Michael’s birthday celebration was somewhat bittersweet. He was up all day for it and he had a great time. He really loved his dinner (Red Lobster Ultimate Feast) and his presents and cake and cards. Derek (youngest grandson) has learned to blow kisses and he kept blowing them at Michael and Michael laughed every time. Mattingly, the pup, was licking his hands and he loved it. All the kids were here all day and it was nice.

Michael sat at the table twice. First for his dinner and later for cake. After his dinner I thought he was going to go down for the count but he didn't. He has trouble, because of the tumors, holding his head upright or sitting up for any length of time and yesterday he sat up for over an hour to eat dinner and later for almost an hour for cake and presents.

During the opening of the cards, I read all the cards out loud and each of the kids had written very heartfelt notes inside each one. As I read them aloud all of our hearts were breaking. Michael was smiling as I read them but I was hanging back and pushing back tears. Each of the kids took turns turning away and Gina ran from the room at one point, just completely overcome by it all.

Gina wrote about how he has taught her everything and been there for her every single step of the way. Nick wrote that Michael was the best father in the whole world and that he will consider himself a success if he’s even half the father that Michael has been. Michael wrote that he could never express how much he has meant to him.

Everyone bought him the most incredible cards and each put a personal note in it. We all struggled through it but he really enjoyed it. And he had such a good day.

The kids asked him this morning if he had a good birthday and he said, in a rather loud voice, “I had a GREAT birthday!” So we’re all happy about that. Again, bittersweet.

My camera isn’t working right but here are two pictures with the cake.

Lighting the candles

Lighting the candles


Getting Ready to Sing Happy Birthday

Getting Ready to Sing Happy Birthday

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