If you follow me on Instagram you might have seen this video I posted late Thursday evening. The video shows my husband recording me and telling me to turn off the TV. I have no idea why until about 5 seconds later when 3 of my BFF's--who live far, far away--burst out into song while I flip out and scream off camera. These ladies came from Texas and Utah to surprise me on my 40th birthday and if you can't tell by the video I was a wee bit stunned and delighted.
Let me tell you what's it's like having 3 of your best friends come out for a suprise birthday weekend. It is comfort food, but in friendship form. It is familiar and nourishing. It is laughing until you cry. It is putting on a crazy red dress and a hilarious wig and belting out Dolly Parton within an hour of their arrival because these are the people who allow you to be you and girlfriend you've been holding it in for just a little too long.
It is LOVE. And love is showing up.
These ladies and my husband showed up for me big time this past weekend and I don't think I'll ever forget what that feels like. Because as Maya Angelou said,
People will forget what you said.
People will forget what you did.
But people will never forget how you made them feel.
And these amazing people made me feel LOVED.
Here's a little of what we did...
Missy made me a t-shirt that said 480 Months and had me pose with my baby blanket and my childhood Samantha doll. Brilliant!
Cincinnati was freezing but we went to some of my favorite places in the city,
We had serious discussions about art,
And less serious spontaneous dancing in front of sculptures...
There may have even been a little kissing.
Twinning is never a bad idea. (I think all my girls want to be Miss Fran when they grow up. Fine by me...)
A spontainous girls weekend wasn't the only surprise. My husband put together this a m a z i n g book filled with letters and photos from friends and family. People from all different parts of my life--childhood, high school, college, jobs, married life, family. This actually took much more time and effort to prepare than the girls weekend surprise. It is a treasure and something I will cherish always. More people who showed up for me in that book. My husband even got a hold of my all-time favorite picture of me that I hadn't seen in years and slapped it right on the cover.
Thank you so much dear Husband for an unforgettable 40th birthday weekend.
My heart is full.
My cup runneth over.
I have never felt so loved in all my life.