Traditions, Happy Birthdays and the Chocolate Fountain

One year ago, my Beloved surprised me with a weekend trip to Portland Oregon to see the Nutcracker Ballet. One of my all time favorite start-the-holiday-Traditions.

Fun with the cast at The Nutcracker 2014
Fun with the troupe at The Nutcracker 2014 Keller Theater. Courtesy My Honey.

We met up with his Family for Birthday Brunch Columbia River Salty’s, a visit from Santa & the now (in)famous Chocolate Fountain. If you’ve never been to Salty’s please do give it a try (make your reservations early!) their Sunday Brunch is to d-i-e. The Holiday Season they decorate with, well, appropriately enough, NutCrackers, galore!


Birthday SURPRISE for the Beaver Believer, 2014, from his lovely daughter, Nicole & son in law Kyle Andersen. (we do have fun!)


A visit from The Big Man himself, 2014, for TheBigMan’s birthday celebration. Two of my favs!


David & Carol, 2014. Aren’t they the cutest things? Next to the tiny little chocolate fountain. Heaven! (notice the ‘etiquette sign in the background? just sayin’. You’re Welcome)

This year we were joined at the Ballet by his lovely daughter, her husband (who happen to be expecting the first Grandchild!!), his Mother, her boyfriend for The Nutcracker. (the judge & jury remain out if we’ll repeat (the napping in the first act) next year which I have on great authority S-O-M-E people might have done. Agian, Just sayin’. No it probably wasn’t me, caught snoozin’, why do you ask?)

The Gang's All Here! 12/12/2015
His Gang’s All Here! 12/12/2015

Because his birthday is near we celebrated then, & we might be celebrating right about now.

Happy Birthday to this Handsome Guy!
Happy Birthday to this Handsome Guy!


Just the Two Of Us.

Happy Birthday to YOU! Mr Rod
Happy Birthday to YOU! Mr Rod (soon to be GrandPa Rod)

Today is a Beautiful Day. Happy Birthday to YOU! Mr Rod, Love Sassy.


Merry Chrstimas from Us to you!

Merry Christmas from Us to you!


 Romans 8:28 that all things work together for good to those who love God, who; or that in all things God works together with those who love him to bring about what is good—with those who are called according to His purposes.

God is Good in so many ways. Someday I’ll tell you the story. About today. Someday.

God in HIS goodness redeems all things from mourning to the Joyful Oil of Gladness. A divine exchange for One Woman, 10 11 years later.

Indeed.  Time does fly.

2015 The Year of (our) Jubilee.



The Social Scene



  1. I was born in Portland 70 years ago–July 9th, 1945– and lived there as a kid and have visited family and friends for years. Some are in Tacoma, some in the Clatskanie area, and friends in the Portland area. I graduated in ’63 at Klickitat, and was there as a small kid too for about 2-full years [5-7 and then back there from Tacoma as 15-17 at graduation] and have LOVED to see Columbia River in all those places. I’ve driven out nearly 30 years almost all the time to see them. I’ve lived in Omaha. Now I’ll shut up, but when going through that whole area, I have been praying and worshiping and glorifying the Lord. Thanks for sharing this. Made me smile!!


    • YAY! Thanks for sharing your Journey. God hears the Prayers and inhabits the Praises of HIS People. Thanks for covering the area all these years. Continue to do so as you are led, Dear Friend. (You might have noticed a few changes and we certainly covet your Prayers) Bless you and yours.


  2. What a wonderful thing to do! I have never seen The Nutcracker live but I love going to the ballet and it would be so wonderfully Christmassy! Thanks for linking up to #shareasmile x


  3. I love chocolate and that fountain is amazing. Our local college puts on the nutcracker and it is such fun. What a wonderful get together for this year, even with the napping. Thanks for sharing with us here at Tell me a Story.


    • It is indeed an amazing mass quantity of chocolatey goodness, all in one space, Hazel. I love just about every rendition of the Nutcracker I’ve seen from middle school to professional. (except maybe for the Western-Country Theme Down-Home Nutcracker 2 years ago. Bad idea!) Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to you and Robert.


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