Thursday, April 24, 2008


Well, I love surprises. Usually, it's Matt surprising me, but this time I got to pull off the surprise. My mom's 50th birthday was Sunday (April 20th), and Dad and I decided several months ago that a surprise party was the way to go. At first, I didn't know if Matt and I would be able to make it, but things worked out and we made plans to go. I have to admit, planning a party from 800 miles away isn't the easiest thing in the world. We planned the party for lunch time at the church, hoping that Mom wouldn't expect anything. I sent out the invitations, ordered the food, & planned the decorations so dad didn't have to try to hide things from her. She can be kind of curious, so we didn't want to risk her finding anything that would tip her off. If I say so myself, everything was perfect! We had about 30 people show up and Mom was COMPLETELY surprised! The cover story to get her to the church was that someone had broken into the church and all of her decorations for baby/wedding showers was scattered everywhere. So, she had to come quick to the church and make sure nothing was stolen so they could report to the police. If you know my mom, you know 2 things about her. 1.)She loves anything that has to do with the police (she falls asleep listening to the police scanner every night). 2.) If someone messes with her decorations, she's gonna be mad. So, as soon as she heard the cover story, any suspicion or thought she had of a birthday party quickly flew from her mind. They got to the church, and she came in saying "they better not have messed with my silver." Everyone hid in the hallway, and as soon as she opened the door they yelled "surprise!" Luckily, she didn't wet her pants, since she had just told Aunt Robbie that she needed to pee! The second surprise came a few minutes later when she realized that Matt and I were there! She had no idea! We flew in the night before, stayed at my Aunt & Uncle's house, and got to the church early Saturday morning to decorate. I'd have to say that Matt and I are masters of the surprise (and Dad & Uncle Kim are excellent liars).

I would have pictures to share, but I left my computer and camera in Duncan. Won't get it back until Matt's graduation...which leads me to my next point. Today was Matt's LAST DAY OF CLASS for his entire law school career! This day came with a mixture of excitement (to be done with school), stress (studying for finals & the Bar starts now), and frustration (still don't know where we're going next). He did have a 2nd interview with a firm in Dallas on Monday, which went well. They don't know when they're going to hire, but act like they'll offer him a job when they decide to hire. So, still playing the waiting game. The option of going to Chicago for an LLM is still in the running too. Someday soon maybe we'll have a final answer! Being in Dallas got me excited because Emily (Tomberlin) and Jared (her husband) just moved there. They're going to live in the Arlington area & Emily will be a children's minister at a church there. It would be really fun to live close to them. Anyway, still trying to figure out the future, but we know that God will lead us in the direction we're supposed to go. We're trusting him to take care of us and provide for our needs. He always has, and we know He always will.

Well, that's about all for now. Have a wonderful day!


Tabs said...

All I can say is I LOVE YOUR MOM!! :) Happy (now Belated) Birthday to her!!

Ben, Kelly and Sophie said...

Okay, I'm feeling a little lost in the land of the Bells. I guess that means I need to get off my lazy rear-end and call you instead of being a blog nagger when you don't post for awhile.