With a Grateful Prayer and a Thankful Heart: His Birthday

Saturday, February 4, 2012

His Birthday

It was a full day celebrating John's Birthday earlier this week.
He took a day from work and bright and early we headed to Chick-Fil-A (with a coupon for a free breakfast) then to the train station for a trip into Philly.
John picked card no. 48 from our
City Walks Philadelphia, 50 Adventures on Foot,
and we set out for Historic Society Hill.

The weather was sunny and very mild for a winter day in January.
Usually it would be cold and snowy.
The streets were empty except for an occasional dog being walked or postman delivering mail as we strolled down the brick sidewalks and cobblestone streets.

The Society Hill Towers on Locust Street reached into the blue sky.  We passed the Abercrombie House built for a Scottish sea captain in 1759.  The Physick House on South Fourth Street was built in 1786.  Later,  Doctor Philip Syng Physick, known as "Father of American Surgery" took up residence.
Man Full of Trouble Tavern is located on Spruce Street and is the cities only surviving pre-Revolution tavern.
Down Willings Alley we found the courtyard of Old St. Joseph's Church. Founded in 1733 it is the oldest Roman Catholic church in Philadelphia.

I wanted to get a photo while we were inside but didn't want to disturb anyone with the sounds from the camera.  We will be attending a wedding here very soon.
 Just a couple blocks away is The Down Town Club where the wedding reception will be held.
Aside from an occasional pedestrian, we felt we had the city to ourselves.
One the way home we stopped in to visit with Jamie.  I will share those pics in another post.
Just as we arrived home, the phone rang with wishes from Jill.
Ryan, Brenna and Shaela sang and giggled 
♪♪♪ Happy Birthday♪♪♪
 to their Pop-Pop.
A short time home to take care of Raider and it was off to Library 2 for a fine steak dinner.
It was Erin and AJ's gift to John and it was very special! 
This restaurant is very dark inside and the walls are lined with old books.
Patrons are allowed to take a book or two home with them and Abbey was beside herself with joy as she scanned the shelves.
It was so dark she needed the light from her phone.
We were tuckered out going all day and right through the evening but it was a wonderful day together.
John felt very loved, as he is.


Buttercup said...

What a wonderful day and what a wonderful guy to celebrate. Happy and healthy year to John!

Donna said...

What a great city adventure! Thank you for sharing! I hope your hubby had a wonderful birthday week!

Maple Lane said...

Belated birthday wishes to John! What great pictures of your stroll through these streets. I love the architecture. The wedding/reception you will be attending here should be spectacular!

Thank you for sharing your family with us!

Julie said...

What a wonderful day! Happy birthday to John!

Nancy's Notes said...

That sounds like a perfect birthday! Happy Birthday John!

Sandy said...

Happiest of Birthdays to your John. What a wonderful day and thanks to you we all were able to tag along.


How fun you all had. Happy birthday to John, looks like you both had a special day. Thanks for sharing this fun with us, may he be blessed in his new year of life. Hugs,

Snap said...

Many Happy Birthday Wishes to John! Sounds like a wonderful day.

Maryann said...

Thanks for letting us share your day, it sounds like you had a wonderful time. Birthday wishes to your husband

Rhonda said...

Happy Birthday John...and wow I think after your day I would have declared "nap time" hope your day has been the best ever

Lady Farmer said...

You always celebrate in the most fascinating way! What fun! Hope John had a marvelous day and he has many more to enjoy with such a loving family!

NanaDiana said...

Lorraine- What a wonderful birthday for a wonderful man. Your love for him shines through every picture and word you post about him. He is blessed...as are you- xoDiana

Emily @ 52 Mantels said...

What an incredible birthday!! I love your pictures. You really brought the day alive for us! I've never been to Philly, but it looks lovely :)

Happy birthday to John!

Thanks for stopping by my blog and leaving me a sweet comment! I love finding new blogs to follow. I'm your newest follower!!

Debbie said...

Oh I soo enjoyed tagging along on your day. Looked like you had just a wonderful time. Happy birthday to your hubby!

Ann said...

Happy Birthday to your husband. You had a nice day and your pictures are great.
Love the name of that tavern

podso said...

It looks like a wonderful day and a great way to celebrate your special man. That's a part of
Philadelphia that I love the most and have been in the most as my dad grew up near there and loved history and shared it with us!

Sue said...

Happy Birthday to your husband, and the photos do indeed show the love of his family, thanks for sharing.
A beautiful day too.

Pondside said...

Such a nice way to celebrate a birthday! I love Philadelphia and would like to visit again - love your collection of 'walks'!

Beth said...

What a great way to spend a birthday! It looks like you had perfect weather for a walk. The list of local walks sounds amazing, and I'd love to find something like that for my area. Happy birthday to John!

T's Daily Treasures said...

Happy birthday, John! Sounds like an absolutely wonderful birthday. The downtown area is so beautiful. Glad you were able to enjoy nice weather and a wonderful dinner, too. Best wishes, Tammy

Kristina said...

What a nice birthday. Happy Birthday.

SavoringTime in the Kitchen said...

Happy belated birthday to your hubby!

corners of my life said...

My son lives on Spruce Street. Thanks for sharing the walk around his neighborhood. Pretty darn charming!

Patti said...

I stumbled across your blog a few months ago while looking for a folded star tutorial. Since then, I've come to enjoy it on a regular basis. Not only do I enjoy the crafts and recipes, but I enjoy reading about your family. I was especially touched by There's a New Name Written Down in Glory bookmark. I wish I had thought of that for my grandchildren, although I may steal that idea :-). My husband and I have been married 41 years, we have 3 daughters, 3 sons-in-law and 11 grandchildren. I enjoy sewing and quilting, cooking, and mentoring young moms and a troubled teenager. Most of all, I love Jesus. Although we've never met, I feel like I'm reading a letter from a friend. Thanks for blogging! I look forward to reading more.


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