She asked us to have a party for her here and I do want to share that with you, but not today. I want to tell you what I did to try to give her a happy birthday far away. In April, our missionary taught a little girl named Katie. Her grandma was a devoted member of the church and Katie want to join too. She was baptized near the end of April.
So the beginning of last week rolled around and I was still debating about trying to mail Teach some birthday cake when a new idea popped into my head. I could ask this amazing family to make Teach a cake and sing the birthday song. I was nervous about asking for such a favor, but something about it just felt right, so I sent her the following email:
You have done so much for (Teach), I hate to ask you to do one more thing, but next Sunday is her birthday. I have fretted about trying to send her a birthday cake, but I just don't think I can get one all the way from Utah without a little mold.
She loves her birthday and having a bit of a fuss. Would you mind? I would be so grateful!
I stewed for several hours, knowing that I was being pretty presumptuous, but then the answering email arrived.
Oh my I would love to. Does she have a favorite dinner and cake she especially likes?
Suddenly we were co-conspirators in planning a party! I told her about the Hawaiian Sandwich that Teach loves to chose for her birthday meal and I even emailed her this link from the blog.
Then I proceeded to do what I could from my end. I prepared and shipped a box full of wrapped packages and gifts from Teach's siblings. Drama Queen made a personalized card for each person to write a note and mail separately. Remember my pink envelopes the Dog Walker tried to mail without postage?
Yesterday this wonderful woman sent me a picture of the cake she had purchased for Teach, and then today she sent me a bunch of pictures that I am going to post for you. She also included this in her email:
Here are the pictures of dinner! She was VERY surprised, and when I brought out the sandwich, she said her birthday was perfect and told us how her dad made her the sandwich, and how did I know??? She is a very sweet girl, love just being with her, Katie just loves having her here every Sunday!
I did a little modification because I forgot and burned a couple of slices of bread! I did have another round loaf of bread, another kind but I think it was ok. Also I added lime juice to the avocado, no miracle whip! Lime juice is what you use to bring out the flavor of avocado. Used horseradish mustard and horseradish mayo, gave it a little kick. But it was delicious. Gave her some to take with her and some cake too.
I would be so grateful!