Saturday, February 15, 2014

Valentine's Day . . . Now Sweeter than Ever!

Valentine's Day will never be the same for our family!
We are so grateful to now have a little sweetheart's birthday to celebrate on this day also!
"O Lord, you are my God;
I will exalt you and praise your name,
for in perfect faithfulness
you have done marvelous things,
things planned long ago."
Isaiah 25:1
Our family loves to celebrate things and make special family memories!
So, we've sure had a ton of fun decorating, cooking, baking, eating feasting
and visiting with loved ones!
This is how our Valentine's day started!
Valerie made us a delicious egg, hash brown, and sausage/ham casserole;
and waffles with fruit topping for breakfast!
Then, we put on a fresh white table cloth, and added a few decorative chocolates
for our family Valentine's Day dinner!
And we invited a our very special guest. . .
Aunt Kelley!
Benjamin is going through a phase where he asks anybody and everybody ALL DAY to "play with me for a while?"
Aunt Kelley was happy to oblige.  Now, she is his very best buddy!
Daddy requested steak, potato skins, and asparagus for the dinner.
We added a green salad, a fruit jello salad and brown rolls!
It was our first time making potato skins.
Caroline did a fabulous job with them!
They were  delicious!
Then, after dinner, Brielle opened up this special little present.
And then we enjoyed the birthday carrot cake pictured at top,
and this "Death by Chocolate Cake." (as we call it!)
But the most special of the festivities was planned for this morning . . .  
a birthday breakfast for Brielle!
So we added a big table and put on the party tablecloths!
Heart biscuits to go with the sausage gravy!

All kinds of sweet things!

And sweet guests!

The menfolk talking after breakfast.
(Wait, is Kyle STILL eating? ;-)
We all sang Happy Birthday to Brielle,
and gave her the traditional little birthday cake to
eat play in!
 LOVE these guys!!!

Us girls!
(Wish we thought to snap this photo before Lydia and Richie left!)
Daddy and Brielle all tuckered out after all that celebrating!
Dear friends, let us love one another,
for love comes from God.
Everyone who loves has been born of God and knows God.
Whoever does not love does not know God,
because God is love.
This is how God showed his love among us:
He sent his one and only Son into the world
that we might live through him.
This is love:
not that we loved God,
but that he loved us and sent his Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins.
Dear friends,
since God so loved us,
we also ought to love one another.
No one has ever seen God;
but if we love one another,
God lives in us and his love is made complete in us.
1 John 4:7-12


Ebenezer Forest Farm said...

Happy Birthday, Brielle!!
~The Strang Family

Eden said...

Happy Birthday to Brielle! :)

The decorations you put up look amazing!

Anonymous said...

Hey Awesome Strang Family!
Thanks so much for the birthday greetings for Brielle! We are so grateful for your friendship!
Lots of love,
The Bowes Family

AZDonna said...

Happy birthday to that little sweetie! That was quite the feast and quite the party. What a lovely time you all had.
(It's time you sent me another real picture! ;) )

The Bowes Family said...

Hi Donna!!
Thanks so much! Always love your sweet notes! Pictures are on their way to you! : -)
Love you!

Lydia said...

Such sweet pictures! That was such a fun exciting celebration. Little Brielle has brought so much LOVE to the family! :-)

The Bowes Family said...

Dear Sweet Lydia,
Indeed, it was a very special celebration! It was soooo fun having you all here!!

God is sooooo good to us!
Love you!

Meemom said...

Wow did you all weigh before eating and again after eating. Lol I would not either. Sure all looked good though..Sure looked like a wonderful time. Love, Meemom

The Bowes Family said...

Hee, hee! Indeed, it was quite the feast! But that's part of the celebration, huh? Wish you were here!

Love you!
All of us!

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