An Unexpected Blessing

One day as Anna Marie and I were talking, she suggested we have a girls’ surprise birthday tea party for Mom. Because of travel plans, we had originally decided to have Mom’s family birthday party a month early. However that birthday party had already been canceled due to unavoidable conflicts. So we were going to just try to celebrate a little on Mom’s birthday as we drove to Colorado.

I thought a surprise birthday party was a great idea, but I wanted to add a bit and make it into a whole party with all the relatives. Dad was excited about the idea so Anna and I went to work planning. Tuesday was the only available evening for everyone to gather, which was perfect because Dad and Mom were going to do Kansas City shopping that afternoon–ideal for making a surprise happen!

As soon as they left for their shopping, food preparing, house decorating, present wrapping, and other creating went into full swing. In about four hours, everything was accomplished just in time as a super surprised, happy Mom walked in!

It was delightful to show someone as special as Mom a small percentage of just how much we love her and how much she deserves that love. No doubt she has been the most amazing Mom I could ever think of. Love you, Mom!

Jesus’ Girl,

Soon to be ice cream.
Mom’s favorite enchiladas!
Our faithful lettuce chopper.


Joseph’s creative idea to put the banner on the bottom of the garage door that makes it fun when the door rises.


Family Times




Bethany is the great hair stylist!
Mr. Grocery man!
But he was more interested in eating the items.





“Give her of the fruit of her hands;
and let her own works praise her in the gates.”
Proverbs 31:31

14 thoughts on “An Unexpected Blessing”

  1. Happy Birthday Teri! Your family is truly blessed to have you as a daughter,wife, mother, grandmother! I am blessed by your wisdom and prayers! May God bless you!

    Love, Jill
    Thank you!

  2. Congratulations on your birthday and on your loving family that rises up to call you blessed. I declare, you get younger looking with each passing year! Your hair looks very nice fixed that way.
    Thank you

  3. Oh wow! such fun. 🙂 great job Maxwells. its birthday month at our house too. i turned 32 on the 6th, my son turns 5 today, the 9th. And my eldest turns 10 on the 29th. my 5year old is soo happy as daddy took him out today. first for a hot chocolate and a huge M&M’s cookie, then he was bought his own toolbox full of tools so he could help daddy, and then a colouring book and some high bouncing balls. 🙂 As family tradition he gets a special dinner and a cake. Its also a celebration because he is potty trained day and night and working really hard at staying that way. 🙂
    Many blessings to you, Mrs Maxwell. Looks like you had a wonderful day shared with your family.
    Thank you!

  4. Happy Birthday to you Mrs Maxwell.

    You are a blessed Woman. I love how you teach, cook, clean, manage your home and navigate with a meek and quiet spirit.

    you are an inspiration to all of us Moms.

    “Even to your age and gray hairs I am he, I am he who will sustain you. I have made you and I will carry you; I will sustain you and I will rescue you. “Isaiah 46:4

    Blessings Kathy A
    Thank you!

  5. Joshua is so cute — who needs a shopping cart when you’ve got lots of pockets on your overalls? LOL. Happy Birthday, Teri!
    Thank you!

  6. Happy Birthday to both Teri and Steve and congratulations on the new books.Always with love.
    Thank you

  7. Happy Birthday Teri! Thank you for all the inspiration you have given to us. I think 1955 was a great year…. 🙂
    Thank you!

  8. Happy Birthday Mrs.Maxwell!May the Lord bless you and your family.

    Little Joshua and Tina are so cute:)
    Thank you!

  9. Happy Birthday Mrs. Maxwell. What a blessing you are to everyone! Even those of us here on the blog. Your constant encouragement and Godly advise has helped me in so many areas of my life.
    Thank you for all you do.

    P.S. Where does Melanie get the long skirts for the girls. I have an 8 year old that I’m never able to find the long skirts for. We opt for a shorter skirt with leggings.

    Thank you,
    Thank you! I’ll have to ask Melanie about the skirts.

  10. So very glad you had a wonderful birthday!! We love you all!

    The J Family
    You too! Thank you.

  11. I like the festive colors and decorations. I enjoy watching your celebration posts. Sweet pictures of Mrs. Maxwell and
    all her blessings.

    Rebecca K.

  12. Early Happy Birthday greetings, dear Teri! 🙂 You look wonderful in those photos! The surprise party looks like a very special time for you and your family. I enjoyed all the photos–especially you and the precious grandchildren.
    Hugs from Georgia! 🙂
    Thank you so much!!

  13. Happy Birthday! You are a great Titus 2 woman example!

    Alanna – I like how the balloons and streamers hung from the fan. Did you turn it on so it would spin all over? 🙂 🙂 🙂

    The garage door sign rising is a great idea!
    Thank you so much!

    The girls taped the balloons to the blades. They come off if we turn the fan on. 🙂

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