You would think by now I would have outgrown loving birthdays, but no, I still get as excited as I did when I was two. Evidently that Daisy gets excited too. She woke me barking her rendition of “happy birthday” at 6AM. Thanks Daisy, but I would have preferred the beauty rest! You are reluctantly, sleepily, forgiven.

Julie Anne Rhodes

I like birthdays!

This birthday started out particularly sweetly. My daughter is an ace #1 card giver, and I save every single one of them. She also gets a kick out of calling me mum as apposed to mom (asserting her English rose heritage).

Birthday card from Tatjana

Birthday card from my daughter, Tatjana

I did ask her permission before sharing this with you. I  had to show you why I’m glowing from within today. She always has the perfect words to make me feel so special. I love you more than infinity, Tatjana, and thank you too Aaron. I do miss you, and wish “Scotty would beam me up” to see you more often, and that we were

Birthday message from my daughter

Birthday message from my daughter

celebrating together (preferably someplace balmy). I decided today did call for a celebration, so I invited a few friends for dinner. I’d share the menu, but that would spoil the surprise. Suffice it to say, I’ve been having

Celebrating Tatjana's 25th birthday together in Bali

Celebrating Tatjana's 25th birthday together in Bali

a blast throwing diet to the wind for one evening, and cooking up a storm. They got strict instructions to bring hungry tummies, giggles, and nothing else. I wish I could squeeze more than ten around my table – there are

Still loving birthdays today

Still loving birthdays today, including my own

so many more people I would have loved to invite. Oh well, and please excuse the lack of make-up. I promise to put some on later, but I was up til the wee hours struggling with a new cake recipe that didn’t seem to work as printed, so when I opened this card from my sister I had to laugh!

You want a cake recipe?

The birthday card from my sister

All I want for my birthday is for you to “like” me. Do you really, really like me? if you do already, please sign-up for my website too. Thank you, and I’m sure there will be more to share about the party, and the final verdict on the new cake soon. xo

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  • March 9, 2012
    11:16 am

    Happy birthday, young lady! The card from Tatjana is beautiful!! Enjoy tonight!!

    • March 9, 2012
      2:54 pm

      Oh you KNOW I will! Gluttony and all.

  • March 9, 2012
    12:39 pm

    Happy Birthday Jewels! What a fabulous day to be born! The card from Tatjana is beautiful and her words got even me choked up. As usual, beautiful pictures… from cute to happy to beautiful. Love the shot of you at the end. Absolutely stunning inside and out! Speaking for us all, I can’t express how much you mean to us for your guidance, inspiration, care and lessons. You are SO loved.

  • March 9, 2012
    11:25 am

    Happy birthday sweetie!!!!! xoxo

    • March 9, 2012
      2:55 pm

      Thank you doll – I wonder how many countries around the world I am getting birthday wishes from? Really cool when I think about it!

  • March 9, 2012
    12:00 pm

    Hope you have a wonderful Bithdayxxoo

    • March 9, 2012
      2:56 pm


  • March 9, 2012
    2:58 pm

    I have no idea what I did to deserve that daughter of mine, but I’m keeping her even if the stork figures out he dropped her at the wrong address.

    See what you have to look forward to Rachel, and you get DOUBLE the amount of daughter love!

  • March 9, 2012
    3:29 pm

    Happy, Happy, Happy Birthday Julie Anne!!! I found this poem that reminded me of you…I am sure that I can speak for others, especially the fascinating close friends you often write about in your blogs…who obviously love you immensely, that this poem is about you…

    Throughout our lifetime we meet many people
    Every now and then if we are lucky
    We meet someone who touches our spiritual side
    And along with that comes a profound understanding that there are angels on earth
    Heaven sent wonders who enter our lives at precisely the right time
    Who perform acts of kindness simply because it gives them great satisfaction
    To deliver in your time of need
    A sense of love, hope, and friendship
    These angels are blessings from God
    A rare glimpse into Heaven
    How extraordinary is it to be touched by an angel
    And even more extraordinary to able to call this angel, friend
    Thank you for being my angel
    I feel your love, hope, and friendship and I thank you.

    • March 12, 2012
      11:19 am

      What a beautiful poem, and a great birthday gift. Thank you Kim!

  • March 9, 2012
    6:06 pm

    Hope your birthday is as wonderful as you are, Jules!

    • March 12, 2012
      11:20 am

      Hehehe – some would say that means very naughty, but thank you so much Karen!

  • March 11, 2012
    12:00 pm


    Sounds like it was a fantastic one. 🙂 Thank you for you.

    • March 12, 2012
      11:23 am

      It takes one to know one, Kendra! Thank you to you, and all the pm’s for enriching my life this year! Hugs, Jewels

  • March 11, 2012
    3:35 pm

    Happiest of birthdays to you! It’s going to be a special year, I feel it in my bones. And it was sweet of Daisy to sing Happy Birthday, let’s go for a walk even if it was a tad on the early side. LOL Enjoy your special dinner and hope there’s a cake coming up for dessert! Lots of hugs to the lady I’d love to have as a sister! XOXO

    • March 12, 2012
      11:24 am

      Now Ruthee, my birthday and you need to ask if there is cake? You know me better than that – there was cake AND cupcakes disguised as flowers, so I wouldn’t look too much like Miss Piggy.

  • March 11, 2012
    11:55 am

    Anyone who looks THAT good make up free … well, that is gift enough!
    Hope it is a wonderful year for you … much love xxxx

    • March 12, 2012
      11:21 am

      You should have seen the pictures I DIDN’T use, but thank you, I’ll take it!

  • March 12, 2012
    7:07 am

    Happy belated birthday. Hope you had a wonderful time with friends and good food. 🙂

  • March 12, 2012
    11:25 am

    Oh yes I did! Thank you.

  • March 13, 2012
    9:24 pm

    Happy Birthday Jewels thankyou for providing smiles happiness and good vibes. May they come back to you a thousandfold. Best Wishes

  • March 9, 2013
    9:10 am

    Happy Birthday J. You’re a surprising girl indeed. Admiring infinitely your life choices, your strength and personality. Must add you are a very talented writer. Enjoy every moment of this special day, and every crumble of your cake. Love from Rome.

  • March 9, 2013
    10:16 am

    Happiest of Happy Birthdays! I would love to make your cake one day!! Maybe on the book tour? Have a wonderful day and enjoy every second of it.

  • March 9, 2013
    3:18 pm

    Best birthday wishes to you, beautiful!

  • March 9, 2013
    3:52 pm

    Happiest of birthdays to you, Jewels! I’d love to look like you do in the morning without makeup…or anytime for that matter. You’ve raised a lovely, thoughtful daughter. Our children are definitely the best birthday gift that keeps on giving. Best wishes for the rest of 2013 and beyond. :0)