1. Meet at our house.
2. Go to the beach and play Capture the Flag
3. Back to the house to play Occupations and other games in the living room while we snack.
So this one had to be different. Thankfully, it did not have to be a surprise. I couldn't have managed that as it was in our home, which is an upstairs flat.
So the plan was
1. Lotsa friends.
2. Lotsa food.
3. Lotsa talking. :-)
I didn't even have a cake planned, yet look at this amazing cake the Lord provided! The day after Paul's birthday, we went to a church we go to once a year, usually, and the pastor's wife, Frances Bell, made this amazing cake!
Josh cooked him a mammoth omelet for breakfast, so it wasn't just the party time. This celebration continues to go on!
One of Paul's favorite things was his Trip Down Memory Lane. I gave him a suitcase with many, many birthday wishes and memories that friends sent in. We enjoyed those for HOURS before and after the party. We read more of them on Sunday afternoon. Two of them made us cry, and many of them made us laugh!
Paul didn't remember hitting Amy Smith in the face with a volley ball, nor did he remember rescuing his brother Joseph from a bully. We got memories from Kenya, memories from Peru, a really nice letter from Romania, and scads of good ones from the USA.
The ones that made us cry were from family (sniff) and had precious memories.
70 successful trips around the sun, and Paul's glad he's in His service. He's loving it.