My husband, Tony, has a birthday coming up on Saturday, March 18, but he will be working so we had to celebrate a week early. It was a very quick thrown together party. We normally just take each other to a special place of choosing to eat, but one night about 3 weeks ago it hit me….he is going to be the BIG 60!!!! I knew this had to be more than just the normal! Our daughter was leaving to go out of town so I waited until she got back to really start the planning, which was last Sunday. Yes, only five days to really plan! During that time, I was thinking about what to do. Tony has wanted to have over the people that worked under him and with him at JC Penney, so I began to send messages to friends on facebook, emails and text. The plan was that our immediate family would take him to lunch, his choice of the restaurant and everyone we invited to the party would come after 5 pm for ice cream and cake. He knew his family was coming later and it made it a little easier because we could buy and do things without it being a secret. The surprise would be whoever would stop by without his knowledge to wish him a happy birthday. The first couple to show up at the door was a surprise, because they were not family, but good friends. As the night went by, people continued to show up, some we had not seen in years. It was great to see his face every time he went to the door to greet someone!!! As I was standing back and watching this take place, it occurred to me that some of these people had not seen each other since they were all laid off. So this party was a great success, not only for Tony but for the JCP employees as a reunion!!! Tony has been amazed and talking about everyone he saw and renewing old memories with great friends, ever since. God truly had His hand all in this party!!! I could feel His presence through all that were there sharing their love and caring for each other!! Everything seem to fall into place as if He was wishing Tony a happy birthday with many more to come! One that he will never forget!!!
“May he give you the desire of your heart and make all your plans succeed.” Psalm 20:4
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