Happy Birthday Dear DIL

Happy Birthday dear DIL Erika. I’m glad I get to spend it with you this year.

You are a wonderful mother to four of my grandchildren.You remind me I’ve much for which to be grateful.

I love this photo of you.

Here you are in the apple orchard (2008) with Anna and Michael, Jack was home napping and you were carrying Maura, due to arrive the next month.

Happy happy Birthday. ❤️Your MIL

Sock Drawer

This is a photo of my daughter Laura’s sock drawer. She texted it to me. She knew it would make me happy.

Why?

Because I knit them for her. You’ve seen the Good and Plenty and Wonder Woman featured on the blog and the yarn her husband James bought on a business trip in Seattle. The colors of flowers at Pike Market. I see some Alaskan yarn too.

When she told me she loved wearing the hand knit socks, I felt motivated to knit more.

Abiding Love Always

Dear Daughter Laura,

Tonight on your birthday eve, I dusted off the counted cross stitch birth sampler and remembered the gift of your arrival in Germany.

A girl!

Maura says you’re not just an amazing aunt, but you’re an amazing mother. I agree.

Happy Birthday to you.

Love,

Ma (and Maura, who is visiting)

Old Stuffed Animals

Maura has two of her parents old stuffed animals. The sock monkey, in need of repair, I sewed for Mark in 1976 and the brown teddy bear is Erika’s childhood bear. It’s hard to throw away things with a face. They are definitely loved and cared for by their daughter now.

Do you have any old stuffed animals in your house?

Tastes Better When Someone Else Prepares and Serves

Classic winter lunch made and served by my daughter Laura. Hit the spot on a gray chilly day.

img_3117Cheddar and Monterey Jack on wheat was the grilled cheese. She used the stovetop cast iron grill I gave her for Christmas. (Which covers two burners)

Oh, they were so much younger then (me, too)

Photographed by Herr Spahn in 1985

Grafenwoehr, Germany

I smocked the frame (and Laura’s dress)

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Mark  Matthew and Laura

Weekly Photo Challenge Nostalgia

Happy Birthday Lala


You were one not so long ago.


Now you’re mom to a one year old!

Happy Happy Birthday to you Laura. 

You make life nice. 

Love,

Your Mom

P.S. Refer to last year’s birthday post to see how time flies. 

(It’s something old people say to younger people and then suddenly you experience it.)