Weekend Surprise!

Some things are just too good not to share. This past weekend our daughter Kelli and her husband Jake met us in Missouri to go on a family outing with my parents and sister’s family to the Silver Dollar City Christmas Festival. While there, we got the surprise of our lives.

Not long after we arrived, Kelli got a phone call from our older daughter Kristin, asking how our day was going, where we were right then, etc. What we didn’t know is that she and Shawn (whom we thought had other plans for the weekend) were trying to locate us and position themselves in our path.

The photo above shows what happened next — pure and total shock! We couldn’t believe they changed their plans to join us! They hadn’t seen Kelli and Jake since the wedding in mid-July and knew they wouldn’t get to see them until Christmas so they just up and decided to make the trip and spend the bucks to get into Silver Dollar City to get a quick visit in since Kelli and Jake were a few hours closer to them this past weekend.

Sure made this momma’s heart happy — and proud that Kristin and Shawn would make that kind of sacrifice to be with the rest of us! Thought you might like to see some of the pictures of our special day. Enjoy!

When we finally calmed down, we asked a passerby to take a pic of our jubilant little family :)

Here’s the happy momma with her precious first-born daughter. She’s a sweetheart in every way :)

Here are Kelli and Jake, the newlyweds, in the stocks. Not sure what that says about marriage :)

As darkness fell, they really got silly :)

None of our kids are too old to pass up the chance to become a gingerbread family :)

As the day came to an end, Christmas lights twinkled all over the city, and we were still overjoyed to be standing there together.

This light display summed up our day. We certainly rejoiced at the unexpected opportunity to be together, and I couldn’t help but share my joy with you all. How about you? What are you rejoicing about this week? Tell me about it with a comment. I’d love to rejoice with you!

“Rejoice with those who rejoice…” Romans 12:15

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  1. :)

  2. Loved the photos. Wish I could have been there. Puts me in the Christmas mood for sure. Way to go Kristin and Shawn.

  3. how fantastic!! i know there will come a day when i’ll only see my kids a couple times a year. i’m already dreading it!

  4. What a fun surprise! What thoughtful children.

  5. What a wonderful surprise! Your pictures are great! looks like a fun place to go.

  6. Such joy… so glad you had those moments together. I love making memories with my family.


  7. what a fun surprise!!! you have a beautiful family!

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