Tuesday, July 30, 2013

July Birthdays

My husband, as well as our 7th child Stephen, celebrated their birthdays last week, July 24. They are separated by 31 years in age, but share many characteristics, likes, and dislikes.

Plus, they are both incredibly handsome and loveable, but that's another story.

Thanks to my mother-in-law, who was here all week taking care of the kids and household like it's nothing, my husband and I were able to take a little "staycation" for his birthday - you can read all about that here. Which I prefer to call a steak-ation, since there was definitely lots of great food going on.

(One of the kids must have taken this picture - even fuzzy, I thought it was so worth sharing!)

On the day of the birthday, we watched as Stephen opened his one gift in the morning (we decided to go with one big gift rather than a bunch of smaller ones, since we have plenty of toys already). Having so many older siblings, Stephen totally understood that this was all about him, loved being sung to, and was thrilled with his gift.

 I included this picture because I just love how Anna's toes are sticking out of her jammies :)

  Stephen uses his Wheely Bug both as a walker, as well as a ride-on toy.

 Someone is seriously teething! 

The inner workings of a large family - someone will take over your gifts for you before you are even done unpacking them all (the book was from Miriam, but check out Annie in the back).

Later in the day, as my husband and I were out celebrating his birthday, Grandma was at home with the kids making chocolate cupcakes and giving Stephen his first birthday cake.

This being a Wednesday, we had church in the evening, followed by a surprise birthday BBQ in honor of my husband's birthday.

In other news, baby Stephen started taking single steps here and there in early July. The night before his birthday, Miriam practiced with him until he could take several steps toward her at once. He can't walk across the room yet, but he is about 50/50 between crawling, and toddling a handful of steps to his desired destination. Time sure flies!



  1. Very Lovely Family- Beautiful children. God bless you. I am praying for you always.

  2. Happy birthday to Pastor A. and Stephen!!!

    Little Stephen looks so cute drooling on his wheelybug! We got the ladybug one for Meg last year - and yes, our next oldest child loves to play with it too!

    Thanks for sharing. :)

  3. Great pic of mother and son! Looks like you had a great week!

  4. Awww Happy Belated Birthdays!!

    Love how cute your baby is and the drooling photos are precious!!


  5. Aw man, Stephen is just ADORABLE!!

  6. thanks for sharing these cute pics. the teething pics of the baby brought back some memories.

  7. I'm a long time reader, first time commenter. I just wanted to say that I really enjoy your blog. Our family has also benefited greatly from your husband's sermons. May God continue to bless you all!

  8. Awesome photo of Pastor Anderson and his son Stephen together, makes me smile. And great photo's of all your children Mrs. Anderson. Great to see a family with such love for each other. love and blessings': Happy Birthday Mr. Anderson / Happy Birthday Stephen! :) rosita


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