I am usually very difficult to surprise. In fact, I don't ever remember being really surprised on much in life. I would even snoop and find all of my "Christmas" gifts as a child. I have to say, my 11 grade girls that I meet with at church pulled it off. They joined forces with Allen's 10th grade guys and I had no clue! I wondered why we HAD to go to church early but Allen said it was because he had to meet with his boys about something. So I didn't think anything else about it. I was grumpy as could be though because he was rushing me! He was driving like he was a part of Nascar to get there on time and I was so frustrated with him. Then when we get there, I still dont see everyone and he is holding my hand and dragging me in the other room. I pulled my hand away and said he was walking too fast to hold hands. Then he put his hand on my back and continued to quickly guide me along. I was about at my wits end with him and then I realized that everyone was there for us.
I felt really bad for being so mean. I can't begin to express to you how much of an impact these high school kids have had on Allen and I. They are the most kind and loving group of kids and we are blessed to know them and be a part of their lives. I don't want them to ever graduate! If you have been feeling led to work with high schoolers... I encourage you to do so. You will receive more blessing from those kids than you could have ever realized. They inspire me to be a better person than I currently am. I am overwhelmed by them. They are a blast and we enjoy every minute of them.
My girls got stuff for me. (that never happens when you are preggers... it was a nice surprise). Allen's guys got things for Tripp. They were so excited that Allen is having a boy so they got tons of sports items for him. It was fun to see that interaction for a few reasons. 1. I have never seen Allen open gifts for our kids. and 2. I have never seen 10th grade boys get things for a baby.
Anyway, it was an event that Allen and I will never forget. The fact that they went through all the trouble to do something special for us and Tripp was incredible. And a special thanks to the three moms that spear-headed everything as well - Mrs. Brindley, Mrs. Hatfield, and Mrs. Leeth.
On a side note, I made a gift for Tripp on Saturday. I had made a little car seat cover for Kaylen when she was born so I felt like I needed to make something for Tripp as well. This is just to put on top of him when he is in the car seat. I know, I probably wont need it until he is 6 months old or so but I wanted both kids to have something homemade from me.