Lou is 10!

Lou celebrated her birthday a day early because Nels had to work in Boston today. At the very last minute she decided on a fish theme for her birthday dinner. She cut out these fish and hung them on streamers.

In our continued spirit of using what we have around the house, we made a few little felt fish to swim about in front of the windows.

Lou invited one family for dinner and Hels created quite the treasure hunt for the children. They had to sled down a big hill to retrieve a clue, climb back up for the next clue, and go all about. Their final gifts were felted blowfish that she had made.

To her GREAT surprise, she discovered two REAL fish on the dining table! Their names are "thunder" and "lightning."

We got to use the birthday board for the first time. It was special to use it. Look at that smile on her face.

I can't believe it has been 10 years since little Lou was born. Her big story is here.

Now we're back to a quiet mode where we've been for about a week--lots of viruses floating about this house!

The Magic Onions  – (February 18, 2009 at 9:04 PM)  

Sounds and looks like you had a wonderful celebration... I love the birthday tray.

Tammy  – (February 18, 2009 at 9:11 PM)  

Happy, happy birthday, Lou! I'm glad you were able to use the birthday board on your special day. :)

Dawn  – (February 18, 2009 at 9:32 PM)  

Happy Birthday to Lou! It looks like the whole family helped to make it a very special day.

Anonymous –   – (February 18, 2009 at 11:22 PM)  

Happy Birthday Lou! I like your fishy theme.

Mary Beth  – (February 18, 2009 at 11:26 PM)  

Happy birthday to Lou! And I love love love that birthday board. How special.

sarah  – (February 19, 2009 at 2:36 AM)  

Happy birthday Lou! 10, double digits, how special :-) It looks like a wonderful day, and being able to use the birthday board is such a treasure.

Suse  – (February 19, 2009 at 7:18 AM)  

Our children really ARE the same age, aren't they? My little one will be ten tomorrow!

Happy happy birthday, dear Lou!


Lisa Anne  – (February 19, 2009 at 9:49 AM)  

A BIG Happy Birthday to Lou!! That is the sweetest baby photo ever:)

denise  – (February 19, 2009 at 10:55 PM)  

Oh, happy birthday! It all looks wonderful.

Martha  – (February 20, 2009 at 11:20 AM)  

What a remarkable story. Lou - Happy, Happy 10th Birthday! ♥

Maribeth  – (February 20, 2009 at 12:19 PM)  

I read over Lou's "Big Story." How brave you all were! Thanks for sharing - we are not alone in our struggles.

Elisabeth –   – (February 22, 2009 at 11:09 PM)  

Wow ... long time lurker, I love your sweet blog. Just read Lou's story. I am really moved by the description of having to just say "thank you" and know that you'll never be able to reciprocate. Thank you for sharing.

Sarah  – (February 23, 2009 at 6:27 AM)  

Thanks for your note Elisabeth. It's fun to hear from lurkers! Learning to accept help and to just say "thank you" was indeed a large lesson from Lou's illness.

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