Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Kid Adventures and Romantic Surprises

My 39th birthday began with a cinnamon toast and fruit breakfast created by my children. I was led like a cowgirl, in my pyjamas to my place at the "saloon" where I read several signs along the way. One in particular stood out to me. It read, "You should see the drinks WE have!" Well! Whoa, is all I could say to that! Where do they get this stuff!? :) They lavished me with gifts that were their very own trinkets from their bedrooms, wrapped in love--and homemade cards. My favourite kind.

Our day continued and we opened our school books.
At noon, my husband came home and announced he was taking me out for lunch. Meg put out sandwich things for her siblings and off I went. Terry drove me to a trail/park outside of town and said he wanted to go for a little walk before lunch. I wondered how much time he had!

The breeze was gentle, the birds sang and grasshoppers jumped across the path. We came upon a shelter along the path and, much to my surprise, there sat my sister-in-law guarding a picnic lunch he had prepared. She hugged me and went back to work. And there, with the picnic was a brand new bike with a big bow and flowers attached. Oh the glee :) After much gushing and hugging and kissing, we sat down and ate our lunch and talked in quiet solitude (rare for us at this time of the day).
Just when I thought my day was memorable, my husband stood, then crept around the side of the shelter and pulled out his own old bike. "Let's go for a ride!" he smiled. Could it get any better?
We rode with the wind in our hair, sometimes racing, sometimes enjoying the scenery. The only shame was that we had to use his Blackberry phone to take photos. If you know me, that is a tragedy. The memory of the moment will last and the phone pics... well, they're adequate :)
Upon arriving back at the shelter, we packed up our lunch and my bouquet and headed home. A glorious birthday it has been. Praise God for his blessings.


Meghan said...

I'm glad you had such a nice day :)

The blackberry photos aren't much of a drag when it's in your hands!

The Maretzki Family said...

Happy Birthday!!! Sounds like you had such a nice deserve it! :)



Anonymous said...

the joy as Terry recounted the story firsthand last night was awesome. Happy Birthday!!!

Camille said...

HAPPY HAPPY Birthday my friend!!!!!!!! How wonderful it all has been! I'm so happy for you. :) And...I think the Blackberry photos add to the charm of it all. After all, how could you possibly have RACED on your new bike with the SLR strapped to your back?? ;-)


Rebecca at Cotton+Wood said...

Happy Birthday!

Your blog is always a blessing to me!

Heather said...

Oh Camille, that is SO true! :)

jeana said...

Oh I'm SO glad to see you have the happiest of birthdays!! What a day! Love the pictures by the way ;)

Sherry Poundstone said...

soooooooooooooooooo swwet!!!! happy birthday!

Heather@Cultivated Lives said...

oh, my heart just melted. What a sweet way to celebrate your birthday!!!! Happy Birthday! I can't imagine anything more perfect than precious morning memories with your children and then a special adventure with your hubby!