Delivery Day Flowers

We have just finished “birthday season” at my house. Along with all of the gifts, balloons, streamers and cake comes flowers…

“Delivery Day Flowers”.

It has become a cherished tradition at our house and one that I’ve tried to write about many times.

However I’ve never been able to successfully express what these flowers mean to me.

The tradition began with my mom nearly losing her life after giving me mine. She hemorrhaged the night we all came home from the hospital and by the time the doctor actually decided to send her back to the hospital, she was already finding herself floating towards the white light. My first two weeks on earth were spent with my daddy looking after me as my mom healed in the hospital from her near death experience.

This is the first photo taken of my mom getting to hold me after her second trip home. The following year on my first birthday my dad sent her flowers in celebration and appreciation of her life (and mine) and of all that she had gone through. Hence Delivery Day Flowers were born. The tradition has been carried on every single year for every single birth-day including the less theatrical birth-day of my sister. Every delivery day whether traumatic or not deserves a celebration & appreciation.

I grew up seeing those beautiful flowers delivered every year and with every year I could feel the gratitude in my heart grow deeper for what they really stood for.  I can’t even begin to put into words how fortunate I feel to have been given not only the gift of my life, but that of my mom’s life too.

My heart felt complete.

Then our first baby girl was born.

I had an entirely new appreciation for love. Especially for a mother’s love.

And a daughter’s love too.

The love I had in my heart came full circle in ways I had never dreamt possible. It couldn’t get any better than this.

But then our second baby girl was born and the love multiplied,

times two.

My Yanni has carried out the tradition of delivery day flowers for each girl since the day our first born made her entrance into this world.

Every year amidst the birthday gifts, balloons, streamers & cake there is always a beautiful bouquet tucked in there somewhere waiting to surprise me.

And with each beautiful bouquet I am reminded of  just how delicate life is and how blessed we all are to celebrate and fully appreciate each passing year.

I am reminded of a mother’s love.

Of a daughter’s appreciation.

And of love coming full circle.

Times infinity.


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  1. Posted November 9, 2011 at 4:24 pm | Permalink

    That was so lovely xo

  2. Posted November 9, 2011 at 4:30 pm | Permalink

    Okay, this post officially made me cry!

  3. Posted November 9, 2011 at 4:32 pm | Permalink

    I love you and how you share your world with us. What a wonderful way to celebrate and remember each year!

  4. Posted November 9, 2011 at 4:34 pm | Permalink

    I love this tradition, and the story that goes along with it, Wendy. You are such a neat person with so many neat things to share!

  5. Posted November 9, 2011 at 4:39 pm | Permalink


  6. Posted November 9, 2011 at 5:06 pm | Permalink

    Wendy, that’s such a great tradition! Your mom is gorgeous and so are you!!

  7. Posted November 9, 2011 at 5:09 pm | Permalink

    What a beautiful tradition (and photos)! As a mother myself, I now understand that my birth was something my mom and I experienced together, just the two of us, no matter how many others were in the room. She died many years ago, and every year on my birthday I spend some time alone to be with her in my thoughts and honour her.

  8. Posted November 9, 2011 at 5:22 pm | Permalink

    What an amazing way to celebrate such a beautiful occassion! I am a twin so I celebrate that special day with two of the most important people my heart holds dear! I cannot imagine a more special way to celebrate! Thank you for sharing your wonderful story!

  9. Posted November 9, 2011 at 5:27 pm | Permalink

    What a sweet and touching tradition with such special meaning.

  10. Posted November 9, 2011 at 5:31 pm | Permalink

    You made me cry. What a beautiful and special tradition. Thank you for sharing this.

  11. Posted November 9, 2011 at 6:14 pm | Permalink

    So blessed by this beautiful story and the reminders of the gift of life. I just love this.

  12. Posted November 9, 2011 at 6:19 pm | Permalink

    Oh Wendy, such a beautiful post!! Loved seeing you with your babies, you were beautiful then and you’re beautiful now, inside and out.

  13. Posted November 9, 2011 at 6:26 pm | Permalink



  14. Posted November 9, 2011 at 6:34 pm | Permalink

    So beautiful Wendy. So, so beautiful. Thank you for this!

  15. Posted November 9, 2011 at 7:05 pm | Permalink

    Life is so precious isn’t it? Beautiful post Wendy.

  16. Posted November 9, 2011 at 8:25 pm | Permalink

    What a beautiful, touching post – and those pictures of you and your babies are precious. We do need to stop and smell the roses in life.

  17. Posted November 9, 2011 at 8:49 pm | Permalink

    UGH, I love this. Now I’m tearing up and it’s NOT CUTE.

  18. Kel
    Posted November 9, 2011 at 8:52 pm | Permalink

    Such a wonderful post!! Thank you for sharing and I hope the tradition carries on for many more generations.

  19. Posted November 9, 2011 at 10:19 pm | Permalink

    Beautiful post :)

  20. Posted November 10, 2011 at 6:34 am | Permalink

    Oh, Wendy. This is beyond beautiful. xoxo

  21. Posted November 10, 2011 at 6:54 am | Permalink

    What a beautiful story!

  22. Posted November 10, 2011 at 7:50 am | Permalink

    This has stopped me in my tracks. Thanks so much for sharing this beauty and love with us. There is nothing like family and a mothers love :) xxoo

  23. Posted November 10, 2011 at 8:03 am | Permalink

    Beautiful post. Gave me chills and brought tears to my eyes. Being a mother is so amazing–and your children are so very lucky to have a mom like you!

  24. Posted November 10, 2011 at 8:36 am | Permalink

    Oh, my. What a beautiful, heartfelt post. And what a lovely tradition.

  25. Posted November 10, 2011 at 11:29 am | Permalink

    I love this so much Wendy. You have such a beautiful family, inside and out.

  26. Posted November 10, 2011 at 12:26 pm | Permalink

    I think what you father started was such a beautiful tradition and that your husband carried it on with the birth of your daughters is so touching (as was this post). I know that your daughters, should they marry and have children one day, will marry the same type of wonderful men that your Dad and your Yanni are so that this deeply meaningful tradition lives on.

  27. Posted November 10, 2011 at 2:21 pm | Permalink

    so very pretty!

  28. Posted November 10, 2011 at 4:22 pm | Permalink

    I love this, Wendy. Everyone needs to be reminded of the beauty of life, and this is such a meaningful way to do that.

  29. Posted November 10, 2011 at 5:06 pm | Permalink

    Oh, how sweet is that?!? I love that it’s a tradition passed on from your parents…and wow, what a story!

  30. Posted November 11, 2011 at 8:22 am | Permalink

    Oh my gosh, Wendy, this is too precious. Thank you for sharing!

  31. Posted November 11, 2011 at 4:02 pm | Permalink

    your post made me cry Wendy!! yesterday was our first born’s 24th birthday……I shared your story with my hubby {wink}

    I love that your hubby has carried on that tradition!

  32. Posted November 11, 2011 at 8:31 pm | Permalink

    What a beautiful post, Wendy and such an amazing tradition that you have kept up. This kind of story shows what a family is truly made of – strength, love and an appreciation for what is truly important.

  33. Posted November 12, 2011 at 4:25 am | Permalink

    I was truly touched by your tribute to your mother, father, and husband. You opened yourself even further than I am sure you already do to share these beautiful moments. I lost my mother when I was nine. She was everything to me. I love this tradition that I am sure will remain in your family for infinity. Thank you for sharing this special, private gift.

  34. Posted November 12, 2011 at 9:49 am | Permalink

    A beautiful reminder that after all the cakes, balloons and streamers, THIS is what it’s all about. Family, tradition, love, remembering, celebrating, honoring. There is nothing like the love a mama has for her babies. Thank you for sharing and touching my heart this morning.

  35. Posted November 12, 2011 at 10:07 am | Permalink

    Beautiful post, thank you for sharing. My dad gives me flowers for my birthday every year-he’s never missed year-even when he is out of the country traveling. Family traditions are so important and we can’t wait to start our own with our new baby boy. Hugs to you!

  36. Posted November 12, 2011 at 11:00 am | Permalink

    Oh so lovely Wendy.. you always remind me of the beauty of life, in one way or another. Thank you for sharing your story. I loved reading every bit of it. xo

  37. Posted November 12, 2011 at 8:39 pm | Permalink

    Absolutely beautiful!

  38. Posted November 12, 2011 at 8:42 pm | Permalink

    Lovely story…..what a wonderful way to remember and receive flowers that have a true meaning!

  39. Posted November 15, 2011 at 10:01 am | Permalink

    Awww…you always touch my heart. I love this tradition that your family has continued.

  40. Posted November 15, 2011 at 12:16 pm | Permalink

    What a beautiful tradition. I think I’ll pass this idea to my sons for the day when they have wives and babies. Love it and thanks for sharing.

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