J. and I took a mini-vacation to Pittsburgh to see his sisters and celebrate his oldest sister's 90th birthday. She won't actually be 90 until February '11 but the weather is so bad at that time of year, they didn't want to risk trying to have it then. It was a surprise birthday party and we were a little concerned with surprising her a bit too much, because she has had a bit of trouble breathing lately and is on oxygen. So, they asked J. to greet her to put her at ease, but still she was a bit confused because she was having difficulty seeing. The lighting was a bit dim.When she realized what was going on she said, "I need to sit down." She is an amazing woman and handled all of the excitement extremely well! The party was held at the Greensburg Country Club in Jeanette, PA. A lovely setting for a lovely party! I believe there were between 65-75 guests. The food was excellent, there was a champagne toast, open bar for beer and wine and there were many, many great walks down memory lane. It was fun to see photos of a woman who was "one of the guys" back in the day. She went hunting with her spouse and his friends and even bagged the biggest deer! She played golf up until a few years ago, is a champion Parcheesi player and loves to travel...she has never been known to turn down a trip to anywhere...she is always set on "go!" There were lots of stories and much laughter and a few tears!
Many comments were made about how she continues to correspond with everyone with birthday cards and letters. She was astounded by the number of people who came from all across the country to celebrate with her. She is such a beautiful and humble person, she did not "understand why all these people think I'm worthy of all this." But worthy she is! That is why I chose, my dear sister-in-law Dorothy as today's Fingerprint of God!!
She certainly does not look 89, does she? There are only three of the 8 siblings left and their ages are 69, 79 and 89 this year!!! Dot was still living in her own house until earlier this year when she decided on her own to move into a beautiful assisted living apartment. She wants to enjoy the rest of her life and not have to worry about maintaining a house. I am certain that she is the life of the party in her new home and I know she has made many new friends there! I sure hope that if I live that long, I will be as healthy, active and downright fun as she is!!! Happy 90th, Dot! We love you!!!
Note: I was lazy and took J.'s little camera and it doesn't take the best photos...thankfully, there were several really good photographers who took many, many good photos to capture this lovely event!