and the winner is...! Thank you all for your sweet wishes here on the blog and on Facebook as well. I was smiling all day long. I heard from scrappy friends as far away as Sweden, France, Canada and Australia and as close as Kentucky, Ohio and California. My cousins and second cousins in Germany, my brother-in-law {just 15 minutes away} and Zach's best bud from High School all sent Facebook messages. There was a wonderful home-cooked {German} meal at Mom's last night with the whole family in attendance, which is always a good thing. 

But, really, the winner of the giveaway {the tags I made for the Gallery this month}  is...

Jenny, contact me with your mailing address and your fun tags will be on their way to you!

Again, thanks to all of you for your well wishes. They all put a smile on my face. And here are a few photos that Zach took last night at Oma's house. He says that we never have photos of Mom, so he decided to snap a few. Eyes closed, mouth open...but at least I'm in the shot, right?


  1. Yay! So glad you had a wonderful celebration and that you handed over the camera. So lovely to SEE YOU :) Enjoy your year!

  2. Yay for birthdays! Best wishes for a great year! I love those tags you made too! What an awesome way to use up all those fun scraps!

  3. Aren't birthday's the best? I love them, all 50 of them that I've celebrated so far.
    So glad you had a great day - may this next year be filled with many, many blessings!

  4. Happy Birthday!! Looks like you had a fun celebration!

  5. You never disappoint dear Monika!
    I came to visit you hoping for some pictures and here they are ;-)
    You all look so adorable, so much "in the moment" BEAUTIFUL!!

    Thanks for sharing!


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