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Happy Birthday, David. Photos! | by Linda Brendle

I first ran this post last year on David’s birthday. I switched out a couple of pictures at the end and am once again celebrating the man I love!

Today we’re celebrating the life of the very special man who is my husband. Here is a brief look at David Pearson Brendle.

WHEELS

Plain wheels.

Plain wheels.

Fancy wheels.

Fancy wheels.

Working wheels.

Working wheels.

WATER

In the Navy.

In the Navy.

In the Virgin Islands.

In the Virgin Islands.

In his memories.

In his memories.

TRAVEL

Mount Rushmore

Mount Rushmore

Blue Ridge Parkway

Blue Ridge Parkway

Litchfield, IL

Litchfield, IL

THE MAN I LOVE

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Hugging Smaller

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Happy Birthday with love today and always,

Linda

Celebrating Christian Piatt – Again! |by Linda Brendle

Christians first birthday

Last year on October 7, I wrote about the day Christian was born. This year, I thought I’d tell you about his first birthday.

We didn’t have a big blowout on his big day–no clowns or ponies or giant mice serving pizza–just four adoring adults celebrating the new life that had come into our family twelve months before. His dad and I drove down to Mom and Dad’s weekend retreat at Cedar Creek Lake for the weekend, and we had a party for five. Instead of a traditional cake, I made cupcakes. I inverted ice cream cones over the batter so the cakes would rise into them. The idea was that the cone would provide a clean and easy way for a one-year-old boy to eat his cake. As you can see, he had other ideas.

His presents were simple ones. He received a couple of toys he could push or pull as he practiced his newly acquired walking skills. He also got a Busy Bath which we put to good use once he was finished smearing cake and frosting all over himself.

Christian, even though their memories of you got lost in the dementia,Mom and Dad adored you to the end. As for me, I still consider being you mom as one of the greatest blessings of my life.

Happy Birthday,

Mom

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Happy Birthday in Photos to David! | by Linda Brendle

Today we’re celebrating the life of the very special man who is my husband. Here is a brief look at David Pearson Brendle.

WHEELS

Plain wheels.

Plain wheels.

Fancy wheels.

Fancy wheels.

Working wheels.

Working wheels.

WATER

In the Navy.

In the Navy.

In the Virgin Islands.

In the Virgin Islands.

In his memories.

In his memories.

TRAVEL

Mount Rushmore

Mount Rushmore

Blue Ridge Parkway

Blue Ridge Parkway

Litchfield, IL

Litchfield, IL

THE MAN I LOVE

10

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Happy Birthday with love today and always,

Linda

 

 

 

 

 

 

Happy Birthday, Christian | by Linda Brendle

Christian Piatt

Christian Piatt

I became a mother 42 years ago today. It was something I had wanted since I was a little girl and, even when it was hard and when I had no clue what I was doing, I never regretted it.

Christian was born 4 ½ years after his father and I were married, but he was planned long before that. For years I crocheted blankets, sweaters, and booties; I embroidered bibs and baby blankets; and I filled a huge jar with pennies that were eventually used to buy his crib. His first name was chosen several years before he was born when Andy Williams introduced his new son Christian on his Christmas special. I chose Damien as his middle name while I was pregnant, and he has spent his entire life explaining that he was named after the priest in The Exorcist and not the satanic Damian, the movie that came along several years after he did. (more…)

Royal Family Kids Camp: Happy Birthday to Everybody! | by Linda Brendle

Happy Birthday!

Happy Birthday! (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

(NOTE: This is a continuation of a series about my week as a counselor at Royal Family Kids Camp, a camp for foster children, most of whom have been the victim of some kind of abuse. To read what has gone before, see the links at the bottom of this post.)

 

Dinner

 

Chapel and dinner were accompanied by some acting out and personal issues. Sue pouted when I wouldn’t allow her to work on her keychain lanyard while everyone else was singing. And at dinner Jane struggled to stop when she was satisfied rather than continuing to eat until she felt sick. By this time of day, everyone was beginning to tire, and I had come to expect a few problems. But spirits and energy levels were lifted by the balloons and birthday napkins in the dining hall, the cupcakes on the dinner plates, and the party preparations that were going on in the field between the pool and the Chapel. (more…)

Nothin’ Says Lovin’… | by Linda Brendle

David…like somethin’ from the oven. That’s the relationship advice we heard from the Pillsbury Doughboy, aka Poppin’ Fresh, beginning in the mid-60s. If you love someone, show them by baking something nice and fattening. That’s what I’m doing today. It’s David’s birthday, and I just put a three-layer German chocolate cake in the oven.  It’s his absolute favorite cake of all time. (more…)

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