Saturday, October 23, 2021

Odie's 36th Birthday Fun

Hey Friends,

This is Odie reporting in from Wichita, Kansas. We are thrilled to be here this week with Pastors John and Judy DiZazzo and our dear friends a Bethany Revival Center. It is extra special to be here and see Uncle Steve and Aunt Karen! I have really been missing them!

Dad and I both wrote last week that October 14th was the 36th anniversary of my birth. Thank you, Dad, for writing a sweet post on my birthday!  Last Saturday I shared some of my birthday memories. Thank you to several of you that let me know that you enjoyed walking down my memory lane! Click here or here to see those posts.

I am old enough to know that birthdays are just like any other day of the week, but it does feel good to celebrate. My phone was busy all day with calls and messages from family and friends with birthday greetings. I appreciate everyone that took a few minutes out of their lives to let me know they were thinking of me, it really was special!

Today I wanted to share with you a glimpse into my 36th birthday. Some of these pictures have been previously posted and others are new. 

Mom made me a wonderful birthday lunch, I had a scrumptious taco bowl. 

We will have to fix German Sundaes, my favorite birthday meal, at a later date. I had a sore in my mouth and did not feel like I could eat sauerkraut and enjoy it last week.

Mom also took me to Starbucks so I could get my free birthday reward. Starbucks only allows you to redeem that reward on your birthday. I was excited to get a Pumpkin Spice Frappuccino!

Then it was time to prepare for church. That night We had a wonderful start to the fellowship meeting at Bethany Holiness Church! After service my friend, Terry brought me Happy Birthday balloons. We decorated my chair and had a photo opp.

I had to include a couple selfies with great friends that were taken on my birthday.

After service, we were invited to fellowship with some very special friends. I was surprised when I entered their home to find a surprise birthday gathering!

Wow! Thank you, friends! You made me smile.

All of the food was delicious! The birthday cake was almost too beautiful to eat, but it was also tasted extraordinarily good!

The fellowship with friends was amazing! We visited way too late into the next morning! I know my friends sacrificed hours of precious sleep to let me know that I was loved!

My friends spoiled me, treated me like a princess and made me feel special! I do not know for certain who was the mastermind behind the gathering. I do know lots of work and time went into making it a success! Thank you so much to all of my friends involved! The words thank you will never convey my heartfelt gratitude properly!! I love all you very much!

Here are some pictures from the party.  

Sis Joy Cummins, my Oklahoma adopted Mother, opened her beautiful home for my birthday celebration. Thanks, Mom, for adopting me and being so kind to me! 😀

I missed getting a picture of Bro. Galen Cummins at the party. This is a picture of Bro. Galen and Sis. Joy later on in the week at church.

Now back to the party. Bro. Chris and Sis. Debra Kite! 

River Toliver was our entertainment for the night! He loves to make people laugh!

Bro. Terry and his sweet mother.

One more crazy picture. Terry and I could not get the balloons right. First, we had the saying birthday happy backward. It was hilarious I guess we were slap happy.

There that was my 36th birthday in a nutshell. I felt so loved by my family and friends! I do not expect any special treatment for my birthday! I pray God blesses all of you for loving on me!

Thanks for spending a moment with me today. See you next again next week.


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