Happy 13th Birthday Scott!

On the Sunday that I left Kansas City we stopped off at my sisters Pat’s house to celebrate her son’s 13th birthday. My Dad, as he calls it, got out of “his prison,” (aka, the rehabilitation center) to come to the dinner. We carefully helped him in the house and immediately got his legs propped up so he could enjoy reading his paper. Sports, the paper, and family are really important to my Dad. You can see that he is totally immersed in his paper.


Pennie and Al are outside on the deck supervising the cooking duties that day. We had grilled asparagus, grilled mushrooms and onions, delicious, juicy steaks, and salad. I could hear Al yelling, “fire in the hole,” as he was barbecuing the steaks. That made me a little nervous but they were delicious despite the fire we had to put out. LOL!

Here is the birthday boy with his “cookie cake” that we all got to share with him. It is a giant cookie with cake in the middle. It was really good and something different than the usual birthday cake.

The Reitz family……Scott, Pat, Franklin, and Al


grilled steak and asparagus

Scott is opening his presents. This bag was almost as tall as Scott.

It was fun to celebrate Scott’s birthday because I’m not in Kansas that often. I love being around my family but I also really missed my family in Utah. I had a wonderful time in Kansas despite all the stress of trying to get my Dad back to better health and all that it entailed. It is always better to face trials with family because it really does make you stronger. I really like the scriptural references in the Bible that talk about how Heavenly Father is not going to forget about even a lowly sparrow so He will surely not forget about His beloved children here on earth.

“Are not five sparrows sold for two farthings, and not one of them is forgotten before God. But even the very hairs of your head are all numbered. Fear not therefore: ye are of more value than many sparrows.” (Luke 12:6-7)
“Are not two sparrows sold for a farthing? and one of them shall not fall on the ground without your Father. But the very hairs of your head are all numbered. Fear ye not therefore, ye are of more value than many sparrows. (Matthew 10:29-31)

And one last picture of an Eastern Bluebird taken from the deck of Pat’s house. We don’t have them here in Utah, at least that I have seen. I know that it is not a sparrow, and if it was it would be one of the prettiest sparrows I’ve ever seen. Remember, if the Lord remembers and cares about a sparrow how great we must be in His eyes. Happy Saturday and Happy First Day of Spring!

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