Thursday, April 16, 2009

16th birthday...can't be, shouldn't be...I don't want to believe it!

Happy Sweet Sixteen©
By Shirley J. Davidson
Happy Sweet Sixteen Sweet sixteen!
Sweet sixteen!
We can't believe it's true;
The person sitting before us
Is really, really you.
You've grown from the colicky baby
With wailing through the night.
We have a tape of screams you made
That would give a ghost a fright.
We'd tiptoe to your little crib,
And put you down to nap.
The trouble was the squeaky board
Would give a little snap.
Then up you'd pop to play again.
We would sigh and try anew
To get our little child to nap
So we'd see the whole day through.
As birthday celebrations changed
The years have brought great fun.
From cupcakes at the skating rink,
To clowns, balloons and sun.
You've done swimming at the Y,
And movies at the mall.
We've pinned a long and bushy tail
On a donkey in the hall.
You'll always be our sweetie --Our baby in disguise;
And you should know you're very loved
In both your parents eyes.
May the days that lie ahead
Bring happiness untold;
Choices that are good and wise
For your life as it unfolds.
Sweet sixteen! Sweet sixteen!
Colored candles on a cake!
We send you a Happy Birthday
With a wish for you to make!

Good evening internet. You see this precious little thang? This picture was taken April 26, 1993. The baby was Conley Eugene Swafford III. He was exactly 1 week old. Cute lil' feller, huh? He was 8 lbs 9 oz. at birth, and 20 inches long.

This is him at the hospital when lil brother was born. He was 19 months old. Around 20 lbs, about 27 inches tall. (and cuter than a 2 day old pup!)

Lower left corner (your left) here he is again. Christmas of 98. He was 5 1/2 yrs old, in Kindergarten. About 45 lbs. little over 3 feet tall. You can probaly guess where this is going, huh?

Now here is the whole gang, but the important person is the one in the upper left hand corner. This was at 13 years old. Still not taller than me...still cute as a bug in a rug...

This is him, today, on his 16th birthday. He is 180 lbs, and yes, taller than me AND his 5 ft. 10 inches. A very handsome guy, if I do say so meself! lol. I have been on the verge of tears all day, thinking about that wonderful day he was born, thanking God for giving me such a precious gift.
Happy Birthday" Means Much More
"Happy Birthday" means much more
Than have a happy day.
Within these words lie lots of things
I never get to say.
It means I love you first of all,
Then thanks for all you do.
It means you mean a lot to me,
And that I'm proud of you.
But most of all,
I guess it means
That I am thinking of
Your happiness on this,
your day,
With pleasure and with love.
poem copyright: Nicholas Gordon

Sunday, April 12, 2009

Happy Easter!

What is more precious than this? A child's first Easter egg hunt,where they are more interested in the grass and flowers than the eggs? This is my nephew Adam, hunting eggs almost on his own, (mommy had to keep hold of his hand so he didn't run away.)
Look how beautiful these flowers are. I am not sure of the correct name, so I am not naming them, except to call them gorgeous!

And last but not least, here are my tulips that I posted about a few weks ago. Aren't they pretty. God has been so good to us, beautiful weather, christian family, great food!

Tuesday, April 7, 2009

Chickens, cabbage, and the dreaded 4 letter word s***!

These are the fluffy lil darlins I posted about a couple weeks ago. On March 18th, to be exact. They were only 2 days old when those pictures were taken. Now they are 3 weeks old, and they are huge! They are now outside in a homemade brooder on the back porch. Cute, aren't they? This next picture is my cabbage I planted last Saturday...see the white stuff? Any guesses as to what that is? No, its not the white stuff in potting soil...its the snow that has been falling all day here...Luckily, it is NOT

Here is more of that yucky stuff, see the puppy? The flakes were huge...for a few minutes, I believe it was hail, it was loud, hitting our metal roof, but by the time I got outside with the camera, it was gone...

Here you can see the walkway to the house, this fell in just a few seconds, I am so glad it was almost 80 here yesterday,...if it hadn't been, we would have had a real mess here!

Now this little hen is saying "get out of here!" And on that note, I am gone!

Thursday, April 2, 2009

Strawberry bread...

I made this for our church's bake sale turned out pretty good, I thought I would share the recipe with you.

2 cups fresh strawberries
3 1/8 Cups all purpose flour
2 Cups white sugar
1 Tbs. cinnamon
1 tsp. salt
1 tsp. baking soda
1 1/4 Cups oil
4 beaten eggs
1 1/4 Cups pecans
Preheat oven to 350.Butter and flour pans (it calls for 2 loaf pans, I used mini loaf pans) Slice strawberries, sprinkle lightly with sugar. Set aside while preparing bread mixture. (the 1st batch I made, I just sliced the berries. wasn't too good. next batch, I diced them up...lots better.)
Combine dry ingred. blend oil & eggs into strawberries, add berry mixture to flour mixture stirring until dry ingredients are just moistened. Stir in nuts. divide into pans. Bake for 45 to 50 minutes, or until tester comes out clean.