Kathie Lee Gifford, Frank Gifford: Her First Shared Birthday Without Him

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Kathie Lee Gifford and her late husband Frank Gifford--who passed away last Sunday at the age of 84--shared more than just a marriage and two children--Cody and Cassidy Gifford. They shared a birthday, too. On Sunday, August 16, Kathie Lee celebrates her first birthday solo since marrying Frank back in 1986.

Turning 62 today, Kathie Lee Gifford is no doubt experiencing yet another taste of the bittersweet. Frank would have been 85 today, but she realizes she was blessed to have had a long life with him. She concentrates on that more so than on the fact that he is gone.

Hoda Kotb is Kathie Lee's good friend, and her co-host of the fourth hour of The Today Show. Hoda honored both her dear friends via Twitter on Sunday.

The Today Show made sure to remember Kathie Lee's birthday.

It is probably difficult for Kathie Lee and Frank Gifford's children--Cody and Cassidy Gifford--to celebrate only their mom's birthday today. They likely have grown up enjoying a double birthday celebration each year on August 16.

Kathie Lee Gifford has clung to her strong faith as a means of navigating these days of grief and sorrow. Earlier on the birthday she long shared with Frank, she posted a Scripture verse--one she no doubt thought of throughout the day.

Surely Kathie Lee Gifford will have bouts of sadness in the midst of her optimism. It's only natural. However keeping her focus on her blessings rather than on her grief will no doubt play a huge role in her getting through her recent loss.

Fans are no doubt awaiting Kathie Lee's return to The Today Show. Hoda is, too. She was forced to share Winesday Wednesday--Kathie Lee Gifford's favorite day of the week--with Matt Lauer last week.

Kimberly Ripley
Kimberly Ripley is a freelance writer and published author from Portsmouth, New Hampshire. A wife, mom of five and 'Nana' to Lilly and Aiden, she loves cooking for her big family and watching HGTV in her spare time. Kim is guilty of starting way more home design projects than she can finish. Visit her at Twitter and Facebook.