On the Road

We are happily headed west to Colorado. It’s almost too good to be true!

I want to give you some background. First, we weren’t planning on going to Colorado this year.

Four years ago, we surprised Dad for his 60th and went on a trip to the drive-through animal safari (see these posts: Dad’s 60th Surprise, Birthday Surprise – Part 1 and Part 2). We wanted to do something special for Mom’s 60th as well (Monday, the 17th). As the summer went on, none of our ideas compared to Colorado, but it looked unlikely that it would work out. Finally, Sunday, August 2nd, we felt the Lord’s leading to go. We wanted to surprise Mom.

The timing was incredible. Dad and Mom were going to an out-of-state conference that Monday through Friday. So, the girls kicked into gear, planning meals, cooking, and baking. The family who normally shipped for Titus 2 while we are away wasn’t available, and Anna Marie offered to ship for us. So during that week, she brushed up on her shipping skills (again: keeping it all a secret!). Excitement abounded as we thought about the trip, but we also tried to guard ourselves, for fear we’d slip up and mention something.

When Dad and Mom came home, we went back into our not-talking-about-Colorado mode. It was hard.

Dad, John, Anna, Jesse, Mary, and I had discussions on how we were going to tell her. We debated the pros and cons to surprising her Friday (24 hours) or Thursday (48 hours). Due to a change of plans having to do with a funeral for an elderly friend, we chose Thursday.

Wednesday evening, after Dad and Mom went to bed, we met for a last-minute planning meeting to pull off the surprise. The next morning couldn’t come soon enough. We tried to act normal at Bible time, and afterward Dad and Mom went downstairs to do their kettle bell workout while we girls “headed out to sprint.” Meanwhile, Jesse slipped off to the store to buy donuts. After a short time of sprinting, we hurried back inside to begin preparations. We pulled out tubs of packed food and other trip things, and we also decorated. Finally, the moment came. Mom and Dad came up, and at first, Mom thought I was staging things for a Moody picture (yes, the next Moody book has been in full swing this summer). As she came into the kitchen and saw the decorations and donuts, she started to wonder. Finally, she said something about, “It looks like a picture.”

Anna said, “Would you like to join the picture?” and then as Mom still looked perplexed, Anna added: “We’re going to Colorado, are you coming with us?” Mom began to cry with joy. She was completely, 100% shocked! Yay! It worked!

The next 48 hours, we all kicked into high gear. Now we’re enjoying relaxing while we drive ;). Colorado, here we come!

I can’t wait to share our adventures.

I want to say how amazing my sisters are. They both spent countless hours working on preparations and planning!


Deciding what clothes to take is easier for some than others.
Deciding what clothes to take is easier for some than others.
Our wonderful mom!
Our wonderful mom!
Packing John's truck.
Packing John’s truck.


Joseph had a barbecue last night and invited us all. We had a sweet time and enjoyed seeing Elissa’s family.


There were a lot of us!


Packing out this morning. We decided not to bring a trailer. With only our immediate family going, we managed to fit everything in the van and John’s truck.

“Her children arise up, and call her blessed;
her husband also, and he praiseth her.”
Proverbs 31:28

8 thoughts on “On the Road”

  1. How exciting!!! I’m so glad the surprise worked!!! Hope you all have an incredibly awesome time!!!!

  2. Hope you have safe trip and great time , Yeah for moody book your currently working on. Thanks so much for blogs and books your family is such blessing

  3. You are all so sweet! Your parents are truly blessed to have such caring, thoughtful children, and I know you are all blessed to have such Godly parents who give of themselves so unselfishly to their family as well as to so many others. You are all such an example of what a close, loving family should be! I hope you have a safe and wonderful trip, and I look forward to seeing your posts!

  4. Awww, what a great story! I imagine Teri is hard to surprise since she is a master at scheduling, which makes pulling this off even more awesome! Enjoy your time together, safe travels, and happy relaxing!

    Or maybe I am easier to surprise because of the discipline and predictability of my life!

  5. What a nice thing you did for your mom! Such a blessing! Have a safe and fun trip and can’t wait to see the pictures.

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