Wednesday, March 4, 2009


Well, it's been a busy week and there hasn't been much time to put things on here to share. The boys are taking assessment testing to fulfill state requirements for homeschoolers. It takes three days and tomorrow is day 3. A lot of Christian homeschooling families do the testing together, so it's actually quite fun and the boys really look forward to it. But it makes for a busy week and I actually downloaded the following pictures over the course of a couple of days.
My own 33rd birthday was last Sunday and Peter took a whole bunch of pictures. This first one is my sweet son making spaghetti for me for my birthday dinner. Peter arranged to take me out to dinner for my birthday, so we didn't plan a home birthday dinner. We hadn't considered that the kids would feel left out. On the day of my birthday they asked about my dinner and were stunned to find out that we weren't having one. They really wanted to cook a meal for me. It was Sunday and filled with church activities with no time to plan anything. We came up with pulling some leftover meatballs from Calvin's birthday out of the freezer and letting the boys fix up some spaghetti with that. It meant a lot that they so much wanted to do it themselves and to celebrate. They've always really been too young and I'm very used to not really doing anything. I guess we're getting to a new stage of life.

We had a bottle of sparkling cider that had been waiting for a special occasion.
A dinner, thanks to my kids!
Enjoying the feast.
Spaghetti's always good for a big mess.
Cleaning up the mess.
Just a picture Peter took before I opened gifts.
My mother-in-law got me two very large crocheted doilies to use in my house. Lovely idea.
My sister-in-law made me a very pretty card and then sent me some homemade cards to use for myself.
This bag was a gift that my mom sent. She was very organized to get that in the mail when she was on vacation and then laid up after surgery!
My dear sister, JoAnn, is a gem and sent me Joy of Cooking, which I was really wanting, as well as a copy of Elizabeth Gaskell's North and South.
These were the gifts from my mom, some new pajamas and a mighty, marvelous, magnificent....cast iron dutch oven!!!
Samuel made me a beautiful card with a poem.
Will's card.
A birthday kiss. What a great gift.
Ben's card. :-)
And last, but not least, Peter and the boys got me a new, larger crockpot for my gift. Hurray! I am so blessed!!!!


Lora said...

Happy Birthday Julie! Looks like you had a great one!

Jaime Miller said...

Looks like you had fun! And the larger crock pots are nice! We recently bought one, which looks very similiar to yours.

Anonymous said...

Happy Birthday Julie. What a special day due to a mighty special family.
Love and Hugs,

Monica said...

Happy birthday, Julie!! From what you posted, it appears you had a very blessed day. You have been blessed with such a sweet family. I enjoyed seeing all of the pictures, especially your son working in the kitchen. He seemed so intent on what he was doing.