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

Mary K. said...

HAPPY BIRTHDAY! I LOVE reading your site as you always bring my life such joy. I marvel at your creativity! May you receive many BLESSINGS each time someone logs on to your site and tries one of your recipes. YOU ARE THE BEST! MUCH LOVE to you!

June 15, 2012 07:21 AM
Marie in Va said...

Happy Third Birthday!! :) Blessings to you and your sweet mama.

June 15, 2012 07:24 AM
Phyllis said...

Time and life go by so quickly. It is a joy to be able to share both with you. You are an inspiration to us. Wishing you many more Birthdays.

June 15, 2012 07:34 AM
Lisa said...

So happy for you both, Angie!!

June 15, 2012 07:45 AM
Rachel Willen@FoodFix said...

Happy, Happy #3! Just confirming that I do get happiness from this blog! The inventive, creative, upbeat confections you deliver can’t help but make me smile! Many happy returns!

June 15, 2012 08:01 AM
Pam, in NC said...

Thanks for the tingles today!!! happy, happiest of birthdays to you, your mom, and your kidney!! :)

June 15, 2012 08:06 AM
Meredith said...

Happy Birthday! It’s such a wonderful thing to be blessed with a mom as selfless as that. Here is to MANY more birthdays! God Bless!

June 15, 2012 08:08 AM
Toni said...

“Yay” from me too!!!!!!!! May God continue to bless you and your mom with great health and happiness!! Happy feet dancing for you as well!!!

June 15, 2012 08:34 AM
Tamara said...

Happy 3rd Birthday!!

June 15, 2012 08:44 AM
Denise H said...

Many, Many happy years to you, your Mom & your very happy kidney!

June 15, 2012 08:44 AM
Merle Sylvester said...

Wishing you all the best and may God continue to bless you and keep you. You are such a wonderful, generous and caring person. Happy, Happy, Birthday!!!

June 15, 2012 08:49 AM
Connie said...

God bless you both and to all who chose to donate. I changed my license to “donor” several years ago. I know how grateful I would be to anyone giving my children a chance if they needed it. Love the photo, what a beautiful picture. Happy birthdays!!

June 15, 2012 08:54 AM
Connie said...

God bless you both and to all who chose to donate. I changed my license to “donor” several years ago. I know how grateful I would be to anyone giving my children a chance if they needed it. Love the photo, what a beautiful picture. Happy birthdays!!

June 15, 2012 08:54 AM
Rosi said...

You and your mom are so amazing… Very very insoirational for us. Love!

June 15, 2012 08:55 AM
Marian (Sweetopia) said...

Angie – your blog post in my inbox always makes me excited to see what sweetness you have come up with. You’re an inspiration in every way.

Happy 3rd birthday to you! xo

(and what a gorgeous cake btw!)

June 15, 2012 08:55 AM
Leighann said...

Happy 3rd birthday for the first time!

June 15, 2012 09:06 AM
Ms.Louie (Kylies Mom) said...

Happy birthday from the Philippines… Mothers Love are the greatest!!! We love you and we love your mom.

June 15, 2012 09:10 AM
Aimee said...

Congratulations both and enjoy many more blessed years!

June 15, 2012 09:14 AM
Barbara :-) said...

Happy Birthday to you and many thanks to Mom. As i have heard many times “A mothers love has not limits” I so understand and pratice this.

June 15, 2012 09:15 AM
Diane S. said...

Happy Birthday to you! Enjoy your celebrating & that lovely cake. Wishing you many more celebrations to come. God Bless your Mom! She is a beauty.

June 15, 2012 09:21 AM
Christine H. said...

Happy 3rd Birthday! Enjoy the day…and the cake (which is beautiful by the way)!

June 15, 2012 09:28 AM
Emily H. said...

Happy Birthday!!! May you have many more with your mom, and with us! You bring a lot of joy to a lot of people, and we are blessed to bring you joy, too!

My dad was a living liver donor for his cousin, and my dad-in-law is a liver recipient (5 years this coming December). We are strong advocates for organ donation!

June 15, 2012 09:34 AM
steen said...

Happy 3rd birthday!!!

June 15, 2012 09:34 AM
Jessica McCann said...

Thanks for the morning cry! : ) It’s the pic that did it. Loved it! Bon Anniversaire!

June 15, 2012 09:35 AM
Kristin said...

Wow! What a superb reason to celebrate! I am so glad things are going well for you!!

June 15, 2012 09:40 AM
Marm said...

So happy for you. I love the picture of you and your mom.

June 15, 2012 09:48 AM
Seanna Lea said...

The ruffle cake is super cute. What tip did you use when frosting it?

(I have a lemon cake that I made last night in the fridge. When I eat my own birthday cake, I will raise a forkful to you. I love your blog, and wish you many sweet years to come.)

June 15, 2012 09:52 AM
Kendra said...

Happy Birthday! What a great present – to have 3 birthdays a year.

June 15, 2012 09:54 AM
May said...

:) Happy 3rd Birthday!

June 15, 2012 10:07 AM
Tem said...

Happy ReBirthday!

June 15, 2012 10:16 AM
Meadow said...

Happy Birthday Angie!!

That is truly amazing!

I hope you two can celebrate together for many, many years to come!

June 15, 2012 10:18 AM
TheFoodGospelAccordingToRuth said...

What a beautiful post! Happy 1st, 2nd and 3rd birthday indeed! May you celebrate so many more to come!

June 15, 2012 10:18 AM
Linda, Jennifer and Jaclynn said...

Happy 3rd Birthday!!
We wish you and your Mom all the best!!

June 15, 2012 10:24 AM
colleen said...

well then, Happy Happy Happy Birthday!!! here’s to 333 more happy and healthy ones!! :)

June 15, 2012 10:24 AM
Karen said...

Thank you for this life-affirming post! God bless you and your Mom with many joyful returns of the day. And yes, dear Bakerella, your blog does brighten my day each time I read it. Yours was THE FIRST blog I ever read 3 years ago when I was recuperating from my hysterectomy.

June 15, 2012 10:28 AM
Michelle G. said...

Happy Birthday!!! Yay! May you and your mom have a great day celebrating. May all of your wishes come true, today and always. You bring joy and inspiration to so many. Your blog is definitely one of my happy places. Thanks for sharing your talents with all of us xox PS: that cake is absolutely beautiful. Enjoy!

June 15, 2012 10:35 AM
Jennifer said...

Happy Birthday…how wonderful you have such a special bond with your MOM! The cake (not sure if you made it!) is so beautiful…I just love it all..the color and design!!! Hope you enjoy your day.

June 15, 2012 10:47 AM
Katrina said...

Happy Birthday! May you continue in health and happiness. Your blog is a joy to me!

June 15, 2012 10:47 AM
MaryBeth said...

That’s so cool! What a blessing to have shared that with each other – and wishing you both the best happiest and healthiest birthday(s) as you both can have!

June 15, 2012 10:49 AM
Bren said...

Happy Birthday!!! life is not always easy! And thanks for share your story, you are such a great inspiration for me at this time of my life, when I am going through a difficult time. Greetings from Mexico, P.S. I love desserts and mostly your cake pops, it really inspired me to studying for pastry chef.

June 15, 2012 10:54 AM
lisa schiffman said...

Happy, happy birthday! Having met your amazing mom, the photo and post pretty much = big lump in throat. I shed a happy tear for you both today. Thank you for sharing–and for the beautiful photo, and for the special life-force that you bring to the world. xo Lisa

June 15, 2012 11:16 AM
Miriam Ehrler said...

Happy 3rd birthday from Honduras, Central America!!! You are an example of NEVER GIVE UP!! there is so much to celebrate today, I bless your Mom for her unconditional love!!! many more years to come for you!! let’s celebrate!!!

June 15, 2012 11:17 AM
Jenny said...

Wow- what a story! Happy 3rd Birthday!

June 15, 2012 11:27 AM
Sosheil said...

Happiest of birthdays, this 3rd year of blessed life! Your mother is your angel and her love is endless. Thank you for sharing your precious talents, humor and life. Know that you are much loved by all, Bakerella! Cheers and let’s get on with that FABULOUS looking cake – yum!!!

June 15, 2012 11:39 AM
Miranda said...

Happy Birthday! Your story is so wonderful and thank you for sharing it. I hope everyone will think long and hard about becoming an organ donor!!!

June 15, 2012 11:40 AM
Rochelle Walker said...

such a lovely, uplifting message! happy “birthday”. your mom sounds like an amazing woman…and you obviously are amazing as well…

June 15, 2012 11:42 AM
Alison said...

What a heart-warming story. Thank you for reminding us that no matter what we are going through, we always can count on those we love. Having a daughter of my own, I can truly understand how special your relationship is. Take care!

June 15, 2012 12:00 PM
mommbsta said...

Mothers hold their children’s hands for a short while, but their hearts forever….

lovely cake and a lovelier reasons for celebrations – happy birthday for you, your mom and to all donars and recipients of hope.

June 15, 2012 12:25 PM
Meghan @ Domestic Sugar said...

I cried when I read the signature (Me and my mom’s kidney). Beautiful! Have a wonderful Birthday!

June 15, 2012 12:28 PM
Diane said...

Happy, happy 3rd B’day!!! You and your positiveness are an inspiration to us all!!! Blessings to you and your great Mom for a wonderful celebration of life!!!

June 15, 2012 12:38 PM
morgana said...


June 15, 2012 12:57 PM
Brenda said...

HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO YOU! Modern medicine is truly a miracle. You and your mom should have 2 slices of cake!

June 15, 2012 01:01 PM
Coco said...

That frosting is gorgeous! And your mom is beautiful.
Happy 3rd birthday and thanks for sharing your sweet story!

June 15, 2012 01:13 PM
ivonne said...

Felidicades por el don de la vida. Gracias a Dios , pues El es el que ha hecho estos milagros en tu vida. El te ama mucho. Un beso

Costa Rica

June 15, 2012 01:44 PM
Mercè said...

Happy Birthday!!!

June 15, 2012 01:44 PM
Shannon said...

Happy Birthday! I look forward to “spending” many more with you . You are an inspiration in many ways!

June 15, 2012 01:50 PM
Lori C. said...

Oh Angie, God bless you both! You and your precious Mom are an amazing couple of Godly women!

June 15, 2012 01:57 PM
Tina said...

Happy Birthday! What a great story!

June 15, 2012 02:02 PM
Theresa said...

Happy Birthday and Thank You for sharing your ideas and tips with us! Continued good health! I “toast” you with a sweet treat!!

June 15, 2012 02:09 PM
Jenny said...

Happy 3rd life birthday! It sure is a day to celebrate! I think it’s so amazing that your mom did that for you. I love when people have such a great bond with their mothers like myself :)

June 15, 2012 02:14 PM
Suzanne said...

Happy 3rd Birthday. May you enjoy many, many more!!!

June 15, 2012 02:25 PM
Jill said...

Happy Birthday, Angie and mom’s kidney!! And many, MANY more to come!!! Much love to you always!! XO

June 15, 2012 02:56 PM
Cathy said...

Beautiful story. Happy Birthday and may you have many more!!!!

June 15, 2012 03:15 PM
Christina Main said...

Well a VERY Happy Birthday to you!!! Amazing! <3

June 15, 2012 03:24 PM
Mia said...

Happy 3rd Birthday! ^-^ Now I have somebody I can think of, when I celebrate my own. This year on the 14th I celebrated being a quarter century on this world! ;-) I hope you celebrated your birthday nicely! ^-^

June 15, 2012 03:28 PM
Robin Nevin said...

We are beyond happy that you are thriving and healthy! Your story is inspirational and as a mom of 3 myself I’m sure your mom would do it 10 times over again if needed because that’s what a mom’s love is for! Many blessings to you and your mom on this celebratory day!

June 15, 2012 03:48 PM
Jennifer Reichman said...

Happy 3rd Birthday!!! To you and your mom’s kidney!!!! What an amazing gift life is!

June 15, 2012 03:58 PM
Tanya said...

Happy birthday ! Can not believe it has been a year ! I wish you and you mum all the best . You story and your site bring So much inspiration to my life so thank you . Habe a wonderful day

June 15, 2012 04:10 PM
Lucia said...

HaPPy BirthDAY!!!
This is truely a special day to celebrate! such a special gift your mom has given you! And as others have said, you ARE an inspiration to others, not just with your baking but thru your life story! Having my husband recovering from his 2nd kidney transplant, I certainly celebrate this milestone with you and know how much it means!

June 15, 2012 04:17 PM
Wanda said...

Happy birthday what a wonderful life story you have. God bless you (plus your 1st donor and your mom too), my birthday was the 13th of this month too. We were celebration life too!
Enjoy yourself & have many more blessings & memories to share!

June 15, 2012 04:21 PM
Karen said...

Happy Birthday!!! 3 Birthdays a year to celebrate and be grateful for the generosity of others!

June 15, 2012 04:22 PM
Rachel said...

Happy birthday! May you and your mother celebrate many more :)

June 15, 2012 04:43 PM
Kelly Atkins said...

Happy birthday and BIG THANKS from all of us, your fans, to your mom! That cake looks delicious. I hope you both enjoyed every bite!

June 15, 2012 05:31 PM
Evelyn said...

Awwww…congrats. Your mom is an angel on earth. She certainly loves you like crazy. Cute picture.

June 15, 2012 05:38 PM
s said...

Angie, you are the most beautiful and generous person. What a sweet photo of you and your mom.

Everyone should celebrate every day of life.

June 15, 2012 06:02 PM
Joan said...

Happy, happy birthday, and love to you and your mom!

June 15, 2012 07:10 PM
Ashley said...

Happy 3rd Birthday! I hope you have many more to come!
p.s. I HAVE to know how you did that ruffle on the cake!

June 15, 2012 07:17 PM
Jammies said...

Happy third birthday!

June 15, 2012 08:12 PM
Cindy Bohl said...

What would we all do without talented Bakerella!! You look awesome by the way!! What a loving mom you have!! Hats off to both of you!! And Happy Happy Birthday!!!

June 15, 2012 08:26 PM
Tammie Perry said...

So happy you and your mom are doing good and that you are celebrating such a wonderful milestone. Your creations are so inspiring. Heres to many more beautiful years to come!!!

June 15, 2012 08:32 PM
Mary said...

I remember last year when you wrote about getting ready for the surgery. I’m so glad you and your mom are doing well. Hope you had a great day!

June 15, 2012 08:41 PM
CS said...

I’m still so happy your transplant turned out well! You have been my favorite blogger for years!

June 15, 2012 09:56 PM
The Partiologist said...

Wishing you and your mom a happy 3rd birthday and many many more!

June 15, 2012 10:40 PM
Marie M.C. said...

Happy Birthday to you and your mother and your mother’s kidney. May you all celebrate many, many, many more birthday’s together.

June 15, 2012 11:25 PM
Tanya said...

Happy Late 3rd Birthday! We share birthdays! Except yours is your third and mine is my second. My surgery was last June 14th too! :-)

June 16, 2012 02:08 AM
cheyenne said...

yayy! happy third :)
xo, cheyenne

June 16, 2012 06:19 AM
Lori Bowring Michaud said...

So glad that you are feeling so well! Our beautiful 19 year old son was an organ and tissue donor 8 years ago. We pray every day that the folks whose lives he saved are happy, healthy and whole.

June 16, 2012 06:40 AM
Tammy said...

Happy 3rd Birthday from Orlando FL ! I am so touched by your post! I wish you and your mom many many many bithrdays to come. You are amazing! thanks for sharing your talent on this blog. This cake looks awesome!! Love the decoration!!

June 16, 2012 08:30 AM
Marilyn said...

Congratulations! Huge Happy Birthday wishes are sent your way! Thank you for all your positive energy…you are a breath of fresh air…you are so blessed and so are we!

June 16, 2012 09:35 AM
Dawn said...

Happy 3rd Birthday!!!!!

June 16, 2012 10:03 AM
Debbie said...

Happy Birthday to both of you!!! Thanks for all the sweets you share with us!! God bless you and your Mom!!

June 16, 2012 10:16 AM
Kelly said...

are you going to show us how to make that fantastic cake?

June 16, 2012 10:31 AM
Noora Abdulla said...

Happy birthday , wish you many years of health :))) may your days be always happy just like how I feel looking at your blog :))))))

June 16, 2012 11:20 AM
Heidi said...

Thank you for sharing your ups and downs with us. Happy Birthday and so glad you are doing so well!

June 16, 2012 11:24 AM
Deborah said...

A wonderful story of love and life. Congratulations to you and your mom!!!!!!!!! I hope your day was wonderful and your cake delicious! Deborah

June 16, 2012 11:38 AM
Tikina said...

Happy B-Day! XOXOfrom Croatia

June 16, 2012 11:50 AM
Shannon said...

Happy Day to you!!! What a wonderful day to be celebrating!!!

June 16, 2012 11:52 AM
Elizabeth Rivera said...

What a fantastic reason to celebrate! Not that we need reasons to eat cake ;) Many happy wishes to you on your 3rd Birthday!

June 16, 2012 02:40 PM
nikki said...


June 16, 2012 02:42 PM
pinkslppr said...

And may you and your Mom as well as the kidney she gave, have many more years together in happiness and joy. God Bless you, Angie! (Bakerella!) You continually bless others!

June 16, 2012 02:53 PM
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