Tomorrow is a big day, the day Blog Daddy turns 92 years young and this is his Birthday Card!  Happy Birthday Dad! Here’s some MUSICA just for you.

Birthday wishes


And here he was at the very beginning. John Patrick Stewart Jr.  Cutest little baby in the world.  I love his outfit! Such a sturdy little sitter!



See those itchy fingers? He can’t wait to get out of that contraption and into the garage where all the good stuff is kept!  I can just imagine how blue those eyes were.



These photos are from a page in my dad’s baby book, and that’s his dad’s handwriting at the top where it says, “Our darling baby.” 

birthday party

Dad, home from Iwo Jima

That’s Blog Daddy in Hawaii during the war . . . bottom row, second in from right side.  Looking like Frank Sinatra.  It’s still two years before he meets my mom. And I don’t get introduced to him until a couple of years after that.  



Fireworks for you dad!

Dad's Birthday

Here he is with the first four of his eight children in the backyard of “Smallville” on his 32nd birthday.


I hope you have a wonderful day, Dad, wishing you the very best Birthday . . . and here’s one last little thing, something I know you’ll want to sing along with . . . MUSICA

Love you dearly Dad!  Wish I was with you . . . but see you soon! XOXO

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  1. Nancy says:

    Happy Birthday to Mr. Stewart! Whatever you’re doing Jack, keep it up
    because it seems to be working – 92 wonderful years with those you love
    is a blessing. Susan, really now, another project! I can just see everyone
    coloring in your pictures with a new set of crayons. If you do it, please
    include England, Beatrix, The Vinyard and your kitchen, dishes, Holidays and
    and and …………….

  2. Ginger says:

    Happy birthday Blog Daddy! Your daughter is such a gift, bringing love and inspiration to so many…but then you already know that! Hope you have a wonderful day celebrating you.

  3. Cindy says:

    Your daughter has thrown a net around all of our hearts and drawn us into her life. It’s been so lovely to explore it and to get to know her favorites (Blog Daddy being right at the top of the list!). However, when I began to read this posting, my jaw dropped down to the table……MY father was born on August 5, 1923 too!!!! Just one more little detail to knit us all together. Bravo to you and her mother. You raised a family with “all the right stuff”. I know nobody’s perfect and we rarely do anything perfectly, but you did a fine job of instilling compassion, joy, a good work ethic and just plain FUN into this one daughter of yours that I’ve come to know (in a little way) through all of her life-sharing anecdotes. I hope that you sat back yesterday and took a trip down memory lane of the blessings that have been bestowed upon you and the blessing that you have been to so many people. Happy Birthday!

  4. Barbara Stillman says:

    HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!! Mr. Stewart!! xoxo
    Hugs from Barbara S. in Cumming, Georgia

  5. Freddie says:

    When people say this was the greatest generation, I believe it 100%. My dad lived to be 92 years old too. They are strong , wonderful , respectful and generally very nice people. They live thru depression and war , which would make you think they wouldn’t be that way. Happy birthday Mr. Stewart .

  6. Terri says:

    Happy, happy birthday, Mr. Stewart! Love the photos. Hope your dad has a wonderful 92nd birthday!

  7. deborah.t.norling says:

    Happy Birthday to Blog Daddy…what a beautiful baby boy and you just get more and more handsome every year ! and Susan…from the prior post…..your Jack looks so..”grown up”…your Kitten now…a Cat Man !

  8. Julia says:

    Happy birthday dear Blog Dad. I’ve said a birthday prayer
    for you. You are aging much better than Mr. S. did! I
    especially love when you tell about how you built things
    for your house and for the amusement of your family. Wish
    I had a totem pole. WOW! Julia in SC

  9. Joy Pence from Ohio says:

    Happy Belated Birthday Mr. Stewart. 92 years young! Congratulations on your big day! You have a wonderful daughter, but I figure you already know that. You did a good job!

  10. Susan, these photos of your precious papa are absolutely wonderful! You are his treasure, too, you know!

  11. Mary from Pa. says:

    Happy Birthday !

  12. Lori (California) says:

    Happy Belated Birthday to you Dad! Loved seeing the pictures (he did look like Frank Sinatra in that picture). Thanks for sharing these wonderful memories with your girlfriends.

  13. A belated happy birthday to your dad, dear Susan! He was handsome from the get-go!

    Trust it was a very special day… your post was a lovely tribute. May the year ahead for him be one that’s happy and healthy and good in every way.

    Brenda xox

  14. Miss Marion says:

    Happy Birthday Mr. Stewart!!
    Those cheeks are adorable, pinchable! What a cutie you were! (and I’m guessing you still are!)

  15. marty from NYC says:

    Dear Jack:

    I hope that it was a terrific day and will be a healthy, joyful year ahead. Love your advice to all, especially to your dear daughter and your terrific sense of humor.
    You mean a lot to those of us who Dads are no longer with us–indeed a most upstanding generation of men and women with the courage and character to see your families and our nation through some very difficult times. Live well and prosper–Marty

  16. Sharon H says:

    Happy birthday Blog Daddy!!! 92 years young – congratulations and I hope you had a wonderful day! The baby pictures are just wonderful Susan, and it’s so great that you have your Dad’s baby book. It’s something very precious to have and I’m sure it means so much to you. My mother was a German war bride after WWII and I still have her little black suitcase she carried with her on her trip to America, and some of her family pictures she brought with her. They mean the world to me. A big birthday hug to Blog Daddy from Sharon in Florida.

  17. Karen Lotito says:

    A very Happy Birthday to you dad, Susan! 92 years young-God bless! Your post was a lovely tribute to a very special man in your life. I hope he had a wonderful day!

  18. Lois Rehm says:

    Dear Susan,

    I second all of warm and hearty remarks from your blog sisters (and a brother or two) and add my belated felicitations to your dear father. May he thrive in the year ahead and be buoyed up from all the good wishes and love sent his way.

    Every time I check your blog, I’m reminded of the old song:

    I love those dear hearts . . . an’ gentle people,
    Who live in my home town,
    Because those dear hearts . . . an’ gentle people,
    Will never, ever, let you down!

    Your blog is a “home town” for many of us where we are in touch with the dear hearts and gentleness that were more prevalent in earlier decades. Your dad and mom and you are reflections of those times, as are all the gentle folks who
    visit your blog. Every time I check in, I am reassured that folks still exist who care about others and remain optimistic despite life’s challenges.

    With love and appreciation for all you do to spread love and gentleness.

    Lois from Westchester

    • sbranch says:

      Thank you Lois, always love hearing from you. xoxo

      • Vicki says:

        Sometimes/usually(!), I go back over your comments here, days later, Susan; I just love hearing what others have to say! This one was so poignant for me. Lois hit the nail on the head; your products, art and blog are so comforting. ‘Your blog is a “home town” for many of us where we are in touch with the dear hearts and gentleness that were more prevalent in earlier decades. Your dad and mom and you are reflections of those times.’ So, so true, Lois! Love and gentleness; we all need more of it in this world! I loved reading this; love peeking in!

  19. Laurel in VA says:

    Happy Birthday to a great man!

  20. Sue says:

    The happiest of birthdays to Blog Daddy! When it comes to “musica,” I immediately thought of the song, “You Must Have Been a Beautiful Baby,” because you certainly were! Those baby pix are absolutely priceless. I hope this is just the latest in a string of many more happy days and, that in eight short years, we’ll all be helping you celebrate the Century Mark.

    Thanks, Susan, for sharing this lovely man with us…especially with all of us who have already had to part with our own wonderful dads from the Greatest Generation.

  21. Marsha MacLean says:

    Happy Belated Birthday, Blog Daddy! We are blessed to sorta know you…through this venue… And blessed to be girlfriends with your darling daughter! You sure were a cutie in your younger days! (I’m sure you still are…). Hope you had a wonderful day. I always like to suggest that we celebrate for the month, just because…
    Best wishes, Love, Marsha

  22. Back from a week at Chautauqua and checking blogs right away! Happy Birthday to John Patrick Stewart, Jr. ! Wishing you every blessing!

  23. sondra fox says:

    WOW, “I” even remember how to type into your site Susan! Just kidding you. Keep on with your book, dear girl.

    Summer is going along well, here on the west coast. Lovely, mild day here today. We’ve only had a couple of really hot spells.

    My cat, Sheba, & dog, Max, are babysitting for our daughter’s fourteen year old Chocolate Lab, while my daughter & son-in-law are in Tahoe. The Lab’s name is Presley, named after you know who. We all loved Elvis, still do. Presley is a dear, sweet dog & I’m so happy to have him with us. I try to spoil him some, even more so than my daughter, son-in-law, & grand boys do. This is his second home, so he isn’t missing his regular mates that much, I don’t think.
    (Sandy from Chihuahua Flats)

  24. What a wonderful birthday wish for your dad. He must be special to be cherished so much by his daughter.

    My grandson, Sam, shares an August birthday. He turns 6 on the 10th.

  25. Pat Johnson says:

    Sorry I missed your birthday but I have been traveling…. To imagine that you are so special to be able to celebrate 92 – I only hope I will be given the same opportunity. Would love to know any secrets you have to maintaining the forward motion……you are definitely amazing and hope you had a fabulous birthday. It is never too late to say “Happy Birthday!” To you, Susan……… know you must be proud and happy! Hugs…..Pat

  26. Gail Buss says:

    Special birthday to Mr blog daddy Stew Stewart . God bless you always. I hope it was the best birthday ever. With birthday hugs, Gail Buss

  27. Teresa G., Lafayette, CA. says:

    Oh NO! Did I really miss Blog Daddy’s “real” day? Better late than never, right?! I know it was a wonderful day because good people attract goodness, I’m sure of it. Birthday blessings to a talented and very special man. We all love you! XXO

  28. viv says:

    Belated birthday wishes. You have a special place in all our hearts. My dear hubby shares your birthday and you are the same age as my dear daddy who also served in WWII, but he had colder duty…radio operator in Alaska.

  29. Victoria Miller says:

    Hope your birthday was wonderful, and all that follows. And, Mr. Stewart, you have a lovely daughter, and family. And I’m sure you don’t need me to tell you!

  30. Elaine Depo says:

    Though the Birthday greetings are late, they are absolutely heartfelt! I hope your day was perfect, and the year ahead is filled with joy and everything that makes you content! Happy, Happy Birthday, sir!

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  32. Jan from Northern CA says:

    Happy Belated Birthday “Susan’s Dad” aka Blog Daddy!! Hope you had a wonderful birthday. My Dad’s birthday was the 4th…..and he turned 87. I told Susan and the girlfriends of his stroke on Easter Sunday. Well, he’s doing better each and every day. Even walked on his own inbetween the parallel bars at rehab the other day. And, he’s learning new words to let me know just what he’s thinking…..which I can’t wait to hear more of! Your generation of Dad’s are awsome and you never quit or let us daughters down. 🙂 We love you to pieces. Thank you, for your wonderful daughter Susan, who gives us beautiful and wonderful things in her books and pictures and just her ability to make us smile.
    Again, Happy Birthday!!
    Cheers from Northern CA

  33. Janet Hundley - Grafton, WI says:

    What beautiful photos! Belated Happy Birthday wishes to Blog Daddy!

  34. Judy Clark says:

    Happy, happy birthday, Susan’s daddy!! We love you so much for giving us your precious, talented, loving daughter. My mother always said, “When you drop a pebble into the brook, you never know how far the ripples will spread.” Just look how far the ripples have spread since you gave this lovely person to the world. What joy has spread far and wide! Good job, you.
    Enjoy every minute of your special day.
    Love and hugs,

  35. Linda in Texas says:

    Just now discovering that Blog Daddy had a birthday on the 5th. Sorry to be late to the party, but please consider it just an extension of his “birthday season.” It’s never too late, right? (My birthday is in April and I got a belated birthday card last week. I love it; my longest birthday season so far.)

    Congratulations on achieving 92 years and all best wishes for many more. I hope there was cake and ice cream and confetti.


  36. Ann says:

    Aloha and belated Happy Birthday Mr. Stewart. My mom turned 90 on August 7th, and that 9th decade is a very big deal! My parents met during World War II and got married in Nov. of 1945. It was life changing times for them both and many of the greatest generation. All the best, and Mahalo for serving your country in those trying years.

  37. Linda says:

    I’m late but Happy Birthday Mr. Stewart. And Susan you are SO fortunate to have so many great photos of your family & the message from your grandfather on your Dad’s photo is priceless. Thank you so much for sharing with us.

  38. Joan Lesmeister says:

    Happy Belated Birthday Blog Daddy Jack!!!!! I really did send you a greeting via my IPhone, from Mendocino CA, but I don’t see it here…’s probably still cavorting about on the beautiful Pacific Ocean waves!!! Beautiful pictures & wonderful blog from your darling daughter! I’ve enjoyed reading all your greetings, & replies, a lovely birthday celebration for you! Many blessings to you as you begin another amazing year! Love & hugs!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  39. Laura says:

    Hi Susan,

    My Mom was born the week before your Dad and I have a picture of Mom at about the same age of your Dad’s beautiful baby picture and it looks like they are wearing very similar outfits. My first thought was “that looks like Mom’s baby picture” which I just adore. They look like twins!

    Thank you sharing your very positive outlook on life with all of us.

  40. Evie Tong says:

    Hi Susan … I hope you and Joe celebrated yesterday: Joe and my husband Brian share a Happy Birthday .. these are two “good men” who belong to a special club! Today is Julia Child’s birthday …another special soul as we remember and celebrate her wisdom! Anxiously waiting for your book …and celebrating YOU!
    Aloha, Evie from San Diego, CA

  41. Cheyenne Renard says:

    Happy Belated Birthday Blog Daddy or John. What is your actual BD my hubby is Aug 4th. At any rate you have the best daughter ever I know you already know that. She is one in a million and I know you have other children and love them dearly. But she is the speckled pup in the litter. Wishing you many more years of joy health n happiness lets see 100 ok Love to you and may God Richly bless you all the days of your life. Love to you Cheyenne in Henderson Nv. XXX

  42. Karen Strebeck says:

    Happy Belated Birthday Mr. Stewart! My Dad’s Birthday was the 1st day of the month.
    Karen ~j~

  43. D'Anne R. Paratore says:

    Ms. Branch

    My cats Tippy Toes, Samson and sister Charly want to know if you will be making a book with your cats and or cats in general. They love your cat pictures and get excited when I tune into Willard

  44. Chris Power says:

    Hi Jack & Sue,
    What lovely pictures. Of course, I picked Jack out right away in the Navy picture. Cute baby boy, too! Wow, my dad would have been 92 this year also.
    It’s hard to imagine he’s been gone 20 years now. I remember listening to country music when we stuffed newspapers as kids. I don’t think you ever did that with us. We all miss the good old days of family vacations and fun!
    We love all of your family! Hugs to Jack from me.


    • sbranch says:

      Hi Chris! So nice to hear from you. And yes, your dad, it’s hard to believe, 20 years. I do think of him often, and Take Me Out to the Ballgame. I loved your dad. He and your mom bonded our families for life. I think of you and all the Powers as brothers and sisters! We stuffed newspapers with our dad too . . . and sang “In the jungle, the mighty jungle the lion sleeps tonight . . .” I will tell my dad you said hello, he’ll like that! Hope to see you one of these days!

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