Friday, May 3, 2013

many reasons to celebrate...

There are birthdays today...
of special people in my life.

Ranen turns seven...
and that is a good reason to celebrate.
As you can see...
we started those celebrations early!
Keep smiling, Ranen.
We love you.

Also today...
Broni is having a birthday.
A special one:)

Mother, auntie, sister, daughter, friend...
and  loving wife to our son...
today we celebrate you.

I'm thinking those celebrations may be going on for some time...
long past today.

'We turn older with years, but newer every day.'
~ Emily Dickinson

And in other celebrations...
there are ten friends who will be celebrating all weekend long.

~Photo by Beatriz Photography
It is not often that we are all together...
meeting face to face...
and sitting around the same table.

The Mennonite Girls Can Cook Celebrations book launch weekend has arrived...
and everyone is here...
including our publishers from Virginia.

We will be moving from one table to another...
all weekend long.

and come on out to a book signing.
We'd love to meet you!


  1. Your new header picture is are you, your granddaughter, your daughter-in-law, and all your friends! You do indeed have much to celebrate!! Hope you have a wonderful weekend!!

  2. Happy Birthday to your beautiful girls Broni and Ranen! I can't help but think that the best gift they you can give them is to be under your loving care as a Grammy and Mom!
    The party starts!

  3. Oh yes, LOTS to celebrate it seems! Happy birthday to those special ones, and enjoy your time with those ladies!

  4. Happy Birthday to your DIL and granddaughter! You ladies look lovely gathered around that table! Enjoy your special weekend. Do you think you could work in a book signing in Phoenix?!

  5. What a week of celebrations, Judy. I know that you'll enjoy every moment, and I'm so happy that you'll take us along. I have my book now and it is beautiful! It will be a wonderful gift to share with friends as birthdays roll around. Have a grand time celebrating!

  6. Will you sign my book? Truly a weekend with many celebrations...May you enjoy all those moments coming and going. Tennis? The weather is nice again...we can dash in and out in between signings.

  7. Getting excited. Happy celebrations to your family, too!!

  8. Happy celebrating! What a beautiful picture of all of you around the table! I love the colors in it and the happy faces! May is a busy month of celebrating for us too..anniversary for my son and daughter in law, birthday for hubby turning the big 5 0 and Kaleb has a birthday as well! Have a great week end!

  9. Any excuse for a celebration is great. You all look lovely sitting around the table together.

  10. Have fun celebrating this weekend Judy. Our son's birthday is tomorrow. Enjoy your weekend.

  11. Beautiful birthday girls! Love your header too! Celebrating with you this weekend - feel the love and enjoy every moment - you deserve to be celebrated!

  12. Yes, so many reasons to on!

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  14. Hoping your birthday girls have wonderful celebrations - and all the MGs too! Don't you look lovely around that table - the picture of springtime!

  15. Congratulations to all you famous gals who are not only great cooks but sisters in spirit! Looking forward to thumbing through Celebrations before too long and to trying some of the recipes!

  16. Celebrating those we love is a special gift. Your Ranen is adorable and growing up so quickly. Broni is beautiful! You shared the sweetest tributes to both of them.

    The picture at the end is one of the best group pictures I have seen in a long time.
    The setting, the colors, the tablescape, and the lovely, talented women aroung the table make it exceptional.

  17. Happy belated birthday to Broni and Ranen! You always make birthdays extra special for them!


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