Today I am thrilled to once again join my dear friend Julie from Come Have A Peace for Marriage Mondays!

You may remember that last week was my husband John’s 40th birthday. Being the celebration-lovin’, party girl that I am, I wanted John to have a extra-special, fun-filled birthday!

However, one of the many, many lessons I’ve learned being married is that what John would desire for his birthday and what I would hope for are very different. (like exact opposite!)

Some years I’ve missed the mark. For example, I thought a limo ride and a “This is Your Life” themed surprise party (with a huge house full of people) would be tons of fun!

But for John…um, not so much.

Since then, I’ve worked really hard to understand John’s “party language” and plan fun things that would be special for him.

This year, besides our family birthday celebration, John’s folks and I came together to plan a fun trip for John to visit his very best friend Tim Leyen and his wife Erin (with me going along, of course!).

So in case you were wondering from my last post (I’m sure my clues of luggage, library, Starbucks, and confetti were very helpful!) where John and I spent the weekend…

We traveled from Grand Rapids, Michigan to…

Charlotte, North Carolina!

Once we arrived in Charlotte and were greeted by our dear friends Tim & Erin, we enjoyed visiting the Billy Graham library….

It was so beautiful! ๐Ÿ™‚ And what a blessing to see the impact that one man empowered by God had on an entire world!

A few other trip highlights included celebrating John with lots of confetti (how fun to know I’m not the only person who collects confetti ~ and I learned something new…I never there were confetti sticks ~ woo hoo!)

The guys were so very kind to make a morning Starbucks run for us ๐Ÿ™‚

John and I had the BEST time with Tim and Erin! (Thank you so much, Tim & Erin, for your pampering! You blessed us!) What a GREAT birthday celebration trip! ๐Ÿ™‚
What about for you, dear bloggy friend…what’s your “party language”? What have you learned about celebrating your husband/wife? I’d love to hear from you!

Thanks for stopping by *She Sparkles*! May your week be filled with much joy, love, and CELEBRATION!!

P.S. I’ll be heading out in the morning (Tuesday, December 7th) to share “The True Gift of Christmas” at a local MOPS gathering. My presentation will include a Gospel message, and the coordinator shared there are a number of mom’s who do not yet know Jesus. If the Lord brings it to mind, would you please lift this opportunity in prayer? I would be so grateful!! Thank you! ๐Ÿ™‚

P.S.S The winner of my Bittersweet book giveaway is Erica Simpson. Congratulations, Erica! And thank you to all who entered!! (Erica, please send me your mailing address, and I’ll get that book right to you).
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