Now, that I excited all of you .....
I ventured down to Texas with a mission to surprise 20 of my sweet family members for my Granny Gayle's 80th birthday!!!
I told them all that it would be too hard to fly to Dallas and drive three hours to the lake for a day and a half party, but in my heart I just knew I just couldn't miss everyone celebrating without me. Selfish I know! Granny Gayle is a cancer survivor, the matriarch of our family, and someone who has had a huge influence in molding me into the woman that I am!!
It has been a whirlwind since the party got rescheduled the night before I was suppose to leave town last month when Dallas got dumped on with snow. Then, my Paw Paw got really sick this last week and we almost had to cancel the party this past weekend all together. Thankfully, it went off without a hitch.
I still can't believe we pulled it off!
The family was all mingling in the den ... and I pop through the back door
and say, "I heard there was a birthday party!"
HAHA it was so fun :)
Me, Granny Gayle, and my beautiful cousin Garen
All the girls playing catchup:
Arrie, Gaylen, Me, Ginna, Garen
Then we get our game face on and play cards like the
good ole' days at ACU. Liverpool .... My favorite card game by far.
AND, it brings out my competitive side.
Lots of cuddle time for Paw Paw and Gracelynn Gayle
*We have an picture exactly like this five years ago with all Gayle's hats on when she had peach fuzz from chemo. She has come so far, and we are in awe of her strength as it's been a journey!
Brooke Family has grown to 23 people! Everyone present but sweet hubs!
What else do you do when FIVE cheerleaders are together!!!
So thankful for family - These are my sisters I never had!
And now all we do is laugh and look at babies!
And fill a room with love love and more love!
Garen surprised us all with the most amazing gift - a book of photos of our sweet lady of her entire life with all her loved ones. It will be beautifully displayed on my coffee table, forever!
AND, how precious are these three girls, my nieces!
Berkley (15mths), Gracelynn (6mths), Paisley (12mths)
Thanks to the Glasscock's for hosting such a fabulous party!
I sadly missed my Grandmother Joy's 80th party this past year, and Gabe's Grandfather just celebrated his 80th birthday too. I just wish I didn't have to miss out on all the fun living so far away. That's when it makes me so regret living so very very far away.
**I had so many more photos to upload, but I met my quota and am figuring out if I want to upgrade my account or find another means to upload photos. More later, and the Apothica winner is next!