It's practically impossible
Still worth the effort
See what I mean......
OK there is no seriously
Let me give you the short
Weeks in advance some of the family decided this 90 year thing was a big deal....a REALLY big deal. And so we made our feeble attempts at making plans.
Two brothers (that translates to two sister in laws) discuss the where's, when's, what's and so forth's. A building venue is chosen (we're talking country so who am I fooling) it's more like a community buiding near the water tower. We have them put us down on their books. And....
proceed to purchase a few decorations and supplies and bake a huge cake (2 -1/2 sheet pans) and cool and wrap and freeze the layers. Oh, did I fail to mention that we also helped to butcher a hog and make sausage? And baked 50 sugar free cupcakes... OOPS No more room in the freezer for sausage AND cake. So what do ya do? Well you load it all in an Igloo and haul it over to the birthday girl's freezer...one of four, I think.
Everyone is notified of day, place and time. All is going well!
The week of the party, she goes in for a routine check up. I take her. I really don't mind. That's what family does. When we get inside the exam room, the nurse says "I see you had a birthday...a BIG one. So...did you have a big party?" I sit with mouth closed. Mother just shrugs and calmly says "No" Nurse "oh". Doctor comes in and says the same thing. And asks pretty much the same questions and when Mother gave the same answer he just looked at me. Yep....daughter in law fail. I felt quite low...yep I did. BUT when he examined her and said "We need to schedule a heart cath and also take a look at the arteries in you legs AND when can you come in"....I swallowed the frog. I knew the party was in 3 days. But a blocked artery is more important than a party...isn't it? Now, let me cut this short. No one hit me on the head. She had the procedures on Thursday, she spent the night at hospital Friday. Party? No Party? Party at building? Party at house? Reschedule altogether? Hmm So we did the only sane thing. We let everyone know and moved the party to her new porch. And you would know....she woke up Saturday morning feeling grand and wondering if her sister was still coming to get her for "lunch" (that was the plan for surprise) But...we were committed! Daughter came and took her in town but got wires crossed on what time to have her back. Yep, they drove up just in time to see us close the car door to hide the cake. And we had to wing it all the rest of the way. Good thing she had to go to the bathroom :D for a few minutes.
Some of the family came early to "decorate" and pretty soon she knew something was up. Especially when she saw the "Happy Birthday" banners. Oh well. She thought it was just family. And then neighbors and friends came and we heard lots of laughter and chatter. We had lots of food....went to get more food and had food left over.
Was it a surprise....maybe not like we planned. It was for a very short time. But she was happy and feeling very blessed. And that's what really counts isn't it. More than 50 people came. It was a great day.
long time friends
All of the birthday girl's children gathered around
all of the birthday girls remaining brothers and sister still laughing together.
What a special surprise!
What a blessed celebration!
To God be the glory!
Happy 90th Birthday!