Thank You – You Are My Sunshine!

Amazing 'Gangnam Style' Birthday Cake! (c) copyright Sherri Matthews 2013

Amazing ‘Gangnam Style’ Birthday Cake!
Made by my son’s girlfriend!
(c) copyright Sherri Matthews 2013

So here we are, all the birthday celebrations for my daughter’s 21st have been and gone but what a wonderful time it was!  My heart is full of the joy and love which comes from sharing this special time with my family and having all my little chicks back together again in the nest!

Early last Friday morning, in the still of first light, I quickly tapped away at my laptop’s keyboard wanting simply to write a little something in celebration of my daughter’s special day, yet as I did so a wealth of emotion spilled out into my words; the joy in all the memories of my sweet little girl, now a beautiful young woman, but also the pain of her struggles living with Asperger’s Syndrome.

I was glad to have been able to write my simple ‘song’ to her.

Some of you know that it has been one helluva roller-coaster ride, some good days, quite a few bad days and one or two pretty horrific days.  It is probably no coincidence, then, that one of our birthday activities was to spend a day at Thorpe Park!

Roller Coaster?  Think the ‘SAW’ ride and you get the picture…

Thrills & Spills on SAW Ride, Thorpe Park (c) copyright Sherri Matthews 2013

Thrills & Spills on SAW Ride
Thorpe Park
(c) copyright Sherri Matthews 2013

However, deep breath, I did not expect the incredible response that I received! The very moving comments left by so many of you as you shared your own sentiments about my poem and your incredibly kind birthday wishes for my daughter deeply touched me, all your precious words, pouring forth as they did from your own beautiful hearts.

You have all blessed me, and my daughter, indeed my family, so very much.  A simple ‘Thank You’ seems very inadequate. 

Therefore, I want to give you all a gift along with my heartfelt ‘Thank You’, which brings me nicely to the next part of this post!  I have been awarded, so very kindly once again, by my lovely girl Maria over at  Lost In The Labyrinth for The Sunshine Award. Thank you so much Maria for thinking of me and sending your extra-special brand of sunshine my way, it means a great deal to me!

I hope you don’t mind, however, that I’m going to bend the rules just a bit!

This, then, is my gift…I want to send you all a little bit of sunshine and press this very pretty flower into your ‘cyber’ hands. This Sunshine Award, I present to each and every one of you to display proudly on your blog.  Go ahead, it’s yours, you deserve it!

Just know that I send it to you with a very grateful heart.

Sunshine Award

Sunshine Award

Last, but certainly not least, to my lovely husband, my darling boys and girlfriends, all my family and close friends (and of course my darling daughter!) who support me and follow my blog quietly from ‘behind the scenes’ and who never fail to encourage me greatly by sending lovely messages in emails, on Facebook or in texts and phone calls. You have always been behind me 100%.

This Sunshine Award is for you too, because, quite simply, you are my sunshine, my only sunshine…I thank you and I love you 🙂

About Sherri Matthews

Sherri is a writer with work published in print magazines, anthologies and online. As a young British mum of three, she emigrated to California and stayed for twenty years. Today she lives in England's West Country, a full-time carer within her family. Her current WIP after completing her memoir is a psychological thriller.
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10 Responses to Thank You – You Are My Sunshine!

  1. Congratulations on the award! and I love the Gangnam Cake!


  2. Lesley Dawson says:

    It sounds like everyone had a wonderful time on your daughter’s birthday. I love that gangnam style cake – fab! 😀


    • Sherri says:

      Yes, we did thanks Lesley. On my daughter’s actual birthday on the Friday we went bowling which was also a lot of fun! The cake is fab isn’t it, my son’s girlfriend made it (she works at a bakery in the lanes in Brighton and also teaches baking and decorating classes, in fact I will be adding a link to it in an upcoming post) as her present to my daughter. It even survived the train journey from Brighton 🙂 This Sunshine Award is yours, please display it, your comments here always brighten my day 🙂


      • Lesley Dawson says:

        Thanks Sherri. I’d forgotten how to put an image into my sidebar and had to look it up again in the help pages … the brain cells are growing dim! I’ll look forward to looking at the link when you get the chance to post it. 🙂


  3. Heyjude says:

    a great cake and a lovely emotional post from you Sherri. I am so glad the day went well, though you’d never get me on one of those rides! You so deserve that gorgeous sunshine award. Let’s hope there are many more days of sunshine to come…
    Jude xx


    • Sherri says:

      Ahh, thank you so much Jude, that is so kind of you. Please know that this Sunshine Award is for you too, as I always love to see your comments here, not to mention your beautiful photos and posts about all your wonderful travels 🙂 Oh, and don’t worry, that is not me on that ride, just the kids. Me and my husband managed the tea cups and a rapid water ride, and ended up with soaking wet feet 🙂


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