A Special Missouri Birthday

This was me on Saturday morning and it'll be me again today....a quick 48 hour trip to my hometown in Missouri to celebrate a VERY SPECIAL BIRTHDAY.

My grandpa turned 90 earlier this week and to celebrate our family surprised him in his pew at church on Sunday morning.  I flew in on Saturday, spent some fun time with my parents {without kids-when has that EVER happened?}, and then we all got PARTY READY on Sunday morning.

 This was our crew...a party of TWENTY-FIVE all waiting patiently for the guest-of-honor to walk in for church.  The other church guests started asking about why were there, word spread, and when my grandpa walked in...

the entire congregation yelled, "SURPRISE!!".  And then we all sang, "Happy Birthday".

He was shocked!

My grandma said in the middle of church he leaned over to her and whispered, "What are we gonna feed all of them for lunch?".  haha!  Like we hadn't thought of that?

We had a special 90th Birthday celebration lunch set up in the fellowship hall.  As soon as church was over our family all went over to enjoy a nice lunch with the birthday boy.

All of grandpa's granddaughters in attendance :)

We were just missing two.

All the grand kids...love this crew so much!

Bill Hency {Bowen's namesake} is such an amazing man.   He has a special way of treating his family like each of us is his very favorite. I have no doubts-I'm his favorite grand child, but I also think every other grand child would say the same thing! I'm so very thankful I got to be in attendance for his big birthday!  

Love this guy so much!

My sweet grandma was so nervous about letting something slip about this surprise, but he had no clue!

This couple is the sweetest!

After lunch we all shared special memories about Grandpa.  We laughed, we cried, and HOPEFULLY we let him {and my grandma} know how much they mean to us.

Selfie with the Birthday Boy...and Ty and Morgan {two more of my faves}

The ENTIRE crew!

I went to bed last night with a big smile on my face...just so thankful for the man that he is, the impact he's had on so many, and the fact that I was there to celebrate.

Happy 90th Birthday, Grandpa!  I love you so much!
XO

20 comments

stephO said...

Loved your dress! Do you have a link? It would be perfect my sons first Communion in a few weeks. What a special day for your family!

Mix and Match Mama said...

Ahhhhhhh! I was so excited for Grandpa all weekend long!!!

Sheaffer {Pinterest Told Me To} said...

Well, you know I LOVE this. I legit wish I could have been there. Aunt Rene and I could have held each other and sobbed.

Julie C. said...

That is SOOOO AWESOME you guys were able to surprise him!!!! Your grandpa does NOT look 90 :) Happy belated Birthday to your grandpa!!!!

Mrs. Hardison said...

I’m so glad you were able to go! He is precious and I love that he has a little flag pin on his lapel ❤️

Narci said...

Aw!! So incredibly sweet! Happy Birthday to your sweet grandpa!

Angie said...

So sweet! And special!! I was very, very close to my mother's dad.
One of your boys (I think it's the youngest one if I'm remembering correctly) really favors your Grandpa. :)

Erika Slaughter said...

Sorry, the dress is a couple years old. :(

Dustie Day said...

So incredibly sweet! Grandparents are so special, cherish your time!!

Melissa @ Finding My Mojo said...

How sweet, I loved that he was wondering about what everyone was going to eat. Ha! Your dress is so pretty on you, was going to ask where it's from but I saw the post above!

Hena Tayeb said...

Oh wow that is so amazing.. Happy Birthday to your grandfather. He must have been so happy.

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Amy said...

Aww these stories always move me to tears. He looks like such a sweet man, how special for him to have a surprise birthday party.

Julie Bradford said...

How Special... Grandparents are just the best!!!! So glad you were able to go and celebrate his special day!!!!

Ella said...

This is so special.
I'm sure you don't take for granted that your grandfather is still walking around and in good health at 90. WoW!

Donna said...

OH MY GOODNESS!!!!!!!!!!! This touched my heart to the core. How very special that all of your family could be together to celebrate your sweet Grandfather. Congrats to him. Such a beautiful blessing! I am sure you will cherish this memory of your time there with him FOREVER.

Janet said...

Happy birthday to your grandpa! He looks quite spry for 90.

Unknown said...

Where did you get your dress... I love it!

KayElleF said...

THAT man is NINETY years old?! I swear he looks 70. Bless him!

Amanda @ That Inspired Chick said...

This made my heart happy. I love that he was wondering what to feel all of y'all!! haha So sweet!!
That Inspired Chick

Keisha Dawson said...

So fun! We celebrated my granddad's birthday on Sunday too in the exact same way. He had no idea that all of us would be there when he walked into church. So thankful to have such a precious man at the head of our family!