Monday, March 18, 2013

Birthday Dinner...

It was Angela's birthday just over a week ago and that was a good excuse to have everyone over for dinner & dessert. Here are a few photos from the evening:
We had a salad bar buffet with several kinds of homemade bread - Yumm!
This little guy was enjoying his dinner!
Jessica, Timothy & Baby B.
Cousins playing!
Looks like the party is over for this little guy!
The birthday girl enjoying cheesecake with her hubby!

Wednesday, March 13, 2013

The Wedding Chain...

We have a tradition in our family, at least I think it could be considered a tradition as this is the fourth time it has happened. When one of the kids has gotten engaged, Naomi has made a paper chain to count down the days until the wedding. The soon-to-be bride or groom gets to tear a link off each day and we all watch the chain grow shorter. This visual reminder has the ability to create joy (look how few days are left!) or anxiety (look how much we have left to do in so few days!) or discouragement ( look how looong it still is!), all depending on who is looking at it.

This tradition was born out of a practice we used with the children when they were younger and they were anticipating a big event, like a birthday or vacation, but didn't yet have a very good concept of days or weeks or months. The count down chain gave them a visual calendar of "how long" it was until the special day. So of course when Melody got engaged 4 1/2 years ago and Naomi was to be a flower girl, that was definitely an occasion for a count down chain! Thus the tradition of the wedding chain was begun. Naomi, now 10 is quite proficient at using calendars, but she still eagerly made a chain when Timothy announced his wedding date. This time she even made a matching chain for Jessica to count down at her house. We tease them, that if someone accidentally forgets to tear off a link, they may not both show up for the wedding on the same day =D

Someday I expect Naomi will be making a chain for her own wedding, and I will be the one sadly watching each link disappear!

Sunday, March 10, 2013

Thirty Two Years Ago ...

Thirty two years ago today, I gave birth to my first child. She was so tiny and perfect; I had no idea that sweet, tiny little baby would grow to be such a beautiful, devoted daughter and a dear friend. We struggled through all those "firsts" together, as is the fate of all first-born children. She was stubborn, independent and tenacious, and while all those adjectives still describe her character, today she applies them with grace and wisdom. She is devoted to her husband, family and friends. She was born to organize, and there is no finer seamstress. Above all she lives to know and serve God.

In a few short months she will welcome her own first-born into the world. I pray that she will be as blessed as I have been.

Today is a reminder to me of how blessed I am!

Happy Birthday, Angela!

Thursday, March 7, 2013

Sure Signs of Spring!

There are lots of signs of Spring as I look into our backyard...
The quince is in bloom...
A clump of daffodils have opened...
The plum tree is in flower...
And the garden beds are getting rototilled!

Saturday, March 2, 2013

A Day at the Beach...

 Yesterday we enjoyed a beautiful day at the beach, thanks to Naomi! Recently she got all her multiplication facts through 12 memorized and for her reward she got to choose a Friday outing. She decided she wanted to go to the beach with a stop at the Wild Flour Bakery on the way out for some yummy bread (we got a loaf each of Fougasse and Sticky Bun). It was one of the most beautiful days I have spent at the beach - warm, sunny and calm.

We all came home a little sun burned!

 Lucas spent most of the afternoon digging a pit. He assured us that if he'd had enough time he would have emerged somewhere off the coast of Australia!
I couldn't resist this picture! Angela was busy taking a photo, and the sun behind her created a silhouette showing how nicely our next grand baby is growing! :)