She'll Be Coming Round the Mountain...

Birthdays are a big hairy deal around our house.  Since the girls were born I have always made their day pretty exciting and memorable for them.  Two reasons: It brings them great delight to feel cherished, special and set apart and secondly it brings me great joy to celebrate the blessing they are in our life.  God has truly gifted us with these two kiddos and that is to be CELEBRATED!!

So I guess they have been in training watching me all these years.  That said, they were on a birthday mission with Gigi and their Daddy.  They had been planning a surprise birthday trip for me and they were just  giddy with excitement.  This is the note they left.

Well I was all kind of excited about this one.  They were telling me what to wear and to bring my camera!  This could only mean one thing.  They were taking me somewhere pretty and they were going to let me take pictures all day.  Most perfect present, EVER! 

Papa's car was our ride for the day.  This just made me squeal with delight when he pulled up.

I was so excited about all of it but when I found out we were going to the mountains, I was done! When we lived in Texas I would just yearn for some rolling hills and fall foliage.  I was so homesick each fall because the leaves in Texas just go from green to ground.  It was shocking! Anyway the excitement level in the mountain chariot was very high.


Our first stop, the Daniel Boone Inn.

The QB and Gigi had outdone themselves and with the girls as their accomplice, they truly had surprised and blessed me.  The biggest deal though was they were going to let me take family pictures and NOT COMPLAIN and I got to choose where.  I think I clicked my heels on the way back to the mountain bus I was so excited.  They never do this without grumbling and whining and fussing and then I am so frazzled by the end I want to shoot them something other than a camera (-:  

This is the spot I picked.

It has a bit of sentimental value.  My in-laws owned a cabin on this knoll in Valley Crucis when Baby Ruth was little.  Look how tiny she is then with her Grandpa and Daddy. 

Here is what I walked away with.  So pleased!

Seriously the best birthday present ever and I loved their heart and that they knew how much it would mean to me.  I love them!  Here's a few that show just how beautiful the NC mountains are.  Texas friends, don't be hating.  

We spent all day just winding around that place that I have spent long days of my life in.  Pure heaven for me.  The Lord gave us a glorious sunset on the way down the mountain.

This is a birthday that I will never forget.  Family, thank you for loving me in such a real way. I am blessed.

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