Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Happy Birthday Poppa

We had a wonderful whirlwind trip - a five hour trip down to Massachusetts - arriving in time for my father's 60th birthday party hosted by his gracious girlfriend, Sheila. It was his request to have a small party with just my sister's family (she and her husband have two children), my Mom and step-father, and us (all eight of us). It was so very sweet for my father to include my mom and step-father as there are far too few times when my sister and I are both together and she got to enjoy the special moments as well. Not to mention it was also my sister's birthday just the day before.

Here is my father -
Here are my two oldest son's singing a special song they wrote for their Poppa - there were a few teary eyes in the room -

Finally, the eight grandchildren (six of which are our children)

I am so grateful for my parents and their love and commitment to our family.

Back to business here on the home front. We have just completed a custom request for a 100 piece building block set which has been fun to put together.

Yesterday, we planted some bulbs by the pond. The bulbs came from a perennial grower just down the road from us.

We talked about how the bulbs need to rest all winter and then as the sun warms the earth in the spring they will awaken and begin to sprout and shoot out of the ground.

Warm wishes. Tonya


  1. How wonderful that you can all celebrate together! Looks like a lot of fun

  2. What a special time you had with family. That is a good lookin' family ya got there! :)

  3. What a sweet celebration! Your sons singing a song written especially for your father must have been so heartwarming. Your family is amazing, Tonya!

  4. It simply amazes me how so many people believe homeschooled children are too sheltered and limited! Your children are some of the most inventive and creative that I've ever seen! :D I'm sure there is an encouraging mother somewhere behind them. :D We are doing a bit of gardening here, just tilling the garden and spreading compost. Hopefully my herb seeds come soon. What kind of bulbs did you plant?

  5. It looks like a wonderful time! Thanks for the reminder to get out and plant some of our bulbs!

  6. Sounds like a great celebration! I love that your son's wrote and performed a song...how cool!!

  7. What a beautiful family you are! I love to see that your kids play music....we are a musical family as well! When I listen to my kids play music it fills up my soul!
    much love,

  8. I love musical families! (and families with many children!!)
    Thanks for stopping by my blog- I love 'meeting' new people (especially big families, now don't tell my single friends I said that...)
    Happy knitting-