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Wednesday:) What a Wonderful Celebration

24 Aug

“I cannot even imagine where I would be today were it not for that handful of friends who have given me a heart full of joy. Let’s face it, friends make life a lot more fun.”

 – Charles R. Swindoll

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As promised, my anniversary party with so many wonderful friends. Three years in my new house and my new life, and most of these friends were here last year to celebrate with me. Now, there are some new friends to add to the marvelous mix of McKinney friends.


Mr. Jerry was the first to arrive, and carrying a nice bottle of wine. I told him to hold still because I always take a picture of my first guess. He held still, but my picture wasn’t so great.


So many friends. People came and left at different times, but this was the first wave.


Oh, my dear friends Margaret and Johnny. My old neighbors. I miss them so much, but I really miss the triplets and Rachel. I watched them grow up right before my eyes.




The party’s over

It’s time to call it a day.

The party sublime

But now it is time

To put the left overs away.


Thank you my dear friends. You made this day very special.

Tuesday:) Tomorrow, Toni’s Trilogy Celebration

23 Aug

“We all have life storms, and when we get the rough times and we recover from them, we should celebrate that we got through it. No matter how bad it may seem, there’s always something beautiful that you can find.”

~Mattie Stepanek

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If you read my earlier post on 7/11 about my Trilogy Testimonials, or you know my story, then you remember that tomorrow, August 23rd is the second awful date on the calendar that God transformed from a painful tearful date into a special celebration. August 23, 1975, I married my high school sweetheart, Tony Andrukaitis, in a beautiful church wedding in front of countless friends, family, and God. Thirty-nine years later, after disgusting discoveries, lies, cheating, and a painful divorce, my life and health was in turmoil. Being forced to leave my home and neighbors after ten years, I moved into my beautiful brand new home, to start my brand new life, on August 23rd, 2014. Another “God moment.”

Last year, I had a special anniversary of my new home party. Tomorrow, I will have another anniversary party, and will continue this tradition as long as I live in my beautiful new home.  A reminder of my rescue and blessings. 

I’ve been preparing for many days. Saturday, I went to the store and picked up a LOT of party food, drinks, and snacks. I invited friends and neighbors, and guess what? Most of them are coming. I’m so excited. But, this also means that I need to do a lot of baking, cooking, planning and cleaning. I LOVE IT!

Last year, so many good friends came to celebrate with me, and this year even more are expected.


Here are just some of goodies I purchased for the party.


After posting this blog, I will proceed to bake my little brains out. Tomorrow’s the big day! If you’re in the neighborhood, come on by. There’s always plenty, and plenty to be thankful for. 

Tomorrow night,  I’ll tell you all about it.

Montage Monday:) A Week in a Peek Celebrating 9 Decades

13 Jun

Family is not an important thing. It’s everything.

~ Michael J. Fox***************

A busy, crazy, beautiful, exhausting, magnificent week in a peek. The highlight was Mom’s 90th birthday on Tuesday and her big party on Saturday afternoon. A wonderful week. A big thank you to all the family and friends who made it so special.


Theme Song Thursday:) Celebrate

18 Nov

“Don’t regret; just celebrate your knowledge and wisdom. Life isn’t about an easygoing sheltered heaven; it’s about living.” 
― Rola Mahmoud

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We finally were able to get together to celebrate Sherry’s birthday. We went to Cristina’s Mexican Restaurant for a nice long lunch and lots of girlie talk. Good food, good friends, and lots of fun presents. Girlfriends know how to celebrate.


We all sang happy birthday, and Señora Joplin was kind enough to share her dessert with us all. True friendship! 


Happy belated birthday Sherry. 

Wednesday:) What A Wonderful Celebration!!!

24 Aug

“The more you praise and celebrate your life, the more there is in life to celebrate.”

~Oprah Winfrey

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Yesterday, I contacted my two year anniversary in my new house, and my new life, with my new friends, and my old dear friends. There is just one word to describe the event…AWESOME!!!!

I’ll just let the pictures do my talking. So many good friends!


I received many gifts and cards of congratulations and support. The very best part was all the hugs and kisses. You can never get too many hugs and kisses!

Saturday:) Celebrations and Other Stuff

15 May

“Every day is a good day. There is something to learn, care and celebrate.” ― Amit Ray, Walking the Path of Compassion

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My dear friends over at McKinney’s Sweet Spot Bakery celebrated their 3rd Anniversay today. 

Miss Kathy and Miss Elizabth cut the cake together, just  as they’ve shared the good times and tough times of growing a small business. Friendship, loyalty and hard work have been the key ingredients for this recipe for success.
  
Look at this beautiful cake. It was even more delicious than it looked.

  
Along with yummy cake, their was live music and singing.

  
We meet many people in our lifetime, and we visit many places, but sometimes we find that special place where we make those great friends that make very special memories. 

  
Afterwards, I stopped at the Visitor’s Center to chat with Miss Sue. McKinney is a special place….friends everywhere.

  
  

Congratulations Sweet Spot Bakery!!, 

 

Theme Song Thursday:) Celebrate

22 Apr

Amit Kalantri

“A birth-date is a reminder to celebrate the life as well as to update the life.” 

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Not only was it a beautiful day here in McKinney, but it was a great day to celebrate our friend, Lynda’s, special birthday. 

  
Lynda invited us to her beautiful home in the historic district. I think we spent more time exploring her yard, beautiful gardens, greenhouse, and perfectly decorated historic home.

  
Lynda is an amazing artist, and she has many friends who are fantastic artists in their own right. She specifically asked her friends not to bring any gifts. Being obedient yet benevolent friends, no one followed directions. She received many homemade, handcrafted and creative gifts. Artists have the best birthday parties.

  
Look what Kelly made. A spectacular jeweled gecko. 

We all were in awe of Lynda’s back yard. 

   
   
A great day with great friends. Happy birthday Lynda.