Thursday, June 14, 2012


Today is a happy day. It’s my third birthday. Or at least that’s what I am calling it because it marks the third time I’ve been given the gift of life. Let me explain a little.

I was born in the month of April.

My second birthday … on July 31st is the date of my first kidney transplant. I happily and humbly celebrated this day for almost twenty years. Nearly two decades that I was given because someone else… someone that I never met… made the choice to become an organ donor. It’s a day that I will continue to honor in their memory.

And I’m grateful to celebrate my third birthday for the first time today… June 14th … and it could not be any more special to me. Last year I needed to have another transplant and this time my mom gave me the gift of life… again. A year ago today we were both in surgery. One of my mom’s kidneys was removed and transplanted in me. Her love and complete unselfishness has given me another chance. My mom is amazing and I’m so thankful for her. I hope we celebrate this date for many years to come.


With that, I just want to say or shout – Yay and Happy 3rd Birthday…to me. My mom and I will be celebrating and of course we’ll be eating a big slice of this cake today. That’s what birthdays are for, right.


I love you mom!

And thank you guys too for being here. You and this blog are responsible for some of the best years of my life. I hope this little spot on the internet brings you happiness from time to time. As much happiness as you all have brought me with your kind words and support through it all.

Me and my mom’s kidney

Glory/ Glorious Treats said...

Yes, you have much to celebrate!!! You do bring so much sweetness to the world!! Gorgeous cake and I’m so glad you are doing so well!

June 14, 2012 03:42 PM
Stephie said...

How wonderful :) Happy 3 and many more.

June 14, 2012 03:45 PM
Marjo said...

Happy 3rd Birthday from Finland! <3
Absolutely L-O-V-E the cake, Stunning color!

June 14, 2012 03:48 PM
Rachel L said...

Just looking at that cake makes me happy! Cake is definately the perfect way to celebrate life and love.

June 14, 2012 03:52 PM
michele @ i-heart-baking said...

awwwww – beautiful cake for a beautiful 3rd birthday! moms are the best!

June 14, 2012 03:52 PM
Jackie@Just Add Milk said...

Happy third birthday! What a wonderful way to celebrate life!!!!

June 14, 2012 03:55 PM
Melissa Bowman said...

Reading this brought a tear to my eye. This is one of the many reasons why I am an organ donor. Happy Birthday!

June 14, 2012 03:56 PM
Helena Mouta said...

Happy 3rd birthday to you, all the way from Portugal! You bring us happiness here too and I’ve already started on cake balls. As soon as I have enough time to breathe this summer I intend to make my nearly 3-year-old son as many cake pops as his heart mau desire! Thank you and your mom for giving us all so much!

June 14, 2012 04:00 PM
Maria said...

Happy 3rd Birthday! Waiting for my 2nd kidney transplant now..first one lasted 18 yrs from my father! I know how incredible a gift it is!! Enjoy your special day!

June 14, 2012 04:03 PM
Anonymous said...

Happy Kidney-versary! I am a family member of someone very close to me who is awaiting her second liver transplant. She was recieved her first transplant 6 yrs ago, at age 25. Now she is married and has a little 2 yr old daughter. She has been waiting for quite a while for her 2nd donor. I am on the list to be a potential organ donor, and pray, not only for you and your mom today, but also for everyone to consider the gift of life. Congratulations to you on this special day!

June 14, 2012 04:04 PM
Mollie said...

Happy 3rd birthday and congratulations! Glad you’ve been doing well. I love your site so much!

June 14, 2012 04:05 PM
Miss said...

You bring smiles and happiness to so many. Happy 3rd birthday and hugs for your Momma.

June 14, 2012 04:12 PM
Amy said...

I wish you and your mom a wonderful day of celebration! xoxoxoxo

June 14, 2012 04:20 PM
Dawn said...

Great post-Happy Kidney day! I am glad you are doing well. Last year was crazy!

June 14, 2012 04:21 PM
Jenny Flake said...

Wonderful Angie! Such a wonderful story between you and your mom. …..the cake simply fabulous! Miss you girl!!

June 14, 2012 04:21 PM
Toya said...

Happy 3rd Birthday Bakerella!! We are glad to have you to sweeten our lives!!!

June 14, 2012 04:22 PM
Lauri said...

What a great story! I hope you and your mom have a great day! P.S. I love the ribbon frosting on your cake. I have not even attempted to try that yet because it looks so intimidating.

June 14, 2012 04:25 PM
perkies said...

Love that you have such a love for life! Happy Birthday to you and your mom’s kidney! :)

June 14, 2012 04:26 PM
karolina {confetti+cookies} said...

Happy Re-Birthday to you, your mum and your kidney :)

June 14, 2012 04:27 PM
Moni said...

Happy Birthday and all the best to YOU and your mum. You are so inspiring! Thanks for your great blog.
Best wishes & Hugs from Munich

June 14, 2012 04:29 PM
Virginie said...

Happy 3d birthday! Beautiful story and wonderful mom…

June 14, 2012 04:31 PM
Tracie said...

Happy 3rd birthday! The cake is beautiful but nothing could be as sweet as the sentiment and the love you and your mom share. Congratulations and may the future be amazingly bright for you and your mom.

June 14, 2012 04:35 PM
Colleen said...

happy 3rd birthday to you!! enjoy the cake and celebration with your wonderful mom! :)

June 14, 2012 04:37 PM
Melissa @ Best Friends For Frosting said...

Happy 3rd girlie! I loved meeting you last year in SF and hearing your story. Your mom was just so sweet. I love that your mom will always be a part of you. Wishing you a special day. Go get a pedicure or put your feet up! ;) PS. What a lovely cake. XO

June 14, 2012 04:42 PM
Nancy L said...

Happy Birthday! And I think I speak for the masses out there that are so happy you’re here with us to celebrate this great day!!

June 14, 2012 04:47 PM
Jennifer Johnson said...

Happy 3rd Birthday! I adore the ruffle cake. Will you be posting instructions on how to duplicate it? LOVE IT!

June 14, 2012 04:58 PM
Kristen said...

Happy birthday! What an amazing reason to celebrate (and cute cake too!)

June 14, 2012 05:02 PM
gosijka said...

Wonderfull gift and a beautifull cake!
Happy 3rd Birthday from Poland :D

June 14, 2012 05:03 PM
Jess said...

I got tears! (Darn Breastfeeding hormones) Congratulations and happy third ‘birthday’! x
PS – Your mother is stunning in that old photo! :)

June 14, 2012 05:08 PM
Neta said...

Yay, happy 3rd birthday. Your mom trully is the best.
Wish you nothing but the best!

June 14, 2012 05:10 PM
Ginny said...

We have spent today celebrating my daughters 1st birthday and I know as a Mummy I would be the first to help her in any way possible… we raise a glass to you and your Mom. Thank you for all your inspiration! x

June 14, 2012 05:17 PM
Joanna M. said...

A very happy birthday indeed!

June 14, 2012 05:21 PM
Lindsay (Young Married Mom) said...

So beautiful! Enjoy your celebration! Happy birthday!! Here’s to many more wonderfully sweet years :)

June 14, 2012 05:21 PM
Mihaela said...

Happy 3rd Birthday! You are such and inspiration!

June 14, 2012 05:26 PM
Kookie said...

Happy birthday, sweet Angie! Lots of love for you all – you, your mom and your/her kidney!!!

June 14, 2012 05:31 PM
Ane said...

Happy birthday! What a great way to celebrate and honor the people who love you! Thank you for sharing.

June 14, 2012 05:33 PM
Tiffany said...

Any excuse for cake will do. But a 3rd birthday, to celebrate having another shot at life, with a little piece of your Momma with you forevers – heck, I say that calls for 2 slices! Enjoy.

June 14, 2012 05:40 PM
Katie Haysom said...

You are such a happy lady! I’m glad that we still are able to enjoy your adorable blogs! Thanks for being so inspiring!!

June 14, 2012 05:44 PM
Nadia said...

HAPPY BIRTHDAY!! So happy to hear that you and your mom are doing well. Enjoy the beautiful cake!!

June 14, 2012 05:50 PM
andrea y. said...

You and my daughter share the same day… she was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes on this day last year….we had no idea what was wrong when she got sick and took her to an urgent care that couldn’t figure it out and told us to take her home and “watch her”, if she didn’t show any improvement take her in to her doctor – who was out til Tuesday (06/14/11). By the time we got my daughter into her doctor she was almost comatose and had to be carried in. I prayed that God would give us something that we could deal with and not have it be something fatal… on 06/14/11 God gave us T1 Diabetes, but he gifted us our daughter back.

June 14, 2012 05:57 PM
Diannet said...

Wishing you and your family all the best and many years of happiness! Happy 3rd Birthday!!!

June 14, 2012 06:18 PM
Nancy said...

Happy 3rd Birthday! What an awesome post!! I think of you often and know how blessed you are for having Sandy as your mom! Enjoy your celebration! Sending lots of love and hugs to you and your mom! Love ya!

June 14, 2012 06:19 PM
Jamie said...

Yay! Happy 3rd!
Yay for organs that can be shared and yay for you and this blog that DOES bring lots of happiness!

p.s. nice looking cake, did you make it?

June 14, 2012 06:36 PM
Karen @ Sugartown Sweets said...

Happy 3rd Birthday Wishes!!! you and your Mom! So happy all is going great! Still lovin’ your awesome blog. p.s. love the pretty cake. :o)

June 14, 2012 06:41 PM
mtcarrie said...

I must say that your post made me a lil bit teary eyed ;) Wishing you a fabulous, fun filled 3rd Birthday! You have given us all so much pleasure with your baking creativity, I just wanted to say Thanks!

June 14, 2012 06:51 PM
Monica said...

All the best to you and “Happy 3rd Birthday”! It’s a pleasure to stop by here and see your cheerful and imaginative creations.

June 14, 2012 07:07 PM
jengd said...

Happy, happy birthday!

June 14, 2012 07:16 PM
Sonya said...

Happy first third birthday! My second second birthday will be on July 5th. I got a call from my transplant coordinator on 4th of July. I call it “My” independence day. i had a kidney and pancreas transplant.

June 14, 2012 07:18 PM
Nicole said...

Happy Birthday!!
Thank you so much for sharing your amazing story! And for sharing your talents with the world! I so enjoy reading your blog!

June 14, 2012 07:23 PM
Anonymous said...

My mom and I just celebrated her “9th” birthday.. this time it was my kidney in her! Glad you are doing well.

June 14, 2012 07:40 PM
Mackenzie said...

HaPpY 3Rd BiRthDaY!

June 14, 2012 07:45 PM
ShannonK said...

You are both very blessed – happy 3rd birthday!

June 14, 2012 07:46 PM
Stefanie said...

YAY is right!
The world is a MUCH sweeter place because of you, your mom and your mom’s wonderful kidney!
Happy Birthday, Angie :)

June 14, 2012 07:50 PM
Suzanne Morse said...

Happy Birthday and may you celebrate 100 more.

June 14, 2012 08:03 PM
Bea @ CancunCOOKIES said...

Yay!! Happy 3rd Birthday!!!

June 14, 2012 08:27 PM
Kaila said...

Happy third birthday! Love to you and your mom! <3

June 14, 2012 08:31 PM
Christy @ Angel Dreamz said...

Congrats to you both for coming through it so wonderfully. Give her a big hug from all of us!

June 14, 2012 08:53 PM
Jen Y said...

Happy Birthday to a special lady who makes many of my days sweet with all the things you share.

June 14, 2012 08:56 PM
darlingbeatrice said...

Amazing! Happy 3rd birthday!

June 14, 2012 09:00 PM
winnie dolderer said...

Happy Birthday to you, and on Flag Day! Perfect cake with the banner flags on it too. I think it is great that you mention this as it also brings out the need for people to consider organ donations..It is not an easy discussion to have, but when you see the gift of life first hand, it may make it easier…Yah for your mom!! Your blog and art make me very happy to visit and learn from you and your smile is infectious!

June 14, 2012 09:07 PM
Alicia Booth said...

Happy 3rd Birthday!

June 14, 2012 09:13 PM
Stephanie said...

Happy 3rd Birthday! Wishing you and your Mom the best as you celebrate this special day.

June 14, 2012 09:16 PM
Rebekah Butler said...

Happy Kidney Birthday!! I’ll have my 9th year transplant anniversary in August since my sister gave me a kidney!! Family and organ donors are SUCH a blessing!!! Congratulations on good health :)


June 14, 2012 09:18 PM
Alex said...

Happy 3rd Birthday! You are truly special. God gave you this gift and obviously wants you to share it :) Reading your blog brings so much joy to my life…it’s litterally my bedtime routine. I lay in my bed, open my Kindle and there’s your blog. I can go to sleep peacefully after reading it :P I know…I’m an odd one lol

June 14, 2012 09:23 PM
CarlaB said...

Happy 3rd Birthday! Your blog makes me happy. So glad you’re feeling better.

June 14, 2012 09:30 PM
Laura said...

Thank you for sharing your story! Happy birthday!

June 14, 2012 09:43 PM
Anonymous said...

Happy third Birstday.
Wel done, you mum and you are truly inspirational.
By the way, the cake looks awesome. Be sure to enjoy it today.

June 14, 2012 09:47 PM
Aimee Brown said...

Happy third Birthday.
You and your mum are so inspirational.
By the way, eat all the cake and enjoy it. It looks awesome.

Aimee from Australia.

June 14, 2012 09:48 PM
Pat said...

Happy 3rd Birthday!!! We are thrilled that you are here to inspire us daily. Congratulations! and lets make it another 50 or so!

June 14, 2012 10:38 PM
Taylor said...

Happy 3rd Birthday Angie! Love from Canada!

June 14, 2012 10:40 PM
brenda said...

happy third birthday its very tough being in surgery and you going through all of that is so amazing that you are healthy you are my inspiration

June 14, 2012 10:50 PM
Ceej said...

whew, almost shed a tear on this one. happy birthday to you!

June 14, 2012 11:49 PM
Leah Stark said...

Happy Birthday again and again! A mother’s love never ends!

June 15, 2012 12:18 AM
Erika Dominguez said...

really?! wow time sure flies by quickly!

congratulations and many blessing to you and you whole family.

gladly expecting many more to come :D

June 15, 2012 12:22 AM
brittany said...

You are such a strong person with wonderful talents and thank you so much for sharing it with all of us and inspiring me to try something new! Happy birthday I hope you have so many more to share with us!!!!!!

June 15, 2012 12:25 AM
brittany said...

You are such a strong person and so talented…thank you so much for sharing it and inspiring me to try something new! Happy birthday hope you have many more to come!!!!

June 15, 2012 12:30 AM
Libby Bone said...

I wish you and your Mother happiness always. Thank-YOU for sharing the talents and creativity that God gave you with all of us!

June 15, 2012 12:59 AM
Charlene M. Haddad said...

Happy Another Birthday! You look a lot like your mom in that picture. : )

June 15, 2012 01:01 AM
Lib M. said...

What a beautiful cake to celebrate with your mom! Continued health and happiness to you both!

June 15, 2012 01:15 AM
Karen said...

Happy Birthday Angie!!! SO glad you were born again and again and again! You have made us all so happy!!! Hope you have many more!!

June 15, 2012 01:23 AM
Kate W. said...

Happy 3rd birthday to you! :)

June 15, 2012 01:45 AM
Delfina said...

Very lucky, happy birthday bakerella.

June 15, 2012 01:54 AM
Beth said...

What better reason to celebrate your life than with a delicious cake??? One of the many reasons I love to bake; there’s ALWAYS something worth celebrating!

Happy Birthday!!!

June 15, 2012 02:24 AM
aussiemarina said...

wow i can’t believe it’s been a year………………………happy bithday to you and your mum ……….and i hope you enjoyed that slice (or 2) of that yummy looking cake !!!!!

your blog puts a smile on my face every time i visit it……….now come visit melbourne australia….i have a spare room for you lol

June 15, 2012 02:29 AM
Michelle P said...

Happy 3rd Birthday!!!! I’m so glad you are around!

June 15, 2012 02:36 AM
Sophie said...

happy birthday!!!
moms are just amazing

June 15, 2012 02:39 AM
PupCakes said...

What a beautiful reason to celebrate. Talk about a love story … your mom is pretty darned special and so are you. What a happy day it is! Here’s to many, many more.

June 15, 2012 03:09 AM
Carla @ Carla's Confections said...

Happy third birthday Angie! So happy for you!!! What a great day to celebrate, and what a beautiful cake to eat! The ruffles are gorgeous!!!! :)

June 15, 2012 03:11 AM
Lauren said...

Happy Birthday! I’d wish you many more to come, but you already have 3 seperate birthdays each year! :) Your Mum is amazing, but then again, aren’t they all? I was born with malformed kidneys myself, and if I hadn’t spent weeks lying my butt off when I was 5 in order to get out of going to bed, things would’ve got a lot worse and I would’ve needed a transplant. And my Mum made sure the entire world knows who would give her that life saving gift. :) Your Mum is lucky to have someone like you, and vice versa. And we’re pretty darn lucky as well. Happy Birthday!

June 15, 2012 03:37 AM
tania@mykitchenstories said...

Congratulations!. What a fine thing you have used your life for.. making everything sweet! There is nothing like the thought of having things taken away to motivate you ! Once again congratulations and happy birthday

June 15, 2012 03:45 AM
Debbie said...

A huge celebration is definitely in order for both of you!!! Enjoy!!!!!!

June 15, 2012 03:54 AM
Sneska said...

Happy Birthday!
You know what it is all about and have spent your years bringing us happiness! Thank you! May you always stay sweet and very very positive!

June 15, 2012 04:25 AM
annalisa said...

Happy, Happy, Happy birthday from Italy! Felicissimo compleanno, ti auguro di festeggiare per tantissimi anni assieme alla tua meravigliosa mamma! La tua storia mi commuove ogni volta, siete davvero due persone speciali!
Big hugs,and kisses( grandi abbracci e baci),
Annalisa from Sardinia Italy

June 15, 2012 04:35 AM
Rosie said...

Congrats! You are so special and talented. God bless you always!

June 15, 2012 05:17 AM
Paulette said...

Happy 3rd Birthday to you Bakerella. Your blog is a sweet inspriation to all of us. I want to thank your mom and all mom’s out there for the unconditional love they give to their children.Yay Happy Birthday to you. Hugs Paulette

June 15, 2012 05:25 AM
Michele Mulich said...

Awesome!! I shared your story with Taylor’s Gift, a great organization promoting organ donation in the memory of their daughter.

June 15, 2012 06:24 AM
Tanya Schroeder said...

Happy Third Birthday!!! This blog makes me happy too! Love it and wish you and your mom well!

June 15, 2012 06:43 AM
koren lynch said...

happy3rd birthday!!

June 15, 2012 06:49 AM
Wendy Bilton said...

Where would we be without our mums huh? Your letter bought tears of joy and tears of sadness. The joy is for you and for your life ahead of you. The sadness is I lost both my parents not that long ago, and I miss them so much.

Happy happy happy birthday XXX

June 15, 2012 06:54 AM
Ckay said...

Mother’s love is neverending. I am so happy for you!!

June 14th, 2011 was a wonderful day for you –
June 14th, 2011 was an horrible day for me: my mom went to heaven <3

But from today on, I know that June 14th has also "life" in it and I'll keep it in mind next year and will think of you, too.

All the best and thank you for sharing your life.

June 15, 2012 07:19 AM
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