Wednesday, May 8, 2013


I've been rather busy these days, but enjoying every moment of making decorations and preparations for two special events - a surprise birthday party and a ladies fellowship night at church.

Here are some of the decorations I made for a friend's surprise 60th birthday party May 4.  She has been a guest for tea at my house, so I knew she would love the cups and flowers.  Louise and I played in the junior high band in our earlier days, and now I am blessed to have her part of our family, as my daughter's mother-in-law.

 A surprise wasn't as easy as you might think.  My daughter and son-in-law live within a stone's throw through the woods from Louise and Chuck, so getting all the cars on the road and behind the house, without leaves on the trees yet, wasn't something they could hide.  And four little voices under the age of 9 might have been the biggest challenge.  "Gramma, Mom's making rolls for something, but I can't tell you what."   Later she told us she didn't understand what was said, and didn't question it.  Even when she saw all the cars, and recognized them, she claims she didn't know it was for her. 
 You are special - happy birthday!

May 7 was our Ladies Fellowship Night at my church.

Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things, love never fails.”
  My crafty friend, Suzy helped me cut out the paper doilies, and with the many other helpful and generous hands, we shared an evening of fellowship, focused on "Love Bears All Things," from 1 Corinthians 13:7.  Here are some of the decorations.

You are special!

We also asked the ladies to bring a bear that has special meaning.  This bear is about 90 years old, and was Harold Johnson's.  Since Harold has passed away, his son and daughter-in-law keep it.

This year we decided to order cupcakes instead of everyone making desserts.  We wanted all ladies in attendance to have an evening where no effort was put forth. (Not everyone loves to bake and create fancies like I do.) The men's group served the coffee and tea, while the ladies could chose one of these delectable treats.   You are special!

Diane Pellinen is the talented baker.

Our special guest was children's librarian, Sue Danielson, who presented a few stories for the little ladies on "love."  She brought along puppets from the Carnegie Library, from the early days of puppet shows, probably when we were kids in the 1950's - 60's.  Little ladies sat around her as she read the stories, and the grown ladies loved them just as much.  It was great to learn about loving oneself with "Pete the Cat" and watch the stories come alive through song and character voices.  We wish Sue the best in her days of retirement, which begin on May 18.  You are Special!


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