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Friday, June 3, 2016

Celebrate the Small Things!

It's time for another edition of. . .


This is a weekly blog hop sponsored by the amazing Lexa Cain, and co-hosted by L.G. Keltner from Writing Off the Edge and myself. Every week, wonderful things happen, tiny things, which make us smile. But as time grabs us up, we forget all about those moments. This is the chance for us to reflect back on those and remember that there are tons of things worth celebrating.

*whew* I'm late and running around like crazy-sauce the last days, but here I am celebrating. . .

1) Rainy days! It cools things down and makes my grass grow, grow, grow!

2) A lovely Memorial Day with the family! We grilled. We fished. We saw a baby deer in the weeds. We caught frogs. And boy, did we collect ticks. But it was fun and worth it.

3) Fresh baked raisin bread! Being German, my husband is a bread fan and misses the delicious German breads. To help out, I baked a Buckwheat flour bread (not quite my thing) and a braided raisin bread. The second turned out huge and beautiful. Guess I'll have to bake one again.

4) My 20th wedding anniversary! Now, if anyone has a super memory, you might remember me mentioning this exact same thing back in November (I'm betting none of you do, though). But now that you know that you might ask -why are you celebrating twice??? Well, in Germany, the church and state don't recognize each other's marriage ceremonies. Everyone needs to be married by the state...an little, official marriage 'ceremony' is performed at City Hall with relatives and special clothes and champagne and flowers and all that other jazz (that's tradition). If one wants to be married by the church, that's done next...also with a ceremony and flowers and pomp and circumstance and champagne again. So two parties. Two weddings. Often times, these are performed fairly close (time wise) to each other. Our wasn't due to different reasons. So now, I keep our 1st marriage in mind (in November), where my husband seems to like the 2nd one more. It makes for two dates of celebration...and I'm not stupid enough to complain.

And what about you? What put a smile on your face this last week?


  1. Two anniversaries - my wife would dig that! Congratulations on twenty years.

  2. Congratulations on 20 years for the second time!! ^_^
    That's really interesting.

    Rain is especially awesome this time of year. :D The only time I'm not crazy about it is when it's freezing.

    Kudos for fresh baked raisin bread!! The reasons to crash at your place just keep coming. Lol!

  3. Congrats on 20 years! A big accomplishment. But grow, grow, grown means cut, cut, cut. :P I love raisin bread toasted and with butter. (My background's German too. I love bread and cheese. I'd probably have made a good dairy maid. lol)

  4. Happy anniversary (again)! And that raisin bread sounds delicious....

  5. Great to have two opportunities for celebration! And congratulations of 20 years of marriage

  6. How cool to have two wedding anniversaries! That's definitely worth celebrating. And Happy Anniversary!

  7. So happy you can celebrate your wedding twice. What fun that must be. I love weddings so having an extra one must be lovely.

  8. Congratulations on your double anniversary! Twenty years is quite an accomplishment!

  9. Congratulations on your anniversary. Great milestone. If anyone is worth celebrating twice a year it is a wedding anniversary. Fascinating to hear about the separation of church and state in Germany.

  10. How neat is that? I was overwhelmed planning one wedding day, much less two of them!

  11. Happy Anniversary!!! I think it's awesome you celebrate both dates. How fun!

  12. Happy anniversary. It's been raining like crazy where I am. Mmm, I love bread.

  13. Happy Anniversary Again! I don't know a lot about German traditions, but I am guessing we'll learn. We have a German exchange student moving in with us at the end of August and staying through January.

    What's put a smile on my face this week is working on my new WIP. :D

  14. Happy Anniversary! That's really interesting about German marriage traditions. I wonder how many other countries do that.
    It's been raining here a lot, too, which is good because it was getting dry. I love the smell of baking bread. Glad you had such a fun Memorial Day weekend. Hope this one's just as fun!


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