Wednesday, December 29, 2010

The beginning of 34 has been beautiful

Today went as planned.
Matins in the morning;
breakfast with my Grandmother.
Lunch with family.

Not the best picture;

but I am glad I have it;

it is a lunch that my Aunt always has for us:

boiled egg

good bread, jams, peanut butter

roggebrood (a small dense Dutch rye bread), cheese,

milk, coffee



How we laugh at my Aunt's house;

talking about my Mom and Cousins growing up years;

and the grand-babies of two of my Aunt's grandchildren.

I made the roasted root vegetables for my family's Christmas dinner;

this time I added a parsnip;

it turned out really well.


I got some special gifts -

some small spoons and tea towel that were my Oma's.

An icon of the Annunciation from my Godmother;

my ever present composition notebooks

(always have one with me)

Dutch soup mix and some simple delft blue egg cups

(for lunches like the one my Aunt had for us).

I must remember to show you all a beautiful

hand painted ornament of the Nativity

that my sister gave me from Romania.


A most wonderful day full of seeing many people I love.

The first day of my 34th year.

I have no idea what is in store for me this year

but I know I will need God for every step of the way.


I am off to the monastery for a few days.

I thank God that I have this opportunity.

God is rich in mercy.

Praying that as this year draws to a close that God

will comfort all of us as we face a new year

with all that it will contain.

God is with us.


GretchenJoanna said...

What a blessing to have family and friends to honor you so beautifully on your birthday. God is good, indeed! The table settings are hospitable and elegant. I missed having a tea party this year and have the giving of them on my goals list for 2011. Don't stop posting inspiring photos!

Many years! And may this upcoming one in particular be God-filled.

Elizabeth @ The Garden Window said...

God grant you Many, Many Years, dear Elizabeth !

I am so glad you had a joyful day, surrounded by the love of your family :-)

DebD said...

Agreeing with GretchenJoanna. What a blessing to have such a loving family.

Happy B-day and Many Years!

Miss Tilney said...

Bread, cheese, jam and tea is one of the nicest meals I can think of.

Wishing you a very blessed time at the monastery.

Emily H. said...

Many Years Elizabeth!

Amy the Lion said...

Happy belated Birthday! I hope the upcoming year brings you much joy.

Martha said...

I LOVE seeing the cups of milk on the table! Mmmm. Happy 34th birthday, darling!!!

Michelle M. said...

What a beautiful birthday! I pray you have a wonderful time at the monastery.

ttownelizabeth said...

Just found your blog and even though I don't know you thought I would say Many years.

Juliana said...

Belated Happy Birthday! God grant you many years. May God grant you a blessed and joyous new year.

Cristina said...

Many years, dear Elizabeth! May God give you His blessing every second of your life!

Beth said...

Happy Birthday to you. May God gran you many years. And I always so enjoy seeing pictures of the beautiful table and delightful food served on it on your blog.

PS I turned 38 on the 28th.