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{December 15, 2011}   Weekly Photo Challenge:CELEBRATION

I have a lot of photos that make me think of celebrations and parties, BUT I really tried to find pictures that fit the theme that I haven’t used before on my blog. So….here are the photos I picked out and hopefully you feel the sense of celebration that these photos make ME feel! 🙂

Karaoke at my friend's birthday party!

This picture was taken at my close friend’s birthday party a couple years ago….her and my husband were singing “Walk the Line” by Johnny Cash. This photo brings back laughter and great times because my husband is NOT a great singer, but he loves to be silly. He ended up singing many songs or attempting to and being crazy with it and I laughed so much at this party because of him! 🙂

My niece Grace...many years ago

This picture was taken when my little niece Grace was turning nine years old and she still liked to be called “Gracey”. Now she is almost 17 years old. I just love the memories this picture brings back with her closing her eyes, getting ready to make a wish and blow out the candles.

Nothing says Celebration like Fireworks, right?

This is a random picture of Fireworks I found on my computer and it was screaming out to me, “I fit Celebration!”….and it was labeled FIREWORK…come on, who doesn’t love that word? It sounds like someone is going to fire work, you got to love THAT idea! The epitome of celebrating is getting rid of work!

A collage of my old engagement pictures...celebration of love 🙂

I already posted a picture of my tree this year…except I didn’t have the ornaments on yet….so I will add a photo of my tree the first year I put it up at our then new apartment.

Christmas 2009-our first Christmas together as husband/wife 🙂

So much to celebrate that I could literally go on forever adding pictures and I hope to have many more “celebration” theme pictures throughout the years to come! 🙂



Apparently using “April Fool’s” in my title yesterday was a brilliant idea….it seemed to bring a bunch of people flocking to my blog. Who knew?

I discovered another holiday or celebration today, or rather tomorrow. I have some blogging friends that I am subscribed to that live in the UK and I am always intrigued to see differences I didn’t even know existed between the US and UK. Today, in reading their blogs, I found out that they were going to be celebrating Mother’s Day soon. At first, I raised my eyebrow and thought, “Mother’s Day is in May! How could they be talking about it like it’s sooner?”…But then I realized people in other countries have different holidays and celebrate a lot of things on other days than I do.

So I looked at a calendar in our house and there it was, April 3rd-Mothering Sunday….in the UK. Hmmm….How very interesting! And the name sounds so…well…mothering! But why stop my investigation there? I decided to do some research on this Mothering Sunday.

When Mothering Sunday started, it had nothing to do with Mothers at all! The nerve of them using the word Mother and not including them! Well, turns out it’s a Christian festival and it had to do with people returning to their “mother” church. It’s not always in April either…this is actually the first time in years it has been in April. You see, it falls on the 4th Sunday of Lent and this year, that happened to be the 3rd of April.

In the 1930’s, the custom of celebrating this day started to fade out. Then American and Canadian soldiers serving abroad in WW3 brought it back to Europe through the influence they had in celebrating Mother’s Day every 2nd Sunday in May. So Mothering Sunday returned on the 4th Sunday of Lent every year and secularly became their version of Mother’s Day.

I confess to not knowing much about Lent other than it’s a Catholic holiday. Correct me if I am wrong in any way.  I also learned that some Church of England churches will perform marriages on Mothering Sunday, but no other day of Lent. I found that to be an interesting fact.

It makes me wonder though…if not for the influence of the soldiers during WW3, would there have been a Mother’s Day celebrated in the UK back then or even today? What a shame if there wasn’t one…Mother’s are a gift from God.

Oh and to all the mothers in the UK, Happy Mother’s Day to you!



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