"It is well to remember that the entire population of the universe, with one trifling exception, is composed of others." A.Holmes

Sunday, January 31, 2010

The Gladness Of His Heart!

Our brother-in-law Kaare is celebrating an upcoming milestone birthday! This is all the more special and precious because this past fall he had at least 2 heart attacks and spent a fair amount of time in the hospital and in recovery. He is back at work and so thankful to be celebrating LIFE with his family.Kaare sat next to his father who recovered from a heart attack a few years ago, both of them seem to especially appreciate time with loved ones. "Here is what I have seen to be good and fitting: to eat, to drink and enjoy oneself in all one's labors in which he toils under the sun during the few years of his life which God has given him; for this is his reward." My sister Karen, (left, holding the cake) is Kaare's wife. She arranged this bash at an Italian restaurant because she is beyond happy and thankful for her beloved husband recovering and still here with her. She is still very much in love with her husband of more than 30 years, as he is with her. "Furthermore, as for every man to whom God has given riches and wealth, He has also empowered him to eat from them and to receive his reward and rejoice in his labor; this is the gift of God."
Here is our end of the very long table full of just a few of the many family members Kaare and Karen have. We were so happy to be able to celebrate another year of being together.We never know when one of us, young or old, healthy or infirm will be called home to eternity, and it is often so easy to forget that until we almost lose someone dear." For he will not often consider the years of his life because God keeps him occupied with the gladness of his heart." ~all quotes are from Ecclesiastes 5: 18-20~
Here is a long picture looking all the way from one end of the room to the other, full of family that love Kaare. Happy Birthday Kaare, and may God grant you many more to be occupied with the gladness of your heart!


Anonymous said...

Oh Kathy, many blessings to your sweet family! That was truly a celebration of life and love.
Thank you so much for sharing the photos, story and scripture, just beautiful!


Anonymous said...

What a special celebration. Lovely to see these happy pictures of the family.

Connie said...

Happy Birthday to your brother-in-law, Kathy. It sounds like he (and his family) have extra reasons to celebrate this time around. I love the "gladness of his heart" quote from Ecclesiastes.

Anonymous said...

Wonderful captures of last night's enjoyment. Love ya Kathy!

Your sis Joni

Farmgirl Cyn said...

What a wonderful celebration! Beautiful photos of folks who truly love each other!!!

Karen said...

Precious times shared and celebrated. Thank you for sharing the wonderful pictures.

The Tiquehunters Wife said...

Dear Kathy,
Great reminders from Ecclesiastes to rejoice in the goodness of God! How fitting, to see your family, celebrate together and in honor of your brother-in-law's very special birthday! What a wonderful way to give glory to God who is the source of the richness of life!
With Love from the Cabin,
Claudia O.

Wsprsweetly Of Cottages said...

Kathy..I am honored that you have chosen to follow my blog. I'm afraid I don't put lots of time into it as I should. It can be very time consuming, as you probably know. I am still sort of feeling my way about in the blogging world and have much to learn.
It will be a pleasure getting to know you.

Wsprsweetly Of Cottages said...

P.S. I also wanted to comment on your post and the photo's of you and your husband with your family that you have on your sidebar.
Everyone looks so happy! There are many things that impressed me from just the little I have been able to read so far..mostly that you are such a loving wife and mother and grandmother. Those are the things that are dearest in my life as well. I have learned to value every moment with my husband, family and friends.
You made a comment about that very thing in your post and I loved it.
I hope to see you again soon.
Have a wonderful Monday..

Thistle Cove Farm said...

Love those family gatherings; nothing like them on this whole wide world!

noble pig said...

Happy Birthday to a wonderful man, may he enjoy every day.

Mary Bergfeld said...

How wonderful the occasion must have been for the entire family. Your photos are wonderful and will be treasured by all. Have a great day. Blessings...Mary

KathyB. said...

Thank-you all, Kaare will read your comments and well wishes for his birthday, and again I say we are very thankful he is still with us , and he is too!