Tuesday, March 8, 2011


Yup. Today I turned into a 49-er. I’ve never been a 49-er before so it might take me a little practice. A little getting used to. A little 49-ish adaptation.

But I’m good with it. Since the alternative is to be, well, dead, forty-nine sounds downright lovely!

And of course, I had some fabulous family members in town to celebrate. What I especially love is that Nathan’s spring break just happened to fall on my birthday week. It was so nice of his university to arrange their calendar that way. Just for me. (Yea, right.)


It was great that he was here to cook burgers on the grill, which is the menu I requested.


Of course, he spent the weekend surrounded by four adoring women. Which he didn’t mind so much.


Here is just one of his adoring women . . .


. . . who always (fortunately) appreciates all his goofy faces. (And no we didn’t plan to dress the same; he just happened to have packed a purple shirt.)


Of course, his coming home was even more exciting this time since he brought with him a certain young lady who seems to be fitting into the Smith Family Craziness just fine. In fact, may I just say that Meagan not only fits into our craziness, she is also showing herself to be a Practiced Originator and Instigator Of Craziness.

Yes, I think, she’ll make a great Smith.


We’re always happy when Steve’s parents, Ken and Vernie, can make the trek over to Manteo from Charlotte. Vernie labored long and hard in the kitchen yesterday (with Meagan’s help) to get my birthday dinner organized and on the table. I hope I can be as good of a mother-in-law to Meagan as Vernie has been to me.

k and v

She made one of my favorite desserts—Boston Cream Pie.

She makes ‘em. I eat ‘em. What a team! _DSC0034

Sarah made this poster at school--it took her several weeks to design, draw and fill in all the puzzle pieces. And then she wrote on it, “Mom, you make life less puzzling. I love you.”

Was that sweet, or what?


Steve presented me a gift in a faucet box. Which I guess his way of saying I wasn’t fired as his Plumber’s Helper after all.


The box contained a pair of the loveliest pajamas I have ever seen. Or worn. (I’m not quite sure why the fellas are laughing so heartily. I must have tossed out one of my infrequent witticisms.)


And just because I’m a fairly oldish 49-er, I feel the need to close out with a picture of some younger folk, just for a refreshing change of pace.

There now. Don’t you feel refreshed?

And now I must sign off, because my future daughter-in-law is taking me out for a birthday lunch. Hurray!


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Jessica Kramasz said...

Happy birthday!!

Anonymous said...

Happy Birthday! Enjoy your day!

Cindy in VA

Melanie said...

Happy Birthday, Becky!
Burgers on the grill sound like a great birthday dinner!
Sarah's puzzle was very sweet.
I just love to see all those smiling faces. :)

Krista Labrensz said...

Happy Birthday!! Enjoy your day! And your lunch with your future daughter in law!


Lyndsay said...

Happy Birthday Becky!
Glad to see you're being spoiled!

Robin said...

Happy Birthday, hope it's a great year.

Shannon said...

Happy Birthday!!!
Hope you have a wonderful day!

Anonymous said...

Happy Birthday Becky!

Marysienka said...

I remembered it was your birthday when I txt'ed my mom during the night for her birthday!

Hope you're having a great day!

Happy 49 :)

SuperSuz said...

Happy happy birthday! Glad to see you being blessed as you so deserve!

Loved all the pictures but that last one of Nate and Meagan was wonderful. They should use it for their engagement photo!

Kim@Seasons of My Heart said...

Happy....Happy...Birthday Becky!

How truly blessed you are to have had your precious family home for your birthday!

LizW said...

Happy Birthday, Becky! You deserve to be pampered and spoiled on this "49'r" day. How wonderful that Nathan and Meagan could be with you, as well as Steve's parents. Glad Sarah seems to be feeling lots better.

Marshmallow Woman said...

Happy birthday dear Becky!
And remember, 49 is the new 20. :-)


Leesa said...

Happy, Happy, Birthday! I have been enjoying 49 for a while now, and as you say it's lots better than the alternative. :) I was kind of blah about it at first but then I remembered my Grandma who lived to be 98, happily, alone in her own home, and I figured I can top that! ;)

MaryH said...

Happy Birthday, Becky - I was almost screaming "NO" at the computer screen when I was reading your entry about being fired as the plumber's helper - isn't that a plunger? Anyway, hope you had a great day becoming a "49-er" - I wish I could be that again!

Anonymous said...

Happy Birthday to you, Happy Birthday to you, Happy Birthday Happy Birthday Happy Birthday to you! Wish I could sing it to you in person, just give me a week or so until I see you again. I will have chocolate for you.


Anonymous said...

Happy Birthday!

Anonymous said...

Happy Happy Birthday Becky!



Anonymous said...

Happy Happy Birthday Becky!



Jan said...

Happy birthday, Becky. It looks like it was wonderful. Family, food and fun...wonderful!

Jan Reuther

Jan R. said...

Happy Birthday Becky!
You are one mom who makes me smile everytime I read your posts.
Thanks for that!

Bridgette said...

Happy Birthday, Becky!

Anne said...

Hi Becky, Congrats on being a 49-er!! Did you know that a 49-er is also a super fast and sleek Olympic sailboat?? Unfurl your sail and catch the breeze!!! Anchors aweigh, girl :D

Chris P. said...


Happy 49th!

(And did you notice that you and Meagan have very similar hairstyles?
--It's probably a subconscious thing--that's how much she admires you--Insert smile and wink here)!

What a lovely family God has knitted together.

Anonymous said...

Happy Birthday Becky! I hope your day was fabulous! Love the pictures!


Guerrina said...

Happy Belated Birthday! So glad you had a wondrous day and that you are now a 49-er!

leeanne said...

Happy Birthday Becky!! You wear 49 so well!!

Kris Herbst said...

Happy Birthday Becky!!!