Wednesday, January 12, 2011

The Art of Staying Young

Can you believe this delightful woman is 90 years old?

No wonder we wanted to celebrate her birthday!

This guy braved a room full of women to pay tribute to her.

He quoted Robert Frost about the "road less traveled by."

She has "made all the difference" in many people's lives.

A dear friend and neighbor is singing her praises.

And I'm rhyming her praises.
(Why do I wear my clothes too big when I feel porky?)

Oops. I digress. Back to singing again...

(The singers are really fun girls!)

And the crowd's fun, too.

We even join in for a sing-along at the end.

Of course, our sweet friend feels like a million bucks.

(As well she should.)

Just look at her wonderful life.

And she is as sharp and beautiful as ever she was.

Which, as you can see here, is saying quite a lot.

HAPPY BIRTHDAY, DEAR FRIEND!

WE LOVE YOU.

=)

27 comments:

Mumsy said...

Your friend looks like a precious lady. And what joy shines upon her face. The party looks like it was great and fun was had by all. Very nice tribute to your friend sweet Sue. Thank you, for sharing a bit of her wonderful life with us. Hugs

jen said...

I want to be her when I'm ninety. She doesn't look a day over 75 in those shots.

Katie Blacker said...

so many familiar faces in those photos! what a fun night.

Lisa Loo said...

If I have to live until I'm 90, I hope my countenance shines like that--she is beautiful!

Lisa Loo said...

Oh--and what is with you thinking you are "porky"?????? Shame on you!

anitamombanita said...

I love IJ... wish I could have been there. She's one of my "favoritest peoples" in the whole wide world. So glad you got to help celebrate her.

Give her a hug (or a bunch of them) from me.

xo

Snarky Belle said...

Adorable!

Jocelyn Christensen said...

How COOL!

Laraine Eddington said...

What a woman to have a room full of friends like you.

Jess said...

What a milestone! She looks great- and she must be great to earn your praises.

Kim said...

What a great time. Your friend looks so pleased. We all should be so lucky to be healthy and so well loved at 90 (or any age).

karen said...

What a beautiful lady! I just love me a spunky gorgeous 90 year old.

ps: you are NOT porky. You're gorgeous yourself.

Darlene said...

Hope that I can celebrate my ninety year birthday. She does look terrific. As for why you wear large clothes when you feel porky, I can totally relate..........the reason is that they feel so much more comfortable. I'm doing the same right now. We seem to be having a little trouble getting into the dieting mode. At least we haven't gained any since the first of the month.

Back to your friend, I think it is great that so many of her friends were there to help her celebrate. When anyone can reach the ripe old age of 90 and sill keep their smarts, it is something to behold. Blessings to her.

Em said...

She really looks so much younger !!!

Dixie Mom said...

Whoa! She is quite the spring chicken. I'm in love with that last picture of her and I'm assuming her husband...just beautiful.
What a great party and tribute. I wish I could have heard your poetry reading. And you hair is quite long!! It's grown so much.
Love this party.

Donna said...

She still looks like she did when she was young...amazing!! She must have lived a wonderful life as she still looks so happy and "with it"!! Please pass on our birthday good wishes to her and tell her that I for one, think she is what anyone would aspire to in an age like that!

yaya said...

That smile is a million watts! I'm always amazed how different people age. I'll see patients that are in their 60's and are more like 160, and then someone like your wonderful friend comes and blows us all away. She's a lucky woman to have aged so well, and have so many wonderful friends who love her! I'm sure that's part of keeping young at heart.

Cheryl said...

Love this, Sue. Young at heart rocks.

Grandma Honey said...

I can tell she would be really fun to talk to. I just LOVE older people. They have so much to teach us.

Brian Miller said...

nice...happy birthday to your friend...that is awesome...and may she have many more....

Stef said...

What a fun party!! And an amazing woman, I am sure!

Joy For Your Journey said...

How wonderful for her to celebrate a her life with so many good friends. Evidence of a life well lived. Hopefully she will have many more years as well.

And I was just reading through your other posts. How wonderful that your tickets went to good use. I am sorry you didn't get to use them though. Still, it is so humbling to know that God used you to bless the life of another.

I think it is interesting how what we view as a mistake was actually part of a plan. I once booked tickets for our family to go on a trip to London. I checked the dates carefully so it would be over spring break. Then later when I looked at the tickets I saw I had booked them for the week AFTER spring break. I was sick about it and could not figure out how that would happen since I had been so careful. But on the Friday before spring break, my best friends 22 year old son suddenly died. I was so glad I was home that week to be with her. And I was so grateful for the booking "mistake".

So I am positively sure your "mistake" was not a mistake at all. But I still hope that some day he will come back and you can go to his concert. :-)

Karen Mortensen said...

What a fun, fun party. She looks like a wonderful lady.

Jenny said...

What a fun party. I love the happy colors in the decorations.

She has such a look of joy on her face...I hope I feel that way at 90. OK. I hope I feel that way at 60 but that might just be the Thursday talking.

Sue! You are sooooo pretty. Don't be hard on yourself...ever...you are lovely.

Caroline of Salsa Pie said...

Happy Birthday to your friend!! I was at my neighbor's house Wednesday evening for a gathering of friends (we all used to work together for almost 10 years until they closed our office--long story). Anyway, one of the ladies from our group just turned 80. You would never know it--she glows with happiness, always smiles and is as sharp as ever. I so admire that.
This is such a nice tribute to your lovely friend. I'm wondering, does she attribute her longevity to any one particular thing? I'd love to know.

p.s. You look lovely and there is a glow of happiness that comes from your face. Not porky at all! You are beautiful.

michelle said...

Awesome.

Amy said...

She looks so young! And happy. How wonderful to have so many friends, and so many people love her. That is a full life well lived.

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