Wednesday, September 16, 2009

The Final Birthday Post!

When I posted about my birthday this morning, only Sam and I were awake......or so I thought! Sweet Julie had been awake since 5:30 AM rapidly finishing this beautiful afghan! She finished at 8:00 AM. Olivia told me numerous times today that this afghan was truly a labor of love. Julie has been secretly working on it for 24 days! It matches my bedroom perfectly, and it will be a family heirloom!

the beautiful afghan
My next surprise gift was from Clay. Clay is the rockhound of the family. He has quite an extensive collection of rocks from all over the United States. The only reading he does outside of assigned reading for school is about rocks or legos! Clay generously gave me a blue rock and two unique shells from his personal collection. I am displaying these in my bedroom also.

two shells and a rock

Julie cooked a delicious breakfast of homemade cornmeal blueberry muffins--Yummy! She had the table set and ready when everyone awakened.

yummy muffin

We spent the rest of the day doing schoolwork, and the children cross-trained while I tried to conquer the clean laundry mountain.

We dined at Abner's for supper, and then attended our Wednesday night church service.

Leah, Olivia, and Sam at supper

Me, Julie, and Clay at supper
Can you tell that I got my hair cut Monday?

The Lord has greatly blessed me with a wonderful, loving husband and five precious children. I am so undeserving of these blessings. I seek to serve God each day by serving my family. However, I am weak, I am selfish, and I fail each day. Thankfully, my family is always loving and always forgiving. I am so grateful for all of their love.

I had a great birthday!


  1. Roan, how sweet your children are!!! And who else did they learn from than their mother?? I know they are all sweet, but I could just squeeze that Julie, she amazes me. What a wonderful woman she will be!! I know you are proud of all of them. Glad you had a happy birthday!

  2. So glad you had a wonderful birthday, Roan! Tell Julie the afghan is beautiful!! I love the rocks, too! Isn't it special when your kids are willing to part with their treasures to bring pleasure to someone else. The cornmeal muffins look wonderful!!

    Many blessings and much love to you all!

  3. Julie did a great job on the afghan. It is beautiful!

    How sweet of each of your children to do something sweet for you on your birthday!

  4. Sounds like you had a great day!
    Happy belated 40th!