Saturday, August 27, 2011

Amanda is 18!!!

AUGUST 19th.....


Amanda's party theme was OWLS!

Amanda is our animal lover, and right now she is really into owls!

Since owls are so popular decorating for her party wasn't difficult :)

Amanda ask to please have a cake or cup cakes, no cookies....

I baked her cup cakes, Elizabeth and Rebekah made the icing and flowers and decorated them.

Along with the owls, we added in flowers something else Amanda loves.

Coming up with a birthday menu wasn't easy. It seemed for the past 2 months whatever we were eating Amanda would say "We could have this for my birthday meal". She is very easy to please, yet, we knew her favorite thing is Mexican. But we hesitated to make Mexican because that is what we had last year. So the day before her birthday Elizabeth and I had decided we would again go with Mexican but a different main dish. Well, that night Amanda came into the living room and told us of something she had been craving. The next day Arthur and I went to the grocery store and picked up the items of her craving .....

Birthday Menu
* Toasted Sub Sandwiches (what she was craving)
* Queso Dip and Tortilla Chips (this had been on our original menu)
* Potato Salad
* Homemade Pickles

This was an extremely easy birthday meal, and she was so thrilled when she saw what we were having.

The little boys helped in making place cards for the table.

The blue owl on the gift table was our inspiration for the party. Amanda had had her eye on him at Hobby Lobby at the beginning of the year in February, she saw him while we were shopping for Rebekah's birthday party. A few rows over Elizabeth quietly looked at me and said "I just came up with Amanda's birthday theme Owls"! So, we had Amanda's birthday theme planned for the last 6 months, we purchased this owl in February the week after Rebekah's birthday:) As you can see we all love giving a birthday party, it's truly become a family affair!

18 years has come and gone it seems at lightspeed....

We are abundantly blessed to have Amanda as our daughter.

Jonathan colored a special picture for Amanda...

It was present time, Ruth Ella helped Amanda hold her box lid ;)

Make a wish....

Happy 18th Birthday Amanda!!!!!

Rejoice and be exceedingly glad, for great is your reward in heaven...
Matthew: 5:12

We love you, Amanda! We pray that your days ahead be filled with joy, love, and knowledge in the Word. That your life be a shining light for the Lord!

Monday, August 15, 2011

A love of books...


Our family loves to read,
and I'm not sure how old Miss Ruth Ella was when we
first began reading to her.
I just know it was early, before she could sit up.
And so her love of books and reading began before she could even talk.

Miss Ruth Ella
June 2010
As soon as Miss Ruth Ella could crawl
she began to crawl to this basket.
She would pull up to the basket find a book
and then sit gazing at the colored pictures.

This basket of books could keep her occupied for a good hour!

September 2010

Miss Ruth Ella had just turned 1 year old,
and now she had mastered climbing into the book basket.

Once in the basket she would shop around to find her favorite books,
all the while tossing aside the ones that didn't appeal to her.
She would remain perched in the basket until
she had found the perfect book for someone to read.

August 2011
23 months old


Miss Ruth Ella is such a big girls now,
yet, she still loves the perfect book!
Daily we find her in this over sized chair
looking at books and talking about the pictures.
If, she catches a glimpse of you watching her,
then you will instantly be summonsed
(in an oh so sweet voice, that melts your heart)
to read to her.

This is what she will say...
"Read Mama Read, dis' book"

I'll have to say reading to my children is a pure joy:)

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Random moments from July

And let the peace of God rule in your hearts....
and be ye thankful.

Colossians 3:15