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Hi! I'm Billie Jo, a wife to one and mother to four who loves all things home and family. During the day I homeschool, do laundry, and drink way excessive amounts of coffee. I would much rather read than exercise, and I am blessed to live the life I dreamed of.
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Steeler Game, Cozy Days, And The Last Of The Birthday! Promise!

September means Steeler football is back. 
Despite their less than stellar start, I am still and always will be a fan of the black and gold. Steve took Rhett, Peyton, and Christopher to the game last Sunday. I, meanwhile, enjoyed the game from the comfort of my couch.

And guess what? Steve's amazing sister Sally planned a surprise party for me!
I had no idea! At all! I thought we were going over for dinner and was shocked when I walked in and saw Steve's family, my Mom, Margie and Chris, Heather and Dave, and Marian! I am so very blessed to have such beautiful, thoughtful people in my life. We had my favorite pizza and wings, taco salad, cookies, and the most delicious cake. Thank you, Sally, and everyone for the best birthday ever!

Finishing up with some cozy fall photos. The beautiful painting was a gift from my awesomely talented and fellow fall and Halloween loving friend, Leslie. She blogs HERE, and is the queen of holidays! 

Have a lovely weekend, my friends!
Thanks for visiting!


  1. Happy birthday my dear friend! I turn 49 on Sunday! I think getting older is delightful, as I have more time for my passions in life than I ever did in my youth. God bless you!!! Hugs to you. ~Juli

  2. What a sweet surprise! That cake looks amazing!
    The trees are finally starting to turn here and I am so excited.
    Happy Friday. <3

  3. A very Happy belated Birthday, Billie Jo!!! smiles

  4. Looks like you had the best time! I know you enjoyed it so much. Our team isn't the best this year either but we pull for them anyway! Have a blessed weekend dear friend, get some rest!

  5. Happy 50th Birthday Billie Jo! It looks like you are having fun celebrating, your cake is so pretty. Hope you have a wonderful weekend and Happy Fall too!!!

  6. How wonderful to have a surprise celebration with the people you love. It means more cake too which is always a bonus! xx Susan

  7. Such a wonderful surprise, just shows how much you are loved. Beautiful cake.

  8. Okay.. that photo with your head in the 0 is the best 50th birthday photo ever!! Looks like your surprise party was a blast! The cake is beautiful as well as your family. Glad that you like the little painting. : )

  9. Hi Billie Jo~

    HAPPY BIRTHDAY!! Fifty is fabulous! I am catching up after a blogging break, and it's always fun to see your amazing family and gorgeous photos!!

    Hugs and Love,

  10. Hi Billie Jo, Happy birthday, great pics! So nice to visit you again more recently and find you just the same. Fifty years young! ( and it IS young, I'm sixty next year!)

  11. What a beautiful cake! Happy birthday you look amazing! Wishing you many more amazing years :-) Love the family photos and good to see pictures of you too! Have a wonderful week!


  12. I'm so glad you had a fun 50th!!! My hubby hits that milestone next month and wants NOTHING special done. Boo hoo!! I'm glad you celebrated big!! And that cake? Oh my, you've got talented folks at your house!

  13. One simply must celebrate turning 5-0 has often as one can!

  14. Oh wow, a surprise party! You sure had a great birthday!

  15. I've been loving Packers time too!
    And I love so much that you've been extra spoiled this birthday. If anyone deserves it you do! I see how you make everyone feel so special amongst your family and friends. You are such a beautiful person inside and out. And It's only fitting that everyone wants to make sure you know just how wonderful you are, and how much you should be celebrated! hugs and much love to you dear Billie Jo! 🎂 ❤️

  16. Hi Billie Jo! Happy belated birthday & God bless! Been meaning to write a birthday message. Looks like you had a wonderful celebration! You are truly blessed & such a blessing to others in more ways than you will ever know. Thank you for being a source of encouragement. I have truly gleaned so much from you over the years as a mother & homemaker. Although we have never gotten to meet in real life, you are and have been such a part of my life for many years. Even though I don't comment as much as others, I am always here with my cup of coffee :) Wishing you endless years of health, love & happy memories! Your old insta friend Lisa (hotcoffee4lisa) ❤

  17. awe what an amazing surprise. happy Belated birthday Billie Jo!


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