September 9, 2013 was a day I will never forget. It is the day that my husband surprised me with the biggest surprise of my life. My two sisters Natalie and Julie came to visit me here in Luxembourg. Four months earlier, my husband Jeremy emailed my sisters to tell them that he was going to fly them to Luxembourg to visit. Understandably, they were in shock and disbelief but when they realized that Jeremy was serious, well it was time to get planning.
Finally after 4 months of planning, the day finally came. I remember that for a few weeks before my birthday on September 11th, I had specifically told Jeremy that I DID NOT want to celebrate my birthday. I wanted my birthday to pass as if it were any other day. I definitely did not want any kind of presents, cake or other festivities. All I wanted was to not be alone for lunch on my birthday. That was it.
A few weeks before my birthday, my Mom kept telling me, "You are going to have some great surprises for your birthday!". To that I responded, "I don't want anything. Please don't do anything". I was getting annoyed that she wouldn't just let my birthday just go away. I did not want to turn 39 because that meant that I was going to be 40 in one year.
That morning started like any other morning. I got up and got the girls dressed and ready for school. I drove them to school and came back home. When I got back home, Jeremy was cleaning the kitchen. Our conversation went something like this:
Me: What are you doing home? Don't you have work today?
Jeremy: I am working from home today. Remember I have to go pick up 2 guys from the airport this afternoon.
Me: Why don't the guys just take a taxi to their hotel or to Amazon?
Jeremy: They are good friends and I'd rather just go get them.
Me: Oh....Kay.....(I am thinking this is really weird, but whatever because Jeremy is cleaning the kitchen)
The entire morning Jeremy is acting very, very giddy. I couldn't figure out what was causing him such excitement but I figured he must be happy to just be at home and not at work.
That afternoon, he tells me he wants me to go with him to pick up his 2 co-workers from the airport. I am still bewildered by his request and wonder why he is so insistent on me coming with him. He is acting so WEIRD.
We drive to the airport. As we are driving there our conversation goes like this:
Me: I will just wait in the car while you go get your friends.
J: No, you need to come in with me.
Me: Why? Normally you would just tell your friends to jump in the car as you are driving past the airport. These must be REALLY good friends.
J: Yes they are really good friends and I just want to be extra nice and pick them up.
Me: Ok...whatever. This is really weird that you are picking them up at the airport. Remember I have to go get the girls from school by 3:20. Will we have enough time to drop them off at their hotel and then get to the school in time to pick up the girls?
J: Yes I think we will be just fine.
The whole time I am thinking my husband is acting so bizarre. All I could think was that my friend Elise was flying back from America that day and maybe she had a surprise for me that Jeremy knew about.
As Jeremy and I were walking through the parking garage, I remember Jeremy turning his phone camera on to video. I thought it was weird that he turned it on but then I figured he had just turned it on accidentally.
Then I say to him, "You know, I do like living here in Luxembourg. I just wish Natalie and Julie could come visit me".
At that moment, Jeremy thought someone had told me that my sisters were flying here to surprise me. Fortunately, no one had told me and I was completely unaware. I had no idea that in about 15 minutes, my wish would come true. I was completely unaware that my sisters were coming to visit. As I stood in the baggage area waiting for Jeremy's co-workers, at first I thought I would see my friend Elise. But I didn't see Elise. Then I saw Jeremy's co-workers come through the arrival door. But then what happened next completely scared me to death. I literally thought I was seeing a ghost of my sisters and ran away I was so scared.
Here is a video of my birthday surprise!
The next two weeks were AWESOME! While my sisters were here visiting we took a weekend trip to Paris. We took a few day trips too. Jeremy put together a video of some of our photos and videos we took while we were traveling through Europe.
I love my sisters! I will always treasure those two weeks we had together. It was so much fun and I can't wait to see them again soon!
Happy Birthday to my sister Natalie. I wish I was flying to Salt Lake City today to surprise you for your birthday but alas I am in Luxembourg. Natalie is one of my favorite people in the whole, wide world.
I have to say that my two sisters, Julie and Natalie, are very funny, bubbly, kind, generous and wonderfully good-hearted. Two of the greatest blessings in my life are my two sisters. They are my best friends and I miss them terribly! Sending you lots of love today Natalie on your birthday!