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I had the Surprise of my Life

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Oct
10

I love surprises, but it’s not easy to surprise me because I’m intuitive and pick up on things easily.  With that said, I want to share the biggest “surprise birthday gift” I received this week.

I was really looking forward to celebrating my birthday with Larry at our favorite restaurant, Sea House, in Lahaina. That morning, in prayer, I asked to be open to surprises. God answered that prayer BIG TIME.

We planned on leaving the house at 11 a.m. since the restaurant was an hour away.  A couple of hours before leaving, Larry came to me and said, “I just got a phone call from, Sue, and she needs a ride home from the airport.  Her plane arrives at 11 a.m.  Her ride just cancelled, do you mind if we go to the airport first, pick her up, drive her home and then we can go to the restaurant?”

Although I wasn’t crazy about the idea, I knew it was important to Larry and he really wanted to help his friend out who was quite stressed about not having a ride home. I said, “Sure, we can do that.” I am so grateful I listened to my heart and was willing to change our plans to help someone else out.

When we pulled into the airport terminal, I was looking for Sue.  When Larry pulled over to the curb, I said, “What are you doing? I don’t see Sue here.”

The next thing I knew there was a man that I didn’t recognize coming up to the door of our car. I said, “Who is this man and what is he doing here?” The next thing I knew he was opening the car door. When he took off his hat and sunglasses, I saw that it was my son, Timmy, who is from Boise Idaho.  

I was in complete shock and couldn’t move or talk at first. I couldn’t believe my eyes that my son was standing in front of me wishing me a happy birthday. I can’t remember what I said other than OMG and then the tears flowed. Larry said he has never seen me like this. It was the best surprise birthday present ever.

As we were pulling away from the terminal, I noticed 3 women sitting on benches that had witnessed the surprise visit and they had BIG smiles on their faces. What a touching moment for all of us.

Tim called Larry a few weeks ago to tell him he was coming to surprise me for my birthday.  Larry did a great job of keeping it a secret and coming up with the idea about his friend, Sue, needing a ride.

What a joy it has been having him stay with us for a few days. We snorkeled and kayaked and relaxed together. I knew Tim loved me, but actions speak louder than words. He was so attentive and kind to his “mamma.”

As the wave was breaking and we came out of the ocean from kayaking, he stood in front of me to protect me from getting hit.  He always offered me his arm wherever we walked. I felt so cared for and loved.

We don’t have air conditioning and it has been very hot here on Maui this summer. Tim and I went to Home Depot and he bought us a portable air-conditioner and then installed it the next day. He said, “It is an early Christmas present.”

I feel so loved, blessed and grateful. Thank you family and friends for the surprises; flowers, cards, calls, gifts and lunches. God is so good!

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