the bankers, so that when i returned i would have recieved it back with interest. Take the talent from him and give it to the one who has the ten talents. For everyone who has will be given more, and he will have an abundance.Whoever does not have, even what he has will be taken from him. And throw that worthless servant outside, into the darkness, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth'
After mass, i was told that my mom and megs would be going to the 'pharmacy' and we would be going for a drive to show everyone a bit of the midlands- by now you have to forgive me for saying i knew something was up! So after a few stops here and there we took the turn off to my favorite restaurant in the world, la lampara, the most amazing, authentic, more italian restaurant with the best atmosphere and vibe you can imagine, all this in the middle of the mountains! Mom and Dee and Megs had set the restaurant up so beautifully! The theme red for loved, yes again, i felt very very loved! Engraved champagne glasses, place names attached to lusciois apples, a 30 sign that Derek has hand made and Mom, Nix and Nats decorated with flowers, gold and red table decorations, roses, and the song when we arrived, THATS AMORE - the song we walked into our wedding to! Perfect- absolutely perfect - we had the most delcious food and the most delicous cake ever created by man - we all agreed on that one! It was stunning!
I wanted to share a story with you that i am guessing wont be the last time that this happens. Deqlan is very vocal and when he is not saying the words he can, he looks to sing and make sounds in different pitches. A couple he walked passed, gave Deqlan the dirtiest look i have ever seen and told him to be quiet! This happened on several occasions with several different people who took him for a walk. Eventually i told my sister what was happening and she went up to the table and told this couple not to make comments as they knew nothing about Deqlan - by the way he has been through cancer and is now dealing with Autism. They told Megs that Deqlan was just looking for attention!!!!!!!!!!! I had to hold my breath with all my might and just let it go. The gentlemen later tried to apologise to Mark, Meggie landed up going to the table to talk further with them- once hearing Deqlans story and shedding a few tears , the apologised to Megs. I think Deqlan was the one deserving of an apology - as i said i dont think this will be the last time something like this happens - the world really needs to change, why on earth would someone judge a 2 year old? For heavens sake we are at a restaurant with other children all running around playing and laughing - if thats not your sort of thing, then dont go to restaurants where they cater for children!! I suppose we also have to learn how to handle this situations better to...
Anyway, we got back to the manor and i was certain i was surprised out - but i was wrong again! Mom, had created the most beautiful sight - my tree of blessings - she made blessings out of ribbons and butterflies, and each one hung perfectly on a branch of the tree. Faith. Hope. Love. Health, the list carries on, these were all the blessings my mom wished me - how amazing was that? I have never seen something so beautiful, so creative, so special- thank you Mom for this exquisite idea and i am going to be hanging them on my Christmas tree this year for all to see! We had a lovely cake and tea under the trees and then crept inside as the fog and cold arrived!
As always, the worst part of the holiday is the day you have to go home - and i left wishing we could have spent just a few more days in the mountains - it was magical, unforgetable, breathtaking, amazing - thank you my love, my deqlan,mom & dee, conrad ,megs & keaton, Nix and Darryl ( we missed you Darryl), nats and philip, Kevin and Louise, Tyler and Gaynor for making my 30th birthday unforgetable, it was magic!
Thank you to you all to, for your wishes- the real gifts are having you all in our lives and as a part of Deqlans prayer army- WE ARE LOVED
God Bless, lots and lot of love
Mark, Samm, Deqlan

1 comment:

Conrad, Megan and Our Precious Keaton said...

Thank you dear Tom for taking us all back to this wonderful place for a wonderful event for a wonderful person! I wish we could stop the watch for this weekend and that it could never stop! What an awesome family weekend filled with tons of laughter, tears and joy! I could not think of anyone more deserving of this great experience than you! You are an inspiration to us all and you continue to amaze us with you continued faith, hope and belief! May you always be an instrument of the Lord sent to teach us all great things! I absolutely LOVE the photos - you explain the weekend to the last detail and the photos you choose to put up are sensational! Ahhhh - wish we could go back..... But all good things must come to an end BUT only becuase there are more good things to come..... God bless you all and LOVE you more than you will ever know! Conrad, Megs and Keaton