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.

Monday, November 9, 2009

Sweet Sixteen...Three Celebrations!

Somehow we've managed to eke a lot of celebrating out of birthdays this year. Kati's 16th birthday was no exception...a whopping three times to celebrate this milestone year!

Never one to let things sneak up on her, Kati has been planning a Jane Austen theme for her birthday for months. The beautiful fan-shaped rose napkins were purchased and tucked away in early summer. The tea bag holders given as favors were selected well in advance of her special day. And for days-on-end, Bekah declared everything either "Jane Austen-y" or "not Jane Austen-y." (For example, "Jane Austen would never wear jeans, Kati!" and "This table looks very Jane Austen-y.")

The day came, and all of Kati's guests deemed the party quite Jane Austen-y. ;-)

Jane Austen-y tea set

Place cards labeled with characters from Austen novels

Lovely dinner companions

Eleanor, Marianne, Elizabeth, and Jane
(also known as: Kati, Kate A., Britni, and Kate F.)

Another day, we celebrated with family. You can't let a momentous occasion pass without sharing with sisters and brothers-in-law, nieces and nephews, and grandparents, now can you?

Kati and Kristin reminiscing

Blowing out the 16 candle again...this time with admiring Maddie looking on :-)

Then on her actual birthday, we took Kati to her favorite Mexican restaurant and returned home to more gifts and leftover cheesecake.

I suppose that Kati is now officially sixteen!


  1. you have my curiousity of to what was on the menu for Kati's Jane Austin party. I LOVE THEME PARTIES.

  2. Barbara, it was kind of difficult to decide just what would be a Jane Austen-y type of menu. So we just planned some simple foods that have been enjoyed by folks in different places, different times...and hoped that we were historically sound. :-)
    We had pork roasted with garlic and rosemary, roasted potatoes (both white and sweet together), green beans almondine, and rosemary bread. Kati made the pumpkin cake that she has been making for several years...don't know if that was historical or not, but we've come to expect it!

  3. Love the table setting, my mom had those same white dishes for many years. Brings back memories. What a beautiful yet simple setting. The meal sounding good too.


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