Archive for May, 2020

Happy 40th birthday Jen

Posted in Celebrations on May 24th, 2020 by c-had – Be the first to comment

Jen turned 40!

Jen's neighborhood friends snuck in our yard under cover of night to put a birthday sign up for her 40th birthday.

Yard sign from friends

The girls made Jen a birthday banner.

Birthday banner

Jen made herself a fruit tart for her 40th birthday.

Fruit tart

I surprised Jen this morning with a video of many of our friends and family singing to her. She watched it over and over.

Virtual birthday chorus

and you can too:

Opening presents

Opening presents

Air fryer


Praise From Home – Way Maker

Posted in Music on May 4th, 2020 by c-had – Be the first to comment

In this week's Praise From Home, Jen finally joins the band for Way Maker. Pay close attention to Jen's shirt (though Molly's shirt and my shirt are also appropriate for today).

Goodbye Betty

Posted in Uncategorized on May 1st, 2020 by c-had – Be the first to comment

Yesterday, my step-grandmother, Betty, died. She was a lovely lady and a joy to have around. I have lots of great memories of her and Grandaddy. I thought maybe a trip down memory lane was in order, so here are a few of my favorite memories of her.

Grandaddy and Betty got married in 2004, a couple years after Jen and I did.

Cake cutting

Betty and Grandaddy came up to Maryland for Molly’s baptism. This was likely the first time she sang to one of my children, but certainly not the last. She loved to sing, especially to little babies. (Apologies to Caroline for including this picture :) )

Betty singing

And here’s a similar picture from 3 years later. Betty sang to Leah for quite a while, and Leah stared at her the entire time.

Singing Betty

Probably my favorite memory of her was from our family trip to Savannah in 2009. We were there for the 4th of July (as usual), which meant we celebrated my dad’s birthday there (July 2). We actually drove down that day, and Betty was great and made her highly regarded pound cake to celebrate.

Birthday cake

Unfortunately, she accidentally grabbed the green food coloring instead of the vanilla when making it, so it had an interesting color. Tasted great, though. We still talk about that green pound cake in our family to this day.

Green cake

Betty brought a lot of joy to Grandaddy's life, and for that I will forever be grateful.

Grandaddy and Betty

Grandaddy and Betty