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Best Gift EVER!!!!!!!

The Surprise of my life!  That is what yesterday was for me!  Kelly threw me a 40th surprise birthday party.  She really got me!  She had told me that she was inviting two of our friends over for a birthday lunch.  We are the same ones that always get together for birthdays.  She really threw me off on Monday when she texted and told me that she had also invited my friend, Tracy.  I just thought I was going for a party of four.
Steve had asked me on Sunday if I was sad that there was not going to be any 40th party for me.  I told him no, "just acknowledge my birthday and let me eat shrimp"
As I walked into Kelly's house, all I could do was laugh.  She had a huge spread and decor on her dining table. I KNEW that that was not just for 5 girls.  I walked into her kitchen and was greeted with "surprise" and most all of my best friends.  I was just blown away!!!!!!!
It took me a while to see everyone there.  I yelled out,"Hillary?"  I could not believe that she had driven three hours to be there.  I could not believe my friend Kim had taken off a day at work to be there.  Another surprise was my friend Beth, from my childhood.  She lives here now.  She had done so good at keeping the secret from me!  All the other girls were church friends.
I LOVE these girls!  I really do!  They have brought so much good to my life!!!!!!  Kelly worked so hard to make the day just PERFECT!!!!  The best gift I have ever gotten was a book that Kelly put together of letters these girls had written to me or about me.  I will cherish it always!!!!  It is going in a box with all the other important treasures. Kelly even had girls write letters that could not be there or lived out of town.
I felt SOOOOO LOVED!  I will never ever forget this.  It was one of the best days of my life!  I am still smiling about it!!!!
As I was looking at these pictures, I was thinking about how each girl truly loves the Lord and lives for Him!!!!!  They are true followers of Christ and true friends!  I will be forever grateful!
I just can't thank Kelly enough for doing this for me!!!! It has been my most special birthday EVER!!!!!   My birthday is actually on April Fool's DAY!


Mallory said…
Happy (early) Birthday! What a fun surprise!!!!
Laurie in SC said…
Happy Birthday, Laurie!!! What a wonderful party and meaningful day for you! You are such a special person who brings light to all who know you! Enjoy YOUR day, YOUR week! Blessings from another Laurie
Becky said…
I would say that you are a friend worth partying for! Blessings.
Megan said…
This gave me chills! I only hope when I turn 40 that I could have such an amazing party with such great girlfriends! You are very, very blessed. Happy 40th!
beckylbranch said…
The party turned out so cute! And 40 is the new 30 right? Happy birthday sweet Laurie! xoxo Becky
A.K.W. said…
What a nice surprise!

Johanne said…
Happy Birthday Laurie. You are truly blessed with such an amzing group of Friends. Kelly is so amazing to have done this for you. You deserve every minute of that special day. I know you had a wonderful time by all the beautiful pictures on your blog and Kelly's. Thank you both for sharing your special day with us. Happy Birthday!! I hope you have an amazing day and a year filled with all your wishes and dreams come true. <3
Faith said…
What a fun surprise! It looks like you ladies had such a great time and I'm glad that those who are special to you were able to be there and celebrate with you! Happy early birthday - my mom's birthday is 4/1 too!
Megan said…
Creepy, creepy, creepy! My best friend in the world is a picky eater, HATES birds (is scared to death of them), and her birthday is April 1! I think we should come to Arkansas and hangout with you and Kelly!!! Happy birthday!!
Kim said…
Sweet friend, I had the best time celebrating your birthday yesterday! I loved it! Happy Happy Birthday to one of my favorites! Dinner with you and Kelly soon!
The Garners said…
HOW FUN! Happy (early) Birthday to you!
Gina said…
Happy Birthday, Laurie! Forty & Fabulous! I turned 40 in December! It only gets better!

(a Texas follower)
Nancy said…
How precious of Kelly to do that!! You are a special friend to everyone that knows you, it looks like :) I wish I lived in Arkansas and we could go to lunch!
Happy 40th!!!
DeeDee said…
Happy Early Birthday, Laurie!!! What a blessing it is to have true, Christian friends to do life with!! God is so good :)
Angie said…
I read about your party on Kelly's blog! What wonderful friends you have. You can tell they all just love ya to pieces :)
Happy Birthday Laurie! It was so fun to see the party Kelly hosted for you. I hope this year is the best ever. hugs.

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