“The real things haven't changed. It is still best to be honest and truthful; to make the most of what we have; to be happy with simple pleasures; and have courage when things go wrong.” ~ Laura Ingalls Wilder

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Sixteen...

Hi, everyone. I hope you're all doing well and staying warm!

 We're having a very cold and snowy winter this year...so cold that some of the pipes in the church froze and burst a couple weeks ago. What a mess that was to clean up! We've also had frozen pipes in the school, but thankfully they didn't burst!

We've missed about a week and a half of school due to snow and frozen pipes, so we're going to have to use some of our Easter break to make that up. Our church and school is in a rural residential area, so our roads aren't top priority getting cleared. In the last snowstorm we had, the snow plow didn't come until five days after the storm. The roads were still awful though, because the temperatures stayed too cold for the snow to melt.

Our forecast is calling for more snow tomorrow night, so we'll see what happens! We may have to add some more days on the end of the school year.


Katie's 16th birthday was on the 7th, so we had a party for her at the church on Friday night. 


Her cake was made and given to her by her schoolteacher. I thought she did a great job on it!  We're so thankful for her generosity. I know cakes are expensive and take a lot of time to make.
Katie loved it! :-)

Katie's teacher made the cupcakes too!


Some of her friends came up with this idea. They arranged little tea lights in the church pavilion, and after Katie had opened her gifts, we went out and gathered in a circle around the lights. Her friends took turns letting Katie know what she meant to them, and there were sweet and funny little stories about things they've done together. Katie loved it, she said it was her favorite part. 

After the party, she and some of the girls spent the night at the church, so I stayed with them. Unfortunately, my air mattress had a hole in it, so I got very little sleep. As soon as I got home, I took a nap! :-)

 
 I sure do love this girl. It's hard to believe how quickly she's growing up! What a blessing she is to our family. I'm so thankful God chose me to be her mom.♥

Thanks for stopping by today. I always enjoy hearing from you. :-)

Take care,
~Melanie

10 comments:

  1. Happy birthday to Katie! She is a beautiful young lady, Melanie! Her party sounds so sweet and the cakes are beautiful.

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  2. First of all, Happy Birthday to your beautiful daughter!

    This winter weather has certainly caused havoc in so many places! I hope sunny skies will be in store for you soon.

    Stay warm
    ~willa~

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  3. So glad that you have been blessed with such a wonderful daughter. I tears up reading what you said about being her Mom. Wishing her many more birthdays.

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  4. Wow, 16?? She is gorgeous. So glad she enjoyed her nice birthday. What a great teacher, and friends.

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  5. Happy Birthday to sweet Katie! She is such a pretty young lady! Such a lovely way to celebrate her birthday!

    We feel as if we have been in hibernation a big part of this winter ... due to the frigid temperatures and lots and lots of snow.

    Spring is just around the corner ... well maybe around a few corners! I am sure we will all be happy to see those first signs of spring!

    It has been a long winter! We are so very thankful for our warm home and a well stocked pantry.

    Stay warm and cosy my sweet friend!

    Hugs ♥ Teri

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  6. Hi Melanie ... it is just me again! Just wanted you to know how pretty I think your "little space" looks!

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  7. Thank you, Teri! We're glad Katie had a nice birthday. Hard to believe she's 16 already!
    Yes, it's been quite a winter! We've been inside a lot too. I have a feeling spring may have a few more corners to go! We're getting ready for the next storm coming in tonight!
    I hope you enjoy the rest of your week! Hugs, my sweet friend.♥

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  8. What a beautiful cake. And such a neat idea with the tea lights.

    Happy Birthday Katie. I wish you many more.

    Felicia

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  9. Hi Melanie...Happy Birthday to your daughter a bit late!!!
    What a beautiful cake and cupcakes and how generous and sweet of her teacher to do that.
    Blessings,
    Happy Valentine's Day
    Karen

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  10. What a beautiful daughter! Hope sweet 16 was everything and more!

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