Friday, November 9, 2012

And the Beauty of a Woman, With Passing Years Only Grows

"And the Beauty of a Woman, With Passing Years Only Grows". These words, spoken by the beautiful Audrey Hepburn, could not be more true or more relevant to this post. Today marks a special birthday for a very special woman. 'A' is a family friend of ours who has become more of a family member than a friend to us over the past few years and for this, we are extremely thankful. Not only is she an incredible friend, but she is a strong, classy, elegant and all-around extraordinary woman from whom I have learnt a lot over the past little while. She truly encompasses the essence of this quote and seems to be, like wine, getting better with age. Last night, I was lucky enough to attend a birthday party in honour of A and I have to say... I was touched by the love and true friendship that was present at this celebration.

Enjoying some nice bubbly!

As I get older, I realize more and more how important it is to surround yourself with strong, smart and positive women. I see the beauty in confidence and strength and appreciate more than ever having this energy in my life. What I loved most about last night was that there was nothing but happiness in the room. No one gossiped, complained or had negative things to say. Instead, everyone was happy and living in the moment; celebrating all that A brings to our lives. 

The beautiful table that D took a lot of time to put together.  
I think that I loved this so much because it reminded me so much of Mama H. Growing up, she was the strongest woman I knew. As is the case today, our mother continues to be strong, positive and one of her favourite quotes, which she lives by is "If you can't say nothin' nice, don't say nothin' at all". She instilled these values in us from a young age, and taught my sisters and I to always be there for each other and bring out the best in one another. My sisters are my best friends... and I think the reason why I have such strong friendships is that I treat my friends like I treat my sisters. And last night, it felt more like a group of 'sisters' than a group of friends. 

Make a wish
A cupcake from A's adorable cupcake cake
The aftermath

As I said before, I felt so lucky to have been included last night and took so much away from that table. I got to know women I had not known before, and got to catch up with those that I do know. All in all, it was a wonderful evening and I hope that A enjoyed it as much as I did. Finally, another quote that truly makes me think of A is

So from all of us at Life of Three and from the entire family, we would like to wish A a very Happy Birthday and an incredible year. It's time to celebrate!

With Love,