Tuesday, June 24, 2008


Last night was a BIG SURPRISE!! My "Heart Friends" group was meeting and boy did they surprise me! We get together once every two weeks for accountability, devotion, talk about things going on in our lives and give our prayer request. We are sitting in Candace's living room waiting for everyone to get there ...just chatting away about this and that... and I made the comment that I hope we can start on time because my mom was at my house and while Andrea was at home with her... I felt like I needed to get back asap. When everyone arrived ...I was busy getting ready to write down prayer request when they all stood up and Candace said " are you ready to go?" I thought "GO we just got here...what are you talking about"? When she walked over towards me and said " we are taking you out for your birthday!" My immediate response was "OH NO You are Not!" then I started to cry. They had taken care of all the plans ....
I WAS SOOO SURPRISED! I had on shorts and a blouse with flip flops and no makeup and my legs needed shaving. Thankfully, because Candace knows me so well.. told everyone not to dress up because she knew what I would probably be wearing. They explained no one would know that my legs needed shaving and I looked fine ....so after their encouraging off we go to eat. We went to Long Horns and the food was yummy O! The staff came out clapping their hands and singing to me and I even got presents! YEAH!!
***let's back up****
My birthday was on May 24th. Graduation was on the 22nd and because of all the planning for graduation things...you know receptions, family parties and etc. My birthday was not really forgotton...just with so much going ... the date got lost. I didn't think anything about it. I was so tired from all the things going on. Andrea remembered and called me from her senior beach trip to tell me Happy Birthday. Joey carried me out to eat on Sunday with friends at Zapopan's and they sung to me and put whip cream on my nose. My three sisters called me and gave me gifts at different times along with family.
Monday morning was filled with errands and etc. I picked my mom up to come for a visit to keep me company while Joey is working.
I have had so much going on ..just a bunch of stuff... by the afternoon ...I just was tired and feeling very frustrated about alot of things. I almost didn't go to my meeting....I talked to a friend and then changed my mind. I am so glad I did.
Thankful ....Blessed...Special .....this is how I feel.
Thankful for friends who care enough to take the time to talk, laugh, cry, listen to me and celebrate special days with.
Blessed by my heavenly father who has put these wonderful ladies in my life.
Special...I don't care how old you are ....you always want to feel special on your birthday.

These ladies(friends) are so special to me...They have seen me through some very bumpy roads filled with huge pot holes. Because of their prayers and encouragement and with God carrying me/us...my family has weathered some harsh storms.

THANK-YOU for remembering my birthday...but mostly THANK-YOU FOR BEING MY FRIENDS!


Krista said...

Darlene! I am so glad you went to your heart friends meeting. You deserve to be treated like the special friend that you are! I wish I had been there. I guess I need to start another heart friends group! Happy belated Birthday Girlfriend! Love you,
Sista Krista

DeeDee @ No Greater Joy said...

We love you Darlene...

Krista said...

Back at ya! Love ya girl.

Anonymous said...

I am so glad that you had a special night..I love you and I am so glad we are friends!

Michelle C. said...

Aren't Heart Friends the best? I'm so glad you got to feel special on your brithday- it IS important!

Christina said...

How thoughtful your friends are. and Happy belated Birthday to you.

Tricia said...

I am so glad we were able to surprise you and make you feel special!!

Hope you have a great day today!

Love ya!

Jenny said...

Happy Birthday a little late! Sounds like you had a great time and are blessed with a great group of gals!


Mitzi said...

It is great to have wonderful surprises! Especially when you have no clue that something is going to happen (and no one spills the beans)! Happy belated birthday!

Joyfulsister said...

Happy Birthday Sistah
((( Hugz))))) What a wonderful group of gals you get to hang out with *smile*. You are indeed so very blessed.
Hugz Lorie