Thursday, June 21, 2012

The Surprise... it was a surprise!

After so many hours, days, weeks and months of planning, the day finally arrived and my sister and I were on pins and needles to say the least.  There were butterflies in our stomach and the question constantly floated around in our head...  Do they already know?  What if they notice all of the cars across the street?  What if they get here and just say, "so, what's going on?"

The hour came and all guests were waiting in the shop.  Dad and Mom walked up to the front door and we were quick to create distractions, quick to great them, and quick to start the walk to the shop.  

We told them the kids had been working on a surprise for them in the shop and they were anxious to show it to them.  And, because they were both turning 60 this year, it was going to be for both of them... and they needed to cover their eyes.  My sister and I helped them walk over and as we were going slow, she asked them if they had any idea what might be in the shop.

They said they had a couple of ideas but that they couldn't wait to see what it was.   Well, those ideas were not even close.  They were thinking Adirondack chairs.... 

It was a complete surprise.  

Even with the kids knowing... and not being aloud in the shop for weeks beforehand... even with family coming into town to "visit"...  and with their friend's cars parked across the street... 
they just had no idea.  And, we were thrilled!

I don't know if I can say the evening went fast.   We worked hard, running between the house and the shop, making sure everything was taken care of.  We tried to visit with the guests in those calm moments when the food did not need attention.  It seemed as if our feet were in constant motion. 
It was worth it though.

The air was filled with music that they grew up listening to and songs from their wedding. There was good food on the table and pictures around the room from their lives.  There were the friends and family that came to celebrate with us.   There were tears and laughter.  
Sweet memories were made.

We are so thankful for our parents.  We are so thankful for the way they raised us, for the way they love us, and they way they love our families.  We are so thankful that we were able to enjoy their 60th birthday's in such a fashion.  

We are thankful that the party is over...
that we can look back on that evening with such fondness...
and that now we can enjoy the summer days! 


  1. pretty hard to pull of a surprise like that! What a treasure! =0)

  2. It was a treasure, so much fun and love poured out onto us. I pray the Lord will increase your blessing!

  3. Noreen and John look great! Colorado and being grandparents must agree with them. :-) What a beautiful party!

  4. Wow, everything looks beautiful, Carrie!

    What a blessing to give to your parents to honor them. :)