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We’ve been through a lot

As sisters that is.
There’s the “Who’s turn to have the doll” trauma.
Let’s not forget the Era of the Bangs.
Which apparently ushered in the Perms.
Then there were our fashion trends –

Not even sure what was going on here.
Our upholstery phase?

Yes, as sisters we’ve been through a lot! Bad hair cuts and questionable fashion choices aside, we’ve shared joys and disappointments, tears and laughter (oh, so much laughter), losses and gains. I do not for a moment take for granted the precious bond I have with my sisters and I thank God for them every day.

Today we celebrate Elna’s birthday,  so – Happy Birthday to a treasure of a sister and the dearest of friends. You are one of the kindest, bravest, most resilient people in my world and I am blessed to call you both a sister by birth, and a true sister in Christ.

We even do the “no heat in the morning, bring coffee” situations together!

Happy Birthday, Elna! Hugs coming your way next month!


Birthdays. They come every year. Until they don’t. So I’m thankful for each one that I am granted! Today was one that was especially lovely!
It started with me back in the closet, painting beige on beige. (It might be my birthday, but it’s still a work day!) But by the end of the day, I had sweet Facetime chats with my all kids (and most of the grands!)




I had a wonderful Zoom call with my two birthday buddies from ‘back home’ that fed my soul in more ways that I can count! I didn’t manage to get a good picture of us trying to catch up with each other, but maybe I’ll have better luck next time. Because there will be a next time!

I was overwhelmed with birthday greetings on Facebook, had lovely calls from my sisters (more Zooming with them later this week!),  texts and phone calls from friends and even received birthday cards in the mail (no mean feat when you keep moving!).
Of course, a birthday isn’t really a birthday if you have to cook dinner, so we had a lovely early dinner out at the Lake Tiak-O’Khata Resort in Louisville. (Remember, that’s pronounced Louis-ville, not Louie-ville =) )
(Full disclosure – that wasn’t our table, we opted to eat inside! But it was a lovely spot!)

And so I enter the last year of this particular (age) decade. Days like today make me so thankful for my family, my beautiful friends, both old and new, and for the delight of anticipation of what tomorrow will bring! (OK, I’m pretty sure tomorrow will bring more closets to paint….but you know what I mean, right?)

Thanks for all the love today, friends!


I’m thankful today….

for another birthday!
Baby Steph
Let’s face it – we’re never promised that next birthday (or that next day, for that matter). So today I’m thankful that I’ve made it to another birthday. It’s been a great day from being awakened (maybe a bit earlier than I’d hoped) by two little boys singing Happy Birthday to me, to a bit of Facetime with a sweet 4 year old, to cards and calls from my kids and sisters, to oh-so-many birthday wishes on Facebook. Gary was in rare form, and returned from an early morning errand run with flowers and chocolates and an offer to do the laundry so I could stay home and sip coffee.
Tonight we’re headed out for dinner with our SOWER friends and then maybe, if we old folks are too tired, we might even stay up for some wild and crazy game playing.

As we head towards our 70’s (Gary’s closer than I am!), every birthday brings more reasons to be thankful!  For all of it’s ‘new every morning’ aches and pains, each year is still more abundantly filled with His ‘new every morning’ Faithfulness.

The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases;
    his mercies never come to an end;
 they are new every morning;
    great is your faithfulness. Lamentations 3:22-23