So, Tom and I leave to go to Jennifer's cookout. We pull in front of her house and there were no other cars. Tom said that it looked like we were the first ones there. We walked around to her backyard and when I looked up - there was EVERYONE!!! It was a surprise birthday party - for me! My birthday is on Christmas day, so Jennifer decided that I should have a summer, surprise half birthday party. It was so much fun! Although I have to admit that I feel a little silly that she - and all my friends - went to all the trouble to do that! I don't think "silly" is the right word, but I can't think of a better fitting one right now. All my friends and family already do so much for me! And I know that no matter what, they will never know how appreciative I really am.
Here are some pictures from the night. Although I'm mad because I didn't get a picture of everyone there. I should have asked my friend Alisha to take over photo duty. She does a much better job.
Lindsay, Jennifer, Me, Heather, Marcy and Donna
The cake, which was beautiful (the picture doesn't do it justice)
Tom and I
Donna, Jennifer, Me and Brandy
Nancy, Me and Bruce (my brother and his wife)
Me and Jennifer
Me and Donna
Heather and Marcy
Donna and Aaron
I really am so incredibly lucky - in so many ways. I couldn't ask for a better group of friends to love and care about me and my family. Thank you Jennifer and Jeff, Heather and Neal, Mike and Marcy, Donna and Aaron, Todd and Lindsay, Cami and MIke, Alisha and Casey, Bill and Meredith, Bruce and Nancy, my Mom, and Brandy!!!
PS - My Dad got to go home today! I know he and my Mom are so happy. Hospital stays are long and very tiring for all involved. He'll recover so much quicker in his own space with no vital checks every several hours. And now he gets to eat again! Thanks for all your thoughts and prayers for him!