Silas is four!





















All photos by Lori Elizabeth

We don’t typically have big birthday parties, but this year Silas’ birthday fell on Memorial Day, so it seemed like a good idea, and it was!  We all had such a good time, and I think Silas felt pretty special having such a large crowd sing him “Happy Birthday.”  It’s funny because my older boys, even at a young age, hated having “Happy Birthday” sung to them, and would crawl under the table.  Silas had too much help (Beatrix!) blowing out his candles the first time, and insisted on having them re-lit for another go. But then, before he would blow them out, he asked that we all sing to him one more time.

Despite having about fifty people at our house, I hardly had any clean-up to do afterwards because I have the sweetest most helpful friends.  I thought early on that I wouldn’t have pictures from the celebration, because I really just wanted to hang out and not worry about carrying my camera around.  My friend Lori, as she so often does, did a beautiful job taking on that role for me.  I’m so grateful to have her photos to document the day.

It was a very good fourth birthday for Silas.  But goodness, how can that baby be four, already?

p.s.  Ya’ll just let me know if you want me to do a tutorial on how to beautifully frost a cake… (hee hee).



  1. Congrats! Happy Birthday to you, Silas. 🙂

  2. Happy birthday Silas! That looks like it was a wonderful day! So jealous of your beautiful property.

    Haha loved your “frosting” comment. I think the cake (and cupcakes) look delicious!

  3. Can I pitch a tent and live on your property? 😉

    It looks like a lovely celebration! And it’s so nice to see all those kids playing together, climbing trees, and just being outside. Wonderful.

  4. I can see such joy on the birthday boys’ face, and I see the same joy radiating from is Mama. Lovely photos…

  5. Sonja Loyd says:

    Happy Birthday to Silas!The cake looks so yummy!!

  6. happy birthday! looks like a great time.

  7. Gorgeous–all of it. The company, the cake, the atmosphere. Love it!

  8. Oh honey, your face in every one of these photos is so full of joy — I have tears in my eyes. So beautiful to see. So happy for this wonderful party, for all. It looks like the kind I always wish I were invited to. What a perfect, joyous day. xo

  9. Happy birthday Silas! What a fun, memorable birthday! Loved the first photo of Silas kissing your cheek and the most wonderful birthday cake! I can’t help but mention that I think you look like Meryl Streep in that photo! Just lovely as usual Ginny!

  10. The pictures are beautiful!!
    im very intersted for the recipe of this lovely birthday cake!

  11. Great photos!! I love seeing a house full of people that clearly are having fun and care about each other.

    That’s hilarious that he wanted to be sung to twice…haha!

    And who cares what the icing looked like…what matters is what it tastes like! 🙂

  12. Great photos :-).

  13. Happy Birthday to Silas! My Silas just turned 2 last month. I know before I’ll blink he’ll be four as well! What sweet pictures of a fun day with friends! I love seeing that I’m not the only one who frosts cakes in a “rustic” way 😉

  14. Well why not do a tutorial, the love just shines out from your lovely cake. It deserved two renditions of Happy Birthday.

  15. Happy birthday, Silas! Such a big boy now!
    remember that curly baby hair of yours :))

  16. Happy Birthday Silas! Looks like he had a wonderfull Birthday Party. What presents did he get? My boy is about turning four as well…

  17. What a nice gift to have someone take on the photo taking! Fun to see photos through another perspective. Happy birthday to Silas. I don’t have children of my own (yet?), but I have children I am close to in my life, and this post really brought to mind how I want to make a greater effort not to take that for granted, and to embrace the life and energy they bring. Life is so short and precious.

  18. Christy says:

    Happy Birthday Silas! What kind of cake did he request? Looks delish.
    It’s nice to see YOU in pictures with the family. God Bless.

  19. You did just show us how to beautifully decorate a cake -“taking time for smile for your child” must be the most important first rule!

  20. Corinne says:

    Happy Birthday to Silas!…love the name and my oh my
    that cake and those cupcakes look
    soooooooooooooooooo delicious!!!!!!

  21. Happy Birthday to Silas, looks like it was a lovely celebration! Glad your friend took photos for memories! Love your blog. Thanks for posting. Blessings.

  22. seems like yesterday he was born Ginny! What a fun celebration and the photos say it all. I’m happy you had your friends around to celebrate a lovely occasion 🙂

  23. What a wonderful party! I love the photo of the cake and all the cupcakes. It looks like fairyland.

  24. Happy birthday to Silas.

  25. I’ve enjoyed all of your post lately. Especially the mother’s day one. Well, I enjoy all of your post Ginny. I really appreciate you sharing part of your life (that is so similar to mine I must say), it’s very encouraging, inspiring, and beautiful. I just wish that we could kind of meet up somewhere and have our families hang out. ; ) Have a great day.

  26. I actually was going to say that I love the cake! I keep seeing those sort-of “casually frosted” cakes on pinterest and I always think they look like love in baked form.

  27. Gwendolyn says:

    Silas and I share a birthday! I’m just 50 years older than him. I love the first picture where he’s giving you a kiss. So precious! Aren’t little boys so sweet. Love the pictures and great idea about having cup cakes with a cake since you had so many people. Thanks again for sharing!

  28. This is precious. Happy Birthday to Silas! Your family is so much fun, I wish that I lived next door!

  29. Happy birthday, Silas, and congratulations to you, Ginny! I really love the party photos, especially the first one.

  30. Happy birthday to Silas! It looks like a fantastic party. His birthday is our wedding anniversary.

  31. Ha! funny about the candles. looks like it was a wonderful celebration!

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