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11.11.11

This week I'm grateful for... surprises


Do you remember me telling you about the amazing party I was going to belatedly have (my birthday was back in August!) for my 40th and then the fact that I cancelled it because life just got in the way?

Well, this week I'm grateful for...

193. Surprises - A dear (new) friend insisted that we come over for dinner on the night the party was scheduled for. 'You don't want to be sitting at home wondering whether you would have been having a great time,' she said. We popped over, we had dinner together and just as we were finishing up... lots and lots of friends started coming in. Surprise!

194. Kindness - have I been grateful for this before? Probably. Kindness can never be over-rated. What a kind, generous, lovely thing for my friend to do for me. She is wonderful and I am so very lucky to have her in my life.

195. Entertainers - Linda is an 'entertainer'. She loves having people for dinner, BBQs, swim parties... just getting people together is what she loves best. Every group of friends needs a Linda. More than 40 people over to her house for a surprise party for me? No problem!



So, what's making you smile today? Add your post to the list below (and please, we love you, but it really does matter that your post is a Grateful one and not just a random) and pretty-please add a link back to this linky. Then pop over to visit other bloggers who are spreading a little sunshine.



[Image via Marlein Overakker]

45 comments:

Laura a.k.a rah said...

That's a true friend, right there - she's a keeper! :)

Jane said...

It sounds like you have some fabulous friends in your life! xxx

Caz (The Truth About Mummy) said...

Yay! glad you had a party after all. Yep - think we should all have a Linda :) Happy birthday once again.

nicole said...

nawwww that sounds like a lovely surprise! not like an in-your-face surprise party :D
happy 40 to you miss maxabella!
i hope you had a fab day and a fantastic surprise party!
xoxo

jody said...

That is so lovely, what a very special friend! Happy Birthday gorgeous!! xxx

LionessLady said...

What a gorgeous friend Bron! I hope you had a fabulous time... you totes deserve it!

Ms Jelena said...

Such a wonderful new friend you have!

Lib said...

Happy Birthday beautiful Bron!!!!!
Of course you deserve the best of friends because you are the best of people :)
PS Loving your birthday party series...you are inspiring me!

Pieni Lintu said...

Very lovely reasons to be grateful for!

Sannah said...

Happy Birthday! What a lovely thing for someone to do! She sounds like a very special friend. I'm so glad that you had a surprise for your birthday :)

Ms Styling You said...

Oh excellent - so stoked you got a good surprise! Welcome to the roaring 40s and happy birthday!

Kellie said...

What a wonderful person to have in your life. Can you clone her? ;)
Happy Birthday, Bron! xx

Jodi@TheScribbleDen said...

What a gorgeous surprise! Friends like that are diamonds.

74 Lime Lane said...

Oh how lovely! What a fabulous friend. Hope you had a fabulous time.

Shelley @ My Shoebox Life said...

That's so lovely, and I'm so glad that you got spoilt and made to feel special. Because you are. xx

Mum on the Run said...

That is just fabulous - and so well deserved.
xx

Deb @home life simplified said...

That sounds like a fabulous birthday. Yay for great new friends.

Silver Threads of Happiness said...

What a beautiful surprise for your birthday! Friends like that are amazing, you are indeed lucky to have her!

Leanne said...

A lovely surprise- how nice!

Rose Penelope said...

Birthday surprises are always wonderful! :) I am so glad you got to finally celebrate it with the ones you love! :) Cheers!

MomAgain@40 said...

You've got a great friend!

ally said...

hooray for those kind of surprises!

Cathy said...

What a beautiful and generous friend you have! Nice to read such a happy post. And I guess I should say Happy Belated Birthday!!

Cathy said...

P.S. LOVE the cupcake photo :)

Felicity said...

I am SO pleased that you were gifted a birthday party to mark this fabulous year Bron and what a memorable event unfolding as it did.

For friends and festivities - a huge hooray!

Happy weekend,
Felicity x

Kelly @ Polkadot Lane said...

What a great friend! Hope you have a great weekend x

Simoney said...

WOW
that is so awesome
I am so pleased you were surprised by the love of friends - there is no better surprise. Except maybe a surprise trip or breakfast in bed.
No wait, a surprise party by loving friends is WAY better than both of those.

Happy Happy birthday (again) Ms Maxabella; your friends love you cos you're awesome. We've never met but I can tell.
(And if we met I think we WOULD be friends)

PS I've been a bit greedy and linked up TWO thankful posts today. Is that OK?

Mrs Woog said...

Your friend sounds like a total legend! Xx

Brenda @ Mira Narnie said...

oh i bet you had a blast and i agree - we all need a special linda in our lives. you my dear are the type of friend that truely deserve a linda, so bask in all that birthday surprise glory!! what lovely memories! enjoy your weekend sweet-pea xx

Simone - honeyandfizz said...

How lovely! What a wonderful friend to have xx

Norlin said...

Awww...that's just so lovely!! It's great to have wonderful friends like that. :) Glad to hear you got to celebrate your 40th after all. xx

A Cozy Cottage in the City said...

Greetings! This is my first time coming across your lovely blog & link party - how delightful! This could not have come at a better time {your blog & link}. :) I shared what it is that I'm grateful for...looking forward to browsing some more!!!


Hugs,
Jessie

Hazel Schreiner said...

HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!! and what a wonderful surprise and what a wonderful friend!! Fabulous absolutely fabulous!

:) HAZEL
hazellovesdesign.blogspot.com

Miss Mandy said...

that really is so lovely.

Cherie @ 'a baby called Max' said...

That right there is a BEAUTIFUL friend!

I'm so glad someone (& so many people) bent over backwards for YOU!

You seem to put in so much for others, it made me smile to think there are people in your life who'll do that for you in return :)

Happiest of birthdays lovely one x

Sarah said...

Clearly I must be in a sooty mood today because reading this made me all teary. I am so glad you had a surprise 40th and that you were surrounded by people who love you. Just as it should be xxx

supermac said...

You must be a wonderful friend to Linda and all those 40 people, too <3 Love, love, love the birthday surprise.

Tat @ Mum in search said...

Sounds like you had a fantastic party. Isn't it great when someone does it all for you? Happy birthday!

Posie Patchwork said...

Oh how lovely!! What a gorgeous friend & suprise. Yay for the hurrah parade for your 40th birthday, i'm taking notes, i like it!! Love Posie

Mrs Bok - The Bok Flock said...

Now that is true friend love, to host 40 people in her home in your honour :)

xx

Jen R said...

True friend that one definately a keeper!!

Donna said...

Aw how utterly gorgeous! Sunds like such an amazing friend - but she is also lucky to have such a similarly lovely one in you! Happy birthday xx

PinkPatentMaryJanes said...

Lindas are the best ;) and she sounds like the best of the best. How magnificent xx

emma @ frog, goose and bear said...

That is an awesome friend. always special to find one of those.

Menina Rosa Store said...

Q blog mais lindo!!!Amo tudo aqui!!
Estou seguindo vc!!
Bjinhu!Boa semana!
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