In all the excitement of preparing for the hurricane, getting through the hurricane and recovering from the hurricane, I completely forgot to write about Sarah’s Extra Exciting Fantastic Incredibly Cool Birthday Gift! Which came from an Incredibly Cool Blog Reader Birthday Gift Giver!
Here’s a blow-by-blow (or picture-by-picture) account of the opening of the aforementioned surprise gift.
Sarah took the wrapping off the first of the two gifts in the Mystery Set and stared at the contents in a bit of puzzlement. Not to mention befuddlement. It was a case for a Kindle? Hmmm. How very nice of someone to give that to her but obviously that person was completely unaware of the fact that she did not even own a Kindle.
Sigh. Oh well. It was a nice thought.
And then the light starts to dawn.
The second box. It’s in the shape of . . . . could it be . . . a Kindle?
It’s a Kindle!
Could a book loving gal be any happier?
Let me just say that Sarah and her Kindle were instant BFF’s and she has already used it for many hours in the short time she’s had it. She’s even graciously said that I could borrow it from time to time . . . for a small hourly fee. (kidding!)
Anyway, thanks to Susan from Utah, for making Sarah’s sixteenth birthday so incredible.
(And if any of you Kindle users out there have any helpful hints or user tips for Sarah concerning this wonderful piece of technology, please leave a comment.)
Sarah also received lovely gifts from several other blog readers, most of who have been following her story (and her life) for many years through the Caringbridge blog; it’s so cool how long term readers turn into honorary Smith family members. It was such a big birthday to celebrate for our Miracle Gal and we’re grateful for the joyful additions to her celebration that arrived in the mail that day.
Before I close, this was the view from our front porch this morning. As you can tell from the flooding in the street, we certainly did not need any more rain in our area; however, it made for pretty pictures.
Jodi said, “Becky, these pictures are AMAZING! I look at many of them thinking if I were there and these were post cards I would pick "this" one up to remind me of my trip. I rarely send post cards but rather select/purchase them to help me remember something special. Do you do any editing before you post them?”
Jodi, thanks so much for your sweet compliment. There are few things on earth I love doing any more than taking pictures.
As for editing, any minor edits I do are in Picasa or http://www.picnik.com Picasa is a free download and is wonderful for organizing photos and for simple editing. Picnik is free up to a point and then for additional features, it’s $25 a year which is well worth it. I use Picnik a whole lot, not just for picture editing but doing graphics for church.
Jodie also asked, “How is Taylor's family doing now?”
They are still digging out from all the chaos but are holding steady. They are such a great family!
Mrs. Pam said, “Snowy, what does your middle initial stand for? Have you told us, and I've forgotten? specialist.... sheriff.. . star ..sweetie pie?”
Jodi responded, “Isn't it something like Studmuffin or something along those lines??”
And she was right! We made that his middle name because it was so absolutely incongruous with his whole persona.