Inspiration Friday No. 64 and Someone’s Turning 40!

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It’s Heather! (on Friday)

Happy 40th Birthday sweet sister of mine!!


“An older sister is a friend and defender~a listener, conspirator, counselor and a sharer of delights. And sorrows too.” –Pam Brown
From the beginning you have been there, protecting…
…hanging out with me and our cousins on the rockin’ orange shag carpet…
(Heather on far right)

…commiserating over the poofy, itchy dresses mom put us in…
…sporting some awesome perms and big bangs…
(oh dear heavens, sorry mom and dad! Winking smile)
You grieved with me when I wondered if I would ever become a mom and rejoiced with me when those dreams finally came true!
And now, in this season of life, I love that we finally get to do a little bit more of this together!
And no matter what stage of life we are in, one thing is certain…
You will always be older than me! Hee Hee! Winking smile

Heather, no one could ask for a better sister than you.
I am so blessed to have you in my life, not only as my sister, but as my friend!
I wish I could be there to celebrate this day with you but I know we will have so much fun on our Haven adventure next month. 5 hours in the car together!
We’ll be like Thelma and Louise…minus driving off a cliff in the end, of course!
I love you so much and hope you feel truly celebrated today,
OK, now, we do have a little bit of business to take care of today too.
It is time to announce the winner of the My Memories Software Giveaway!
And the winner is:
Jacki from Reni Days on Washington Street!!
Congratulations Reni!
We’ll be in contact with you regarding your prize.
Now, let’s take a look at some of the fabulous features from last week’s party!



Barb from The Everyday Home shared her gorgeous Kitchen and Breakfast Room Makeover which was chock full of charm and lovely details!
Amanda of the Girl in Pink shared her incredible Jane Austen themed window display she created for a local antique store! You truly will not believe how many amazing pieces she transformed to put this together and we so admire all of her hard work and talent!
Kristel of The Velvet Door showed off her freshly updated Dining Room. You will have to go pay her a visit to see the beautiful damask wall!

Anna of Ask Anna shared her beautiful and inexpensive chandelier makeover and we are so loving that gorgeous ceiling stencil! Well done Anna!

Can you guess what this Wine Cabinet was in a former life? You will have to go over to
and visit Tammy at One More Time to find out and then you will fully appreciate how awesome this makeover really is!

The lovely sisters of Be Book Bound have been doing a wonderful series celebrating all things “Anne of Green Gables” (be still our hearts!) and last week Miriam showed us how to make these darling

Terry of 11 Magnolia Lane revealed her incredible Kid’s Education Center which she created in her basement. How awesome is this?? Way to go Terry!

Maggie, (A.K.A. The Hell on Heels Housewife) showed us how to make this darling Country Wristlet and we are just loving the denim with those fabric rosettes!
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Seriously, how adorable are these Strawberry Shortcake Pops from Dixie Delights??
She just had to go and put them in a red wagon to take the cute factor up a few notches too!
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The Thrifty Crafty Girl showed us how to make Homemade Soft Pretzels and we were pretty sure that their wonderful smell was coming through our computer screens!


Our friend Ange from The Blooming Hydrangea has recently launched a new series entitled Marriage Monday. Every week she and her hilarious hubby will share encouraging words of wisdom about the roller coaster ride of marriage and how it can be strengthened and nurtured into the wonderful relationship which God intended it to be!
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  1. Happy Birthday Heather! and Vanessa you made me laugh – I am the eldest of 5 – they always remind me that I’m the oldest! Well, I can tell you – life gets better and better – thank you ladies for being fun and gracious hostesses!
    God Bless,

  2. Happy birthday, Heather. Too funny, Vanessa. Thanks for hosting.

  3. What a wonderful post Vanessa! Happy Birthday Heather. Thanks for hosting!

  4. Such a sweet post. Happy Birthday Heather!

  5. Happy Birthday Heather! (I have a sister who is under a year younger than me…and she reminds me of the “younger” part annually on our birthdays, also in May.) Have a wonderful day and I’m sure that Vanessa will make you something fabulous for dinner, clean your house, send you to the spa, etc! (you know I’m always lookin’ out for you gals!) ;) Thanks for hosting! xo

  6. Happy birthday to Heather! Love the features! Thanks for hosting, ladies!…hugs…Debbie

  7. Happy Birthday Heather! Are you Thelma or Louise? Y’all are so cute and I can’t wait until Haven!!! Thanks for the party~and awesome features!

  8. Happy Birthday Heather! What a sweet post!

  9. Hope you have an amazing birthday Heather!

    What a great montage in pictures (I feel your 80′s perm pain)!

    Hope you have a blast at Haven!

    Love that I can always be the younger one with my sis too Vanessa!

  10. Happy, Happy Birthday Heather!! Hope you ladies have a great Mother’s Day weekend. I have a great inspirational Mother’s Day story to link up, but I’m having issues with Blogger. >:-( I’ll get it linked up eventually. Please stop by and read it when you have the time. =) As always, thanks for hosting. Love your party!!

    ~ Catie

  11. Happy Birthday Heather! Hope you are having an awesome day! Loved the pics and the permed hair pic brings back some bad hair memories of my own! Enjoy your special day!

    Oh – and thanks, as always, for hosting!


  12. Happy birthday, Heather! (Great post, Vanessa.) I had to look twice at that pic with the cousins; I could’ve sworn it was from our family!

    Happy Mother’s Day to both of you ladies!

  13. Happy birthday Heather! I must say you girls were rockin’ some pretty fabulous bangs back in the day. :)

    Thanks so much for hosting every week and thank you for the feature! I’m honored to be featured at my favorite link party! :)

    Have a great weekend friends!


  14. Happy Birthday, Heather! Love the pics of your childhood. Enjoy a wonderful Mother’s Day, too. :-) Sue

  15. Happy Birthday,Heather! Enjoy this special day!Vanessa,this is such a sweet post:)Feels wonderful to go through this beautiful montage of pictures, especially the two of you together in the cutest frilly dresses:)Thanks for hosting! Happy Mother’s Day!~Poppy

  16. Thanks so much for hosting!

  17. Happy Birthday Heather! Those pics are WAY TOO CUTE! Loving them…had to stare at each a few times!!! I love sweet sister pictures!!! I hope your day is filled with sweet sparks of excitement!!! XO, Aimee

  18. Happy Birthday Heather!!!!!!
    Love the features and thank you for the party!


    Your sister’s post was awesome! Love the girl pics of you two, how adorable!

    Have a blessed, healthy wonderful year.

    My best to you both, always,


  20. Happy Birthday Heather! Sisters are a treasure for sure! They are the only friends you have that will be Totally honest with you whether it’s good OR bad! XO Cindy

  21. What a wonderful tribute to a sister. Happy birthday, Heather!

  22. Happy Birthday to your older sister! Thank you for sharing such beautiful pics of all of you lovely ladies. Please have a wonderful MOTHER’S DAY, all of you. Thanks for having me and for the nice features.

  23. Happy B-Day to big sister. Love the photos. Thanks for hosting. Have a great Mother’s Day.

  24. Happy Big Girl Birthday, Heather!! loved the walk down memory lane. Just linked up, thanks so much for hosting, and Happy Mother’s Day too!

  25. Happy Birthday Heather and I hope both of you have a great mothers day as well. Thanks for hosting

  26. Happy Birthday Heather!! Loved the time travel and that you shared all those pictures with us Vanessa! It was a perfect peek ;)

    Wonderful features as always and thanks for hosting.

  27. Happy Birthday to Heather!!
    Thank you for hosting a lovely party!
    Great features every week :)
    Greetings from Australia♥

  28. Happy Bday, Heather! LOVE all the photos you shared with us. Thanks for hosting this fun party ~ I’ve just linked up.

    Big TX Hugs,

  29. Happy Birthday, Heather! Although, I don’t think I can picture the two of you wearing matching floral dresses like that picture! LOL!

  30. What a lovely post! Happy Birthday Heather!! Wonderful features this and thanks for hosting, Gail

  31. Thank you so much for the feature!! What a nice surprise, as I was coming over to the party! Happy Birthday Heather, and many more!!

  32. Woot Happy Birthday! 40 is FABULOUS….I think MORE magazine features fabulous women 40 and over you should definitely submit! LOVE love looking at your adorable pictures…makes me wish I had a sister! Have a wonderful Mother’s Day, Birthday and Weekend!

  33. So stinkin’ cute!! Happy happy birthday to you! Hope you have a wonderful day and get spoiled :)

  34. Happy Birthday Heather! Thank you for
    Hosting! I love visiting your features and all of the great link ups! 40 is the new 20! Love, Me

  35. What a fun post! I love it! I am the baby of my family so I can say the same to my sisters. Love the last pic. Too cute! Happy Birthday Heather! Thanks for the party!

  36. Happy, happy birthday, Heather!! You are one classy lady and I hope you have both a blessed day and a wonderful year. Just think–you’ll be in Better Homes & Gardens this year! Could there be a better birthday present? :)

    Thanks to both of you for hosting this wonderful party. I appreciate y’all!

  37. Vanessa~what a gorgeous tribute to your older sister. Had me in tears! Thank you so much for hosting, and Happy, Happy Birthday Heather!!!

    Jessica @ Mom 4 Real

  38. Happy birthday! And thanks for hosting!

  39. Happy Birthday Heather!!! Happy Mothers Day to the both of YOU!!!


  40. Well, of course, your tribute to your sister put big old sappy tears in my eyes. I always longed for a sister and feel like I missed a special part of life not having one. Blessings to both of you and Happy Happy Birthday, Heather- xo Diana

  41. Yay! It’s your birthday! Hope it is the best one ever- and the beginning of a very happy year!!
    xo Becca

  42. Happy Birthday, Heather! And what a sweet post, Vanessa! Makes me wish I had a sister! Thank you so much for the feature! I am honored! You’ve made my day!
    Best Wishes and Blessings,

  43. Happy Birthday Heather. Vanessa, what a lovely tribute to your sister. Big hair, bad perms, and itchy poufy dresses and all! And please don’t drive off a cliff (though I’m scratching my head where you’d find a cliff to drive off of between Kentucky and Atlanta) because we’d miss you (and contrary to Billy Joel, the good can die old too; let’s all strive for that …)



  44. Wishing you the happiest and most blessed of birthdays, beautiful Heather!!!


  45. Happy Birthday Very good article. Congratulations.

  46. Happy Birthday to Heather! Loved seeing those photos. I am going to Haven too…I hope I get to meet y’all! Thanks for hosting the party.

  47. What a beautiful post — you are so blessed to have each other! Now about those pictures . . . LOL — those made me smile, laugh and that one of the two ‘old’ gals . . . that is priceless! Happy Birthday Heather . . . we share a birthday . . . it’s just that I’m turning 52 tomorrow! I THINK I remember 40.

  48. Happy birthday Heather!!!! You guys are such cute sisters. Thanks for hosting and hope you have a wonderful Mother’s Day!

  49. Vanessa – what a blessing you must be to Heather! This was such a sweet post! She was probably bawling her eyes out after reading it. :) Happy Birthday, Heather! Hope your day is as special as you are, girlie! ♥

    xoxo laurie

  50. Happy Bday! What a sweet tribute from your sister :) thank you for hosting the party too. Little Bit from

  51. HAPPY BIRTHDAY! Being one of 5 girls, I love this sister tribute!
    Thank you for hosting!
    Kerry at HouseTalkN

  52. Happy Birthday Heather!! This was the sweetest post! Makes me miss my sister so much! I was so used to living close by and now we are 24 hours apart : (

    Hope you both have a fantastic weekend and as always thank you for hosting!

  53. I’m a huge fan of all the pictures. What a sweet thing to be such close sisters! Thanks girls for the blog and the parties and for sharing this post. Happy birthday, Heather!


  54. Happy Birthday Heather! Sisters are the BEST – I love my two!! :)

  55. So darling…your sisterly love.

  56. Thanks so much for hosting, loved your post about your sister’s birthday!

  57. Courtney ~ French Country Cottage says:

    Happy Birthday Heather!! :D Love seeing all those photos- how fun!! Kind of glad to know I am not the only one having Blogger issues- but sorry to hear you have been having problems too. First gmail and then blogger issues… aye. ( I did email you btw in case you didn’t get it!) Thanks so much for hosting and have a wonderful Mothers day girls!!

  58. Welcome to the 40s club Heather!!! Those pictures are priceless! The day was so busy, I cannot believe I forgot to link up here, usually my 1st stop! Have a really fun birthday weekend. -K

  59. Happy Birthday Heather! The bond between sisters seems so special. I love having 2 girls who I hope will be this close even as adults. xo

  60. Happy birthday!!!!!
    Hope you have your best year yet,
    and thanks so much for hosting

  61. Happy Birthday! This is the sweetest post ever. I love having sisters they truly are the best!

  62. Happy Birthday Heather!! I think the 40s were pretty marvelous so you have a lot to look forward to.

    And Vanessa, I’ll quote a favorite poet: The trumpet of prophecy O wind… if winter comes, can spring be far behind?

  63. happiest of birthdays Heather
    and welcome to the 40 club!

    all linked up girls
    and thanks for hosting!


  64. Happy Birthday Heather!

    and thank you both for hosting. I appreciate it,

  65. What a wonderful tribute to Heather, Happy Birthday Girl!! I love that you too have such a special relationship; the picture of you reading your magazines was too funny.

  66. Thank you for hosting – Happy Birthday Heather!!! Enjoy!


  67. Happy Birthday Heather. From one big sister to another, I hope you have a totally awesome birthday!!! Hope your Mother’s Day is wonderful as well.

  68. Happy Birthday, Heather! Welcome to the 40′s club!

  69. Happy Birthday, Heather! Oh, what a darling post, Vanessa! You two were adorable then and gorgeous now! Love all of those sweet snaps of you darling little girls. How special it must be to have a sister and y’all are so close. I have no siblings and always wanted a sister.
    Thanks for hosting your sweet party.
    Happy Mother’s Day!
    Shelia ;)

  70. Happy birthday, Heather! May your “40′s” be fabulous.
    Hugs, Sherry

  71. Happy Birthday Heather! Thanks once again for hosting- Enjoy your special day! Rebecca @ Natural Mothers Network ( Seasonal Celebration Sunday) x

  72. Happy Birthday, Heather! I hope you have a truly wonderful & fun-filled day! Oh my, you are slightly younger than my own daughter — geez, but I love ya’ anyway……LOL!

  73. Happy Birthday Heather! I hope your day and your weekend was filled with lots of family and love.

    Thank you for always hosting such a wonderful party!


  74. Happy Birthday Heather! 40 is a GREAT age!! You look younger besides!! Your sister made me cry this morning! Great post!

  75. Anonymous says:

    Happy, happy 40th birthday to our wonderful daughter. We feel a bit weepy this morning thinking of this day 40 years ago at 7:03 pm when you made your grand entrance. Daddy and Aunt Joy said you were the only baby in the hospital nursery who was awake and trying to turn over. You have always brought us great joy as our daughter but now you are our friend and that is so much fun.

    We love you girl, so very, very much!

    Mom and Dad

  76. Happy Birthday and thank you both for hosting.

  77. Happy Birthday Heather! Hope your day is awesome!

    I’m so excited to be the winner of the My Memories Software! I will watch for an email from you, and thank you SO, so much for the opportunity to win such a great prize!

    Jackie Reini

  78. Happy Birthday Heather!…Loved all the ever so nostalgic pictures of the family!!!…..Perfect for Mother’s day too….

    Great features from last week…they are all so terrific…

    Vanessa and Heather…have a wonderful Mother’s Day…!

  79. Happy Birthday Heather!!! What sweet family photos!!! Aren’t sisters the greatest invention ever???

    Super features from last week. Hope you both have a wondeful weekend and Happy Mother’s Day!!

  80. Happy Birthday Heather!! Hope you have a great day.

  81. Happy Birthday Heather QQQ and I hope both of you….have the most amazing Mother’s Day!!!!!!

  82. Oh what a beautiful birthday acknowledgement to your sister. This was so funny, I am the baby sister too. We are close also and the pics made me laugh. (we’ve all got pics like that)

    Thanks so much for showcasing my Kitchen and Breakfast Room makeover. I am honored you liked it. Such a wonderful party filled to the brim with ideas galore.

    Happy Weekend, Barb

  83. Happy Birthday Heather!! I think I had tears in my eyes reading Vanessa’s tribute to you and almost didn’t see that you featured my wristlet!! I have three daughters and my greatest hope is that they have the kind of relationship that you and your sister have when they get older.
    Have a great day!

  84. Scribbler says:

    You are so very lucky to have your sister. Mine died in a tragic accident right after I was born, and so I have only the stories and photos. I always enjoy stories like this, because I hope we would have been close, too.

  85. THANK YOU For featuring our herb crates!!!!! I wasn’t near a computer yesterday, so I am sorry I am so late. But I wanted to thank you regardless. And this post was just the sweetest thing. Maybe it is the awesome bangs or the frilly dresses, but it just reminded me so much of our childhood, and our sisterhood. Thank you so much for sharing your sweet relationship with the rest of us. It is much appreciated. And a VERY Happy Birthday to Heather :)

  86. Happy Birthday, Heather! They say forty is the new twenty and I believe that :)I wish to both of you and those you love a wonderful,sunny Mother’s day! Thank you for hosting this great inspirational party. I am sharing a Mother’s Day afternoon tea.

  87. Christie says:

    HAPPY BIRTHDAY HEATHER! This was the perfect day to enter blogland! I so enjoyed the pictures of your sweet family! Hello dear Vanessa, too! Christie

  88. Thanks for the party, I’m a little late linking up this week, but didn’t want to miss it :) And Happy Birthday to Heather!

  89. First time linking up with Inspiration Friday. Thank you for hosting and happy birthday to Heather.

  90. Thanks for featuring my soft pretzels!

  91. Happy Birthday Heather. You are so blessed to have each other. And Happy Mother’s Day to both of you :)

    Have a blessed and wonderful weekend!


  92. I’m all teary-eyed – what a beautiful post. I loved the blast through the past, and my favorite picture of all of them is the one of the two of you with the magazines! SO funny – needs to be framed for sure! Happy Birthday! And Happy Mother’s Day to both of you beautiful, inspiring women!

  93. Thank you for hosting. Happy Birthday, Heather and LOTS and LOTS of Hugs :) My b-day is this week. May is a FABULOUS month!!


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