The idea started with an invitation to high tea in London.
A year later we arrived in London to celebrate the start of my Mother’s “birthday season” as we like to call it! Her 70th!
We brunched and sipped our way through London living up to our reputation as obnoxious Americans taking photos at every turn! One of my favorite decisions we made was to purchase tickets for an open air tour bus. We learned so many interesting tidbits from our entertaining Irish tour guide who found a way to weave the tragedies of the Black Plague, fires of London and WWII into his stories while still pointing out all modern movie film sites, the best shopping headquarters, and explaining the need for a pub on site at the start of construction on St. Paul’s cathedral!
We won’t mention the part about nearly getting kicked off the bus for me standing up on top taking photos while crossing the Thames River…
The last day was a special event for me – strolling through the National Gallery and Portrait Gallery with my mother who first inspired my love of art and always invested in whatever medium I was interested in at the time. We laugh when remembering one of my birthdays we spent painting watercolors in a graveyard and we were both perfectly happy! She is the one who first taught me to see beauty in the everyday, to celebrate life’s small moments as well as large ones, and to wonder at God’s hand of creation at work all around us. For this and so many other things I am thankful for her.
Happy Birthday Mama!