November 27, 2017

Thanksgiving And A Birthday

I hope you all enjoyed a wonderful Thanksgiving, my friends. Our day was lovely and yummy and relaxing. And then yesterday Madison had a birthday. Our firstborn turned twenty-one! We celebrated her with two of her favorites...turkey soup and blackberry pie.

We actually combined Thanksgiving with some Christmas this year, because Madison and Nicolas will be in Denmark for Christmas. It was a wonderful day...

We celebrated my girl turning 21 on Sunday with turkey soup, turkey sandwiches, and per Madison's request...a pie bar! Peyton made blackberry, peach crumb, and pumpkin pies for the special day.

Just like that, I have an adult daughter. 
It feels as if it were yesterday I first held her in my arms. It was dark and snowy outside that hospital room, but inside, I felt nothing but happiness, coziness, thankfulness and absolute joy as I finally realized my dream of being "Mommy".

On that November evening so many years ago, Steve and I became parents. And every single day since...with three more blessings here on Earth and one precious soul in Heaven...we rejoice in the gift of our vocation. And although our days now are quite different from those early ones filled with diapers, bottles, schedules, rocking chairs, lullabies, sticky pink medicine, giggles and Baby Magic, we are enjoying them just as much. 

So many wonderful blessings can be found in children who grow to become adults. Our lives are different, and while I sometimes long for those simple days of Sesame Street and chocolate milk, I am so enjoying the days of today...the days of Lifetime Movies and coffee and tea.

Happy Birthday, Madison.
Thank you for making me a Mommy.
Thank you for the privilege of raising you.
And thanks for all the makeup and hair help.
I love you, my firstborn.


  1. Wow, 21...She is a beautiful and talented young lady, my friend. What a joy to have her in your life {{smiles}} In fact, all of your kids are simply precious, just like you :)

    Your photos were a delight to look at and I love Madison's request for a pie bar - what fun!

    Have a lovely day! Hugs!

  2. What a beautiful Christgiving and a fabulous birthday spread!! Sounds like the perfect bit of family, fun and food!!

  3. What a very special day you had celebrating Madison and Christmas at the same time. Hope she has many more happy birthdays.

  4. Happy 21st birthday to your beautiful girl! My son turned 21 this year, and I felt the same way. They years pass by so very fast, you blink and they are grown, but what a blessing to be a mother. Your family is blessed to have you, you have a gift for creating beautiful cozy memories for your loved ones. I love getting to peek into your lovely life. Hugs to you. Juli

  5. Happy birthday Madison!! I love your table setting, those plates are so adorable! Time sure flies by doesn't it :-) Have a wonderful week!


  6. A very Happy 21st Birthday, Madison!!! Wishes for many more, smiles.

  7. Thank you sooo much for a wonderful birthday, Momma. I enjoyed my day so much!!! I LOVE YOU!

  8. Happy Belated Birthday to Madison!

    Your celebrations are always so lovely. So much love and happiness, go into them, and are evident.

    Gentle hugs,
    Luna Crone

  9. Happy Birthday to Madison!!! And a pie bar?! How perfect!

  10. Happy Birthday Madison!! Everything looked lovely and your Christmas plates are so pretty. I'm really wishing I had a turkey feast to eat again right now after seeing those plates filled up with turkey and mashed potatoes ;)

  11. I also have a Turkey baby! I had my last daughter on November 28th! Beautiful baby, beautiful table. You are blessed.

  12. How wonderful a birthday and Thanksgiving, truly much to be thankful for!! Everything looks wonderful. Love your plates and those cute name tags. The pies are amazing!!!
    Have a great week Billie Jo!

  13. Happy birthday, Madison. Everything looks beautiful for her celebration! I like her idea of a pie bar--how yummy! Your table looks lovely, Billie Jo. What pretty holiday plates! ♥

  14. Happy Thanksgiving and Happy 21st to Madison!! What a wonderful day to celebrate. Glad she was home for it, Mama!

  15. goosebumps and tears in my eyes. You give me hope and a 'look forward to' joy of whats to come. Happy birthday to your precious girl!

  16. Looks like you had a great time. Christmas is around the corner and coming up fast! Have a great day.

  17. Happy Birthday to your sweet Madison! Though she is 21, she will always be your baby. Oh my - a pie bar! ♥

  18. Hi Billie Jo~

    Your Thanksgiving table is just beautiful! I love the plates, so perfect for winter in general!

    Happy Birthday, Madison!! I hope your day was perfect, and really, no better way to spend it than with those you love, and who love you.

    I love pie, pie of all kinds, but especially pumpkin!

    Your pictures are all lovely, smiles are all so bright and warm. Billie Jo, you don't look old enough to have a daughter 21 years old daughter!! You and your daughters are all so pretty, they must keep you young?!

    Fun post!

    Hugs and Love,

  19. Happy Everything, Billie Jo! I'm so glad you had such a wonderful family celebration.I was thinking of you that day : ) Thanksgiving, Christmas, aaaand a birthday all in one! I love that you were all together and did it up so nicely! And what? a pie bar? you are killing me! I love it all! xoxoxox

  20. 21 I know what you are talking about, My Son will be 21 in December..

  21. Such a sweet post! My first born just turned 19 on Nov. 26th-I didn't realize we had two "Turkey" baby girls. Happy belated Birthday Madison!


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Billie Jo