Friday, December 21, 2012


Last Monday I celebrated another birthday with my family and friends.

I just LOVE LIFE...don't you?
 I sometimes dreaded my December birthday when I was a little child because someone was always gifting me with a 
Happy Birthday/Merry Christmas Present 
 and I just hated it...I was SURE I was being cheated out of something!!!  I suppose when you are little kid the grateful gift-giving & receiving spirit hasn't kicked in quite yet and I don't even like thinking today about how I might have behaved back then.
 These days I'm just happy to be remembered at all during what I know is one of the most busy, hectic and costly times of the year.
 Usually we dine in the evening with our children but this year my Mr. AGPMan and I enjoyed breakfast with our daughter and then spent our lunchtime  with our son and daughter-in-love. They are all sooo generous and never fail to bless me year after year.  I received wonderful, personal gifts and will enjoy each of them...  There is NOTHING quite as satisfying to me than my relationship with my two grown children and I love it that we all enjoy peace and laughter when we are together.
One amazing thing didn't come until yesterday because it was coming from far, far away!  My daughter knows how much I love all things French and couldn't resist a little extra gift for her momma.
 She ordered me a HUGE LOAF of French Bread from the Poilâne Bakery in Paris, France, and I was totally speechless when it arrived.  She ordered it on the 12th and it was baked this past Wednesday morning and shipped to America OVERNIGHT and I received it yesterday mid-day...
Now...I've had Americanized French Bread lots of times in my life.  But NEVER have I had French Bread baked in Paris, France, and then eaten it the next day.  It is WONDERFUL.  The loaf is huge and there is more than enough for several meals...
I know for certain the bread isn't expensive, but the shipping can be!  I'm thinking that next year I may order several loaves myself and combine the shipping to save money via the International Post!

My exercise bike is already calling out my name.  That's OK though!!!  The bread is soooo worth a few more minutes of stationary pedaling!  (Thank you, Adrienne & Brandon!)

Tomorrow I'll be signing off for the year.  Christmas is only a few days away and I want to spend as much time with my family as possible...

Blessings as we await the miracle of Christmas Day.

Love to you...


NanaNor's said...

Dearest Rebecca, I hope you get this in time, but sending Birthday Blessings to you! French Bread from Paris-now that is love.
My daughter's b.d. is on Christmas Day but we have always celebrated it early. From my heart to yours, Merry Christmas!
Love, Noreen

Shirley said...

Hi Rebecca, Isn't it wonderful to do something besides going out to dinner. A belated Happy Birthday, I have a brother who's birthday is the 24th. You have a wonderful daughter. She really knows your likes and dislikes. Have a wonderful Christmas and Happy New Year. Hugs and Prayers from Your Missouri friend.

Julie Marie said...

Dear friend... hope your birthday was absolutely wonderful!... how sweet of your daughter to send you that bread... yum!... also love the Christmas stockings in your previous post that you made for her... I just did my last post until after Christmas too... wishing you and all of your family a most beautiful and blessed Christmas... love you, xoxo Julie Marie

Unknown said...

Happy Birthday sweetie! Don't forget to check out the music site, 5 songs for free is better than no music!
Hugs and love Marilou

sunnyskiesandsweettea said...

Happy Birthday!!! What a thoughtful thing your daughter did for you... such an exciting and wonderful gift.

Amy Jo

Victorian1885 said...

Happy belated Birthday Dearest Rebecca. How exciting to receive a pkg from Paris!
Have a Merry Christmas surrounded by your Family. I look forward to following your Blog in 2013. Take care.


NanaDiana said...

Happy Happy Birthday- What a wonderful THOUGHFUL gift! Blessings- xo Diana

Anonymous said...

Very Happy Birthday wishes to you sweet friend!

How sweet of your daughter to have thought of such an unique and wonderful gift!!! I love it when a gift shows that the giver really put some time and thought and love in the choice of a gift. I have to confess I am not very good at that myself - would love to be though and hoping to get better at it!

Merry Christmas Friend-

Mariette VandenMunckhof-Vedder said...

Dearest Rebecca,
Does Adrienne have a lot of your genes? She is for sure not going for a bargain French bread... But you certainly enjoyed every bit of it!
Enjoy your weekend, pre-Christmas.
Hugs to you,

Unknown said...

Happy birthday sweet lady! It sounds like you had a great birthday. At first I read you topis as Paris beard! lol. It really looks yummy!

Jeannie B. said...

Oh, Missed your birthday. Happy, happy birthday to you!!

Judith @ Lavender Cottage said...

Happy Birthday Rebecca, how wonderful to receive such a unique gift. Wishing you a Merry Christmas and all the best for 2013.

http://thankfullga447 said...

God Bless you and your family, what a wonderful treat, I can smell the bread all the way up here.

Barb said...


Happy belated birthday and my wishes for a beautiful and happy Christmas.

Blessings and love,

The Quintessential Magpie said...

Oh, Happy Birthday, Becky!!!! I am so glad you had a good one and got that delish bread from FRANCE! Neat!

I'm sending you a heart full of love to share with those you love and wishing you a very Merry Christmas!



tree said...

What a beautiful post! And a lovely blog.

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