Friday, November 19, 2010


Wow have I got a story for you! You're gonna just LOVE it! I promise! But first, a disclaimer. This is a long post with alot of photos. I apologize up front but I really wanted to share this extraordinary day with you-A DAY I'LL NEVER FORGET!
Now if you happen to follow me on Face book, this will be old news to you, but I have to share with the rest of you about my wonderful birthday surprise! Are you ready?

Okay, here goes! I was attending a school reunion in Arcadia, Florida the Saturday before my birthday. Mom had also been a teacher at ACC (Arcadia Christian Center) so we had driven over together. It was wonderful seeing old friends and former faculty I'd worked with for several years before I moved to Mexico.
Photo of a former student and her family.

Here I am standing in the doorway of what was once my classroom! The school is now a daycare center ran by the county for un-wed mothers to utilize as they finish their education.

George and his sweet wife Bonnie helped organize the reunion. He was one of my parent's favorite students back in the day. He has such a wonderful personality.

Mom and I with Barbara, another former student. It was wonderful to hear how she is still serving the Lord! In a very touching testimony, she expressed thanks to my parents for their godly examples and for their strong Christian influence in her life. Her words were heart felt and brought tears to my eyes.

Mom with another former student, Ronnie. It blessed our hearts to learn that he serves as a deacon in First Baptist Church of Arcadia.

Another former student, Lori.

It was the typical school reunion: old yearbooks being passed around, tables covered with old photos, delicious food
(Km & Bill)

lots of hugs and loud laughter,
(Marie, Me, Sherry)

and there were babies being passed around, etc. You know the drill. Anyhoose, around five p.m. things had come to a slow down, some of the attendees had left already when all of a sudden, my nephew from Tampa and his wife walked into the school cafeteria. I had to do a double take. At first sight of them, I was amazed at how much that couple resembled Josh Daniel and Naomy! Then it hit me, that was Josh Daniel and Naomy-in Arcadia!?! "They never attended here. They've never even been to Arcadia! What are they doing here now?" Those are a few of the thoughts that were flying through my head for a brief second. Then I started thinking clearly again (Shut up Clint Vernoy) and walked across the room to hug them and ask what in the world they were doing at my school reunion.
Here I am, surprised that Josh and Naomy showed up at a reunion, over a two hour drive from their home,
for a school they didn't attend!

After a few friends who know them came over for hugs and greetings, Josh turned to me and said; "Aunt Pam, we need you to come out to the parking lot. We have something for you." Well that is when my radar went up! Did they bring my friend Shannon with them? She and I had just chatted early that morning and she had asked some suspicious questions now that I thought about! Had she baked me one of her stupendous cakes and was she going to surprise me with it here in Arcadia with this wonderful group of friends?" I was smiling inside anticipating what my cake would look like and how did they get it all the way from Tampa to Arcadia
without harming it?

As we walked out of the cafeteria, through the school's hall, out the side door, I noticed that a few of my reunion pals had grabbed their cameras and were following us out to the parking lot. Hmmm just what did they know that I didn't?
(Me with my entourage!)

Well as I rounded to the front lot, there I saw it! a HUGE box, wrapped up in newspaper and a big ol' tag which read: "To-Pam, Special Delivery". Oh and by the way, this was the morning after mid-term elections. I was in a great mood due to the gains of conservatives the night before and I noticed right away that one of the headlines on the wrapped box said something about the Energetic GOP! woop woop! So I continued walking and bantering with my nephew, my mind racing the whole time. When I saw that big, ol' box I was convinced it had a mighty big/ tall cake in it because there beyond the box, filming me and my entourage as we approached was Shannon, her husband Michael, and their young daughter Sydney! I started squealing with glee. "Shannon!!! What are you doing here?"

(behold, THE BOX!! and Shannon, Michael, & Sydney in background)

everyone starts yelling at me: "OPEN THE BOX!"

Guess what happens?

Let the screaming commence!
Boy Shannon, that is some cake. You really out did yourself this time girl!
A dear friend paid to get my little sister to me all the way from Paraguay for my birthday!!

Who said fat girls can't jump?
Here we are, still screaming and giggling and crying and ...

Rita, Mom, and I

It was a most glorious of days!


Betty said...

I´m so glad you posted this. Even though I saw what happened on fb, I loved reading the details and the long version of it.
Such a special gift! I´m glad you got to celebrate your big 5 O together!

Deborah Bolack said...

Happy Birthday! What a great surprise...I loved the expression on your face!

Aspiemom said...

A very neat story! Very exciting. Happy 50th!

KyPianist said...

Oh I'm so glad you told a little more of the story here! What a wonderful surprise for you...and if anyone deserves this, you do, sweet Pam! Love you!

Joy said...

Pam what a great way celebrate your birthday. I know so many people came together to make this so special for you. So happy your sister was able to fly in and be part of the festivities.
♥ Joy

Happy Elf Mom said...

YAYYYY!!! I cried when I saw the pic on fb. What a LOVELY surprise!! Your family rocks! :)

Aliene said...

Happy Belated Birthday. What a surprise! I love the pictures and expressions. I know you were thrilled. Your face says so. thanks for posting this. Visit me sometimes.

MightyMom said...

every time I see this I laugh and tear up!!

such a WONDERFUL gift for you and Rita!

Kathy said...

That is positively the best! : ) Happy Birthday, Pam. So happy for your wonderful blessing & surprise. God loves you so very much. May you know more and more of His joy daily.

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