This past Saturday, we had a surprise party for my grandpa. He turned 80 in October but, due to my parents living far away, we couldn’t do the party until this past weekend. I think it helped even more with the surprise. The entire side of my mom’s family was there! That may sound like a lot of people but it was only 23 people. Travis had a cousin count 70 family members recently at a funeral, so he comes from BIG families. Anyway, it was a fun day.
Some family friends also came over for the celebration. 5 minutes ago, I could’ve told you his name but now I have drawn a blank. Anyway, the father of this family was the music minister at my grandparents’ church, music prof at North Greenville University (back when it was still a college), and sung at my mom and aunts weddings. Here they are talking with Papa.

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Some more family (and my awesome hubby) hanging out…

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Of course, we had cake.

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Sam definitely enjoyed his cake!

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As a family, we gave one “family gift” to Papa. We made a donation to Samaritan’s Purse in honor of him. I wish I could remember the exact amounts but basically we stocked a pond with a bunch of fish, gave a family a “dairy animal” (I am assuming a cow but the possibilities of goats and cats were also discussed- ha!), and gave some families chickens. Papa really appreciated it since he and my grandma are always seeking ways to bless others with what God has blessed them with. I think this was a great birthday present.

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Afterwards, all the great grandkids went outside to play with some cool rubber band airplanes. Sam enjoyed exploring the woods with my aunt.

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Sam and Aunt Jacky, flying an airplane.

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Meanwhile, the guys were inside trying to land a plane on the ceiling fan.

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We then went outside for a big family picture. We did one of these 4 years ago and then the next Christmas, we found out our family was growing (Kyl) and then a month later WE found out we were pregnant with Sam. Therefore, an updated picture was a necessity.

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Grandmama and Papa with their great-grandchildren.

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G & P with their grandchildren (and spouses.)

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Sam with his grand and great-grandparents.

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G & P with their daughters (and spouses.)

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G & P with just their daughters.

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An airplane flew over while we were outside goofing off. I think it is called an “ultralite” (the homemade planes like what John Denver crashed in.)

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Sam really liked the airplane.

Before we left the next morning, I managed to snap this picture of Sam with Papa. I really like this picture.

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and this one…

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Happy Birthday, Papa! We love you!
Steph

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