Friday, February 12, 2010

The Great Surprise!

Welcome to my Company Girls! Pour yourself a cup of Jasmine Green Tea (it's supposed to be seductive-at least that is what the box says!) and have a sit...I have much to tell, but not too much time to chat so I will try to sum up quickly!

First of all, last night was amazing! Charlie and I went to see John and Stasi Eldredge (John wrote Wild at Heart, The Ransomed Heart, Sacred Romance, and Walking with God- and many others, and his wife, Stasi wrote Captivating)All of which are fantastic books! They have a new book out about marriage called Love and War and WOW-WOW-WOW! It is awesome! Literally changed my marriage and my relationship with my husband in a weekend. Mind-blowing stuff...I highly recommend it! You can purchase it here. You won't be sorry! Beyond reading the book, seeing them in person and getting to see the authenticity of who they are was beautiful! I am so excited to be going to the Captivating retreat in April and now I am just over-the-moon!

Now, I know you ladies are dying off to discover the surprise I talked about last week. I wish I had more pictures to show you, but my photographer is off romancing his bride, so I will post pictures as soon as I can. My dear husband turned 40 on the 2/1. His birthday came and went in the middle of a snowstorm with little fanfare. He was sure that I had something big planned, but with the weather all those "big plans" got "cancelled". We went to our local favorite Mexican restaurant and had a quiet unassuming dinner with just us and our kids. I think he was a little disappointed. Little did he know that the big surprise was coming the next Sat.

So last Friday night, a friend of Charlie's from grade school flew from Maryland to "hang out for the weekend"/ attend Charlie's surprise birthday party. Oh it was priceless...he was like a little kid when he walked in from work and found his friend, Ron, who he hasn't seen in 2 years, sitting in our living room! Totally blown away! And that wasn't even the big surprise!

So Sat evening (after a day of Razorback basketball- we beat Auburn- woo pig!) and hanging with his buddy, we went to a "new restaurant" (a catering venue I had rented for his party) and walked in to forty of our close friends and family screaming "Surprise! Happy Birthday!" Oh! It was fantastic! Charlie truly had no idea! We had family from all over come in, friends of ours from the military, friends from college, from work, from church....I'm getting teary just thinking about the love that poured out for my dear sweet husband that night....He felt loved greatly...and THAT was the best present anyone could have given him! Thank you to all of you who made it! And, Company Girls, THANK YOU for praying about the weather...the snow stopped and did not interfere with any more of the guests getting into town. Here are the only two pictures that I have right now to post...I promise that I will post more when I get them.

My sister's band, "Victor's Dad, Hugo" played (they are awesome!) and even helped me prepare a version of "Danny's Song" for Charlie (it's kind of our song)..So here I am singing to my man!

Some of our good buddies from University of Arkansas ROTC was so awesome to see them!

And finally, my book is finished! I am officially a published author! The big debut is Monday March 1! You can pre-order Living Life with Strings Attached by February and receive a 10% discount! You pay only 8.75 plus shipping! If you are interested, send an email to

Visit to find out how you can receive a free autographed copy! a run...million things to do today! I will get around and visit everyone this weekend...can't wait to find out what all is going on!


  1. The party sounds great, we also had a surprise party this weekend for my cousins 18th, it was fancy dress too and was so much fun. She was really surprised and we had a costume ready for her.

    Congratulations on the book, that is great news!
    Have a good weekend,

  2. What a delightful memory for your husband and what a thoughtful endeavor on your part. Surprises are hard to pull off, so Kudos to you for such a "slick" one! Happy Valentine Week-end!

  3. Sounds like you had a marvellous time....I gave my hubby a surprise party for his was fun! Congrats on your book and thank you so much for your prayers...I truly appreciate it and it warms my heart and gives me encouragement.

  4. wow! big week! the party sounds amazing--good job!!

    and I didn't know of the new eldredge book--maybe that is a good valentine's gift for each other (to read it, not just buy it!). I enjoyed sacred romance.

    and your book--congrats! I have a few in my life pushing me to write...but God hasn't yet...can't imagine being at the moment when the book is coming out! congrats again!

  5. Lea, was especially difficult to keep it all a secret for the last month! I was SO relieved when I could say, SURPRISE!

  6. Congratulations! How exciting to get published!

    Sounds like you had a great time! So glad everything worked out with the weather and planning! Hope you have an equally wonderful Valentines weekend!

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  8. I love jasmine green tea! Not for the seductive part of it, but that's an added bonus huh? =p What a wonderful surprise for your hubby!!! Happy 40th to him.