Sunday, December 18, 2011


Today is my birthday - I lived for 65 years now. Since you were old enough to read and write I got birthday letters and birthday notes from you, every year! They always had a lot of colorful sweet embellishments with hearts and flowers drawn on them, and contained loving wishes and greetings. I cherish them - I have them all - I save them in a special box.

Today I decided to write YOU a letter. Don't worry it won't be long and I will not preach to you. I just wish to tell you how much I love and enjoy you, how grateful I am to have you, how proud I am of you, how pleasant it was to see you grow up and blossom into the wonderful teenagers you are today. And I wish to give you some thoughts on your way and tiny bits of advice.

You started your life a little bit too early, sixteen years ago, on the same day. I remember seeing you for the first time in the hospitals baby ward, tiny little butterflies tucked into incubators with quite a few tubes sticking out from you. With your own strength and the endless caring love of your parents you got over the difficulties of the first weeks. Once at home you started to thrive and never stopped! 

You brought us only joy - and on this day I happily remember it all, every detail of your growing, each sweet moment. The most wonderful thing is to know, that your baskets are not empty, and love and dearness and hugs will come out of it continuously, gifted to whom ever will be open  for it, to family - foremost your parents, your brother and your little sister - and to friends - and surely I too will profit from it forever!

So I wish to tell you to please take very good and conscious care of yourself - always. Love your pretty bodies and care for them and their health. Cherish your soul and keep it true and free of clutter. Continue your education and seek out a proper profession, so you will be able to provide for your own needs. That is so important!

It is wise not to let things just happen in your life, plan them,  know what you want and in which direction you like to go.

Recognize the presents life has in store, how it provides wonders from nature and treasures from kind people. That will lift you up! Being thankful for each day can give your spirit joy. There are always ups and downs in life - in each life - but I know you can manage - I know! May your good days predominate, with hugs, with smiles and laughter. Yes, remember - a little humor goes a long way! Keep your heads up, strive for the sun!

And remember - my love for you will never cease... :-)


sacramento said...

Congratulations on having such beautiful grandaughters. You are very lucky.
The photographer was my eldest daughter Rebecca who has just arrived from Berlin to spend Cxtmas at ahome.
Thank you for your wonderful words.

rachel awes said...

happy birthday, dear yael!!
lovely you, and lovely granddaughters!
lots of love! xox

Loddelina said...

Happy birthday, Yael,
you must be a true inspiration to your granddaughters - they must be as proud of you as you are of them. enjoy!

Dawn of LaTouchables said...

This post touches the soul...


*a thousand kisses and hugs*


Annuk said...

What a touching post, Yael!!!!!!
Thank you so much for sharing this wonderful love letter to your wonderful granddaughters!

On this special day I want to thank you for all the inspiration you give us with your blog, and for the wonderful message of love for Life's little wonders you are giving each and every day! You enrich the lives of people who are lucky to cross your path, I'm so happy to know you and honored to call you a friend!!!!

HAPPY BIRTHDAY and lots and lots of joy!!!!! Keep smiling!!!!!!!!!
Looooots of hugs :)))

zsazsazsu said...

happy happy b-day to a wunderful, wise and very proud grandmother !

alice said...

ganz wunderbar geschrieben, mit viel Liebe und Lebensweisheit!

Ich gratuliere auch ganz herzlich zum Geburtstag! Wünsche gute Gesundheit und weiterhin viel Freude!

Liebe Grüsse Alice

Eva said...

Na, schön, dass ich das noch erfahre! Herzlichen Glückwunsch zum Geburtstag, und möge das kommende Jahr Dir nur Glück, Freude, Kreativität und gute Gesundheit bringen -- und ebenso für Deine Lieben.

Bob Bushell said...

Happy birthday to you Yael.

Irmi said...

Liebe Yael,
ich wünsche dir für das neue Lebensjahr alles erdenklich Gute und viel Gesundheit.
Du hast wundervoll geschrieben. Mit soviel Wärme und Liebe.
Liebe Abendgrüße schickt

Hilde said...

Such a touching post, Yael!!

Happy birthday :)

Blessings and hugs.

Pesky Cat Designs said...

Happy Birthday dear Yael! Wishing you all the best always. Congratulations on having such lovely granddaughters. They are as lucky to have you as you are to have them. :)

wanda miller said...

you made me cry good tears here, special yael. i wish you a happy birthday that i know you've had, knowing WHO you truly are! thank you for all of your gifts that you give and share with all of us. we are blessed! happy "H", with nothing but joy and love from me. xo

glazedOver said...

Your loving words of advice are universally true and brought tears to my eyes. May this year be blessed with health, happiness, comfort, love, and fulfillment. Thank you for all the beauty that you are generous to share with all of us.


Happy Birthday, my dearest friend, ahhhhhhhhhhhhh. You are just a baby, and the best is still to come.
I wish I coud give you areally big hug.