Summer’s End: Birthdays and Baptism

Summer’s end is always the beginning. In our family we celebrate the beginning of a new year to glorify God with my birthday, and my grand-girl’s birthday, just days apart – in addition to the beginning of a new school year with all the joys and anticipation of new growth before us!

happy birthday kenzie

For years, that meant me and my two children heading off to school together as I was often teaching on staff in their Christian school – or homeschooling them – as the case was in the later school years.

This year in particular we are celebrating much as summer ends – Kenzie turning four years old AND heading off to school for the first time in the company of her parents who are on staff at the Christian school she will be attending. My son, Kenzie’s daddy, continuing the family tradition, I suppose. This Nana is so blessed to see this precious little family walking in the call of God together!

As per tradition, my daughter and son-in-love and I drive up to New England for all the birthday festivities towards the end of August each year. My hubby is stuck at work at a local university bookstore – students are arriving and nobody takes vacation when the campus is filling up. We take our visit at the outset of the summer as recapped HERE.

This month’s trip, though, was full of play and preparation for the big party!


We enjoyed another trip to the Mystic Aquarium – never tire of this place. Kenzie loves it!



The party is hosted in the back yard of my daughter-in-love’s parent’s home – what a grand time we have! Mommy and Daddy help Kenzie eat something before she plunges into play.


The cousins enjoy silly time after a swim in the kiddie pool.


Presents are opened. Kenzie will be wearing her uniform next week!! She’s so excited!


Even her teacher joined in the fun with a little Miss Bonita hug.


Nana made sure she unwrapped some school supplies for home including a cuddly lap desk and her first manuscript book for writing and illustrating stories. I am hoping that runs in the family.


Auntie and Uncle enjoy coloring and silliness with our girl . . .


And, after we blow out the candle – we make the obligatory mess of frosting on the face with great satisfaction.



All that was on a Saturday – but Sunday brought more celebration and beginnings at the end of summer! This time, we left Kenzie napping at home with aunt and uncle while I accompanied my son and DIL to the Master Builder Ministries Church baptism at one of the local beaches.


My son is an ordained elder and worship leader, so he kicked things off with some praise on the beach. Then, it was into the waters – which were cold at first but warm once inside. He had the honor of being part of baptizing one of his former classmates, too!





We connected with some childhood friends we hadn’t seen for a while – two of whom are very talented professional writers, Chris and Jen Yokel. Enjoy their poetry, scholarship and thought provoking ruminations at Chris Yokel and Jen Writes Stuff.


The day ended with a birthday dinner for me hosted at our favorite Italian restaurant! Love my babies!!!


Next week, we’ll be stepping into September and starting all the busy of the fall and Christmas season. And, I WILL be busy!

Much to share soon on that – stay tuned!!

Sharing Summer’s End: Birthdays and Baptism this week with:

Katherine’s Corner with Thursday Favorite Things

Vintage Mama

Beverly’s Pink Saturday at How Sweet the Sound

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"I teach families how to restore their God-given authority as the primary educator in their child’s life through the experience of reading together as a family. Learn how to use literature to create teachable moments, build strong minds, and bind loving hearts."

Kathryn Ross, writer, speaker, and dramatist, ignites a love of literature and learning to equip young and old towards developing a Family Literacy Lifestyle—reading together, learning together, loving together. Her works challenge families to deepen their literacy skills and grow into the greater things God has purposed for them. She’s taught in Christian and homeschool circles, trained in the Principle Approach® through the Foundation for American Christian Education. Miss Kathy owns Pageant Wagon Publishing, producing homeschool enrichment materials, devotional works, study guides, and theatrical dramas for church, school, and community production. She podcasts at and blogs at


  1. Happy birthday to you and your little grand-princess. What a lovely post my friend and so many wonderful photos too. This post is truly filled with happy blessings. I look forward to your Autumn posts and thank you so much for sharing at the Thursday Favorite Things Blog Hop. xo

  2. Looks like beautiful memories being made.



  3. What a great way for family to share quality time together. The little girl is darling.

  4. A beautiful Pink Saturday share! Happy birthday to your precious little lady! Your photos are wonderful and it appears everyone has had a wonderful summer. Thank you for sharing. Hugs, Anne

  5. Happiest Birthday to two lovelies.

  6. Happy Birthday to you both.

    What beautiful blue eyes your Grand-girl has.


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