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Thursday, May 28, 2015

Birthdays, Surgery, and the Start of Summer

Well this week's end is already here and its nearly June. I can not believe how fast time is flying by. I normally like to post on Friday but this week is a little different. Tomorrow Cameron is having knee surgery at noon central time and it will be Taylor's ( our 3rd child and daughter) 15th birthday. Today is Jodee's ( our first born) 17th birthday. So while I had a moment I decided to post. Next week Ill include some pictures of our birthday celebrations and of Cameron's recovery, plus I'll have pictures of our new little one, Sarah, from our 32 week u/s that we will get next Friday. 
Birthdays are a special day around our house because normally everyone shares the work load and we all have our specific jobs, even me. But on your birthday, you have a free pass to "no chores" and a pretty  relaxing day if you choose that. We always have the dinner selection of the birthday guy or gal, and a yummy homemade cake and some ice cream and usually chips and dip. The only exception is the Sweet 16 for our girls. I plan a pretty big get together with a theme picked by the daughter, and a professional cake with a venue that is decorated especially to their liking. Last year I didn't spare any expense on it  for Jodee, who happened to be our first child to turn 16. Savannah turns 16 this year, but since she is living outside our home, we won't be throwing her a sweet 16, but would be if she was here. We are already thinking of ideas for Taylor's sweet 16, which will oddly enough be held on Jodee's 18th birthday! Ahhhh.... The joys of having children exactly 2 years and 1 day apart. :-) Tonights menu will include:

                                     Chili Cheese Hotdogs and Chili Cheese Fries
                                     Homemade Birthday Cake
                                     Ice Cream
                                     Sweet Tea

Tomorrow is Cameron's surgery, but we still plan on enjoying Taylor's birthday cake when we return home from the surgery center :-) She is so understanding and doesn't mind that she may have to do some extra things on her birthday that normally she doesn't. Thank the Lord for these understanding girls I have been blessed with! Jodee and Taylor are truly sent from God and I always thank him for them and all they do ( and them too) every. single. day.  Tomorrow's menu for Taylor's birthday will include:

                                    Cheese Stuffed Crust Pizza
                                    Cheesy Bread
                                    Homemade Birthday Cake
                                    Ice Cream
                                    Sweet Tea

We usually celebrate just as a family. My cousin and his girlfriend ( who live in our neighborhood and is more like a brother to me) sometimes come, as do my husband's sister and our brother in law ( who also live in our neighborhood), and my in-laws. We may have a larger get together for a 1st birthday but other than 16, its just us! We like it that way and feel that we would rather do that, than some big get together every year, which actually ends up being more stressful than enjoyable. 

Since tomorrow is Cameron's surgery, I would like to ask for some specific prayer request:
                              1) Peace for Cameron about his surgery
                              2) Successful surgery and a good, easy, recovery
                              3) For Cameron to be able to receive his short term disability asap
                              4) For he and I to be able to enjoy his "vacation"
                              5) For our children as they adjust to him being home

We are also closing on the refinance on our home next week Lord willing. Please pray that all that goes well and quickly and  that we can be signed and closed on it by this time next week. We are so excited for this opportunity to get out of debt and have a small payment for such a short amount of time. Thats another story I'll share later.

Well Jodee's cake is about to ding in the oven and its time to fix lunch, then this momma is taking a nap! Im exhausted and ready for bed. Pregnancy at 34 is much different than at 24! But praise the Lord for this sweet baby blessing He is allowing us to have <3 We are blessed way beyond measure!
Praying for God's blessings in your lives! Have a great weekend and upcoming week.


                                              Me and Jodee in our backyard last week
                                            Jodee and my 80 year old mother on Easter 2015

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