Monday, September 30, 2013

~Our Mary is 3~

~Oh, HOW can it be?  Our little baby girl is now 3! 
We will be EVER SO GRATEFUL to Jesus for sending us our Surprise Mary!  She has brought untold JOY into our home!  We LOVE our little Mary!  She is SUCH a girly girl!

So we had a birthday party for our little Mary.  The Girly colors Pink and White pretty much took over our dinning room.  =)
I had SO. MUCH. FUN. arranging the centerpiece and doing her party!~
~Lots of pink and white sweet treats for everyone to munch on.~
~Back in 2009 I had found this FUN white and pink tea set at my Mother-in-Love's goodwill in AZ.  I planned Mary's party around that tea set.
Here is the drink table.  I served Twinings Wild berries tea which I made into Sweetened Iced tea, pink lemonade, and hot coffee with some yummy creamers.~
~Of course I included Mary's new born pics as part of the decor.  Sarah, Kimberly, and I couldn't believe how LITTLE Mary was...and how big she is getting!~
~Our friend Janie took this pic of Mary when she was 11 days old.~
~Her cupcakes, with more sweet treats and pink and white stripped drinking straws.~

~Fruit kabobs.~
~I LOVED this frame when I saw it in Hobby Lobby before Mary was born.
"My Prince did come, his name is Daddy!" (This is Mary's hospital picture.) ~
~Kimberly and Sarah helped me and we made Cake Cookie pops.  (I just made Oreo Truffles and made them into cake pops by adding the stick.  You can go here to read all the exact details of how I did it.)
The girls decorated them.  They had fun making them cute and said that some of them looked like something from "Dr. Suess."  =D
What I LOVED about these is that I made and DECORATED them 4 days ahead and stored them in Tupperware in my 'fridge.  Then put them out 2 hours before the party began. 
Made the last minute party prep SO MUCH EASIER!!! ~

~You can click on pics to enlarge.~

~Little Mary LOVED her table.  When her cousin Natasha came in, she pointed to the table and said, "Look, 'Tasha, it's my birthday!"  =) ~

~There were 21 of us at Mary's party.~
~I served fruit kabobs, Dorritos, Pretzels, my homemade pepperoni rolls, and a sauce to dip them in~
~Our friends the Doug Hoffman's spent that weekend with us.  And of course U. Daryl, and Laura and their family came over to help us celebrate Mary.~
~Brittany, Heather, Laura, and Kimberly in the kitchen.~
~Nathan and Brandon visiting in the living room.~
~Jeffrey and Natasha.~
~Mary enjoying her party~
~Regina, Sarah, and Darla.~
~U. Daryl's gift to Mary was a pack of M&M's! (He told her to make sure and give HIM the same kind of gift for His birthday. =) ~
~Heather, Laura, and Kim.~
~The little boys playing a game,
and little Mary starting to wear out.
~G.O.N.E. =) ~
~Her table with her gifts.~
~Her little dress she was wearing was purchased from the birthday money that her Grandpa and Grandma sent her for her birthday.  I loved the big pink buttons and the OWL on the dress.~
~Opening gifts the next morning.~

~After church on Sunday I went to snap some pics of her.  I told her to make sure you could see her purse...and this is how she posed for me.  =) ~

~Then dear Tammy from church made a yummy pumpkin roll for Mary's birthday.  ~
~So, we put candles in it and sang to her.~

Sunday, September 22, 2013

~More Deputation in PA back in July and pics with Daddy and Moma!!!~

 ~Before we went to PA again for some more deputation services, we spent a few WONDERFUL days with my Daddy and Moma!  Here Mary is blowing some bubbles Gram gave her!
(You can click on pics. I've left some of the pictures with people in them bigger.)~
 ~Phillip helping my Daddy pull up his garden boxes to move them to their new "fixer-upper" house Jesus gave them.~
 ~Moma standing by a nice collage of pictures of She and Daddy...and the poem Daddy wrote to her for their 50th wedding anniversary. ~

 ~My Granddaddy, Grandmother (G.G.), and my Moma when she was a little girl.~
 ~Our first service in PA was at Dan Durkees' church in Gratz, PA.  I don't have lots of pics from here, but Jesus gave us a great service and a wonderful time with the Durkees.~
 ~And the DEAR people there at Gratz church paid for our family to take a day and go to Lake Tobias, in PA.  It is a fun "farm/park" filled with all kinds of neat animals.  They gave us enough money for lunch too.  =) ~
 ~One of the fun things we did there was to ride around on this "cut-off/open air bus." ~

 ~Isn't that rack a beauty?!~

 ~Then we went to our dear friends the Schmelzlens.  They had fun treats of "cow tails" (A candy in P.A.), cute notes, and flowers by each of our beds.  =) ~

 ~And we had a few RELAXING days with them.  Our kids played in the sand, jumped on their trampolines with their kids, went to the park, played softball, volleyball, etc.  We did LOTS of YUMMY eating there too.  They spoiled our family!  =) ~

 ~We had a service at their church on Sunday morning...then after we snapped some pictures...and they gave us FUN GOODY BAGS....then we had a 5 hour drive to our next service in Sunbury, PA.
 ~Sarah and Miriam.~
 ~Miriam and Sis. S bearing FUN gifts for our family! =D ~

 ~My gift included a cute Paula Deen apron that says, "This Moma cooks!" ~
 ~We had a nice service in Sunbury, and really enjoyed being with the Jacob Martins.   ~
 ~I've known Sis. Martin since I was a little girl.~

 ~We went to the Friends' camp with Daddy and Moma and I was so SURPRISED to get to see my cousin Crista and her family there. ~
 ~The night that Jesus gave Daddy and Moma their fixer upper house...we took them out for supper to celebrate.
I LOVE my precious parents now more than ever!!!!
(The last of deputation pics coming very soon...That will be pics of our services in LA, OH, IN, and MI!  Then we'll see some pics of FALL decor around my house. =)
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