Phillip had a most excellent birthday last week. We started the evening by going out to one of his favorite restaurants, Heaven on Seven. He thought it was just going to be our immediate family, but there were a few surprise guests already seated. The first picture is of some of our dear friends in the area; the second is of a couple who drove all the way from Minnesota to be here for his fiftieth. We love them all so much.
You know these guys.
After dinner we went to the home of one of those dear couples above and sat on their deck by the fire while enjoying their lovely view.
Creole Chocolate Bourbon Cake for the king of our castle!
Watching Dad open presents.
There's a story behind this sequence of pictures. Yep, there is.
For Evan, the best part--opening presents!
What every cantor wants--a new organ book! (He actually got five.)
The pages fold out to help with page turns!
This one is here just because it's so wonderful.
The kids and I prepared a hymn to sing to the one who usually either sings or leads the singing. This time he just got to listen. We sang "How Firm a Foundation" (for my LSB friends, #728). It is one of his favorites and seemed to fit, what with the fiery trials, all-sufficient grace, and gray hairs. :-) Caitlin sang the first stanza, we did harmony on the second, Trevor sang the third, we did canon on the fourth, and our friends joined in on the fifth. In the first picture I am enjoying watching Phillip listen to his daughter.
May this year be your best yet, our dearest husband and father.