Birthday Week Favorites

My Birthday celebration started early with a Mexican meal on Tuesday that Dan, Jamie, Addy, Linda, Scott and Rhonda were a part of. It was a good time and Jamie brought a special dessert for each of us in little canning jars, blueberry cobbler. Linda is our DIL Jamie’s mother and Scott is Jamie’s Uncle and Rhonda is Scott’s wife and we are all huge fans of Addy.

On my actual birthday morning our dear daughter-in-law brought Addy by with a bouquet of flowers for me. This was such a sweet surprise and I’m so thankful Jamie took a photo of her at the front door before I opened the door with my robe on and wet hair! Addy wasn’t sure about me with wet hair and my glasses off but warmed up when she realized that scary figure was in fact her Baba!

Besides my morning cup of coffee, on my birthday Dear made me his famous Swedish Pancakes with side eggs in between his work obligations. Perks of working from home.

Phone calls and text messages from kids and family and Facebook good wishes were fun to receive and read through the day.

After Dear’s work was done we went into town to run errands and decided to try Chateau Vin, a new spot to us, for early dinner which is not new to us. It was good and we would take any wine enthusiasts there when they visit. We I have a goal of trying every eatery in our area. We’ve tried most already. It’s not a hard goal since our community and the others around us are small. Many of the establishments are closed on Sunday and Monday. Some are closed on Monday and Tuesday. Only a handful are open every day. The only national chains in our town are McDonald’s, Subway, Taco Bell, and KFC. Local chains are Zip’s, Taco Time, and Westside Pizza.

I’m retired and how to use my daily awake hours are mostly up to my discretion. I’m settling in to really enjoy my morning time reading the Bible and some devotionals and books before I continue on with the busyness of the day. In the recent past I lapsed horribly in this good endeavor. Currently I’m on a 5 day a week plan on reading the Bible through in a year. I read my Spurgeon yearly devotional which I’m happy to reread each year. I’ve added Piper’s Taste and See for the first part of the year. Then my two current books, not devotionals, that I try to read a chapter from each morning are Begg’s, Pathway to Freedom, and MacArthur’s, The Gospel According to Jesus. Dear already read these books so we can discuss what we read. I’ve gained from this discipline in my life for sure and it’s not just a discipline but it is worship and it is good even if I don’t “feel” something at the moment. The Holy Spirit uses what gets into my brain and heart and brings it back to me at interesting times, like 2 a.m. in the morning. The key for me is that I don’t turn on my computer until I’m done with this morning time.

My morning view.

Joining Susanne at Living to Tell the Story for Friday’s Fave Five.

Dear and I are driving south to Spokane today to have a birthday dinner at Churchhill’s Steakhouse. I won’t be around to visit until tomorrow since driving into Spokane is a several hour event for us. Ninety minutes to get there and then we have to shop at some of our favorites that we don’t have in Colville, dinner, and then ninety minutes to get home.

Enjoy your Friday!

About Ellen am a wife, mother, baba (grandmother) and a loyal friend. Jesus is my King and my hope is in my future with Him.

17 thoughts on “Birthday Week Favorites

  1. Happy Birthday dear Ellen. It looks like you’ve been having a wonderful bday week.

    I enjoy my quiet time with Bible and devotionals in the mornings also. I have several books by John Piper and have been blessed and encouraged by all of them.

    Have a nice weekend ~ FlowerLady

    P.S. I just ordered the book by John Piper that you mentioned, as a birthday present to myself. 🙂

  2. I like your reading choices!
    My husband and I drove through Spokane several years ago, and loved the area! We have family in Coeur d’Alene.

  3. Oh what a lovely birthday you had…..Addy is precious!
    That dinner looks scrumptious!
    I LOVE John Piper. I’m leading a small group study by him called Don’t Waste Your Life. It’s excellent. I highly recommend it.

    I hope you have a wonderful weekend!

  4. Sounds like a wonderful birthday celebration.
    I like to read my Bible first thing too. I’ve read it through many times. This year I’m reading it in chronological order.

  5. Glad you had a great birthday! I’ve never heard of Zips. What kind of food do they have? I definitely get the part about not turning on the computer until after devotions. I sometimes wonder if I’m addicted to it. Our church has a 6am Prayer Meeting every Monday and even though I’m not a morning person I actually wake up excited to go and be in the presence of the Lord with other believers. It’s a fantastic way to start my week!

  6. Sounds like a wonderful birthday Ellen. Good for you on your morning routine. It’s lovely to have that kind of time with the Lord to start your day.

  7. Hello, sounds like a wonderful birthday celebration. I love Mexican food, yum! Addy was a nice surprise with the flowers. I like your view, very pretty! Happy weekend.

  8. No need ask how wonderful your birthday was, Ellen, So happy that you were able to celebrate with loved ones, especially with your flower delivery from Miss Addy, she looks so excited, there is something about flowers that children just love to give , even if it is a dandelion from the lawn.
    Like you my devotional time has become a time of special worship, and what a beautiful view you have to enjoy God’s creation.
    Wishing you many Happy Birthday celebrations.


  9. What a lovely birthday time! I enjoy eating out an trying new places. My husband has to eat out with people for work so much that he’s not as enthused, but he’ll indulge me sometimes. What a nice morning routine, and so true that ti’s highly valuable even if it’s not a mountaintop experience every day.

  10. You certainly know how to celebrate your birthday! I shall take lessons from you!
    How sweet to have Addy at your front door early in the morning–with flowers!
    I love your plan for how to spend your mornings. I think your decision to not turn on the computer before you are done is very wise (I shall take away that lesson also). I am reading the Chronological Bible in a year again this year. I heard a talk recently that encouraged me with “a little consistently is better than a lot inconsistently”.
    May you continue to enjoy your birthday week!

  11. Happy birthday, Ellen. No better gift than a sweet granddaughter waiting at the door. Your description of the event had me chuckling. Love your view as you do devotions.

  12. Sounds like you’re headed for a very happy birthday indeed! Love that sweet picture of Addy with your bday bouquet. Best wishes for resuming your morning devotion reading routine.

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