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Saturday, August 21, 2010

my birthday week

Hooray for the weekend!

There has been lots happening around here this week.
My birthday was on Wednesday.
It was a low-key day.
But that was okay with me.
I was thinking back to last year on my birthday...
how I didn't even want to celebrate it.
I didn't want to celebrate my birthday 
if Cora wasn't here to celebrate hers.
It is still hard celebrating without her,
but this year I was so thankful to be spending the day with Levi.
Just doing normal everyday things
and enjoying every minute we had together.

Levi and Joel had flowers and a present 
waiting for me when I woke up.
And my family threw a little party for me too.
Those candles mark my entrance into the last year of my twenties.

We also celebrated my niece's birthday 
and said goodbye to three siblings this week. 
It's hard to believe that school is starting already. 
My brother and Joel's sister left for college. 
Joel's brother also went back home to China to teach English. 
All the goodbyes meant that we needed some 
family pictures while everyone was still around.

This is what happens when my family tries to take family pictures.
Nice pose boys.

Hope you have a relaxing, tree swinging kind of weekend.

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I am so excited that some of you are 
going to join us for the Run for Hope.
As I was trying to fix the logo on my last post
I accidently erased all the comments.
Just wanted you to know that I read them all!
Keep on running (or walking)...


Anonymous Annabel said...

Happy Birthday for Wednesday Jess! Hope that you enjoy your last year of being in your twenties! What an amazing age to be!

That last picture of Levi is just soo cute! He's truly beautiful!

I've read your blog for about 18 months now and you've had me in laughter and in tears several times. I love reading your blog! It makes my day, your family are beautiful and I love finding out what you've all been up too. God bless you all! Much love x

August 21, 2010 at 3:53 PM  
Blogger Cathy said...

Happy birthday! Levi is adorable.

August 21, 2010 at 4:15 PM  
Blogger The Sweetest Things said...

Wishing you a happy birthday. Love your blog and all the pics. Especially the one of the guys. Cute!!!

It was nice visiting you. Have a blessed day.♥

August 21, 2010 at 4:28 PM  
Blogger Todd and Courtney said...

Happy Birthday! I'm sure Cora has a nice cupcake to eat for you in heaven :) LOVE that last picture of Levi. He's so sweet and cute!

August 21, 2010 at 5:38 PM  
Blogger Stef said...

I cannot get over Levi's most adorable smile! He is just one adorable boy. You have a beautiful family.
I often look at your pictures and think *I bet Jess understands the joys of Motherhood more than most women do.* Sometimes I'm not sure we fully soak in and enjoy and cherish something until we realize what life is like without it :(

I'm glad you had Mr. Levi to help you guys celebrate your birthday this year! (Happy Birthday!)

August 21, 2010 at 6:46 PM  
Blogger Nancy said...

Happy Birthday! You have such a beautiful family!!

August 21, 2010 at 8:15 PM  
Blogger Lindsay said...

Happy belated birthday! It's the last year of my twenties too and I am celebrating it!

Levi is precious. I just love his big smiles.

August 21, 2010 at 8:55 PM  
Anonymous Brooke King said...

Super cute picture of Levi clapping. Happy Birthday! I just turned 30 this year, and it's really not that bad... ;)

August 21, 2010 at 10:48 PM  
Blogger Townsendpartyof5 said...

Absolutely Bee-U-tiful picture of you, Jess, with your boys on your birthday! Hard to believe a gal with so few years on her body has so much heart and wisdom in her soul! Thank you for continually sharing your gifts with us! I'm strapping on my shoes and my new Couch to 5K (c25k) iphone app and getting running. Remind me if there is somewhere to send my donation. I'm sure you'll have more posts as the day gets closer.

August 21, 2010 at 10:53 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Happy Late birthday. Been reading your blog for awhile and love it. Somedays I cry, somedays I laugh and somedays I do
Let me tell you Cora just jumped thru the screen and stole my heart and so does PRECIOUS, HANDSOME Levi...WOW, you make fabulous kids!!!!!!! Keep sharing :)

August 22, 2010 at 7:43 AM  
Anonymous Karina said...

A happy belated birthday to you, Jess! You are beautiful.

August 22, 2010 at 9:21 AM  
Blogger Bethany said...

Hope you had a blessed birthday week. After my husband and I lost our son Leyton (a week before our due date), a close friend shared your blog with me. I have truly enjoyed reading how the Lord has been working in your family's life. Quick question, where did you get the blanket Levi is laying on on the right side of your blog? I'm guessing you're going to say you or someone made it for you but it is so beautiful. I love it!

August 22, 2010 at 1:35 PM  
Blogger Miss G said...

cupcakes for birthdays are always a wonderful thing! Happy Birthday!!! Kelly

p.s. turning 30 was one of my most favorite birthdays so enjoy this year in your twenties but know 30 is really fun too. :)

August 22, 2010 at 6:14 PM  
Blogger Lauren said...

Aw, so glad you had a sweet birthday!!! Wonderful pics :)

August 22, 2010 at 6:40 PM  
Blogger Julie said...

You share a birthday with my boy, Sawyer, who turned 2 Wednesday. Enjoy your 20s. I'm now knocking on the door of 31. :) Love, Love, L-O-V-E the outdoor BBQ. We live in South Alabama and I have a few oak trees in my front yard that I'd LOVE to decorate with outdoor lighting. And, my parents have LOTS of mason jars. We actually drink from them quite a bit. :) I've been eyeing the lights from Target for a while now and after seeing your post from the birthday bash, I'm about to go and place my order. :) Thanks for sharing!

August 22, 2010 at 7:57 PM  
Blogger Tricia said...

I love all of the family photos! happy birthday, Jess. I'm so glad that you had a happy day with your sweet family.

With love and prayers,

August 22, 2010 at 8:12 PM  
Blogger Unknown said...

Happy birthday! I LOVE all of your pictures! You have such an eye for the perfect shot.
I am excited about getting to personally meet you at the run!

August 22, 2010 at 10:25 PM  
Blogger Momma H said...

Your family looks like a blast, Jess! What fun. And that you are all serving Christ is a real plus.
Hope your birthday was very blessed. Levi is definitely in that category!

August 22, 2010 at 11:11 PM  
Blogger Christina said...

I'm catching up a bit...but I just had to leave a comment. The "boys" picture made me laugh! It's funny to know that they don't outgrow that silliness. :) My son and his cousin did a number on our efforts to take family pics last Thanksgiving, but we didn't know it because we were all facing the camera (picture taken with timer), so they were up to their shenanigans and we couldn't see them! Too funny.
I am glad that you were able to have a good birthday!

September 6, 2010 at 1:20 AM  

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