Hobbit Birthday Party, Round Two

Welcome! Tomorrow is my birthday, and in true hobbit tradition, I’ll again be giving out virtual presents to all of you to celebrate. This was so much fun last year (stop by for that post for double the gifts), that I decided to do it again.

Unfortunately, there will be no fireworks. Haven’t quite figured out how to make that happen.

Pretend I actually made this cake. Just for you.

These are various fun things I’ve found on the Internet over the past year. Hope you enjoy them!

Galadriel: Because I can picture elves being crunchy hipsters (and they’ve got the subtle brag thing down).

Frodo: Because you have to remember what’s worth sacrificing for.

Smaug: Because he could use a crash course in riddles.

Grima Wormtongue: Because I have no idea how he even became advisor with a name like that.

Boromir and Faramir: Because even brothers disagree sometimes.

Sam: Because basically everything about him is heartwarming and wonderful.

Bilbo: Because he needs a little help dealing with difficult dinner party guests.

And finally, a short speech.

I don’t know half of you half as well as I should like; and I like less than half of you half as well as you deserve….

Kidding. Wrong one.

As some of you know, I’m a youth group leader at my church, and this year we’re doing a few fundraisers for summer camp. I thought I’d join in on my birthday blog. If you’d like to help pay for meals and s’mores and scholarships for our teens, I’ll be sending fun thank-you gifts to anyone who donates. It’s basically a bake sale, but where I am pawning off random artifacts of creativity instead of cupcakes. Here’s how it works:

If you give at least $5: I will send you a hand-crafted, limited edition Calvin and Hobbes postcard and a personal note of thanks.

If you give at least $10: I will give you access to three amusing one-act plays I wrote. (And the Calvin and Hobbes postcard.)

If you give at least $20: I will write a short story with you (or a person of your choice) as the main character. (And the Calvin and Hobbes postcard and access to three one-act plays.)

You can give more if you like, but those are the only levels I’m assigning thank-you gifts to, because otherwise I’ll be making rewards until Christmas. The card and one-act plays will be delivered within a week or two. The short story, obviously, will take longer. I’ll work out dates depending on how many requests I get.

If you’d like to support our camp fund (or, you know, just receive fun gifts), here’s how in three easy steps.

Step One: Go to my church’s giving website and donate your chosen amount. Since you have to select a fund, choose General Operations, but be sure to write “Donation for Youth Camp” in the memo line.

Step Two: Go to this form to let me know that you donated.

Step Three: Wait for the postcard/note to arrive in the mail, for the one-acts to be delivered to your email, and/or for Amy to send you an email to work out a short story possibility.

If you have any questions for me, ask them in the comments, and I’ll do my best to answer them.

Thanks for another great year, friends. I am immensely fond of you all, and eleventy-one years is too short a time to live among such excellent and admirable hobbits.


  1. Thanks for the reminder about the Murder Mystery Dinner etc. I’d been meaning to watch that for a while now, and today I binged it. Absolutely topping.

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