Today we celebrated the birthday of our Homeland on the 5th of July (since the 4th was on Sunday, an inconvenient day to celebrate together). There was a total of 25 of us, including 9 children. We grilled hamburgers and hot dogs and had plenty of side dishes as well as a CD playing American marching band songs...we felt like we were in the US of A for a little while...
Afterwards, we celebrated the coming birth of the baby of our colleague, Erica, by giving her a baby shower. Erica's husband is studying at the seminary.
Let's take a closer look at that pretty cake...Isn't it lovely? It was ordered from a local grocery store. We didn't want to cut through that loveliness, but cut we did...although we left the roses intact for Erica to take home.
Lots of oohs and ahh's as she opened each gift.
Here are the 8 ladies who had such a great time together: Christen, Mary Ruth, Sharon, Erica, Jan, Rena, Susan and Ellen.