Oma Dessie gathered her family together to celebrate her mother, Ethel White Chesley's 116th birthday on September 21. This was a special time to honor her promise made to her "Daddy Joe" many years ago to write his story. Dessie chose to celebrate with her mother's favorite birthday dessert - lemon meringue and also chocolate pies. Everyone enjoyed a homemade lemon pie made by Amy and homemade chocolate pies made by Beth as well as a variety of other delicious pies. The family group attending included Oma's 3 children, 9 grandchildren and 18 great grandchildren. Amy & Mike led us all in singing "Love's Old Sweet Song", a favorite of Grandma and Grandpa Chesley. Oma shared some sweet thoughts about her parents and presented each of her children and grandchildren with a published copy of her memories of her parents. This special book contained some memories and poems written by her parents as well as many family photos taken through the years, beginning in the late 1800's.
A party to remember for 90 year old Dessie Chesley Bielefeldt! Grandson-in-law, David Miller serving apricot filled carrot cake
A special time to reminisce and visit with cousins, Jan and Denna
What a delight - a gift from Oma to her family - her story published!
We can't help laughing when we are around Oma - She's the best, most creative and funnest Oma in the world! We all love and cherish our memories with her!
Children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren gather to honor our dear Oma/Mom
All the children had such fun playing on the "Harry Potter", as 4 year oldAllie Nunley calls the teeter totter. Yummy crockpot beans (refried style), cilantro-lime rice, Mexican shredded roast, Trader Joe's flour tortillas, chips, salad, Beth's homemade salsa, Hanne's homemade guacamole, Amy's yummy cookies, and much more. Thanks to all who made this a fiesta to remember!
Happy 90th Birthday Dessie/Mom/Oma to an incredibly gifted and creative women!
Wow! 90 years of blessing the lives of others! From the moment your parents received you with joy to the moments you received your children with joy to the moments your grandchildren brought joy into your life. Your children and grandchildren all join together in wishing you continued joy.