September 23, 2009

a secret revealed

The time has come...
All day, I could feel the butterflies in my stomach... and the adrenaline rushing through my veins. I could not get home quick enough. We couldn't get down to my Mom's house fast enough. But then there we were... rushing into the house with the thunder crashing and the lightening crackling... surrounded by candle light. No power? I asked my Mom. And she just glowed... and said How perfect. We'll be dining by candlelight most nights. Gathered around their table, eating leftover spaghetti warmed on the grill, my daughter wondered why I had the camera at the table. But soon... she realized. After just a few bites of her dinner, she saw the message. And her smile lit up the room as she was now in on the secret. Cam was a slow eater. We urged him on... and while he knew there was something up, he couldn't quite grasp onto our hints. Eat faster. Do you want some bread to lap up the sauce? Gramma will take your extra sauce... And his eyes opened wide.

So... what is the secret?

Can you read it?

Yes. We are going to Africa. Ever since my Mom first set her feet down on the African soil, she has dreamed of sharing it with her kids. And soon she will.
I'm sure I'll have more to say...
and more to share once my head catches up with my heart...

13 comments:

jenn said...

Just so you know, I am crying! I LOVE the way you told them! How wonderful and exciting!! (insert squealing joy!!)

Busy Bee Suz said...

This is wonderful news!!!! I am so happy for all of you. AND you know, I think your Mother is the most generous and CLEVER supriser ever!!!!
Yes, I know surpriser is not a real word, but it suits her well.
Can't wait till your trip!!!

Ruby Red Slippers said...

!!!!
How neat!!
What a special trip, and what a special way to share it...

Jen said...

WOW!! WOW!! No wonder you were bursting at the seams!
That was a Great way to tell the kids-all smiles.
It will be a wonderful trip I'm sure, especially with your mom as a tour guide.

Kat said...

Awesomely Awesome!!!!!

togetherforgood said...

How exciting! :) What a great opportunity this will be for your kids. :)

And not to be totally off topic and slightly creepy or anything, but I dreamed about you last night. LOL. Just that we were having a bloggy friend get-together. You were most definitely there.

I hope you're not skeered of me now. I swear I'm not a stalker. ;)

Kelli said...

I am rejoicing with you!! That is our dream too. Can't wait to hear more!!

Boy Crazy said...

WOW!!! so exciting! Congrats and have fun planning for your trip!

I just had to stop back over here and thank you for your kind, kind words today. They really made my day. :)

originalsbylynda said...

Dawn, what a life changing experience this will be for you all! How wonderful! I miss seeing your smiling face, God Bless. Lynda

Kay said...

Wow.. how exciting... and what a fun way to tell them too! Love it! : )

K said...

That is an awesome secret!

julie said...

wow! now thats a trip! cant wait to hear more!

Richella said...

I'm just catching up on some blog reading after having been out of town. Oh, Dawn!! This was your secret! No wonder you were about to burst at the seams.

What a clean plate club y'all had going that night!

I'm so excited for you, sweet girl. So excited.