Our youngest daughter Leah, now 16!

This past week was our youngest daughter Leah’s 16th birthday, and here are some videos of her party I wanted to share with you. We had a great turnout, a houseful of guests, and the food which we all brought was delicious ~ a deli tray with slices of roast beef, turkey, ham, salami, various cheeses, soft bread and home-made spinach dip, a veggie tray of cauliflower, broccoli, and carrots with ranch dip, cookies, home-made apple pie, pickles, olives,  two types of home-made cheeseballs with crackers, little bbq’d smokies, and Leah’s cake from the bakery, white with chocolate frosting and colored sprinkles.

I created a power point slideshow for her sweet 16 party, accompanied by Celine Dion’s beautiful song “A Mother’s Prayer” (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RS4wljFuh3Y), and got teary-eyed as I made it, going back through her pictures from babyhood to now. Leah has grown up in a blink. I can’t believe our baby is now driving!

Her 16th birthday has caused me to realize how fast life is, and how precious each moment is. If your life is hectic and busy, I encourage you to slow down and really enjoy it. Hug your children each day and tell them you love them. Spend time with your spouse and let him (or her) know how much they mean to you. Go to lunch with friends or call just to chat. Be God’s living epistle of love and grace with all you meet.

Don’t get so busy living that you forget to really live. Life passes so quickly, and we want to live it fully and live it loving God and others, making sweet memories – not having any regrets.

Today’s the day to finally make a change.

“Show me, O LORD, my life’s end and the number of my days; let me know how fleeting is my life. You have made my days a mere handbreadth; the span of my years is as nothing before you. Each man’s life is but a breath.” ~ Psalm 39: 4-5

**If you let the videoes upload first, they will play faster. The last video, “The endless gift,” was really funny! Enjoy.

Leah’s cake

 

Leah’s 16th birthday

Singing happy birthday to Leah

Some of the guests at Leah’s 16th birthday

The endless gift

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