It’s a great day for a BIRTHday!

22 years ago today Rich and I arranged for friends to pick up Meghan after school while we went to the hospital to have our new baby. We didn’t know if it was a boy or girl…having ultrasounds to find out the gender of your baby was not routinely done and we were looking forward to finally MEETING our baby and hearing those words…we heard…

In that moment, we realized our life as we knew it was forever changed! We had been blessed more than we could have dared dream possible!

God is indeed good…ALL the time!!

Cheers Alex…while today we celebrate YOU, never forget we are thankful and grateful for YOU always!!

I love you,


Children are a gift from the Lord; they are a reward from him. ~Psalm 127:3




Miss Angel’s 12th Birthday Celebration

Today is our family dog, Miss Angel’s 12’th birthday. She is truly a member of our family. She’s lived with a cat, a rescued Chesapeake Bay Retriever and a Black Lab and always is the Queen Dog.

No she’s not well trained…we love her anyway. She clearly is the alpha dog/person in the house. She does what she wants to do, when she wants to do it. She’s so cute and cuddly that we’ve allowed her to get away with it and there is definitely no changing her now. Clearly, she’s smarter than we are and she has US very well trained.

I swear she speaks English and doesn’t respond or not respond based on the tone of my voice. I don’t care what the trainers say…I KNOW she KNOWS exactly what I’m saying.

She’s a gum thief…so don’t leave any in a purse, backpack, suitcase, jacket pocket or anywhere for that matter that she can reach. She can and WILL get it and eat the entire package when you aren’t looking. She’s smart enough to try and hide the evidence…key word being try! I’ve even found my purse behind the couch where she dragged it and unzipped it to get the gum. Yes…she’s that clever and agile.

We’ve many stories of her stealing food…the most fun ones involve the accomplice of our cat, Lucky Lady (who is no longer alive). Probably the most notorious story is known as the Thanksgiving chocolate cake incident. We had many people over that particular Thanksgiving Day; much food was left over after the feast…including an entire chocolate cake. The cake was on the sideboard in the dining room…Angel could not reach it. (Though she’s been found atop the dining room table if someone left a chair pulled away and she thought there was food to steal.) The cake CRUMBS were discovered under the dining room table and strewn about the dining room. Since there were no witnesses and Lucky and Angel both had guilty chocolate stains on their faces…we can only surmise that Lucky jumped onto the sideboard and knocked the cake to the floor…where she then shared it with Angel. I know…chocolate is lethal for dogs/cats…they both survived the incident as it was years ago. Angel did suffer extreme stomach upset in the hours following…I hope it was worth it to her…it certainly wasn’t to me!

Tonight I made Angel some homemade dog treats for her birthday. Peanut Butter Puppy Poppers. If you like to pamper your pets with homemade treats the recipe link is at the end of this post. There were many treats to choose from!

Then she and I had an impromptu party. She doesn’t play for extended periods like she did when she was younger, but she sure enjoyed the bubbles tonight. She ate her cookie and promptly took a nap after her photo session. Birthdays only come once a year – time to celebrate!

First the Birthday Party game: Bubbles!

Then the photo shoot:

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PS – No animals were harmed in the making of this blog post…humiliated maybe…harmed…never!

Recipe: Peanut Butter Puppy Poppers


With much gratitude for my parents…

Because without them there would be no ME!

Happy Birthday to ME today!! I’m so grateful for this day and for each and every one yet to come.

Honestly, I used to struggle with my own birthdays. They just didn’t feel special…they didn’t feel “bad”…I just didn’t see the point in celebrating them. I didn’t like the attention. I guess I felt I didn’t deserve it. Hmm…something to ponder there.

Once I had children myself, my focus shifted towards my parents. You see…my children’s birthdays are very special to me…afterall…those specific days changed my life FOREVER! I spend the entire week up to their birthday reminiscing about the events leading up to their BIRTH day. I like to think my parents have their own fond memories about MY birth day…

On my 50th birthday, I was a little blue. I’ll admit it. My very insightful and wise aunt reminded me that any day I wake up on the “right” side of the dirt is a GREAT day! And as usual…she is exactly right. It was selfish for me to think about my birthday in any way but as a celebration of this gift I’ve been given called LIFE!

Thank you, Mom and Dad for this gift you’ve given me. I love you more than you’ll ever know! I hope I honor you by passing the unconditional love you give me to my own children. And I hope they pass it to their children…for generations yet to come! May God bless you both richly!!

This is the day which the Lord has made;
Let us rejoice and be glad in it.  ~Psalm 118:24

Peace, blessings and


PS…we DO have some celebrating scheduled this year!! I deserve it!!

Flip-flop Friday: Birthday Style

Today, January 14th, is my brother Stuart’s birthday.

I’d like to honor him today and wish him a very happy birthday! Stuart, I hope your birthday has been filled with FUN and that your family has spoiled you! I hope your “new year” is filled with everything you dream of.

I’d also like to honor our parents on the “birth”day of their only son. Since becoming a parent myself 25 years ago, I value my childrens’ birthdays much more than I do my own. I know this day holds very special memories for our parents. Congratulations Mom & Dad!

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It takes a long time to grow young.   ~Pablo Picasso

Happy Birthday, Stu!

May you continue your journey of growing young.

Yolo! We love you,

Jan & family