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Tuesday, June 18, 2013

open your eyes....surprise!!

I got an email on Friday which read,
"A driver will arrive at your house at 5:45 on Sat, June 15
to take you to an undisclosed destination
You may be asked to wear a blindfold.
Your cooperation is greatly appreciated."
Well, that is exactly what happened!
Our daughter picked us up, blindfolded us, drove us
around enough so that we had no idea where we were
and then stopped at our destination.
When we were allowed to lower our blindfolds,
we were greeted by applause and a yard full of friends and family!
You see, it was a surprise celebration of our
40th Wedding Anniversary!

 They decorated with a beach theme...
commemorating our family trip every year
to Jekyll Island.
Our older son and his wife made the sign.

 This was taken before the guests arrive, but you can 
see what a lovely setting it was The trees afforded
wonderful shade.

There were friends from all our years here.
This dear friend, Ginny, was one of the first people I met
when we moved here in 1976.
We went to church with her family for several years
and have been friends for 37 years.

This is my sweet friend (and former office manager 
at work) who opened her home and yard for
the gathering.

The centerpieces were creative and very "beachy"!

Our table featured this beautiful bouquet
and candles.

I was too excited to eat much, but Little E helped me out!

The food tables were gorgeous...with wonderful decorations
and beautiful food...all prepared by our children.

Even the rolls were homemade ...by our daughter.

There was Low Country Boil, Grilled Terriyaki Chicken,
Rice, Grilled Veggie Skewers, Homemade rolls,
and Homemade Ice Cream...Peach and Strawberry!

This little table held a treasure chest for notes and cards, 
our family picture from last year's Jekyll trip, and
antique postcards from our hometowns and Jekyll.

 With so much going on, I didn't get many pics of our
sweet and thoughtful friends who attended...
but I made sure we got one of these!

We missed our Tenn grandgirlies who were in Florida.
Wish they could have been with us, too,
but it was a wonderful night, a sweet surprise,
and an amazing gift from our family!
We are truly blessed!

Thank you God, for showering us with your
love and grace and for the precious gifts
of family and friends!


  1. Oh my, what a sweet, sweet way to celebrate your 40th! You are so very blessed.

  2. Oh what a totally nice surprise. I bet you were both so surprised.
    I love how pretty everything looks. You are so blessed.

  3. Happy 40th Anniversary --and Congrats to you both.. What a wonderful surprise party... I know you were thrilled... Wow!!

  4. Congratulations on 40 years and what a very special event was planned for you. Your family did an amazing job on everything. Love the decor and the menu! They really thought of everything. Blessed indeed!

  5. That is so cool. Your family is so sweet. Happy Anniversary!

  6. WoW, what a wonderful surprise, everything looks perfect!!

  7. What a sweet surprise! Congratulations on 40 years!

  8. Wish we could have been there earlier and stayed longer, but I know you understood. We need to get together to share what's happened these last few weeks! This was a precious gift from your wonderful kids!


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