May 24, 2021

Monday Morning Coffee Talk


Good morning! After a hot weekend, we are waking to a cooler, cloudier day here in Pennsylvania. I am enjoying my second cup of coffee with Italian creamer inside today, with a favorite episode of The Twilight Zone playing in the background. Our weekend was filled to the brim with happiness! 

First up, we celebrated Rhett turning 19 with his favorite dinner...tacos...his favorite cake...Jello...and some of his favorite pastimes...riding on the boat and watching movies. Thank you for all the wishes. He read them all! Saturday afternoon, we had a very special visitor...

Yep! My mom was finally able to visit us here at home! It was beyond wonderful to have her here with us. She grew up with summers on a lake, so she loved sitting on the covered deck looking at the lake. We had pizza and ice cream and even played cards. And see that little pup there? He hasn't seen Mom in well over a year. But he ran right to her and never left her side! It was a perfect, happy day! 

Today, we celebrate another special day! My first son-in-law Nicolas is celebrating his birthday today! We will celebrate him with a special dinner, incorporating some Danish traditions that are so dear to his heart. Nicolas is an amazing young man. He is kind, fun, hardworking, sensitive, and caring. He is always up for any of the many family traditions his mother-in-law comes up with. He is an amazing friend to Rhett, Peyton, and Flynn, finding common interests with each. And most importantly, he is a wonderful husband to Madison. This young man who flew across the country to meet a young girl and her family has become part of that very family. And we are blessed.

How was your weekend, my friends?
What are your plans for today?
Have a cozy one, whatever you are doing.
And thanks for visiting!


  1. YOUR MOM!!!! I'm so happy for all of you that she got to visit. Happy birthday to Rhett and to Nicolas.

  2. That is so wonderful that your mom got to come visit with you and the family!! Bet she was thrilled! After a super hot weekend, I am enjoying the cooler temps today! I’ll be spending my afternoon homeschooling my kids.. taking a break right now to read you blog while my kids are working of their assignments, laundry in between! And after that I am going to sneak away later this afternoon and treat myself to an iced coffee at Starbucks and a slice of their lemon pound cake ALL BY MYSELF!! lol.. Been thinking about doing that all weekend ;) Maybe plant a few things in my garden that I didn’t finish over the weekend. Tonight’s dinner is going to be some grilled chicken breast that I will slice up and serve overtop of alfredo! Ragu actually makes a delicious alfredo sauce! That’s pretty much my day! Happy Monday!

  3. Happy Birthdays, of course!!!!!

    But oh how wonnnnnderful!!!!!! Your Mom was able to visit!!!!!!!!!!! This really warms my heart!!!!!

    Now I wonder.... I'm sure she has had it, but have all of you, had "The Jab"? Is this why she was allowed out, to visit?

    Yes cold here today too!!!!!!!!! But sunny and thus, lovely.


  4. Will you have a Kagemand? And scream when you cut the head? Is that a myth I have been taught my whole life? Happy birthday Nicolas! So so thrilled your mom could come. What a huge weekend of blessings.

  5. Seeing your Mom's photos made me smile for you.
    Happy Birthdays to the birthday boys!

  6. I am so thrilled you got to have your mom out. That just made my heart sing.

  7. Hello Dear Friend! My first thought was - oooohh I love this throwback background. Lol And then I saw you're Mom got to visit and it made my heart just swell with happiness!!! I'm so happy for all of you! I just saw my Aunt today that I hadn't seen since before the pandemic! It feels like a miracle to have things be a bit more normal again.
    And then I wanted to send bday wishes to Rhett and Nicholas. It's easy to tell they are both such wonderful young men. The world needs lots of those. 😊 Blessings on your week ahead my Friend. ❤️

  8. Happy birthday to Rhett and Nicholas! What a wonderful gift it was to also have your mom visit you at your new home! :)

  9. Hi Billie Jo - I love the fun new look of your blog! Happy birthday to those two fine young men in your family! So glad you mom could join the fun celebration at your home. I always enjoy seeing what and your sweet family is up to. Have a great week, my friend.

  10. Oh my goodness, how wonderful to have your mom come for a visit after a year! I imagine she was were all of you. Just look at those smiles.
    Happy birthday wishes all around!
    It was cooler here, too. Did you get the rain? We got buckets and buckets of it.
    Blessings on your week!

  11. So glad you were able to have your mom there. Very happy for you. Lots of happy birthdays happening over there as well. Hope you have a wonderful week!

  12. Happy birthday πŸŽ‚ πŸŽ‚!! Fun to celebrate. I'm glad your mom was able to visit you and enjoyed the dog lake. I enjoyed drinking my Darjeeling tea with lunch today and into afternoon while shredding papers we need to get rid of. I've been helping my daughter put things away now that she's back home from CO. Its been a bit rainy Sunday and today. Warm on Sat. Enjoy seeing all the plants that are blooming. Have a good week. ☕

  13. So happy you and your family were able to spend some time with your mom. That's wonderful. I'm sure she was thrilled. Happy Birthday Nicolas and many, many more. I'm sure your family misses you but are happy that you're being well taken care of by your American family. Hope you had a wonderful day!

  14. Lots of celebrations! Happy Birthday to all! Your Mom looks fabulous! I know you all were so happy to have her visit in person. Enjoy your day dear friend, HUGS!

  15. Happy Birthday to Rhett and Nicolas! I'm with Rhett, tacos are one of my favorite meals! Oh, it's wonderful that you got to see your Mom again, Billie Jo. I'm sure it warmed her heart so. What a cute picture of both of you, eating Pizza....Yummy. Your family is all smiles on this very special day.

    And I love your new blog design. It's so cheerful and pretty. May has been good to you, and it shows on your face, my friend.


  16. Loved catching up with you today! My favorite part was seeing pics of your mom hanging out with all of you- YIPPEE!!!! Also love that you returned to a simpler format. As much as I loved the other one (it really was pretty!), I knew I was missing posts..... this more simple format ensures that I won't miss a post anymore! Yeah! Okay, that is WAY too many exclamation points!! But I can't stop! :)

  17. I love the new blog layout.
    Happy Birthday to Rhett and Nicolas!!
    And what a wonderful blessing to have your mom there. She looks so happy, especially in the photo with all your children.
    And Peyton has that newlywed glow ; )

  18. What a wonderful week! Getting to celebrate two birthdays and being able to have your Mom come for a visit. Many blessings for your sweet family this week! Hugs to you. ~Juli

  19. I love seeing your beautiful family!! Your mom looks so happy and peaceful. <3 <3


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Billie Jo