So, before August ends, I want to share a little bit about my Mom's 75th birthday party. The actual date of her birthday was while we were in California and our original plan was to celebrate there. Then when my Dad couldn't make the trip, the 2 of them stayed home. My sister thinks Mom was secretly glad because then she could pick her raspberries, which she loves and I think E might be right about that!
Mom thought that no one was really doing anything special for her birthday and she was a bit grumpy with Dad, I gather. But unbeknownst (I like that word!) to her, Dad was busy planning a big party at a hotel for the week after her birthday! He worked so hard to keep it a secret, order good food, invite all their friends and have a little program. He was able to carry the whole thing off with a little help and Mom was completely surprised. Here are a few pictures of what happened.
Waiting for the guest of honor to arrive.
When my parents entered, they turned away from me so I missed the whole surprised look thing.
Our 3 beautiful nieces who all helped in the talking part of the event. I love their smiles - such a genuine reflection of their personalities.
Meadow loved the balloons!
My Mom and Dad
I am so blessed to have my parents still living in their own home, driving everywhere, taking care of a huge garden, checking fences for cattle, being interested in farming and loving to visit with their friends and grandkids. My maternal grandmother died when she was 76 so this milestone for my Mom is a poignant one. I pray that our time together will be long and full of more precious moments!!