Half Birthday Celebration!

Happy hlf bday Sweetie

It was a half birthday celebration for our 16-year-old, Amy!

It was also a celebration for summer’s start. Plus it had been a long, long cold winter and spring.  I felt like there was finally a true start to summer.

Frankly I wanted to turn my “mom” failure into a happy event. When asked what she wanted for her 16th birthday in NOVEMBER, she told us a ring with a real stone.  Well, we never made it, with Jim and I together, to shop for one.  It’s not like we aren’t all together a lot but somehow buying a ring just kept slipping past the days.

After a impactful retreat with long time friends in Thailand, she let us know it was to be a purity ring.  That was in February.  Are you seeing a trend here?

The last week of JUNE, finally it was a day that worked for us all to go together.  Mom failure??  Not exactly in the end. Because in the end we had a fun family time with lots of talking and laughter.  I count that as “success” anytime. Not just for this mom; for all of us.

And oh boy, was there food!

We went to Park City Diner, one of the local diners for a ginormous breakfast!  Our sons love local diners, not cafes, diners. We’ve been won over. It is a place where Jim and I are “known” by some servers. It is a “meeting” place. Jim and I go for morning dates. I meet friends there and Jim has a weekly meeting he attends. I enjoy watching the interaction with the regulars at the counter or with the woman who is mentally disabled who come for breakfast. Tender is how they treat her. Or the very old man whose one hand doesn’t work right. No one rushes him even though the wait crowd is spilling out to the side-walk.

One huge pancake filled with fresh strawberries was just one of yummy dishes.


Yep, I like our diner.

Here is a healthy choice! Okay, kind of…crepes with fruit, granola and whipped cream.


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By the way, we did not eat it all! We could not eat it all!!

After stuffing ourselves, we went shopping for her

purity ring!

For the half birthday of our 16-year-old.

Amy found a few she liked. We encouraged her to hold out for the one she loved!

I love, love the one she chose.


Perfect. Just perfect.

And it was a perfect day.

Happy Half Birthday Sweetie!  

What things do you take time out to celebrate?

How do you celebrate?

Love to hear from you!


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Falling In Love Chicken Salad



I made cranberry muffins and chicken salad this morning.  Then I remembered…


my story of falling in love beginings started on the Rhine.


It started with muffins and chicken salad.



plain falling in love chicken salad



Years ago when Jim and I were  lieutenants stationed in Stuttgart, Germany, we went on a day Rhine River cruise.  I made muffins and chicken salad.  

It was our first official  “date.”   It was a perfect with the warm sun shining.   As we gently cruised down the river past the castles of old, reminders of the past and with illusions of romance we ate the picnic food,

I think I may have fallen in love that day.  



Now, back to this morning.

Text messages between my son at work and husband this morning.

WJ   These blueberries taste funny or…

JJ     They’re cranberries.  

WJ    Madness


Yes, the frst muffins I have made in ages and he thinks they were made of old bitter funny tasting berries!

This is that  very special chicken salad from 35 years ago.  We’ve been married 34.

Chicken salad does not last long in our fridge. It’s a delicious “grab it”  for lunch or afternoon snacks for the girls’ after school.

Pretty sure it will disappear quickly in your house too.



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Cranberry Chicken Salad
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Fresh Cranberry Chicken Salad
Recipe type: <span class="mceItemHidden" data-mce-bogus="1">entrée Salad</span>
Cuisine: American
Serves: 3½ cups
  • 2 large skinned chicken breasts
  • 2 finely chopped celery ribs
  • ¼ cup cranraisins
  • 1 /2 cup mayo
  • ¼ teas scant cracked black pepper
  • ½ teas lemon juice.
  • Almond slivers or chopped pecans for garnish
  1. Gently boil 2 chicken breasts.
  2. Drain and cool and chop cooked chicken into bite sized pieces.
  3. Finely chop 2 celery ribs
  4. Put all ingredients into mixing bowl.
  5. Mix thoroughly.
  6. Top with almonds or pecans.
  7. Makes 3-4 cups



Jim & I… thirty four years later at Be Our Guest Restaurant in Disney World last summer


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jet lag cookies


jet lag cookies


Around lunch time yesterday my beloved family came home.  They had traveled across the globe to Thailand for work and friends. Great goals for what was basically a work trip for my husband.  Lots of friends. Lots of fun and refreshing times. It was a spiritual time.

The girls headed for their rooms after eating. Not quite ready to share or to talk much.  They needed down time.  Jim did the same but did make it down for supper and the Super Bowl.




Jet lag can really throw a body off.  Meg had the “airplane” cough that was lingering this morning.   She was up and industrious early. She shoveled the walk. She made cookies.

Hopefully, they won’t have much to catch up on at school.

This is a recipe from her middle school Family and Consumer Science class.  The teacher, Mrs. Kress included basic recipes that anyone could make.  Smart lady.

This is actually for chocolate chip cookies. She didn’t want chips so left them out. She hoped they would be kind of sugar cookie like.   They aren’t but they are good.


Jet Lag Cookies
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cookies minus the chocolate chips
Recipe type: cookie
Cuisine: American
Serves: 24 medium cookies
  • ¼ c shortening
  • ¼ c butter
  • 1¼ c all purpose flour
  • ½ c packed brown sugar
  • ¼ c sugar
  • 1 egg
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla
  • ¼ teaspoon baking soda
  • Optional: 1 c semi sweet chocolate pieces
  1. Preheat over to 375 degrees
  2. In a mixing bowl beat the shortening and butter with an electric mixer for 30 seconds or by hand until blended
  3. Add egg and vanilla. Mix until blended
  4. Add about half of both sugars, mix until blended
  5. Add half of the flour and baking soda, mix until blended
  6. Add remaining dry ingredients beating until throughly combined
  7. Optional: Add chip and beat in by hand or on slow speed for about 10 -15 seconds
  8. Drop rounded teaspoon of dough on the baking sheet 2 inches apart on to ungreased cookie sheet
  9. (Using parchment paper helps with clean up)
  10. Bake 8 -10 minutes or until edges are lightly browned
  11. Cool on a wired rack or on paper towel
  12. Makes 30 small or 24 medium cookies




Will took some for his lunch. He just texted…


“Cookies were really good”  


Is there any better compliment for a baker than that?


What are favorite “quick to make”  cookies at your house? 




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Sabbath Words…Mornings



Usually, my husband and I drink our first cup of coffee in our bedroom and share our morning devotions and prayer for the day.


Moms and dads, I expect,  include prayers for their kids every day and their families and fiancées.  For friends, missionaries, co workers…the list can be short or long.  Other days may include national and global concerns, activities, our marriage.


And we talk.  Sometimes serious and other, just talk.


He has been gone 9 days. Tomorrow is homecoming for him and our girls.  It has been a long but good week for me.  I miss the talk, the prayer and the joining in unity as we start the day.



I slip downstairs , let the dogs out and brew my coffee.  It is quiet and the sun is brilliant this morning.  It is cold, the snow’s  icy coating is blinding.



I come into the living room for quiet time.  The sun is shinning today; nice it’s not be overcast.  I love these chairs for Luckett’s Spring Market last year.  They are so pretty and make me smile.  My shawl is not only beautiful but necessary.  Cold weather seeps through the windows; I need the extra warmth.

I have several books I use besides Scripture.  This morning I grabbed Liz Curtis Higgs  Rise and Shine.




Thankfulness was the focus.   I have enjoyed the time alone. Well, not really alone. Will has been here with me.  He works hours everyday so I don’t usually see him until later at night. It is a comfort and I am thankful he is here with me.

I am thankful Jim and the girls were able to make this trip to reconnect with friends who live far away while being part of a retreat. Jim heads off to the meetings of worship and teaching with some business.  The girls will go with a gaggle of teens and with their leaders for small group study and fun events and outings.

My heart is full with the blessing of life and love.  And thankfulness they were able to make the trip.


Therefore by Him let us continually offer the sacrifice of praise to God that is the fruit of our lips, giving thanks to His name.  Hebrews 13:15

What is the blessing God has given you especially in this season?  



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