Happy (ahem, late) Birthday, Mary

While I was doing some behind the scenes work on my blog, I discovered that I never did a birthday post for Mary. When she turned 13. In April. Guess I don’t need to clear a spot for that Mom of the Year Award, right?

Thankfully, Mary is a very gracious, forgiving young lady and she loves me anyway. I do buy her chocolate and let her stay up late for movies, so it all balances out.

I’m not sure what I would do without this precious, young lady. She brings smiles and laughter to our home.

One thing that I notice again and again about Mary is how she loves the little ones. No matter what special treat she is whipping up, she always invits a little one to help her. Mary can turn the simple task of folding laundry into a game that has all the little ones begging to play.

I love to hear Mary play the piano. Even without lessons, she is constantly learning more and more. She is doing an excellent job of pushing herself and working hard. The results are beautiful.

I am excited to see how the Lord uses her in the coming year. She has become a delightful young lady with many talents. Praying that the Lord will use them in mighty ways.

Happy Birthday, Mary!

 

Secret Mission ~ Ice Cream Edition

Eddie and I have been married for 17 years. In all those years, the man has never turned down ice cream. If the ice cream is homemade, well, just hand the man a spoon and get out of his way! Almost every year he has mentioned wanting to get an ice cream maker. For various reasons, we have never purchased one. Crazy, right?

Well, Eddie’s birthday falls at the perfect time of year for buying an ice cream maker: summertime! It just so happens that we are blessed with some wonderful children. Bekah remembered days before his birthday that Eddie would love an ice cream maker. She called a tribal meeting with her siblings and they all pooled their resources to purchase one. There was just one small glitch….

The two closest Walmart stores did not have the one they wanted in stock. They had researched and read reviews and did not want to settle for anything other than the Rival Wooden Ice Cream Maker. With just a few days to go, there was no time to order online. What to do!?!??!?!

*insert proper secret mission music*

I called another Walmart, that while not nearby, was not unreasonable far away. They had ONE in stock. One, people! The day before his birthday was our only chance due to his work schedule. Mary and I woke early and headed out while Eddie was still asleep. We drove a good bit and arrived bright and early at Walmart. It was quite impressive to see the parking lot empty. We went directly to the ice cream makers and grabbed it.

We arrived back home and Eddie was still snoozing away and Bekah had the others busy and quiet. Hee hee, mission accomplished.

Eddie’s birthday arrived and he had a busy day of work ahead. The kiddos begged him to open his gift before he left. We had several close calls with a little one spilling the beans! He was thrilled, excited and thoroughly surprised!! He is very hard to surprise. I loved it! And amazingly, he did not work late. Giggle.

That evening we made two batches of ice cream: mint chocolate chip and vanilla. Yum, yum. Served alongside Chocolate Texas Sheet Cake. Mmmhmmmm.

I think we all benefited from this birthday gift!

 

 

 

Glimpses….

A fussy baby in the van..her big brother talks and sings to her until she falls asleep.  Patiently trying to find the best way to help her.

Big sister and little sister sitting together on the bed.  Drawing, knitting, listening to Dickens. No talking…no bickering…just enjoying the quiet. Together.

Big sister at the sewing machine. Cutting, pinning, ironing. Working diligently to spruce up a little sister’s wardrobe. Tackling new challenges. Learning new skills.

Little boy sitting on the couch in his super hero cap and mask. Waiting for his sister to join him..his best buddy.  Adventure waits.

Glimpses. Just glimpses throughout the day of beautiful relationships that will last a life time.

Stories shared. Contagious laughter. Adventures taken.

Glimpses. What is lived and learned through life together each day could never be duplicated or matched in a classroom.