Sunday, April 5, 2009

My Mom's 80th Birthday Party

It has taken me forever, but I'm finally posting again! We had the opportunity to go "home" to Mobile, Alabama for our Spring Break March 16th. We actually don't usually go home this time of year, but I knew our Spring Break would fall really close to my mom's birthday on the 23rd of March and this year she was turning 80. We did tell her we were making the trip home, but we wanted to surprise her with a party at the end of our week on Saturday. Indeed, she was truly SURPRISED!!! Usually when we make a trip home she will try to gather our family together, but this time my sister convinced her that she would get everyone together that she could out at her house for lunch. Mama was NOT convinced that everyone with their differing schedules would make it! She was quite worrisome about it all week when we would visit with her. I would just smile and say, "Well it's OK, Mom. We certainly understand!" ("Hee Heeing" under my breath the whole time!) Also, I must say here that I am very proud of Graham. He kept asking me all week if we could tell her our secret yet? And, of course my reply was always, "not yet!" He did indeed keep it a secret ALL week! When Mama drove up to Gracie's house she was quite surprised to see so many cars, but just thought maybe Gracie and Calvin had invited some of their friends, too. As she got out and walked up to the patio, though, she began to realize that all the vehicles WERE family! It has been quite a while since we've had so many together all at one gathering! She was so thrilled...and even a bit overwhelmed that we had done all this for her! She loved her cake with her High School graduation portrait and she received bunches of really nice presents! Her favorite gift of all, though, was having our family all together! I so appreciate my family for ALL they did to make it happen! I love them all so much and count it such a blessing that we are so close even though we cannot get together as often as we would like! Enjoy the slide show of my pictures!


The Hall's said...

That is great Shannon! I have been waiting to see them! Such a sweet time and I am glad you got to be a part of it. I love your hair by the way. It looks good longer.


JGWmom said...

Thanks, Cameron! I have other pics that are not birthday party pics that I plan on posting another time, but this was the MAIN event. Thanks for the compliment on my hair. I actually had it shaped and highlighted while I was in Mobile. I love Mrs. Harvey's hair stylist who did it. I just wish she was out here! :0 Also, Mrs. Harvey surprise treated me which was REALLY nice. I am trying to let it grow out a bit and I like it this length better, too. Also, I don't think I mentioned it in my post, but my mom will never own a computer, so we got her a digital photo frame for her birthday and she loved it! It was really nice! I want one, now. Also, I put together a Memory Book for her on and shipped it to her. I kind of told her story in it, dedicating pages to her parents, siblings, marriage to my dad and each of her children and their families, and then some random ones, too. It turned out really nice.
Love you, too! :)

queen of sheba said...

This is the sweetest story!! My mother's family has a "Bubba" and that little boy "Brett" could be your son too! wow! I'm so happy for you and that you got to spend a wonderful time with your family. I am so proud of Mr.G keeping such a big secret for so long...he worked hard to keep a secret. Love you!!

JGWmom said...

Thanks, Rebecca!!!


Shelley said...

(Found you through Harmony's blog!) How FUN to get to be with your mother on her 80th Birthday! I know you enjoyed it so much... We will have to stay in touch especially since we have kids the same age :) It was good to meet you at the Easter hunt! Have a great week.