Happy Birthday, Dad!
(This is an old pic…obviously.)
I love my dad. He’s one of the greatest men I know. Ever since I was little, I would ask him questions about things and he always seemed to know the answers. Everything from math, to health, to spiritual…he knows it all. He always listens, and he has this way of making you feel like you’re the most important person in the world. And whenever he was around, I always knew I was safe.
Last weekend was his birthday. My mom came up with the brilliant idea to fly me home for the weekend and surprise him. Plus, she needed a flute player to perform a violin, harp, and flute trio for a Relief Society conference in my home ward. Of course I couldn’t say no. So I packed my bags and flew to Utah.
When I got home, I had a few hours before Dad got home. When he arrived, I hid in my room, my mom stuck a big bow on me, and then took me downstairs.
“Dad, close your eyes, I’m bringing down one of your birthday presents!” she said.
Most of my siblings had already found out I was home. They were sitting in the family room with Dad, getting ready to go out for dinner. I snuck down and stood in front of him as he opened his eyes.
“Happy Birthday!” we all said.
The surprise worked. He was very excited. My sisters, Lauren and Kendra, hadn’t known I was coming home either, so they were surprised too. It was so fun to go home and see them all.
We went out to dinner as a family that night, and the next night we had a big birthday party for Dad and my grandpa (their birthdays are only a few days apart). Most of my Dad’s side of the family was there.
My dad and his dad…we ran out of room for all the candles on the cake!
My family is seriously fun. Really. They’re all party animals. If the counter full of food in this picture is any indication, we know how to have a good time. It was great to see my cousins and aunts and uncles.
Another thing I love about my family…playing music. My mom and youngest sister both play the harp, Lauren plays the piano, and Kendra plays the violin. I love being able to perform with them, especially at church. While I was home, I got to play at a Relief Society conference with my mom and Kendra in a flute-violin-harp arrangement of two primary songs: “Families can be together forever” and “I love to see the temple.” Mom’s harp teacher arranged the medley, and it was beautiful.
That’s Kendra showing off our “special music” designation…
It was such a great weekend. I love my family, and I’m so blessed to have them in my life. They’re all amazing.