I'm not one of those creative people who puts up decorations for every holiday. I usually just change a few things seasonally, and then for Christmas. Last week, my friend Betsy from My Five Men showed something she did for the 4th, and I decided I needed to put out a few things too.
Here's what I did.
This old milk can is from my Dad's farm. It's in our garage by the door. I put different decorations in it, depending on the season. I found this cute metal flag that says "Land that I Love" at Hobby Lobby, and it sits perfectly in the milk can.
I found this free printable of the Pledge of Allegiance online and printed it off.
This is another spot I change depending on the season. I had the little flags and put them in a small jar. The God bless America is another free printable. I painted a piece of wood black and attached the printable to it.
It's not a lot, but it I do like these little splashes of Americana!
The recipe I have for you today is an old one. I got it from a cookbook from the church I grew up in. The cookbook was printed about 40 years ago! It's a recipe for egg salad. I often just mix up eggs and may and call it good, but when I want a little more, I like to use this jazzed up recipe.
The lady who put it in the cookbook was an older lady who came from the Netherlands. She had a pretty big family and said her boys liked it. My hubby and son always liked it too. I think adding bacon always makes the guys happy!
Yummy Egg Salad
1/2 pound bacon, cooked and crumbled 12 hard boiled eggs 1/2 cup finely chopped celery 1/4 cup finely chopped onion 3/4 -1 cup mayonnaise
Yesterday I told you about my uncles funeral which was on Friday. On Saturday we had another family event. This was a birthday party for my Mom's sister-in-law. My Mom also came from a big family; there were 9 kids in her family. All of the kids have passed away, and there are only 3 of the in-laws still living. This aunt is the oldest and just turned 95! She is still in good health and lives by herself, in her own house. I know she has been, and still is a blessing to many people in her life.
This party was a surprise for her, and she was even surprised by her daughter, son-in-law and granddaughter who flew in from California to be at the party.
She lives in Cadillac, Michigan which is about 2 hours north of me. My Dad, step-mom, sister Terri and I drove up on Saturday morning. It took us quite a bit longer to get there than we expected, because we ran into a lot of road construction but we made it with no other difficulties.
It was a beautiful day for an outside party, and you can see there were lots of people there.
This cute area was set up for cards and gifts. I love the red chandelier hanging above the table.
There were some old pictures floating around, which were very fun to look at. This was from a reunion in 1958.
Here are the 3 remaining in-laws from my Moms family. My Uncle John on the left is 87, Aunt Marion is 95 and my Dad is 85. I think they all look great, but Aunt Marion looks amazing. You would never know she is 95!
"Even to your old age and gray hairs I am he, I am he who
you. I have made you and I will carry you; I
Last week one of my uncles passed away. Uncle Grad was 87 years old, he had a good life, and he was a Christian. His health had really declined in the last few years, so knowing he is in heaven makes his passing a blessing.
He was in the Korean War, and had military honors at the graveside. I have only witnessed this a few times and find it very touching, especially hearing Taps played and seeing the flag presented to the widow.
Following that service we all returned to the church for a little lunch. It is good to talk and laugh following a funeral, and bring up memories! This uncle was married to my Dad's younger sister, Esther. They had a family of 10 kids and were full of mischief. Stories came up about my Dad, who has always been a tease. A story we have heard before, but never tire of is that when they were young, Aunt Esther got mad at Dad for picking on her. She threw his new coat down into the outhouse pit. This was during the depression, so times were hard and he got into trouble for losing his coat. She never confessed until she was married. I'm sure he deserved that trouble though, for all he put her through!
When she was older, Dad and another brother told her they had set her up on a blind date. When someone knocked on the door, they told her it was her date, but when she opened it, there was a short little bald man from their church, who had actually come to see their Dad. She laughs about it now, but back then she was pretty upset!
We also heard about one night when Aunt Esther was dating Uncle Grad and they were sitting outside in the car. Dad snuck out, opened the back door, threw a cat in and shut the door. The cat wasn't happy and I don't think they were either.
For all the mischief and teasing, this family loves each other and have always been there when needed. They have modeled faith, fun and what it means to be a family to the generations that follow.
I am a Christian wife, mom to 5 and Grandma to two adorable little girls. I have 2 daughters and a son who were born to me and 2 sons who joined our family by marrying our daughters. I have been married to a wonderful Christian man for over 30 years. I work as a nurse at a long term care center, where I am blessed to get to know many older people and their families.