Well, they’re gone. And here we are.
Boyfriend Elijah and best friend Anna wanted to have a bona fide surprise party for her. Last year her friends gave her a minor surprise; a birthday cake at a sleepover that was close to her special day. This year, they wanted to do it right.
Such stress – from keeping it a secret, to getting the food together, to getting the people together…we had dinner at my parents’ house to give the friends time to gather, and Sarah looked over once and said, “Mom, what’s wrong? You look…tired…”
But it was a huge success. She never suspected a thing, was totally shocked and extremely pleased. At one point I overheard her say, “I feel so LOVED!” Her dad came, all her friends showed up, they gave her great gifts, and we had a wonderful time. A few snapshots from the evening: