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

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  1. 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!!

  2. Happy Happy Birthday!

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

  4. 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

  5. Congratulations and Many Happy Returns from your Argentinian fan!!

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

  7. 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.

  8. 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 ))

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

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

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

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

  13. 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.

  14. 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

  15. 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!

  16. 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

  17. 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!

  18. Thats so kind of your mum!Happy birthday=)

  19. 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

  20. Happy Birthday! Enjoy some cake and more!

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

  22. 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.

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

  24. 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.

  25. 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.

  26. 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!

  27. Happy birthday :)

  28. Happy 3rd! and many many many more!!!!

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

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

  31. 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!

  32. Happy birthday! <3

  33. 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.

  34. 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

  35. YAY!!! HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!! ^_^

  36. 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.

  37. 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

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

  39. What a heart felt story. Happy Birthday!!!

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

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

  42. 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

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

  44. 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.

  45. 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

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

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

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

  49. 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!

  50. An inspiring & touching testimony. Blessings from Indonesia.

  51. Happy birthday and happy healthy life!!!!

  52. 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.


  53. I love your story! happy b-day!

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  55. 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!

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

  57. happy belated b-day!!!

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

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

  59. Happy Birthday!

    Thank you to your Mom!

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

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

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

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

  64. 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?

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

  66. 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.

  67. 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.

  68. 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.

  69. Congratulations and Happy Third Birthday!

  70. 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?

  71. 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!

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

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

  74. Happy B-Day! XOXOfrom Croatia

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

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

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

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

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

  80. Happy 3rd Birthday!!!!!

  81. 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!

  82. 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!!

  83. 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.

  84. yayy! happy third :)
    xo, cheyenne

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

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

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

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

  89. 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!

  90. 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!!!

  91. 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!!!

  92. Happy third birthday!

  93. 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!

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

  95. 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.

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

  97. 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!

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

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

  100. 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!

  101. 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!

  102. 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

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

  104. 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!

  105. 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! ^-^

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

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

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

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

  110. 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 :)

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

  112. Happy Birthday! What a great story!

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

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

  115. Happy Birthday!!!

  116. 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

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

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

  119. HAPPY BIRTH DAY !!!!

  120. 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!!!

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

  122. 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.

  123. 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!

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

  125. 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!!!

  126. 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!!!

  127. Wow- what a story! Happy 3rd Birthday!

  128. 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!!!

  129. 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

  130. 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.

  131. 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!

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

  133. 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.

  134. 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!

  135. 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.

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

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

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

  139. Happy Birthday Angie!!

    That is truly amazing!

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

  140. Happy ReBirthday!

  141. :) Happy 3rd Birthday!

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

  143. 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.)

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

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

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

  147. Happy 3rd birthday!!!

  148. 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!

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

  150. 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.

  151. 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.

  152. Congratulations both and enjoy many more blessed years!

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

  154. Happy 3rd birthday for the first time!

  155. 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!)

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

  157. 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!!

  158. 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!!

  159. 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!!!

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

  161. Happy 3rd Birthday!!

  162. “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!!!

  163. 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!

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

  165. 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!

  166. So happy for you both, Angie!!

  167. 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.

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

  169. 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!

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