This fall, my sister, brother, and I put together a surprise party for my mom. It was a housewarming party since she moved into a condo. She has been through a lot but has had a great support system of family and friends through it all. So we invited her closest friends and family for a night of celebration. We had two couples take her out to dinner after work and us kids got in her house to set up for the party. Her friends arrived and the guys chauffered them back and forth from a parking lot to avoid suspicion. We anxiously waited in the dark living room and caught her off gaurd when we hollered 'surprise'. It was so exciting. We had planned for the party for about 6 weeks and hoped for it to be kept a secret. We even went so far as to invite our very good friends from Florida who came in especially for her party. Katie and I hung out with Brian and Dorothy for 2 days before mom even knew they were in town. And the second part of the surprise was that they were going to stay with mom! So after the initial surprise of the party, she was then surprised to find Brian and Dorothy knocking on the door with their suitcases in hand. We had cake, punch, goodies, and great fellowship. The guests at this party have been by her side through everything and Katie, Nick, and I are grateful for each one of them.
And that is why we had to celebrate :)