Mike’s 14th birthday, 1962. The cake was made by his mother, Dot Scoggins.

Today is my dad’s birthday. This photo was taken on his 14th birthday. His mother always made a cake to celebrate the special day–something she even did for us grandchildren. Also of note is the framed quilted wall hanging behind Dad. This is one of at least three such hangings made by my grandmother. Like many of the women in my family, she was a proficient craft artist and worked in many mediums over the years.

Dad, a huge thanks goes out to you for all your help along Jordan’s Journey. It would not have been possible without you. I love you, and happy birthday!