Monday, August 27, 2012


Thank you so much for all of my thoughtful birthday wishes!  Our weekend was busy.  A sweet group of friends took me to breakfast a few days before my birthday, and then on my birthday my hubby -he's the best!- and I enjoyed a long breakfast and a bit of shopping before all of the partying got kicked off.  When the kids came home from school we opened the first round of presents and then headed to my parents' home for a big family shin-dig.  

I know you've been on pins and needles all weekend, so here's my big gift!


My sewing machine is ancient.  While a workhorse, it basically just sews straight or zig-zag seams.  I've always thought it would be great to have a machine that would do some fancier stitching and monogramming, although those are usually in the many thousands of dollars range.  Ray shopped around all by himself and found this good, reasonable alternative that should be great for some special projects here and there.  I have a friend with one that is the same brand so I'm looking forward to a few lessons from her so I can use it!  Anyone else have one of these?  Any thoughts or tips?

My dad used his jigsaw to cut out this huge sign.  You can't quite see it but in the corner it says "ish".  Hmmm.  Guess we'll get to use that one for the next 10 years.  Yippee.  :)


The table was so fun and full of some of my favorite colors.

My sis-the table designer-photographing her work.  The "runner" is made up of several fingertip towels laid together and the flowers were from Hobby Lobby...good move since she works for them at their Corporate Offices! She stamped the "40" cards from some old letterpress plates that my parents have.  Everything else was from my mom's vast stash of decorative items.  We love to shop her closet when decorating for special events!


My mom and sister used old photos scattered on the table and around the room.  See, I've always loved to read! (and those were my favorite "Bambi" sheets.)


My family worked together to compile 40 cards of characteristics they see in me (more on that in a future post). 


A few of Caleb's cards- "Mom's cool 12 things!  Loving, kind, cute, blogger"

Spelling isn't his strong suit, but this one says "Pictures, Changing, Christian, Susil".  When I was asking him about the "Changing", he said "You know Mom, you're always changing stuff around the house."  :) Just what I thought it meant.  Love that boy!


The kids anxiously await their turn on the back yard rope swing-the same one my sisters and I used to swing on.

And, the most popluar entertainment at Bree and Grandad's...sliding down the stairs in a satin pillow case!

Whew!  I survived turning 40.  :-) Thanks for allowing me to share some memories from my special day!  Tomorrow I'll share a recipe for what we had for dinner.  You're going to want it!


  1. Happy belated birthday Jennifer! It certainly looks like you enjoyed it with those you love most which is so special. I guess you saw my little girl's birthday was yesterday - great time of year. And a new sewing machine - how fun. I hinted to my Mom and husband that I would love a cheapy one at some point - I'd love to learn some basics. Can't wait to read more about the notes tree too.

  2. What a great way to ring in 40!!! You have such a thoughtful family - how blessed you are!! My heart is full reading about all the special ways they celebrated you! I love the photos on the table and the 40 characteristics they all put together!!! You are such a kind and wonderful person - I'm glad I have had the chance to get to know you through blogging!

  3. The perfect celebration for you, Jennifer ~ stylish, classy, thoughtful, fun, functional and changing, right down to the 40ish! Wishing you a year filled with more wonderful surprises! xoxo Pam

  4. So wonderful and how blessed you are to have so many people to make your day so special!!!

  5. What a wonderful party! Everyone did an amazing job. And congratulations on the new sewing machine. What a great surprise! I know you'll put it to good use!

  6. Every detail was perfect...but my favorite were Caleb's notes to you. That clenched my heart because I know that amazing feeling you get when your kids write those beautiful (and funny!) things from their heart.(Side note: Ethan's strong suit is not spelling either. Felt like I was looking at a note from him.;) Made me smile.) How can a mommy not love such a sweet boy?

    So glad you shared these. You are obviously very loved.


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