Luckiest 9-Year-Old in the World!

Wow! What an outpouring of love and support!

Thanks to everyone for the well-wishes and healthy vibes during — and since — Felicia’s recent procedure. We are so lucky to have a supportive family and an incredible collection of friends.

It’s almost too overwhelming for us to handle: Letters, cards, artwork, books, blankets, […]

Felicia’s Lucky 7th Birthday

Happy Birthday to Felicia! She turns seven today! This has been a birthday of great anticipation, and the “party” will last through at least Saturday, when we host her small Toy Story Birthday Party.

My tradition gift of books continues this year, with a collection recalling our fabulous October trip to Washington DC and her […]

From a Bulldog to a Ram

Happy Birthday, Jocelyn! The older Keller Girl turns 12 today, temporarily doubling-up her sister for the last time, if only mathematically.

The picture here is actually from August of this year, on her first day of middle school, rendering this year’s traditional gift from me rather obvious.

Rarely does such an obvious addition to […]

Felicia’s Sixth Year – 100 Soccer Balls?

Keeping with my long-standing tradition of honoring each of Felicia’s birthdays with books that tell the story of the year, I’ve got four selections to share.

By any measure, it has been a momentous year for our youngest.

2009-2010 was the year Felicia ascended into the world of her older sister, joining Jocelyn in many […]

Fawkes Arrives Before Lucky #11

In an odd convergence of traditions, maybe I should have given Jocelyn one of Felicia’s birthday books this year, instead of the traditional stuffed plush toy I usually give her on her special day.

This is the year that Jocelyn truly became a reader. A Voracious Reader. There were times that we had to pry […]

Harry Potter Overnight Halloween Trick-or-Treating Birthday Slumber Party

Just eleven years ago Karen was dreading that our five-days-past-her-due-date baby might be born on Halloween. To be honest, I was secretly hoping for an excuse to throw an annual costume birthday party.

Well, Jocelyn went on to be another three days late, but it took me eleven full years to get my Halloween […]

Happy Birthday, Kiana (Part 1)

Sure, Kiana’s seventh birthday was actually in May … but when you give an “experience” for her birthday gift, the fun naturally stretches beyond the actual day. and month.

For Part One of the promise gift, we took Kiana to Great America on Thursday for a full day of thrill rides and fun. She was […]

Happy 70th Birthday, Nana

OK, sure … maybe we celebrated it already with cake and a fancy dinner last month. But in case you missed it, here’s the bead necklace and video created by the martin clan in honor of Jan’s 70th Birthday, which is technically today!

Happy Birthday, Nana!


MTH#5 — Felicia at Five

Happy Birthday, Felicia!

To celebrate another fantastic year of Felicia, we turn to inspiration from a chapter book series that she’s recently discovered: The Magic Tree House. We’ve been reading these fun “chapter books” to her out loud almost every day, so we are planning a few party activities that will follow ideas and themes […]