So for the past year or so I had the coolest idea for a surprise for Daniel. I was going to do it for Christmas, but I couldn’t get it together, then his birthday came around and I missed that! Well, I finally got my act in gear and I got to surprise Daniel for our 10th Wedding Anniversary!!! I got together with Kathy, and we were off. The mission? A Soul Filling Station Reunion! Soul Filling Station, you say? Well, before Daniel and I came to Hland, we were youth ministry workers in a Baptist church not too far away. Daniel was called to start this ministry that worked with kids and adults that serve in churches each week and needed a place for themselves to get “filled up.” SFS was born. We had so many adult supporters, and by the end we had about 90 kids coming, a traveling drama troupe and two local TV shows. It was a hard time and a good time. I have been missing the “kids” that we worked with, and wanted to see how they were doing. I also wanted Daniel to have time to just worship. Not worry about who was thinking what, and to just be free.
So, SFS Reunion project was born. Kathy found tons of names and people and kids that now had kids of their own. It was sooo much fun to see who had married whom, and what they were all doing. I was so blessed b/c most of them were actively serving the Lord. So amazing what God was doing!
So, I planned everything for the big surprise. Actually, Kathy pulled everything together. I just planned how to get Daniel to the surprise. (Really hard if you know Daniel, everything has to be planned for him and he needs to know about it!). So, I rented a cabin for the weekend (AHHH a getaway!), and it just happened to be near this great beach on the lake that I wanted to go and “check out” on Saturday.
Saturday, the big day…a day without email, and avoiding phone calls while Daniel is in the car with me. Hmmm…let’s go and check out that beach, I say. Ok, he says, wondering why I am putting Noah and Lance’s bags in the van just to go swimming. (Grandma and Grandpa were going to take them for the night after the picnic) I ask…do you think you might want to wear this shirt that matches your shorts? No, he says, thinking…it doesn’t matter, I am going swimming and no one knows me at all here. Ok, I say.
We pull up to the picnic area before the beach entrance. Lance all of a sudden hollers…hey, is that Bubba’s car? No, I say as I am trying to hit Lance to get him to not ruin the surprise. Then Daniel looks out and there is Kathy.
What is Kathy doing here?
I don’t know, Daniel, why don’t you go out and say hello to her and see what she is doing here?
As Daniel gets out of the car, he sees Bubba’s car behind us and is really confused. I tell him to go and talk to Kathy, and then he realizes that he recognizes a lot of the people there at the shelter house! HA! SURPRISE! So much fun. It worked, it worked it worked! WHOO HOO!
Oh the worship. I would have to say that was my favorite time of the afternoon. It was like we hadn’t stopped singing together for almost 7 years! No soundchecks, no confusion, no egos, just worship. Our hearts were truly blessed. So much fun singing the old songs, and singing some new ones. I can’t believe we remembered the words!!!
Here are some pictures for everyone to enjoy!