And now, the REST of the story (continued from HERE).
So, one huge surprise wasn't enough for this birthday, I guess.
Last night Chris and Kelsey said they wanted to take us to dinner. Dan told us that he made reservations for us at Black Angus, for 6:45. We drove over there, and were taken to a back room to be seated. As we walked into the room, the host stopped, and I was wondering why he didn't seat us. That's when nearly the whole room broke into "Happy Birthday to You!" Seated at various tables surrounding ours were all sorts of dear friends, and Tim was already seated at the family table. In the center of our table was a stunning bouquet of red roses (from Dan), along with a pile of cards from everyone. I really couldn't have been more surprised!
Friends and family
Roses from Dan
It must have taken a good 15 minutes for me to get around and hug and thank everyone who was there to usher me into senior citizenship! After dinner came a pretty decorated cake, and a sort of a roast/toast/"This is Your Life" from our preacher and good friend, John.
Part way through the dinner it dawned on me that I not only have a sneaky husband (as I said in the first post), but an entire sneaky family and a host of sneaky friends! Dan pulled it all off without a hitch, but being the perpetrator and secret-keeper took a toll on him. He was pretty drained by the end of the evening. He asked Chris to do the driving when we left the restaurant, and, after we got home, he didn't take long to drop into bed.
What a guy! And What a family! Having Chris, Kelsey, Sweetpea and Tim at our family table and so many loving friends there with us, was a sweet reminder of the blessings God has showered on us over the years.
The "Sneaky One" and me with my cake
Chris, Kelsey and Sweetpea
Sweetpea's favorite part of dinner was the cake
This morning Tim and our friend, Keith, joined us for a final breakfast together, before Chris, Kelsey and Sweetpea took off for the airport. Here are just a few more pictures, taken over the past few days, of my favorite "subject."
Sweetpea has her own little Fisher Price camera, and here she is taking a picture of Grandma's robotic puppy, Rocky. This was the first time that Sweetpea was around Rocky and not terrified of him.
"What do you mean? Take WHAT finger out of the ice cream?"
A contented Grandpa, with Sweetpea in his lap
Sweetpea and Grandma, before the party
Time out to do a little "work"
A big smile from our pride and joy
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