Monday, February 26, 2007

Birthday Surprise

Tonight we surprised Amy and Angie for their 30th birthday at a local restaurant (Jimmys, their favorite). About 20 family members and good friends showed up and helped make this special birthday memorable.

This past year has been very trying on the girls. They always try to be strong for us. They take time off from their jobs to accompany us to appointments. They are by our sides for everything. I know they want to make it easy for Jake as well. He feels like he is out of the loop being over at college, but they always tell him to "keep studying hard and he'll be home before he knows it. Until then, don't worry, we'll take care of mom and dad. You just take care of yourself". Those are amazing sisters and daughters.

I promised the girls I would give them my recipes one day (which I never seemed to get around to). While shopping at a little boutique in town last week (during my lunch break) I found the perfect recipe boxes. They were handpainted (with my favorite green color on the top) with the words, "Big dreams start small" painted on them. It couldn't have been more fitting. So, one of the gifts I gave them tonight was the beginning of their "mom's recipe box". They cried when they opened it (as did I) so I think it may have been a hit. We also gave them 30 roses, a passport and a week of relaxing ~ wherever their heart desired, near or far (I heard them mention Venice before we left the restaurant...Oh, to be 30 again) I plan on being around to celebrate their 40th birthday with them. By then, their recipe box will be overflowing, like my heart is for them.

It's chemo eve again. I hope we sleep better than we did 2 weeks ago. Let's hope everything contines to go as smooth as it has in the past 4 weeks. We always have a rough couple of days at the beginning, but it tapers off by the end of the 2 weeks.

If you get a chance to wish our girls a happy birthday on Wednesday, I'm sure they would love itto hear from you. Amy's email is: and Angie's is: Tell them Mom and Dad sent you.

Thanks to all of you who made this night so special. And a special thanks to our daughters who make life worth living. Have a very happy birthday week....

Love you more than all the recipes in my recipe box!

Dream Big, Sleep tight, don't let the bed bugs bite...


Anonymous said...

I would like to thank our family and friends for the great evening. I loved seeing all of you and I appreciate that you took time out of your busy lives to enjoy a night with us. I feel blessed to have you in my life. Thank you for the wonderful gifts. They were not necessary but they were appreciated.

I love you -

Anonymous said...

That is absoulutley the coolest gift, I would love to hava a copy of those receipes too...
Best Wishes for a easy chemo week.
Love ya all,

Anonymous said...

Thank you all for including us in the birthday celebration!! I love having Amy and Angie as a part of our family, too. Here's to many more celebrations, brithday, anniversary, etc. And we send our thoughts to Rick for a successful chemo day, night, and week.

Karen and fam