Last Sunday after church we met up with 50 or so of our favorite relatives for a Surprise 90th Birthday Party for my Grandma Joan (pronounced Jo-Anne) Yoder at the nursing home where she lives.
We did the same thing for her 89th, so she might not have been surprised. If she wasn’t, she faked it good. And last time, the nurses brought the wrong woman to the party, so my dad brought Grandma this time (under the guise of taking her to the weekly church service).
My grandma has many, many looks/faces/smiles. The crinkly-eyes is one of my faves. Goodness, I hope I’m as beautiful and awesome as she is when I’m 90.
Six of Grandma’s seven kiddos were able to make it to the party. The handsome dude on the left is my papa. He’s #4 in the offspring line-up.
This is Grandma’s little brother, Russ. She absolutely adores him.
Just about one-third of Grandma’s 35 (+ a few in the womb) great-grandkids were on hand to celebrate her big birthday.
I love them all, but (shhhhh…. don’t tell) these three are my favorites.
This is Betty (on the right). She was Grandma’s Maid of Honor, and she’ll turn 90 this summer. We were so tickled she could be there. Could they be any more adorable?
My cousin Julie made up a Trivia Game about Grandma. She made an adult version and a kids’ version. I practically aced the kids’ version, but they made some dumb 12-and-under rule. I got a lousy 4 out of 12 in the adult version. It’s my goal to learn every possible random fact about my grandma between now and 2.14.12.
The girls and I made cards for Grandma, and she loved them. I wrote about how she was such a godly example to me and how I was thankful that I inherited her love for words and her sense of humor. She got a kick out of the sense of humor part.
If I had my way, I’d get a million more pictures like this one over the next 5, 10, 20 years, but when you’re 10 years shy of 100, there’s no guarantee. And you and I both know there’s no guarantee for anyone ever. Take lots of pictures, friends. You’ll be so glad you did.
A happy, happy 90th birthday to one of the most beautiful, spunky, funny, smart, wonderful women I know! I love you, Grandma!