30, 20, 11


It was a time of innocence, a time of wonder, a time before I knew my husband… but 30 years ago, this day was celebrated by a young couple and their families. Happy 30th anniversary to my SIL and her husband! They were just starting out married life together thirty years ago, rapidly followed by starting their family. Now they have the joy of 3 married offspring and 6 grandkids (I’m counting the one due in January).


We had a bit of trouble choosing a name for this one, but as soon as we held him, we knew what his name should be…. and luckily, his 16-1/2 month old brother could almost say it, too. 

On Saturday, we drove down to the university to take him out for a birthday meal. He’s not a teenager anymore.

Happy 20th birthday, Encyclopedia Blue!

EB at the farm last month with his cousin’s daughter


It was a Tuesday morning, with beautiful, clear, early fall weather in many places: El Paso, Texas, where I was living, was one of them. It was EB’s 9th birthday, although we had celebrated with a party & friends on Sunday afternoon (something for which he has always been grateful). We woke up to breaking news on the radio, then ran to the living room to turn on the TV. It couldn’t be true… but it was…

Alan Jackson’s poignant song is one that never fails to make my eyes tear up.

Four planes, 3 buildings, 2 cities, 1 Pennsylvania field…
Nearly 3,000 people died in the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001.

9/11 Memorial, Staten Island

Pentagon Memorial

“Where were you when the world stopped turning on that September day?”

6 thoughts on “30, 20, 11

  1. Those profiles are pretty damn amazing! I didn’t notice them at first…

    Happy birthday to EB 🙂

    I was at work…a friend emailed me to ask had I heard about a plane hitting the WTC…thought it was some poor bastard that had a heart attack or something in a Cesna…and the thing I remember most vividly about that day is the amazing blue sky filled with white puffy clouds. I remember looking up at the sky as I got out of my car in the parking lot and thinking, wow…what a beautiful September day!

  2. I was taking a morning walk because it was such a beautiful day. I passed a house and a lady opened her front door and yelled that I needed to go home and turn on my TV because something awful was happening. I had no idea who she was but I started running home and turned on the TV to watch. Even though it was an unusual thing to do, I understood her reaction and why she stopped me. Then I started calling everyone I love…

  3. I feel for anyone who has a birthday, anniversary, or some other special day on September 11. What a somber note to add to any festive occasion.

  4. Very poignant post, Karen. Happy Birthday to your boy.

    Where was I? I was online playing a trivia game when one of the regulars typed out what happened. At that time, I was dating a man who lived in Massachusetts and he was working for an IT company. At the time of the crashes, he was actually working on the computer network up in the air traffic control tower at Logan in Boston.. the airport from which they took off. Not knowing where the next attack might be and realizing that he had been within a very close distance from these killers, I was panicked until I heard from him a couple of hours later when he was leaving Boston (evacuation)..

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