Rose Tea Cottage

Where tea is served at half past four




Christopher darling, twenty-two years ago, on a windy March evening, you came to be. From the moment you were born, you took my breath away. I knew then God had sent me a blessing. For you, I thank Him everyday, you are precious in every way.

I love you for so many reasons. Here are twenty two of them ...

For the man you turned out to be
For your love of family
For the way you care and love your sister
For treating your grandpa in the kind way you do
For your loyalty to friends
For the respect you have towards others
For your sense of humour
For all your accomplishments
For your desire to succeed
For your honesty
For your contagious smile
For giving so much and asking for so little
For always being there to lend a helping hand
For dreaming big
For never quitting
For the way your face lights up at the mention of food
For your desire to help the less fortunate
For looking at life with colour glasses
For wanting to improve the world
For your generosity
For your gentleness and yet for your strength
For rising each morning with a smile on your face


Happy Birthday Christopher
I love you with all my heart




90 comments:

Mayflower said...

Hello dear Duchess, congratulations with the birthday of your son Christopher. I wish you a day full of happiness.
Warm regards, Mea

Hetty Summers said...

Happy Birthday Christopher ♥♥♥

Duchess this is such a precious post. It brought tears to my eyes. The love you have for your son is so apparent, it is written all over this lovely post.

Wishing you and your son a very joyous day.

Hetty xx

Michela said...

Duchess, what a sweet mummy you are! Many Birthday wishes to your beloved Son! xxxxx

Nora Johnson said...

Congrats to yr son!

And a wonderful day to you both, dear Duchess!

XOXO Nora & Lola:)

bekimarie said...

Beautiful, you have bought tears to my eyes.

Happy Birthday Christopher

Beki xxx

rosenrot said...

Ersteinmal gratuliere ich Christopher zu seinem Geburtstag ganz herzlich und wünsche Ihm alles Liebe und Gute für seine Zukunft!
Dann muss ich Dir, liebe Duchess, ein großes Kompliment machen für die wunderschöne Geburtstagsdeko und die Verpackung und Präsentation der Geschenke... alles mit sehr viel Liebe hergerichtet, ich bin begeistert!
liebe Grüße
Marlies

Fabiana said...

Tutto favoloso!!!! vero amore di mamma!!!! passare da te è sempre magico...

Isobel said...

Happy Birthday to your son, dear Duchess. I wish him a wonderful day!
xx

Dustjacket Attic said...

Oh pass on my best wishes to Christopher.

What a man he turned out to be, you must be so proud.

Happy days,
xoxo

Karen Sullivan said...

Duchess what a sweet mother you are. And what beautiful way to express your love for your son. You must be very proud of him.

Happy Birthday Christopher

Dragonfly said...

Oooooh - happy birthday!! He sounds like quite a guy ;-)
Cheers, Karen

Kissed by an Angel said...

Darling Duchess, wishing Christopher a Happy Happy Birthday!!! He will have a fabulous day - how could he not with you as his mother!!!
xxxx

Heavenly Housewife said...

Happy Birthday Christopher!
*kisses* HH

Cooking with Laura said...

Duchess had I known about this very special day, I would have baked a cake for your son and posted it on my blog. Have a wonderful day.

Happy Birthday Christopher.

Laura

Patricia said...

Dear Duchess,

Conratulations with your son Christopher. I wish you all a happy day!

Love Patricia

Rachana Kothari said...

Darling Duchess, Many birthday wishes to your son!

m.e (Cathie) said...

beautiful post for your boy!
happy birthday, with lots of yummy cake & some sunshine.

Uzbe Girl said...

Fericita ziua de nastere a fiului tau Christopher.

VMcreation-fashion-studio-atelier said...

Dear,dear Duchess!!!-)***

Happy birthday Chistopher!!!

My heart go beating...

SO tender,kind and precious words speeking from you heart,my dear sweet lady Duchess!-)*
Many years,much warmly days and love for you son and you,lovely mom!!!
LOVE for you son is beautiful!!!
I can this feeling really good,because my son lievs too far from me...but enchanted love stay with you forever!-)*

Many love and hugs,

***Violetta***

Rose said...

Aww so sweet! Happy birthday to your son! I love your 22 reasons, so lovely, you must be a fabulous mother.

Rose

Maria said...

Good Morning Duchess!
and a Happy Happy Day for your son, Christopher (wonderful name ~ also the name of my husband)

Your list for him is such a gift for him and for you as well. I find when I write down my blessings ... it blesses me again!

I can see he is a blessing to you, to the whole family and to friends ~

Have a Sweet Birthday Celebration ~ Maria

Selba said...

Happy Birthday, Christopher!

And congratulation to you, Duchess.

Hugs & kisses.

Elise said...

Darling Duchess, how wonderful it must be to have a mother such as you.... have wonderful celebrations.

RosieP said...

Duchess, how wonderful, I only hope that I can say the same about my son when he is 22. Happy Birthday to Christopher.

Hugs RosieP x

JamaGenie said...

What a lovely birthday post for an obviously adored (and lucky) son! Duchess darling, you do realize *many* of the things you said about your son apply to you too!

Happy Birthday, Christopher!

xxx
JG (back in the Land of the Living - finally!)

Eileen said...

Happy, Happy Birthday to your Christopher! God's Blessings on you both!

Such a lovely tribute.
Beautiful photographs.
Beautiful post.

Joy to you both on this special day!
Love to you,
Eileen

Katy Noelle said...

He sounds like a prince! I love sons!

Love, Katy Noelle

Sandi@ Rose Chintz Cottage said...

Good morning Duchess,
What a lovely post in honour of your son! Happy Birthday Christopher! I hope you will stop by for tea sometime today, dear Duchess. Have a beautiful day.

Blessings,
Sandi

Inspiration in Italy said...

This made me tear up a little. It is just so special. What a beautiful post, dearest Duchess.

xo
Rachel

devonaz said...

What a sweet celebration to your son's 22nd birthday,,may he have many more celebrations as wonderful as this one..Happy Birthday Christopher...
Devon

C'est Moi, Julie Marie said...

Hello Duchess, happy birthday to your dear Christopher, an amazing son! Here's hoping all of his birthday wishes come true! xoxo Julie Marie

Claudia said...

Happy Birthday to Christopher! He sounds like a wonderful young man and I can tell just how proud you are of him. Blessings, Duchess!

xo
Claudia

Michael Rivers said...

Happy Birthday to Christopher!!

CARMELINA LOUNSBURY said...

What beautifully written and endearing sentiments...I actually got all choked up thinking of my own 14 year old son changing each day and watching him grow into the kind of man, hopefully, that you just described here..your son!

it was heartwarming!
thanks for sharing that part of your life too!

ciao bella...
and btw...i love it when you come by!

carmelina

Preeti Kashyap said...

This is so very cute :)

Butterfly Works said...

Darling Duchess, you are not going to believe this...my son's name is Christopher and if you check out my blog, he sent me a hugh georgeous bouquet of flowers yesterday....sounds like we both have wonderful sons who have been a blessing to each of us...Happy Birthday to your Christopher.....
Hugs and Blessings,
Butterfly

Kristin said...

That is soooo sweet!!! What a beautiful thing to do! A mothers love - I feel with you - sons are the best!

xo's

GardenofDaisies said...

Children are the best thing that ever happen to us! I sure do love mine!

Nellie's Cozy place said...

Good Morning Duchess,
What a Sweet, transparent and beautiful post. No doubt, you love your son, which is a wonderful thing, cause our children are such a blessing from the Lord!

Happy Birthday to Christopher!!

Hope you will be able to join him
in a birthday celebration as well.

A very nice tribute from a Loving and proud Mum!!
Have a great day hon,
blessings, Nellie

Susan - said...

Duchess - Happy birthday to your son and congratulations to his mum. Thank you for stopping by my site. Your Rose Tea Cottage is absolutely delicious - I will stop by often.
Best wishes,
Susan

Couture Millinery Atelier. said...

Dear Duchess, what a wonderful Birthday tribute, filled with love! Happy Birthday to Christopher - he is lucky to have you in his life. :-)
Thank you so very mcuh for your wonderful comment. :-) You know, I always read your comments with such a great pleasure! So happy you started your inspiration board! Inspiration brings nothing but light and more inspiration! Wishing you wonderful week filled with joy and Spring sun bunnies.

Tangerine Fairy said...

Duchess, the sweetest post ever..tearing up here..Happy Birthday to your son!

Jolie Rosie said...

Happy Birthday to you
Happy Birthday to you
Happy Birthday dear Christopher
Happy Birthday to you

Precious Duchess, best wishes to you on this golden day. You are a wonderful mom and a good blog friend.
Rosie xxxx

Marie Antionette said...

Happy Birthday Dear Christopher!!!
I know you will enjoy many more.
Hello Dear Duchess,
Congrats to you too for without you ...he wouldn't be here...LOL
Thsnk you for your Grace for stoping by my humble abode.Your visit made my day.
XXOO Marie Antionette

Marie Antionette said...

Happy Birthday Dear Christopher!!!
I know you will enjoy many more.
Hello Dear Duchess,
Congrats to you too for without you ...he wouldn't be here...LOL
Thsnk you for your Grace for stoping by my humble abode.Your visit made my day.
XXOO Marie Antionette

Paulina said...

Dear Duchess, what a sweet tribute to your son. Here's wishing him the happiest birthday ever :o)

God bless you and yours.

Stitch and Roses said...

Happy Birthday Christopher

You are your mom's pride and joy. She loves you more then you can imagine, just read her words. You are a lucky son, and your mom is a lucky mom to have a son like you.

Happy Birthday Christopher
Kisses
Lady A

debbie said...

OH SWEET DUCHESS,
HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO YOUR PRECIOUS CHRISTOPHER. HE SOUNDS SO LIKE MY RICHIE BUT YOU SO ELOQUENTLY PENNED A PART OF YOUR SOUL TO HIM.
OUR CHILDREN ARE THE MOST PRECIOUS GIFT WE HAVE.
YOU ARE SUCH A DEAR.
I KNOW CHRISTOPHER HAD A WONDERFUL DAY.
HUGS
LOVE
SIMPLY DEBBIE

Vintage Crown said...

Duchess wishing your son Christopher Happy Birthday, may the Lord Bless Christopher and keep him safe.
Nancy

Atelier de Charo said...

Feliz Cumpleaños Christopher!!!

You have a great Mum!!!

Xoxo
Charo

Bloomfield Country said...

Duchess how do I address your son, given the fact that he is the son of a Duchess, is he a Duke? I will refer him as Duke for now, from your description he is one.




Happy Birthday Duke Christopher

Susan
Bloomfield Country

Mimi said...

Happy Birthday to your sweet son!!!
Aren't sons so special to their Mummy's?????
My son is so special to me, he is 24, and I adore him!!!!
he makes me Proud everyday!!!!
My 2 daughters are gems as well, but Mom's and sons share a special love affair that a daughter does not fill!!!! It is so weird to explain to people who have no sons!!! Like a daughter to someone who has no daughters!!!! But easier to understand then no sons, right????
Have a very special time with your son and kiss him lots for he is Mummy's little boy always!!!!!
I always enjoy your letters, they make me smile!!!!!!
hugs to you sweet friend,
jamie

Greet said...

Congratulations with Christopher's Birthday! I enjoyed this post so much! It brought me on tears!
Beautiful ! Enjoy this day!
xx
Greet

Deanna said...

Duchess,
Plez wish your son Christopher a very heartfelt HaPpY 22nd BiRtHdAy
from across the pond in Kansas!!!
Boys are a blessing from God and you are a blessed Momma.
Sending my luv,
d

parTea lady said...

Your son Christopher sounds like a son to be proud of. Sending birthday wishes. Thanks for the lovely post.

Rosemary and Pink said...

Hello Dear Duchess, I see I am on time to help you celebrate this very special day. Happy Birthday to Christopher. May all his birthday wishes come true.

Rosemary

BonjourRomance said...

Bonjour dear Duchess,
Happy Birthday to Christopher and what a heartwarming post. What a special young man he must, but of course he is with such a marvelous mother. So sweet that he is so kind to his grandpa.
Enjoy your celebrations!

Beatnheart said...

Thank you so much for visiting me and taking the time to comment..you are such a popular girl !!! I'd love to have tea with you sometime...we'll meet at Harrods..Warm Regards, Cynthia Wolff

Carla Reeves said...

Dear Duchess,
congratulations with the birthday of your son, Prince Christopher. I have a 28 year old son, Prince Jon) and they are a blessing to their mums. You are doubly blessed having a daughter too. I adore the way you told Christopher in 22 ways how you love him. I shall remember that when my darling son's birthday comes around. Have a wonderful time celebrating. Carla

Marilyn said...

How wonderful to have a special son to celebrate 22 years. Happy Birthday to Christopher.

Maggi said...

Happy birthday Christopher!

Marlene said...

Dear Duchess, what a true blessing
your Christopher is. Wish you both a day full of happiness and lots of love.
xxxx
Marlene

Debbie said...

Oh that is so sweet! How proud you must be of an awesome son that you have raised!~ Thank you for coming over tonight! See you soon....

debi said...

Aren't they just wonderful? And such a blessing in our lives!

Happy Birthday, Christopher!!!

Heather Jensen said...

This is so sweet! I understand the love for your child. I don't think there is a greater love. My son is 10. He is the light of my life. Sounds like your Christopher is the same for you.

Have a great week. :D

Casa Bella said...

Your blog has to be the sweetest, most fun blog of all! I am a new fan. Just beautiful.

My Joy in this World said...

Duchess, Christopher must be a very special young man. We wish him a very Happy Birthday. Regards to you too Duchess for rasing such a special son.

~*~ saskia ~*~ said...

Happy Happy Birthday to Christopher! Wishing you a wonderful day. Now Duchess, the first picture is too adorable. Wow, love the yellow and white balloons! STUNNING!!
Congratulations to you too, dearest Duchess!
Saskia
xo

North West London Girl said...

Dearest Duchess, and happy birthday to Christopher. I felt so warm reading your beautiful words dedicated to your son. I have 3 sons and adore them all, they bring such joy. Sorry not to have dropped in recently, I have been a little under the weather, but all well now. xxx Have a enchanting day with your son

Rizzi said...

MY DEAR DUCHESS,
HOW FORTUNATE YOU ARE TO HAVE A WONDERFUL SON LIKE CHRISTOPHER. YOU CAN FEEL THE LOVE YOU HAVE FOR HIM IN YOUR WONDERFUL POST OF YOUR PRECIOUS SON.
HE IS AT A GREAT AGE, SO MUCH LIFE A HEAD FOR HIM. I HOPE IT WAS A JOYOUS DAY FOR ALL. LADY RIZZI

Princess Laura Lis said...

My dear Duchess:
congratulations to your son Christopher, Happy Happy Birthday Christopher!!!
This is a lovely post, you are a lovely and sweet mother, every word is love to your son. What emotional post!
Oh, my lovely Duchess have a nice day!

Paris Junk Hunter said...

What a nice post from a nice mom to a wonderful son. Happy Birthday Christopher.

Congratulations Duchess on having such a son.

Serena said...

Happy Birthday, Christopher! What a beautiful post to commemorate his birthday ~ :)

Janean said...

duchess dear, cannot add much more than what's been said. happy birthday to Christopher and to YOU. though he was the star, you had the 'supporting role' that day.

Vicki said...

Hello, dear friend,
Beautiful post!! Happy Birthday to Christopher!! He is a wonderful young man with a loving mother. Hope your week has been full of love and laughter! Vicki

Bunny, THE PARIS HOUSE said...

Hello Duchess, Happy Birthday to your son, he sounds like an amazing young man who was raised by an amazing mum!!
xoxo
Bunny

Karen said...

Just catching up on some blog reading this morning and found this post. I love your twenty two reasons, Duchess. How dear! Happy Birthday Christopher!

Queen B. said...

ooooooooo CHRISTOPHER, HAPPY, HAPPY BIRTHDAY INDEED.
Your mother gave you a beautiful name...

zurin said...

I know im a little late but I wish Your dear son a very happy birthday!!

Lucie said...

Oh what a touching post. What a lovely son you have. Hope you are keeping well Duchess. Take care, with my love Lucie x
PS Happy Birthday to your wonderful boy.

Kelly said...

Lovely poem! I hope some day I get to have children and know the joy!

Maggie said...

I know I'm a bit late, but a happy birthday to him!

Linda Higgins said...

and congratulation to you Duchess. I wish YOU a Happy Birth Day. For it was you of course that brought that bundle of joy to life! I so hope you both had a fabulous day celebrating!

Pierre Le Mont said...

Happy Birthday Christopher

grangedecharme said...

Beautiful pictures ! I love it !
I wish you a happy week-end from France !

Tania - Grange de Charme
grangedecharme.canalblog.com

michelle b said...

i had a lump in my throat and wet eyes...having two sons of my own, it gave me little goosebumps to read what a mom had to say about her amazing son...

xoxo

Shabs.. said...

hello duchess...its a long time, that i dropped in here....was going thru all ur posts.....How are u doing dear?...

skippinginthemeadow said...

such a beautiful post, now i have dried my eyes i would like to wish your lovely son a very happy 22nd bithhday with many wonderful returns xxx

Frog Hollow Farm Girl said...

Greetings dear Duchess, what wonderful loving words for a son! My sweet son just turned 30 years old last week. Your cottage on your home page is so lovely, it reminds me of the cozy cottage (was it Rose Cottage?) in the movie with Kate Winslet Jude Law and Cameron Diaz, 'The Holiday'. Thank you for your luscious comments and words in my blog - it's so exciting to have people find me and like what they see!

Summer said...

I KNOW EXACTLY HOW YOU FEEL TO HAVE A SON SUCH AS YOURS....... I TOO HAD A WONDERFUL BABY BOY WHO 27 YEARS AGO WHO TURNED INTO ONE OF THE MOST FASCINATING AND LOVING YOUNG MEN I KNOW .... I CHERISH HIM AS HE IS MY ONLY CHILD ....I SIMPLY LOVED YOUR BLOG AND WILL TRY TO GET BACK TO IT AGAIN !!GOOD DAY TO YOU!

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