Wednesday, August 6, 2008


Our Internet service has been down so I'm playing catch-up with this post.
August 2nd was Marc's 39th birthday. I cannot believe our youngest child is almost 40!
We celebrated with a family dinner on Sunday, the 3rd.
Here is the birthday honoree!

I always let the person celebrating their birthday pick what they want me to prepare for the birthday dinner. Marc chose Beef Stroganoff. I served it with a large tossed salad, homemade Bread & Butter Pickles (from the cucumbers Mickey grew), green beans & buttered french bread.

Here is the cake, which was purchased by Jacque. It was 1/2 chocolate & 1/2 white cake and delicious!!!

Here is part of the group as we assembled for the meal. Left to right: Carrie (13 year old daughter of David's friend) Oksana (13 year old granddaughter who no longer wants her picture taken!) David (Marc's older brother by 5 years) and Mailie (David's friend)

You can see we have 2 tables set up. The regular dining room table with seating for 8 and the card table with seating for 4.

After dinner as Marc was preparing to open his gifts.

Marc and older sister, Jacque.

Uncle Dave (our son-in-love and husband of oldest daughter Suzette) and Aric (9 year old grandson)

Husband, Father & Grandfather Mickey (with his new crew cut)

Jacque - our second daughter.

Benny (Jacque's and our friend)
Don't know how I managed not to get a picture of me or Suzette (Marc's oldest sister) but believe me......we were very much present and accounted for!
Marc got lots of really nice gifts. Mickey & my gift to him was Hugo Boss cologne, Pure Power. Along with our prayer for the Lord to bring that Proverbs 31 woman into his life!!!! I mention the cologne name because we made a point of telling Oksana her father was Boss with Pure Power!!!!
The Saturday night before our friends, Don & Barbara, had us over for dinner and then the 4 of us attended the Southern Gospel Worship Gathering that is held the first Saturday of each month. We had not been to this in months but a evangelist, who has preached at our church, and who has one of those wonderful, booming voices, named Chresten Tomlin was one of those singing and we had to go hear Cresten. The other's were a Blind Gospel Pianist named Charley Tipps, a male quartet named The Missourians and a male trio named David's Song (all three were named David!!) from Tyler, Texas. A wonderful, uplifting and very moving evening.
In case you didn't know.......I LOVE my new clothes line. I have hung 3 loads so far.
I have FINALLY decided to do something about my weight!!!! Beginning Monday morning I have walked 15 minutes or more each morning. I will build up a little each day until I get to 30 minutes. I am adding some upper body weight exercises, too. When I find one of those weight loss scales I will be adding it to my blog. I need, and want, to lose AT LEAST 20 pounds.By going public, and adding this, I will be making myself accountable to blogland as well as to myself!
We bought the book "YOU: The Owner's Manual" by Michael F. Roizen, M.D. and Mehmet C. Oz, M.D. last evening. We have only read 47 pages, so far, but it is wonderful!!! These two Doctors write very complicated and complex truths about our body in a very fun and easy to read & understand way. That is not an easy job. The first chapter is on the heart. Needless to say, that is of supreme interest to Mickey & I at this juncture of our lives.
Speaking of the heart, the latest on Mickey is he is to go back to Oklahoma City on Friday, July 15th, at 2:00 p.m. for a breathing test. We are truly believing he is NOT going to have to have bi-pass heart surgery. Please join us in praying for that.
I think this catches me up to date on what is going on in our lives. I'll try and do a better job of staying caught up and visiting all of you, my friends, in the next several days, now that my internet is back on line.

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Charlotte said...

What a nice gathering and celebration. Happy belated b-day to Marc.

annie said...

Happy birthday to Marc. We were born 7 days apart!
Your daughter looks so much like you!

Regarding the pictures and how to remove them and move them... you can just click on the picture while writing your post and hit the delete button and it will go away. You can also click on the photo and then hold the L key on your mouse down while you move it to where you want in the post. If that makes sense?

AND guess what? Matt put up a clothesline for me last night. I told him I wanted to go to Lowe's and see what they had. They didn't have much but I mentioned you and said that you ended up using trees. He jokingly said we probably will too... and we did! So, I'm off now to get the clothes off the line :O!

Anonymous said...

Happy birthday to your Marc!! My Mark turned 10 on August 2. =)

Yes, I will also pray for good results on your husband's tests!!

Sharon said...

Looks like a wonderful day with the family! What a great way to celebrate a birthday!

:0) Sharon

Dawn said...

Looks like a lot of fun, and the menu sounds delicious!

A lot of us are trying to get rid of the old pounds - go to - it's fun to watch it go down~

PEA said...

Happy Belated Birthday to Marc:-) It sounds like he had a wonderful birthday and I'm so glad to see that you could all celebrate it together! I so enjoyed looking at all the pictures, you have a beautiful family, dear Susan.

Good luck in losing the weight you want to lose...I need to do that also but right now my willpower has taken a leave of absence! lol

My prayers are with Mickey that he will not need by-pass surgery!! xoxo

Pen of Jen said...

Well how fun! I really believe that Marc favors Mickey and Jacque favors very much:)

I enjoyed seeing the photos and happy to see all of you get a chance to have family time!

I look forward to when my baby is 39!!!I hope that it will be a day as special as you have shared with us, about your baby.


Kansas Bob said...

Way to go on the walking Susan.. I am pulling for you!!

Jenileigh said...

mmmm beef stroganoff sounds delicious!

diana said...

thanks for catching us up =)

your birthday gathering made me a little homesick. i remember get-togethers like this when i used to live close to family. they are very special, even if the participants don't realize it at the time. thanks for sharing.

Jillian, Inc. said...

Hi Susan- I'm behind on blog reading this week (and haven't really posted either) so it was nice to come by for a visit and see a "catch up" post. So, now I'm caught up! Looks like you all had a great time at the birthday party. And, I love your clothesline post below. Makes me very nostalgic for my childhood and my mom!

Anonymous said...

Hi susan,
Aren't family occasions simply the best?
You all look like you had a wonderful time together.
Wow your baby is 40??? my eldest will be 30 next year and my baby is 8. but I know oneday I will look back and be saying the same thing. Fact it is happens quicker than we think!
bless you and have a great day,
hugs Sandra in NZ

Kathi said...

You have a beautiful family. Bless you as you begin your exercise program. I don't need to lose weight, but I should be exercising. Kathi