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An Early Anniversary Celebration

Our anniversary is not until August 16th.  This year will be the big 25 year celebration....our SILVER wedding anniversary.  Does this mean we are getting old?  Or just better?

Suzanne and my friend, Sharon, decided to throw a surprise party for us.  Sharon invited us over for a picnic on July 5th....a delayed 4th of July picnic, she said.  We had to do it on the 5th and not the 4th because Suzanne and Theo and Sharon's son, who works at the same camp as Suz and Theo, would not have the 4th off.  I asked her what I could bring and she said whatever I wanted, so I made mac & cheese (if she said nothing I might have gotten suspicious).  We were supposed to get there at 6, and it was pretty close to 6 when we walked out the door.  Theo made a comment about walking to there.  I said it's possible, but it would take too long.  I was also thinking how difficult it would be carrying hot pans of mac & cheese.  There were three other girls and a guy staying with us, so we said we'd have to take our car and Theo's.  Two of the girls got in our car and one in Theo's and the guy in Theo's.  Then Suz came out of the house and made one of the girls get out of our car and into Theo's so she could ride with us.  I thought it was really strange that she wanted to ride with us instead of with Theo, especially since the shot-gun seat was being reserved for her in Theo's car!

As we drove down the drive way, she said we needed to stop at the Recreation building to get her shoes which she had left in there.  I also thought that was a bit strange because she had told me earlier that she and Theo were going for a walk and I didn't know how she had keys to get in the Recreation center.
As we drove up, a bunch of people came out of the building.  "Surprise!"  I was like, surprise what?  Then we saw the silver paper hanging in the door and I realized it was a party for our anniversary.  Almost everybody from the small group we attended was there.  There was a lot of food.  Sharon made this really amazing cake.  It was banana cake north of the equator and 4th of July "confetti cake" south of the equator.  Suzanne had put a lot of work into this scrapbook she made for us. She had told me she was making something for our anniversary and that if her door was closed I couldn't come in or ask her questions, but I had no idea what she was concocting.  She did a fantastic job on it and it is full of some fun memories.  Suz and Sharon put up a calendar page for every year of our married life.  They also put sheets of paper on the tables that had listed important historical events that happened on August 16.  

We were really surprised and had a fun evening.  Suz and Sharon, you did a great job on planning the evening!!!  And here's to another 25 years of August 16s!


Collin B. said…
Amanda said…
Thats totally beautiful. Congrats on 25 years. She did such a lovely job!
Katie Barker said…
Wow ! Congrats on 25 years. Praise God fr his kindness and graciousness! And... I really love the calendar idea!! (I might have to borrow that in the future :)
podso said…
What fun to be surprised! Early happy anniversary!
podso said…
I wondered if you would get to Grey Towers...glad you did. Quite a place!

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