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It’s A Go!

I saw this idea on… Pillows A-La-Mode… It had been done by her daughter-in-law

I just loved it!…

and immediately knew I would be making one for my daughter-in-law

You see… my son and her have bought a new home… and I thought it would make a great house warming gift plus birthday presentu15530543

They moved in today and her Birthday is Sunday…

I looked for a star to make it with and was about to order one off of the internet when this metal one was found marked down at a dollar store… It was quite nice… the size I wanted… 14″ X 14″… also had a Welcome Sign ( 10″ long) at the bottom… hung with small chains…

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This was going to work perfectly!

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No matter what color or design on it… because it would be covered with lots of photos

I went through all of my photos deciding on which ones would be good for this project…

I included of course the 3 kids… “Mom and Dad”… Uncle Doug… my daughter-in-law’s parents… Wickett, their puppy and both my husband and I…

This is who our “Little Family” consist of…

I printed out the photos on white paper…

It was to be a collage of photos of our family decoupaged with Mod Podge… a type of craft glue that adheres so well and also coats and makes the surface glisten…

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After cutting and taping the 100+ photos to the star on all points… I glued them and coated them with the glue… Yes, it took a little time… but, oh so worth it!…

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One point of the star designated for each Grandchild of mine… and the rest scattered photos of the rest of us…

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This glue is some marvelous stuff… I hadn’t tried this technique for many years… but, my heads a spinnin‘ about other things to cover…

I love it!… and usually I’m my own worst critic

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Even, my other son and husband gave me kudos for this project… and if they give their approval… I usually say, “It’s a go!”

It’s My Birthday!…and my son’s and my cousin’s…

Memory…

It’s 9:00 am in the morning…

and I have already received 10 messages

wishing me a “Happy Birthday” k9066971

Is that not the most wonderful feeling!…

I’ve actually had many messages… calls k8705702 … etc. … this past week…

To be remembered is the best gift anyone could give me…

Presents are nice…

Cards are great…

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but, heartfelt words… mean so much…

In a few minutes I will be calling my baby boy39 years old today also!…

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What a present  k0964640 he was… and a joy now!…

My cousin will be called later in the morning…

We share our birthday  k4394957 also…

I think that has really made us have a special bond

What does this day have in store?…

I really don’t know…

We’ve been out to eat already with my son/family…

So it might be just a stay at home day… Cold here in the Bluegrass State…

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But, whatever comes… I will be grateful and feel blessed for another year!

Oh, my!…  My Bobby just surprised me with these beautiful flowers and a card… What a day!… and it’s only 9:44am…

and my son just called

and my oldest Granddaughter texted me…We have a date for us to get a “little” tatoo together… it’s “our” thing!

What a wonderful day!

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My Birthday Lasts For Days!

Gift…

k9066971 My birthday is not until Tuesday… but, with others working … it’s better for us to get together on the weekend

My son’s birthday is also mine… Yes, he was my birthday present k096464039 years ago… Oh my!…

I also have a cousin whose birthday is the same day… I’m 3 hours older than her and we were born in the same hospital k6814532… She lives out-of-town… so we will be phone calling each other aHappy Birthdayk8705702

My daughter-in-law’s mother’s 121122_012 birthday was last weekend… They were sick… so we were celebrating all together last night…

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My son’s…

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chose “Rooster’s”… a sports bar restaurant … U of L and KY were playing … so it was quite crowded… Red and Blue T-shirts abounded…

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By the time we were seated at a big corner table that held all 9 of us… Louisville had won and Kentucky had lost… Bitter-sweet for fans…

coloprogramtee-2thumbSame State… but, great rivals!…

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My Grandson loves Hot Wings like his Dad… wonder why???… and Kennedy “No WAY!”…

just like her Mom…

thumbnail_wings Rooster’s Specialty!

While waiting for our order… Some gifts were exchanged… I received a KOHL”S gift card and some Vera Wang Earrings… so pretty… silver bird design with aqua blue tiny chains dangling…

The gift card will be a treat for another “girl’s day out”…

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Also received “a few dollars”… from my other son… and I told my husband I had ordered a new bathing suitk10153979that I needed… so “his” gift to me was taken care of… ha, ha!…

and NO!… it looks nothing like that!…

We are going out to eat on my real Birthday up at Horseshoe Casino in Indiana

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My birthday seems to last for weeks… but, I think that’s super!…

Being with “my little family”… is all I would ever need… for my birthday…

and I did miss my oldest Granddaughter  622031_280641708714490_1275605053_o … but, she had to work… and I quite understood…

So if you still read about my birthday k4394957in days to come… don’t be surprised!

“Girl Days!”…

Gift…

k4620677Today was what I call a “Girl” day…

One that I take every now and then….

I love my guys… but, with my cat, Jill… being the only female around here besides me… and her chit-chat being only a “Meow”  OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA ever so often… Female talk is a welcome sound…

Yes… we usually talk a lot of nonsense to men’s earsk6426145 … but, to us it’s grand!…

I went to my water aerobics class to start with…

I never knew I would be so happy to be doing…

jumping jacks…wooden soldier walk…fire hydrant leg lift…the hula hoop…the twist…the rocking horse…push ups…climb the wall… well, I could go on and on…

We are busy for a good hour while in the water…

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We can also visit and talk to each other… a “Girl” thing for sure!

We actually have been “hushed” k11412113by the instructor before… but, in a kind way…

I felt refreshed…my body loose…and a feeling of satisfaction

I was to meet a friend for lunch… I worked with her at school… both retired now…

She chooses the place and I choose the time… We are both flexible with making our choices…

It’s “Girls Day” for a couple of hours …k6061480

Our lunch was delicious!… Egg Plant Parmigiano / Spaghetti with Marinara sauce… Lots of good Italian Salad k4815272and Warm Soft Breadsticksk9395928

We were happy! …

Olive Garden og_cardis so good… anytime I have been!

Conversation ran from Grandkids… our own kids… to new homes… to jobs we might like to do… to politics

and we just relaxed and enjoyed…k7255990

A trip to logoHobby Lobby was next… I was looking for a small Birthday gift for my Daughter-in-law’s mother… and just walking… and browsing… and talking… and wishing… and looking… and touching

We finally looked up and we had only gotten through a third of the store…

We need a whole day sometime!…

I found my gift 732818… a cute card… an Iron-on for a T-shirt… and only $5.50 spent… That’s my kind of shopping!… Discounts abounded…

Linda, who was not really shopping… ended up with a beautiful windchime216317 … a few Iron-ons like me…and a picture frame k4771019for new photos of her beautiful Granddaughter

We vowed to meet again… and a repeat would be just fine!… only we want to try a new restaurant longhorn-logo that has been built in our end of town…

“Girl Days” are such funk11743287 I highly recommend them!

“Are You Ready?”

k7942552Am I ready?… I think so…

People ask , “Are you ready for Christmas?” … My immediate thought is …

Yes, I’ve bought presents sma0109for who was on my list… and they are wrapped… and under the tree…

Yes, I have most of the food k11492778I’m going to prepare…

Yes, the house is cleanpix0587… and extra dusting and sweeping has been done…

Yes, my personal hand-made gifts k5000305 have been mailed or given…

Yes, the decorations k11501125got up early…

Yes, phone calls k2392326and connecting to those out-of-town have been made…

and YES, I do remember WHY we are celebrating…

It’s my Jesus’ Birthday!..k2856122

Isn’t it wonderful that our Lord has shared his Birthday bwo0065with us!…

His birthday has brought Santa Claus u14039971for the young children… like the JOY in our hearts when He enters…

The gift givingk9904381 like Him… that is our gift from GodOur Heavenly Father!…

The beautiful Lights! x13376197… like Him… that has brought Light to a sinful world for whoever wants to Believe!…

The LOVE k11475327 that is bestowed on family members and friends… like His Love that was given through His sacrifice…

Special Hand-made foods and presents k6849846… that we cook and make with thoughts of the people who will receive them… like Him… who listens to our Prayers that we lift up to Him… with a yearning heart…

Our Homes k7896151that are so festive… Waiting for friends and family to enter… like Heaven‘s Gates standing wide open for all who want Everlasting Life

Our calls we make… our cards k7254442we send… our hugs and kisses we love to give and receive… like the open line of communication that is there with our Lord… if we just take the time to bend our heads and knees in prayer

The wonderful dinnersk2945120 that are prepared for the festivities we partake in… like the Dinner and Place that has been prepared for us in Heaven

Yes… I think “I’m Ready!”… Are you?

What Is Marriage All About?

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My best friend… the companion … lover … protector… favorite comedian… hard-working… man who I married … had a Birthday  … Sometimes he called it the birthday “on hold”… 69 years… doesn’t want to even talk about the next one  … shhhh…

I’ve known him over 43 years… and he can still surprise me

We’ve never been wealthy … far from it… but, we’ve worked together to make ends meet…

Isn’t that what marriage is all about!…

We had two sons together … and love them with all our hearts… They joke about their Dad and “his sayings”…

Isn’t that what marriage is all about!…

We were separated when he went to Vietnam… but, wrote every day … and even sent tapes… to keep in touch… and vowed  that we would never be apart again… and we haven’t except for a few days at a time…

Isn’t that what marriage is all about!…

We’ve had a few ailments… His was pretty major with a triple by-pass… Mine only gall bladder surgery and babies… Standing beside each other through all…

Isn’t that what marriage is all about!…

Our son’s have had some struggles… like all people do… and we tried to be there for them… and we are being blessed now… with wonderful “thank you’s”     all of the time…

Isn’t that what marriage is all about!…

We have also been blessed!… and I don’t use the word “blessed”   lightly… to have 3 wonderful grandchildren… They make us laugh… cry… and have given us a feeling in our hearts that nothing can describe…

Isn’t that what marriage is all about!…

We have a house… More than I could ever imagined when I was young… Not huge… not in a high-class neighborhood… but, it has become our “home”… and when a house becomes a “home” … that’s a good thing!…

Isn’t that what marriage is all about!…

We have tried to give each other freedom to be ourselves… Me with my computer and art work… and many excursions with my women friends… Him… working in his yard  … tinkering with his mechanics … swinging in his favorite swing he built… (relaxation time)…

Isn’t that what marriage is all about!…

My Bobby… and I do call him, “My Bobby”… because he is!… has given me a good life… He always wishes there was more he could have given me… and I tell him…”I have it all!… there’s nothing I need”… and the “world” is just not mine to have… because he would try to give it to me if he could… and I know that!…

Isn’t that what marriage is all about!…

This has gone completely in another direction  … as always… when I start to write… but, maybe this is my way of telling “my Bobby”… Happy Birthday Babe!… and may we celebrate many more together!

Love, M.

“Lucky, Champagne or Star Birthday”…Have You Had Yours?

Memory…

Did you know that the earliest known celebration of a birthday  (as recorded in the  Scottish National Archives) was that of Saint Andrew… after he introduced Christianity to the people of Scotland … The people celebrated his birthday at the St Andrew citadel Cathedral every year after that…A birthday is a day or anniversary where a person celebrates his or her date of birth.  People bring a gift, have a party or rite of passage …  Many cultures have one or more coming of age birthdays… A person’s Golden or Grand Birthday, also referred to as their “Lucky Birthday” , “Champagne Birthday”  or “Star Birthday” , occurs when they turn the age of their birth day (e.g., when someone born on the 25th of the month turns 25) … The birthdays of historically significant people, like national heroes or founders, are often commemorated by an official holiday… That will never be me… Usually a specially made cake , usually decorated with lettering and the person’s age, is presented… The cake is traditionally studded with the same number of lit candles as the age of the individual… at least three boxes for me… The birthday boy/girl makes a silent wish and attempts to blow out the candles  in one breath; I think I’ve still got enough wind for that… if successful, it means the wish will be granted… In many cultures, the wish must be kept secret or it won’t “come true”... That would probably be hard for me to do… The last stanza of Patty and Mildred Hill‘s famous song, “Good Morning to You” (unofficially titled “Happy Birthday to You”)   is usually sung by the guests… with many adding, “And many more!”… Records show that there are more births in the months of  and  … September 16 is the most common birth date in the United States and December 25 the least common… I find that most people like their birth month… It’s special to them… I’ve always liked mine…  15 … I’ve already had my “Lucky Birthday”  48 years ago… actually this month… Those really good in math would find that it makes me 63 this year… I share it with my cousin and my son and the famous Martin Luther King … It’s nice having my birthday celebrated on a Holiday… I always knew I would be off from work for my “Special Day!”