Dec 152011

I hardly know how to “tag” this post, since I don’t really have a category for “silly, personal stories.” Be that as it may, that’s what you get today.

Wolf turned 50 on Sunday. Quite a milestone!

We’ve talked it up and sung, “Happy Birthday” dozens of times, beginning on Thanksgiving Thursday.

Sunday, his actual birthday, after church, we did our family festivities – Captain America themed decor, a steak dinner, and a Guinness Chocolate Cake (which I must admit tasted better than I’d feared).

But Monday night was the real triumph.

Wolf had mentioned (okay, a lot) that he had “always” envisioned having a party for his 50th birthday. You know, not just a family celebration, but a PARTY.

Unfortunately, our life right now doesn’t really lend itself to that. The house isn’t unpacked and settled in enough to entertain, we don’t have the budget for a big shin-dig, many of our friends and family are geographically remote, and of course – his wife is a bit asocial, and would never, ever dream of trying to throw a party.

And certainly not a surprise party.


I did.

We had a Dutch-treat dinner at nearby Logan’s Steakhouse.

I told Wolf that we’d be taking him out for dinner for his birthday, so I could explain my desire to have him dressed up and on a set schedule. He just had no idea that there were friends and decorations there waiting for him!

There are times I thought I would never survive the process – problems with getting in touch with people to invite, problems with the cake order, problems with people cancelling at the last minute, problems with keeping this much secret in a house with little kids…

But somehow, we did it. He says he really, truly had no idea.

Half a Century.

Now he’s officially a wise guy, right?

Happy Birthday, Wolf. We love you more than you can possibly know, and are so grateful that the Lord gave us such an amazing husband and father!

  One Response to “A Surprising Surprise”

  1. Hey I recognize the back of two of those heads! Glad we were actually able to make it and help celebrate Wolf’s 50 years!

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