"Your greatest contribution to the Kingdom of God may not be something you do, but someone you raise." ~Andy Stanley

November 17, 2014

18th Birthday party!

We gave Joy a surprise party for her 18th birthday!!!
Oh my goodness! We were just sure the gig was up and she had it figured out at least four times last week! Oh the stress! LOL
It was pretty easy to throw her off the track by telling her that because of Hubby's cancer battle we were unable to do a party for her 18th. (Hubby said "Sure, throw the sick guy under the bus!") LOL : ) She understood of course, but we could tell that she was disappointed and that made the surprise so much bigger!

Eighteen sweet friends of hers came and helped us surprise her and she ended up being SO surprised that her knees were shaking!!!! : ) Bless her heart!

One of the highlights was that Hubby was able to see that moment and to give a little speech and pray a blessing over her like he's always done for our kids birthdays. So glad he was up for it! We planned the party in faith, hoping he would be.

Here are some pictures. We got our Pinterest on that day! ;)

A Kit Kat cake
And gluten-free cupcakes!
Everyone wrote notes to the birthday girl, which she loved!
Mug decorating with metallic sharpies!
We hung a frame that belonged to my grandparents from our tree for a 'photo booth.'
Andrew and I hung paper lanterns we found on sale at the party store and some Christmas lights at 11:00 PM the night before!

 Zac's girlfriend, Tiffany had an idea to make our outdoor party more fun! She rented a projector so that we could show a movie! So, we hung a sheet up where our porch swing normally is and it worked!

For dinner, I made my mom's Mexican Delight (taco salad bar) and the kids loved it.

We had a bonfire and made s'mores. Then we had popcorn and hot chocolate during the movie.
Having a house full of teenagers is one of our favorite things!
Foose-ball and video games

Happy EARLY 18th birthday, Joy!
We LOVE you!!! : )


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