Happy birthday mama. We all love and appreciate you.
Many, many happy birthdays! I, too, have yearned to tie my children to the house. Nice to know that someone has acted on this urge!
Happy Birthday! Would that all couples had such wonderful parents/parents-in-law!
Happy, happy birthday! I'm so pleased to share my birthday with another wonderful woman!
Mmmmmm, let's have the carrot casserole recipe! She sounds like a real sweetie-pie!
Happy Birthday to your dear mother-in-law! I also had the most wonderful m-i-l who used to tie one of my brothers-in-law to a tree when she hung up the laundry. She knew that if she tied 32 knots to both the back and front--this would give her the time and peace to complete the task before he untied himself and went back to creating havoc!
Happy Birthday to your wonderful MIL. She's right up there with mine (although mine doesn't knit, she enjoys being on the receiving end). . . Any chance of her sharing that carrot recipe?
Happy Birthday! Are we sharing the carrot casserole recipe? Or is it a family secret?
Happy Birthday :). Where is the carrot caserole recipe :).
I should tie my 3 year old to the house too--I live in the basement, but if I tie him, he can play outside and won't run to the street--hmmm, something to think about.
Happy birthday, Joe's mom!
Now is the carrot casserole a family secret, or can you share the recipe?
Happy Birthday Nana Carol!
I wish someone would tie *MY* MIL to a tree... er.. I mean.. Steph I'm jealous that you have such a great MIL. She sounds like a real peach!
What a lovely person! I have had more than my share of MILs, and none of mine compare to yours. (My mother's view is that she has had more than her share of SonsIL. She likes this one the best, and since he provided the necessary bit to gift her with a grandchild, he gets to stay).
Wow, a MIL that doesn't tell you how to clean house. I didn't realize they existed. Are you going to tell us next time that the tooth fairy just moved in across the street? ;)
Many Happy Returns, Nana Carol!
Happy Birthday Carol! I wish my MIL were just like you.
Wow, the first comment today made me cry. Your post didn't help much either. I love my MIL dearly too, and part of the reason is the wonderful son she created and raised-so here's to Joe's mama for raising such a damn fine man, in every sense of the word.
I have a feeling she is pretty darn happy with her daughter-in-law as well.
Wow! What an amazing, funny, and sweet tribute.
And what a lovely photo! I just want to kiss those soft cheeks and hang out for a while in that calm and kind regard. I bet she does smell nice, too. Thanks for showing us how to appreciate the lovely folks in our lives.
Does anyone else remember a time when small children would be seen out with their parents wearing a harness and leash? Whatever happened to those?
LOL I love her already. Wonderful in laws are absolutely wonderful. Especially after your friends tell you in law horror stories.
Happy Birthday Carol! My Mother-in-law (it's her Birthday today too)used to tie my Husband to the car bumper on camping trips--lol-- At least she remembered him before they drove off!
That is so sweet. Happy Birthday Carol! Everyone should have a MIL like that. Ahem. Nuf said.
You must share some time how you did survive those 4 children.. it gives me hope!
Especially on a day that I am under the weather and the TWOOO year old has used a permanant marker on himself and the dining room floor and chairs.. then took to bouncing on the top of the bunk beds and pulled all the wipes out of the box.. OI!
Happy Birthday Joe's Mum! I do hope today you're able to rest and let someone get You that glass of merlot.
Happy Birthday Nana Carol!
TIED him to the house? You mean the way you tether a horse to a pole? Wow, I admire that woman.
Happy birthday Joe's mom! Thank you for being the type of mother-in-law and grandma I aspire to be someday.
Happy Birthday Nana Carol. I hope I can be you when I grow up. I used to tie my oldest son to the baby's stroller when we went for walks as he refused to hold anyone's hand and had an alarming tendency to dart into the street when he saw an interesting car or truck go by. I think at 23 he has now outgrown it....
Add me to the list of those wanting the Carrot casserole recipe!!! MMMmMMMMMMMMmmmm..
one more vote for the carrot casserole recipe, and happy birthday to your MIL who sounds amazing!
How lucky you are for such a great MIL; and how lucky she is to have such an appreciative DIL!
Happy Birthday Carol...
Wait - Carrot casserole? My family has its own carrot casserole recipe. It's from a circa 1980s Thanksgiving edition Canadian Living Magazine (from whence recipes for all things good and delicious are known to spring)... is Carol's the casserole with the crackers, eggs, cheese and cayenne pepper? Is it? I mean, it's just a guess - but if that 's the recipe, then she deserves her own fireworks display.
Happy birthday, Carol! Hope it's a good one.
Now Steph, admit it, have you and Joe ever tied the girls to your house?
I share at least 2 things in common with Nana Carol!
Happy Birthday, Mrs. Carol!
(psst. the 2 things are knitting and birthday!:)
Happy birthday Nana Carol! You sound like a wonderful woman. Many happy returns.
But -- but -- she's CHIC! I'd always love the stories about her, but I now realize I was picturing a dumpy, frumpy little gramma. This one is quietly elegant! You sure you got the right one? God bless her, my MIL and all MILs who tolerate our differences from them, expecially when it comes to the level of detritus amid which their grands are being raised.
A lovely tribute. Happy birthday and many more to Nana Carol. I LOVE that you tied your child to the house. Much like my own grandmother and great-grandmother, people should know not to mess with you.
Nana is beautiful. Happy Birthday to her. And I join the clamor for the carrot casserole recipe.
Happy Birthday Carol! My mouth watered at the words "Carrot Casserole"- and I've never even tried it. The idea of a carrot casserole is yummy, though. And your hair really is lovely!
I too have a DREAM Mummy-in-law named Carol. Aren't we blessed. Hippo Birdie Nana Carol
hey steph; can i come over and play with your Nana Carol? my hair is white white too as was my mothers.
marie in florida
Happy birthday! May you have many many many more. :)
pass on a very happy birthday from Montréal, too. i remember meeting her at the sew-up last november, and she was so warm that i have thought of her since - what a lucky family. cheers!
Happy Birthday Carol. My MIL was a sweetheart too, and a Newfie. She had the most beautiful white hair and soft skin. She also had a no nonsense attitude, delivered with love, I really miss her. Maybe it's something to do with Newfie sons that you have to tie them to the house for safekeeping?
I feel honored to share my birthday with such a fabulous sounding woman!
Happy birthday to Nana Carol! What a lucky daughter-in-law you have! Many happy more...
What a lovely woman! What a loving tribute! Cheers for another lovely year!
Many happy returns of the day! I infer that you must also tie great knots since Joe has lived to tell.
I just want to know, you've had urges to tie Joe up? I mean, to keep him from wandering? Or ... nevermind. Sorry.
Happy Birthday, Carol. Stephanie, you are a damned lucky woman and I love you for knowing it. BTW, I'm waiting for your return trip to Seattle, for the next book of course....
You are very lucky to have a wonderful MIL like that. I have a picture of me when I was about 3 tied to an apple tree in the back yard. It must have been something they did back then. I'm older than your hubby (I think) age 62 now.
Happy Birthday Nana Carol!
My friend had a little girl Tyler Nicole yesterday at 2:03p and now she shares a birthday with such a wonderful person - I hope she grows up to be that nice:)
Your MIL sounds wonderful Harlot! I wish mine was the same. She has her wonderful moments, but other times, I could just scream. But then I think she feels the same way about me, so we match pretty well.
But, how do we get the recipe for Carrot Casserole? I am a total recipe junkie and love the idea of sneaking vegetables in on my kids when they are not looking. For instance my recently discovered "Zapple" muffins, where zucchini masquerades as apples. DH loves the muffins, the oldest thinks they're pretty good, the two younger boys know mom was trying to pull a fast one, because I kept getting them to try the muffins (no dice). I will succeed, I have more zucchini!
But really, can we have the carrot casserole recipe? I bet your MIL would share!
Rams - do you have a blog? I promised myself I would stick to only 1 knitting blog, and Stephanie's would be it, but heck I could fit in reading 2 little blogs a day...
Happy belated birthday to your dear mother in law. She sounds like a very graceful lady!