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

Ali said...

Happy Birthday! That’s definitely something worth celebrating. I’m glad you’re doing well. The cake is beautiful also. How in the world did you frost it like that?

June 16, 2012 02:57 PM
Christine Witt (Brush Dance) said...

Congratulations and Happy Third Birthday!

June 16, 2012 04:04 PM
Janet said...

Happy Anniversary to you & your mom. I, too, have 3 such days–birthday in September, 1st kidney/panc transplant in October, 2nd kidney transplant in July!! We are truly blessed.

June 16, 2012 04:32 PM
antonella said...

Se adesso posso farti gli auguri anche oltre oceano è perchè sei una ragazza speciale che brilla di luce propria così forte fino ad arrivare anche nella mia Italia.

June 16, 2012 04:58 PM
Lauren said...

How delightful. Lots to celebrate! And yes, your site DOES bring me happiness! Thanks for all your hard work on it – I so enjoy seeing the beautiful things you make.

June 16, 2012 06:23 PM
deb said...

Congratulations and best wishes to you. I’m so happy you’ve recovered so well. Goddess bless you both. xoxoxoxoxoxox

June 16, 2012 11:07 PM
Vivi said...

Happy 3rd birthday !!!

it´s got nothing to do with your b-day, but it looks like you´ve come a long way from the pink cake pops (the ones at the top of the page) and your bluebird c-pops. the chocolate coating is flawless. what´s the secret?

June 16, 2012 11:56 PM
Natasha said...

Happy Birthday! May you and your kidney see many many more. xx

June 17, 2012 06:59 AM
beatriz said...

Happy 3rd B-day!!! XOXO for you and your mom!

June 17, 2012 07:32 AM
mindy1 said...

Awww may you have many more birthdays :D :D the cake looks good :D

June 17, 2012 08:26 AM
Laura said...

Wow, congrats on a very special birthday. Yes you have an amazing mom. Hope you celebrate many more. Yes, love your blog too.

June 17, 2012 09:29 AM
May said...

Happy Birthday!

Thank you to your Mom!

June 17, 2012 11:55 AM
Jen M O said...

Happy Birthday! I love your cake. Congratulations to your Mom again for being so wonderful.

June 17, 2012 04:28 PM
Jeanie Hamamura said...

happy belated b-day!!!

love the piping on this cake!! how did you do it?? it’s beautiful!

June 17, 2012 05:52 PM
Jean Evans said...

Happy Birthday!!!!! LOVE, love the cake. You need a demo on that one.

June 17, 2012 10:24 PM
Nicoletta said...

Happy third birthday!! Your story is amazing!! I’m so glad in the world there are so many generous people. I’e been through a transplant with my son, it was only 5 weeks old and needed a liver transplant. Thanks to another mum that lost his toddler son another chance to live has been given to my little boy. Unfortunately he didn’t make anyway and after a few weeks he became an angel. But is so important to encourage people to donate organs. Thank you for your post!

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June 17, 2012 10:52 PM
vishaljeet12 said...

I love your story! happy b-day!

June 18, 2012 03:07 AM
Hollie@MiaFleur said...

This is my first time to your blog, but what an inspiring story to put everything into perspective. Happy third birthday!

Looking forward to having a look around the rest of your lovely blog.


June 18, 2012 05:44 AM
Beata said...

Happy birthday and happy healthy life!!!!

June 18, 2012 07:18 AM
Carol Poluan said...

An inspiring & touching testimony. Blessings from Indonesia.

June 18, 2012 07:21 AM
nancy k. said...

Such a wonderful post today. I wish you and your mom many , many years of future Happy B Day celebrations.
The cake is lovely…I am sure it was well enjoyed!

June 18, 2012 07:37 AM
Louise Basgall said...

Happy 3rd Birthday! May you celebrate many, many more… your talent and good spirit is an inspiration to everyone!

June 18, 2012 08:26 AM
Laura K. said...

Yay!!! Happy 1st of your 3rd birthday :-)

June 18, 2012 08:54 AM
Jennifer Reil said...

Happy 3rd Birthday! You and your mom deserve that gorgeous cake. Here’s to many more to come!!

June 18, 2012 09:51 AM
jakala said...

cool cake

June 18, 2012 10:27 AM
Mel G said...

Happy birthday Angie and your mum’s kidney…. I didn’t realise it at the time, but June 14th is my birthday too!! I’ll think of you as I blow out the candle(s). xx

June 18, 2012 10:27 AM
Maricel Q said...

Happy Birthday to you and your Mommy! I am so glad you give us such nice reminders of what we need to cherish each day, and sometimes it’s simply that we have a chance to live again for today. What a gorgeous colorful cake! You both deserve a party! Enjoy.

June 18, 2012 10:38 AM
Kristen @ Sugar & Love said...

Happy 3rd birthday!!!! Here’s to many more years of great health and delicious treats!!!

June 18, 2012 10:39 AM
Luisa said...

I love anything you do because you have “the gift”
thank you and thank to your lovely dear Mother
When I need a “lift” I come to your blog and then I feel fine
Luisa, Rome – Italy

June 18, 2012 11:34 AM
Becky said...

What a wonderful day to celebrate Hope you and your mom have a great day!

June 18, 2012 12:06 PM
Virginia said...

Thank you for being such an inspiration. I am so happy for you and your positivity through all of your journeys.

June 18, 2012 03:31 PM
Brenda said...

What a heart felt story. Happy Birthday!!!

June 18, 2012 04:38 PM
Marina(the baker) said...

Happy 3rd “birthdayy”! I love the cake. Very nice color and decoration. So glad your still doing a blog.

June 18, 2012 05:21 PM
terri said...

congrats! lots to celebrate! june 14th is my bday also and it is also flag day! yayyyy! your mom is beautiful! love the pic of you two! happy special days to you! xoxo

June 18, 2012 07:43 PM
julie said...

Congratulations! A lot to be thankful for! You deserve a big slice of that beautiful cake! I love the frosting, how did you do the ribbon effect? Have a great celebration.

June 18, 2012 09:08 PM
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June 18, 2012 09:17 PM
Cincycoffeemom said...

Here’s to many more sugary sweet days filled with icing, sprinkles and of course chocolate. Praise God for mom’s selfless love and for His selfless love which cannot be compared to. She gave you life on this earth but He gives you eternal life. Blessings

June 19, 2012 09:02 AM
Karen said...

Happy Birthday to you and your wonderful kidneys! Your mom has given you the gift of life twice, and I hope you both enjoy your cake as you celebrate.

June 19, 2012 05:55 PM
Anonymous said...

Happy birthday! <3

June 19, 2012 06:05 PM
Eileen said...

I stop by your blog every so often. Love your post on marshmallows, which I have been wanting to make for a long time. so glad I backtracked to read this post and hear about your third birthday. So amazing! You are very blessed and you seem to give the love right back out. I am sooo glad that your health is better. Many blessings to you and your mom going forward and I enjoyed seeing the photo of the two of you together when you were little. So cute!

June 19, 2012 06:12 PM
kiki said...

Happy birthday! I am glad you are doing well you and your mom!

June 20, 2012 02:03 AM
Melissa said...

Best wishes for continued good health and happiness to you and your mom!

June 20, 2012 02:15 AM
nagehan said...

Happy 3rd! and many many many more!!!!

June 20, 2012 09:46 AM
Hawley said...

Happy birthday :)

June 20, 2012 12:09 PM
Nicola said...

Congratulations to you and your mom from the UK on reaching this special day. Thank-you for brightening many peoples lives with you blog and book (which is fantastic by the way!)

I hope you celebrate many more birthdays and thanks to all those who choose to become organ donors because it really is the gift of life!

June 20, 2012 03:53 PM
mikky said...

I am late reading this, but I just wanted to say congrats. It feels just like yesterday I was reading about your preparation for the transplant. Boy does time fly. I am so happy everything turned out great. You have a fantastic Mom and I love your blog and creativity so I am super relieved that you are doing great. Here`s to going from strength to strength and wishing you continued health.

June 20, 2012 06:02 PM
Debby J said...

Happy Belated 3rd Birthday!! I remember following your blog last year when you were going in to surgery and keeping up with your recovery. You are truly blessed. Wishing you and your mom much happiness.

June 20, 2012 10:08 PM
Laura and Denise said...

Wow, that is the power of love right there. Glad to read about this miracle.

June 21, 2012 05:45 PM
Kristin said...

Your mom celebrates the day most of all because she got to give her daughter life not once, but twice. Knowing she could give her daughter the gift of ongoing life must make her heart soar every day. So many parents want to do something to help their children and they can’t but I am sure just seeing you continue to shine and create and smile your beautiful smile is all she ever needs for the rest of her life.

June 21, 2012 06:38 PM
Raegan DeWitt said...

That picture of your mom holding you made me tear up a bit. Happy day to the both of you.

June 22, 2012 01:14 AM
Michele said...

Happy Birthday! Enjoy some cake and more!

June 22, 2012 12:42 PM
Tracey A said...

The Gft of Life Celebration is a beautiful day. If you remember me, my late husband was a fourth transplant recipient.He was blessed to have his last kidney for almost 10 years. Wishing you always great numbers!
Love Tracey a

June 23, 2012 10:34 AM
tash said...

Thats so kind of your mum!Happy birthday=)

June 24, 2012 05:16 AM
dawn aka coffeefrappe said...

Love you. Love your site. Love your story. I am tech in a dialysis center so I know how rare it is to get 1 transplant let alone 2. So wish your story was the story for all of my patients. Keep honoring your birthdays sweet lady!

June 24, 2012 11:42 AM
Rachel Paz said...

We my husband and I donated organs from our beloved daughter that died long time ago, and never heard about the person that received this pricles gift of life. It is comforting to know that somene have good life becouse of this. Ofcourse your mom is like God that gave you life again, I would do the same for my daugther. All the best to you and your family, be sweet as you are and we only benefit from your sweet talent of yours.I bought your book and I love your blog

June 24, 2012 11:59 AM
Tanisha said...

Happy Birthday to you, Sure glad your still here to share your creativity with us, Wish you & your amazing mom many more to come. God Bless!

June 24, 2012 11:05 PM
Mary-Anne said...

Hi Bakerella! Happy Birthday! I can’t believe it’s been an entire year already!?! Anyways, I am also thankful your mommy donated her kidney to you. That way, we can still experience your beautiful blog! :) Many blessings to you and your mom! :D

June 25, 2012 02:37 AM
Isabella said...

Happy “3rd” Birthday! A beautiful post.

I too have had multiple “1st” birthdays each time they removed cancer from my body. Wishing you well, health and happiness.

June 25, 2012 05:58 PM
Kelly Mullaney said...

Happy belated birthday!
Thank you for sharing your talent for sweetness. All the best for many years to come

June 26, 2012 12:56 PM
Janice said...

What a wonderful story. May you have many more years of good health!

June 26, 2012 04:12 PM
minnie said...

happy happy happy birthday!!! estoy muy feliz por ti… eres muy especial…

June 26, 2012 09:08 PM
sweetsugarbelle said...

You are a blessing and an inspiration! Happy birthday, Angie! We love you!

June 27, 2012 02:09 AM
marla said...

YAY is right!! You and your mom deserve all the hugs in the world and this amazing 3rd birthday party CAKE. Thrilled to enjoy this celebration of life with you both. I am so happy for your health and happiness, may it continue on with great JOY!! (( hugs ))

June 27, 2012 09:45 PM
Kim said...

This story is amazing! I work for the Organ Procurement Org here in St. Louis (MTS) and this gives me the motivation to be better and work harder. Thank you.

June 27, 2012 10:47 PM
TamaraL said...

Happy Birthday and Congratulations! Your mom is an amazing and wonderful person. So glad she was able to give you the gift of life!!

June 28, 2012 10:35 PM
Marina said...

Congratulations and Many Happy Returns from your Argentinian fan!!

July 6, 2012 07:36 PM
Carrie said...

I’m so thankful to the person who donated their kidney. those genorous people that are willing to give up ONE OF THEIR OWN BODY PARTS are the kind of people I respect and admire

July 10, 2012 12:28 AM
Isabel said...

Sorry… I’m a bit late, but… HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!!!!!!!!!!!

July 19, 2012 01:27 PM
mitzi said...

Happy Happy Birthday!

August 5, 2012 06:33 PM
Sherri D. said...

Happy Birthday! I remember praying for you and your Mom last year as you went through the surgery. Glad things are going well! I’ve been behind the times a bit since returning from the mission field with the family after completing our 4-year term in March and the computer crashing! Finally, getting all my favorites loaded back in…that would be you!!

August 24, 2012 01:47 PM
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