As the name of my blog indicates, I spend a lot of time thinking about home. Of course, my Heavenly Home is the one that is eternal, so that’s where I need to lay up my treasures, and that’s the one I’m striving for. But in the meantime, I have been given this tiny piece of the here-and-now—this home on the edge of town, this family, this neighborhood—in which to serve Him. And, though this is in the earthly realm, I want the things that happen here to be investments in the Heavenly realm.




Wednesday, August 7, 2019

Sunday Snapshots: Big Birthday Bash!




Once upon a time, we celebrated three birthdays together each year. Three generations of women: my mom, me, and my daughter. We called it the Triple Birthday Party. Then Ryan and his family moved back to Maryland and the triple birthday party grew. Last year, we combined the July celebration with the August celebration. This year, we have added four more summer birthdays! Baby Judah was born in August last year. Ryan and Sarah have foster babies, twin boys, who had a birthday in July. And our September birthday girl (born on the 1st, she was nearly an August birthday) wanted to be included in the summer celebration. (We've really added five, although we didn't add Andrew to this celebration because we celebrated his birthday when he and Kati were here in June.)

Did you get all that?! No worries, even if you didn't. Suffice it to say that we did a lot of celebrating and singing and blowing out candles!




We had a summer beach theme. Most of our summer birthday people love the beach, and those that don't . . . well . . . they were good sports. 😊


I had purchased some hexagonal plates from Target earlier in the summer because I loved the shape and color. Then I found some beachy napkins at HomeGoods and a theme was born.



I gathered my seaside trinkets and Bekah made these cute little beach cupcakes. 





After enjoying a "beach picnic" for lunch (cold cut subs, chips, watermelon, strawberry pretzel salad), we played a game. The names of all twelve birthday people were written on our papers. First we listed them in order of age, youngest to oldest. Then we put them in order of height, shortest to tallest. Finally we listed them in order of their birth dates in the year, first birthday to last. It was harder than it sounds! Can you see all of that thinking?! πŸ˜‰



 All of the top scorers were able to choose a prize from the basket.





JULY BIRTHDAY PEOPLE
Eve and Maddie
(Missing: foster babies)

AUGUST BIRTHDAY PEOPLE
Ron, me, Kristin, Judah, Owen, Gammy
(Missing: Ryan)

SEPTEMBER BIRTHDAY PERSON
Alaine

Happy birthday to all! 

20 comments:

  1. I like the way you celebrate! Weddings to Birthdays, such joy!
    I'm sure there was 🎡 singing 🎡, you did mention singing didn't you...of course!

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  2. August is the best month for birthdays!

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  3. It looks like a wonderful party. And a very happy birthday to you, Cheryl!

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    1. Awwww . . . thank you for the birthday wishes, Brenda!

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  4. Lovely pictures and commentary. Looks and sounds like everyone had a wonderful time.

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    1. Thank you so much! We did have a great time together!

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  5. You can surely say "I can party with the best of them"...LOL! What a cool theme and love all the decorations and those adorable cupcakes...what a darling idea! Happy Birthday to all!

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    1. Thank you, Debby! What can I say? We are party animals! 😊

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  6. Happy Birthday to all!! Now how about adopting me, you all have so much fun as a family, so refreshing, inspiring and encouraging.
    Thanks for sharing, think of you often.
    Blessings,
    Sue

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    1. We will adopt you, Sue! Hey . . . then we'd be the recipients of some of your wonderful canned goods! Win-win!! 😊

      Thanks for the birthday wishes. And for thinking of me . . . what a precious thing to hear!

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  7. Cute cupcakes, what was the sand? Graham cracker smashed, brown sugar?

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    1. I'll tell Bekah! They were yummy too! The sand was graham cracker crumbs. 😊

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  8. Blessed and Happy Birthdays to all!!! It is an encouragement and joy to see your family have celebrations together <3!!!!

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    1. Thank you, Tammy . . . for your kind words and the birthday wishes!!

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  9. Consolidation is a good thing! As the family grows, perhaps birthday celebrations will become seasonal party bashes. No matter how you celebrate, you always make it an event. Good food, good decor, good company!

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    1. Thank you, Vee! And yes, consolidation is necessary! (Sometimes it can be difficult to find ONE day when everyone can come . . . forget about twelve separate parties!)

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  10. Great idea to cover everyone in a game like that. Love your parties and the thought that goes into them. I've always enjoyed themes for a party with dΓ©cor to match! Happy birthday to all!

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    1. Thank you, Ellen! We love having parties and celebrating our people!

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