Rick and I just celebrated our 30th Wedding anniversary. On the weekend just before our anniversary, our daughter, Katelin, gave us an anniversary card. In it she wrote that 30 years is a milestone, and they wanted to treat us to a photo shoot with them, and said: "Pack an overnight bag."
We have 2 children... Katelin is in the Truth; Mike isn't, and he lives about 4.5 hours away. When I read the card, in my heart I wished he would be with us, but I didn't tell Kate, because it was her gift to us... But when we got to Kate's house, Mike answered the door! I cried.
After the photo shoot, we decided where we would go for supper. We followed them to the back room in the restaurant, and then we heard "SURPRISE!" The room was filled with old friends and family. Some travelled 12 hours to be with us. We were overwhelmed.
After supper, Kate said we should go to the Inn where they reserved a room for us. When we walked down the hallway, a reception awaited us. The hall was decorated in ivy and white roses. On each table stood a tall crystal vase with white and red roses. The chairs were covered in white satin. The tables with white linen. They had taken a picture of our wedding cake and had it reproduced. At our wedding, we had palm trees made from vegetables, and a face in a cauliflower, and pineapples with pickles skewered into them... many desserts, and so much more. They used our wedding pictures and reproduced many of those elements for us. It was amazing.
My brother-in-law made wine and our wedding picture was on each bottle.
Katelin and my nephew, Jeremy, read us a poem about our life. I write poetry, but Katelin never has, so it was so moving to me that she did that for us. She wrote to the friends and family 3 months ago, sending them each a piece of cloth for a quilt, asking them to decorate it as they wished, and she sewed each one into a patch quilt. It is beautiful.
We spent the evening dancing and visiting with friends and family. Perfect.
My sister, Lynne, gave us our room key at the end of the night. In our room was a bottle of wine, red candles, a box of chocolates and a new nighty for me on the pillow. The tub was surrounded with tea lights. So thoughtful.
Sunday, we all met for breakfast at a restaurant, and then headed home. Our son and his family had supper with us that evening and visited with us till it was time for them to go.
It was an unforgettable anniversary surprise. It made us feel so loved. I had to share it with you.