Fourteen and Fearless


Someday I hope she looks back on this birthday and remembers….

….to never jump off the stairs again.


  1. SuzieQ says:

    HAPPY BIRTHDAY, BEAUTIFUL GIRL!! :fairy: :fairy:

  2. Nancy in Iowa says:

    Oh, my goodness! No, Morgan won’t forget, but she’ll keep defying gravity! She’s got her Mom’s adventurous spirit!!!

    Happy Birthday, Morgan!!!

  3. Lynette says:

    Happy Birthday Morgan! The chili dogs & cake look so good! :hungry: Love the color of your cast – they only had white when I broke my ankle (long time ago). Those stairs can getcha when you are not looking!

  4. Patty says:

    Happy Birthday Princess Morgan!!! :snoopy: :woof: :woof: :woof: :snoopy:
    I hope you always remain fearless.

  5. Memoria says:

    HAPPY BIRTHDAY! ¡Feliz cumpleaños! :fairy: :sun: :snoopy:

  6. Patricia Herman says:

    Happy Birthday Morgan! Don’t give your mom anymore gray hairs by jumping off the stairs okay!!!

  7. bonnieblue says:

    Hope you have a wonderful birthday!
    I jumped off the stairs and broke MY foot — when I was 40 — I guess I’m one of those people who never learn!

  8. Nic, SD says:

    HAPPY BIRTHDAY! And LOL. A truly awesome way to spend a birthday celebration. Also: Coke in the glass bottle!! Squee!!

    • Suzanne McMinn says:

      She broke her foot, by the way, not her leg–they had to do the cast up her leg to keep her foot immobile while it heals. She broke it a while back, actually, but just yesterday got in at the orthopedist to get it casted. (Yesterday was her birthday. Day off school to get a cast!) And the phone in one picture is her birthday present–new cell phone.

      Nic, she LOVES Coke in the glass bottle! There is a little store right outside our town on the way to the interstate that sells Coke in glass bottles and whenever we stop there she runs in to get one!

  9. Euni Moore says:

    Happy Birthday Morgan. Sorry about the broken leg.

  10. Maureen says:

    Happy Birthday! Sorry about the leg.

  11. Johanna says:

    I think Morgan planned it. She so enjoys being featured in your blog, but she wasn’t sure just having her fourteenth birthday would be enough to get you to take photos of her ALL DAY LONG. So she thought to herself “how can I get Mom to take pictures of me ALL DAY LONG? Hmmm, maybe if I had an accident I could REALLY be the FOCUS OF ATTENTION!”

    And then she jumped.

    And now she’s immortalized, once again, as the FEATURE of an ENTIRE blog entry. 22 pictures of her (plus one of just the cake!) and hardly any text.

    YOU’RE A STAR, MORGAN! Happy birthday, Miss Star! And heal up quick. They need you on the basketball court!

  12. carol says:

    Happy Birthday Morgan! Someone did a beautiful job on that cake and you look pretty darn happy in the candlelight pictures. Even with a cast on your foot!
    Hope your day was wonderful and you have many, many more.

  13. Carmen Smith says:

    What a lovely girl and I’m sure she will remember the PAIN if nothing else 😀

  14. CityGirl says:

    Morgan, you can only jump off stairs that are outside with soft grass or hay beneath you. When I was fourteen I jumped from the second level landing at my uncle’s horse barn in Alabama. The stairs were outside. The ground is clay there, so not so soft lol. But it only knocked the wind out of me.

  15. CindyP says:

    H A P P Y B I R T H D A Y, M O R G A N !!!!

    Cell phone, day off school, a beautiful cast, a beautiful cake, a Coke in a glass bottle, a blog post of your very own……what more could a girl want?!?!?

  16. Phyllis Ryan says:

    HAPPY BIRTHDAY PRETTY GIRL. Hope the next one won’t be quite so dramatic.

  17. Regina says:

    Happy Birthday! I have a soon to be 13 year old, I will make sure I pass on the advice;) Have a great weekend!

  18. Diane says:

    Happy Birthday Morgan :purpleflower: What a beautiful girl you are. Green cast and all. I like coke in a glass bottle too. But its hard to find them where I live. Hope you had a great birthday. Got to love your mom for taking pictures of your whole day. Enjoy texting with your friends on your new phone too.

  19. Treasia says:

    Happy Birthday Morgan! So sorry to hear she broke her foot, but at that age we all do daredevil type things. I haven’t seen a COKE in a bottle in years. Oh how I miss those.

  20. jason says:

    Re: Picture #13…Could you at least wash your Explorer before going out in public for goodness sake??? …………. ( LOL!!! j/k)

    Happy birthday Morgan!

  21. Heather says:

    Happy birthday and also…ow. All in one day. FANTASTIC.

  22. Toni says:

    Oh, she won’t forget – not because of the broken foot, probably more because of the posted pic of her sleeping! haha
    I remember summers on a farm outside of Belington and walking miles into town to get “pop” out of the bottles!
    Happy Birthday!

  23. Deborah R says:

    Happy birthday Morgan!

    But…but…is that chili with beans on that dawg? Not “sauce”? This is WV – it must be “sauce”!

    At least that’s what I was told when I moved here, and it was said with so much passion I’m afraid to go back to relish and kraut! 😀

  24. Susan at Charm of the Carolines says:

    What a beautiful cake! What kind of frosting is that? And what are you using to pipe it on? I’m inspired!!!


  25. Mary says:

    Happy Birthday, beautiful Morgan. What a smile! What a cake! What a cell phone, What a Mom!! It looks like there’s a lot of fun at your house.

  26. Mary says:

    p.s. If I remember right, last year you were snowed in on your birthday, and your Mom was worried she might not get you back home for cake on your special day…one whole year ago when you were a mere 13.

  27. Leah says:

    Happy Birthday to you,Morgan! Hang in there! BTW,cool phone.

  28. RosieJo says:

    Happy Birthday 14!! Can’t think of any words of wisdom this early on saturday morning. So sorry about your accident. At least you’re not getting a cast in the heat of the summer (small consolation).

  29. Gail says:

    Ah, youth! Morgan was doing something adventurous, I on the other hand as an adult broke my heel stepping on an acorn, yep, that’s right, an acorn. Had a cast for six weeks. I was very embarrassed
    when people asked how I broke it, and that’s all I had to tell them. Morgan, keep up that adventurous spirit. Happy Birthday!

  30. Lynda Dunham-Watkins says:

    She has such a beautiful and easy laugh!

  31. claudia w says:

    Happy Birthday Morgan!
    Sorry about the broken foot! Don’t jump off the stairs anymore!!!

  32. Rose H says:

    Wishing you a VERY HAPPY BIRTHDAY. Your cake looks delicious :hungry:

  33. Chic says:

    HAPPY BIRTHDAY MORGAN!!! Enjoy your new cell phone…and your cake and I hope you heal fast so you can get back on the court again!

  34. ScreamingSardine says:

    What a beautiful blog post for a beautiful girl. Happy Birthday from one fellow Aquarian to another.

  35. NorthCountryGirl says:

    HAPPY BIRTHDAY MORGAN!!!! Hope you have a wonderful day. Hope your foot heels quickly. Take care and have a WONDERFUL day!!!

  36. carol says:

    Happy birthday Morgan!

  37. marymac says:

    Ahhh…I remember jumping off a garage roof, but that was when I was 10. I learned my lesson. HAPPY BIRTHDAY, MORGAN. I know it will be a memorable one.

  38. The Retired One says:

    Awwwwww….give her a big hug and tell her I hope she heals soon!!! Tell her I have the same type of boot on my right foot for a fractured foot, but no cast…and no crutches..I am allowed to weight bear some…
    all because I was too aggressive on my treadmill for exercise.
    Good grief!

  39. Fran says:

    :happyflower: Happy Birthday, Morgan! :purpleflower:

  40. Tori Lennox says:

    Happy birthday, Morgan! I remember Way Back When when you were pregnant, Suzanne, and we were all thinking pink thoughts. 🙂

  41. Nezzy says:

    HAPPY Happy birthday to your beautiful daughter. I’m so sorry she has to endure the cast. Just tell her this Ozarks farm chick gained an inch in her bust and lost an inch in her waist when I had to get around college campus with a cast up to the knee! Heeehehe!

    Praying she heals quickly and completely. Ya’ll have a wonderful weekend!

  42. kerri says:

    Happy birthday to your sweet girl!
    I hope that foot heals fast. Meanwhile, looks like she enjoyed that yummy birthday food, even if the trip to the Dr. was no so much fun. Love the lime green cast! Did she get to choose the color? Kinda like the orthadontist lets the kids choose the color of those tiny rubberbands…pastel for Easter, red and white for Christmas, etc. 🙂
    It’s your day to shine, Morgan! :sun:

  43. kerri says:

    Oops! That should be “not so much fun” and “orthodontist! It must be a bad spelling day 🙂

  44. Sharon Gosney says:

    Happy Birthday Morgan! I agree with you.theres nothing like a chili dog.

  45. Susan in AZ says:

    Happy Birthday!

  46. Debbie in Memphis says:

    Happy happy birthday, Morgan!! May all your dreams and wishes come true!!

  47. Estella says:

    Happy Birthday Morgan!

    A painful lesson to learn.

  48. Barbee' says:

    I think Morgan is a really good sport to put up with mom taking all those photos of her. Wouldn’t it be fun to be able to have the cast wrapped with school colors! – Or, maybe that is. Fourteen is a sweet age, a bit emotional at times, but sweet and I miss them. Now, my baby girls have teenagers of their own.

  49. Angela Pierce says:

    :butterfly: HAPPY BIRTHDAY MORGAN :butterfly:
    I like the color of the polish on the toes…..will you be changing it to green to match your cast????? 😉

  50. winifred says:

    Happy Birthday!

    She’ll learn. I jumped off a pier in our harbour when I was fourteen and thought I’d never reach the surface to breathe. Never jumped out of my depth again!

    Hope it heals soon.

  51. Moi says:

    Happy birthday, Morgan!

  52. catslady says:

    Happy Birthday,Morgan, and what a pretty green cast :turtle:

  53. Holly says:

    You are a beauty Morgan. Happy Birthday and heal well.

  54. Karen Anne says:

    Yikes, you have to wait to get a cast? Our healthcare system is even worse than I thought, if that’s possible,

  55. Susan at Charm of the Carolines says:

    I love Coke in the glass bottle, too. Shame they don’t make them all that way!


  56. Pony Girl says:

    Oh no! I hope it was happy anyway. Did she actually break it? Ah well, all is well in the universe when you can still text message, at least the fingers are fine, eh??
    Suzanne, I haven’t been by in months! Lost the link to your blog somehow, just found it on someone’s sidebar and was so tickled! I miss your great photography and your goats. I hope you are having a wonderful weekend! :duck:

  57. Tobey says:

    I’m a bit late, but I know you had a great birthday Morgan. The candles on the cake were almost as bright as your smile.

    Sorry about the foot and hope you heal quickly and get back on the BB court!

    Hugs and best wishes!

  58. debbie says:

    Happy Belated Birthday, Morgan. Looks like you had a fine day, cast and all. UUUUUmmmm! Chili dogs. If my son knew Morgan, he would be so in love, any girl that eats chili dogs is alright by him.

  59. debbie says:

    Heck, now that I think about it, he’d be pretty impressed with her jumping off the stairs and breaking her foot.

  60. JenInStCharles says:

    Happy belated day of birth, Morgan! looks like you had a busy but great day :happybutterfly: :happybutterfly:

  61. vicki (stickhorsecowgirl) says:

    Looks like a happy birthday! Such a pretty girl and I can see the resemblance between she and her older brother who’s joined the military! The cake looks divine–what flavor?

  62. Jodie says:

    Happy Birthday Morgan! At least they have beautiful colors for casts now… not just boring white.

  63. N@n says:

    Oh, my
    Hope she is doing better. When I saw this post, I totally understood why I am so at home on your blog. Your front room is my front room. Could not believe it.Same color, Same cabinets, same arrangement, even same lamp. Kind of eerie actually. Sure do enjoy your blog and keep those delicious recipes coming.

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