Tuesday, May 31, 2011

The Best of Times

We had a very enjoyable Memorial Day weekend, Gill's brother came on Sunday and we had a cookout. Uncle Pat is a superstar here. :-) On Monday we visited a little lonely country graveyard called Union Cemetery. It's tucked way back in with the tiniest little sign, if you didn't know it was there you'd drive right past. There were tons of veterans there, more per capita than any other cemetery that I think I've ever visited. And children, lots of children. There is something gut wrenching to think of little ones lying there, forgotten by everybody who knew them. One small stone marked the grave of Rosina, she died in 1845 at the age of 2. I wish stones told how people died. Was she sick? A farm accident? A fire? I wonder about her, not just how she died but what her life was like. Ohio was fairly wild in the 1840s. History becomes more and more interesting to me the older I get.

Today, however, it Katie's 18th birthday. EIGHTEEN! We're not celebrating today, trying to get her to ask for anything is like pulling teeth. She says her trip to Tennessee was the best present she could have had. :-) We'll celebrate this coming weekend which gives me a few more days to figure out what to get for a girl that's satisfied with what she already has. I can't believe that she's all grown up, it tempts me to say some cliche' like "where did the time go?" So, I'll spare you that and just say that I'm so proud of her, I couldn't ask for a better daughter than what she is. She's industrious, accomplished, friendly, witty and enthusiastic about a simple country life. What more could any parent want? So, Happy Birthday Katie! I love you!


  1. Happy Birthday dear Katie!!

    I think it is wonderful when the children we love and raise become our dearest friends as well. What a wonderful blessing!!

  2. yes happy birthday to katie! I love being best friends with my parents as well and I believe its great she is content to only have had a lovely trip for her birthday. So many girls these days are never content even with many things. Praise God He gives us contentment.

    In Christ,

  3. Happy Birthday Katie! Love your dress too!

  4. Happy Birthday, Katie! May 18 be even better and more of a blessing that 17!

  5. I've seen a lot of pictures of Katie, but never has she looked more like you than in this photo. A beautiful young lady, inside and out. Happy Birthday Katie.

  6. Thanks everybody for the nice comments and compliments. :-)

    Mrs. G

    This is actually me, though Blogger won't let me comment as myself.

  7. Thank You all so much :) I had a very nice day!
    Lissa, I love that dress too- it was a Christmas present from my freind in Tennessee! It's a 1950s work of art :D

  8. Happy belated b-day Katie! You're so beautiful!

  9. Happy birthday Katie!
    And Paris, I really, REALLY love this posting about the graveyard. You think very similar to the way I do about those who rest there. A very touching story.

  10. Happy Birthday, Katie!
    Shiloh (from VW)

  11. I know this is late, but happy birthday! You have grown into such a beautiful young woman.
    God bless you in this coming year!

    In Christ's Service,