I was able to SURPRISE my parents by coming to Sarah's graduation. They thought I was too busy to come up, but I cleared my schedule for Friday and Monday and made a nice long weekend of it by going up to the U.P. afterwards. So I was able to surprise my mom and spend all of Mother's Day with her.
I walked up the bleachers Friday night at Northland's Spring Concert to where my mom and dad were sitting and said "Surprise! Happy Mother's Day!" It would be safe to say that Mom looked shocked. "What are you doing here? Did you know about OUR surprise?" The hilarious thing was that THEY had planning to come and surprise ME on Thursday for my birthday! But I beat them to it. I surprised them first!! Kudos to my sisters and Amy Knolhoff, who each knew about BOTH surprises, but never spilled the beans to either of us.
Saturday after graduation I was able to enjoy driving through the scenic Upper Peninsula (I saw a wild turkey and 3 deer). Then Sarah and I provided special music for church Sunday morning (a select few people knew I was coming so the schedule was clear); we sang "Still the Cross." We (Dad and us 3 girls) took mom out to Red Lobster for Sunday dinner. And we enjoyed watching each others videos and pictures from the last couple of months after evening church while playing Rook.
I took my time getting back on Monday. I stopped in Chicago to see my good friend Jackie and was able to visit with her for a little while. I went straight to bed when I got home; in fact, I still need to unpack the car because I accidentally overslept this morning, too.
But it was a great weekend back in the good old U.P. woods. And I've always wanted to surprise my mom and come back for a visit. So now I can check that off the "things-to-do-in-my-life" list. Probably won't happen again...