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, August 23, 2010

The "Zero" Party

Although a couple of birthdays remain, the summer birthday parties are over!

Yesterday we had a lovely party to celebrate Kristin's 30th and my 50th (yikes!) birthday...lots of food...lots of laughs...lots of stories...lots of family fun...lots of presents. Several years ago, we swiped an idea from my friend Jill, and began celebrating the "zero" birthdays with a corresponding number of presents. So, as Kristin and I both had "zero" birthdays this year—well, you do the math—that adds up to a LOT of presents!

(l to r): Kristin, Mom (whose birthday falls between ours and who, thankfully, did not have a "zero" birthday this year), and me

Kristin, having replaced Kati as the official Birthday Cake Baker this year, outdid herself with a positively delicious triple-layer-chocolate-and-vanilla-with-raspberry-frosting-grand-finale of a birthday cake!

Now life can return to school planning and house organizing and getting ready for my very favorite season. (I will try to refrain from putting out the autumn wreaths and gourds and pumpkin candles...for a few more days anyway.)


For Kristin's perspective on all the parties, click here.


  1. Cheryl, I have never had a clue how old you were! You are the same age as my sister Betty. Actually, you are younger because she turned 50 in February. You youngster, you! So, am I understanding that you got 50 presents this year?!!! Wow! That would be amazing! If you did, I would love to hear what some of them were! :-) The cake looks so delicious. I wish I had a piece in front of me at this very moment!

    Celebrating your birthday ... celebrating YOU!

  2. Happy Birthday to you...and your Momma...and your daughter!

    Your family is "my own little proof" that multi-generational faithfulness exists, and you all make me excited for the future!

    *LOVE the Birthday Banner...I may have to steal that idea, so I can reuse, and use again...that'll make Thrifty Kristin proud :)

  3. Happy Birthday Cheryl, and to your Mom and sister. I had one too this month, special people are born in August. LOL That cake looks so scrumptious. I too have begun to replace my mother with baking b-cakes in our family. It is such an honor to bake for people that you love.
    Isn't it fun to celebrate birthdays together, it looks like you all had fun. I too am making plans to put out my fall decorations. So how about it, Let's do it . LOl.
    enjoy your day, and thank you for coming by and for taking the time to leave me a sweet comment. I am so glad to be able to blog again, though I miss my family.

  4. Frances, you understood correctly...I received 50 presents from my extended family: 5 coffee gifts, 5 book-related items, 5 candles, 5 packages of napkins, 5 packages of plates, 5 chocolate gifts, 5 scrapbook items, 5 craft items, 5 kitchen gifts, 5 stationery items! It was amazing! :-)

    Kathy, thanks for your sweet words! And you'll love your birthday banner! I am thinking of making a couple more in different color schemes. :-)

    Sue, Happy Birthday to you! So glad you've had such a blessed summer. Be sure to post pics of your fall decorations...I'm sure I'll do the same! ;-)


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