Posted by: cccmadras | August 3, 2008

words cannot…

There are no words for what happened to me last night.  Many of you who read this know what happened and most of you were here.  But if not, let me fill you in.  As you know yesterday was my birthday and my incredible wife had a surprise waiting for me that I could never imagine.   

While I was attending The Wizard of Oz at The Legacy Theater with my mom.  (She is an Oz fanatic)  My wife was preparing the greatest party I have ever experienced.  Upon my arrival home, I walked into my back yard and there were nearly 80 (no exaggeration) of my friends.  Some I have known for over 15 years.  I was honestly blown away by what this meant to me.  Still now, hours later, I can’t believe so many people came for my birthday.  It was so much fun spending time with everyone.  Words just can’t describe my thoughts then and now. 

Then, just when I thought the night could not get any better my wife had another HUGE surprise.  She and my mom had been planning my gift for over 18 months and had recently included everyone at the party.  So as I opened my first bag I saw itIt is a brochure that shows my dream trip.  Over 14 years ago I heard about a 3-15 day white water rafting trip in the Grand Canyon and from that day on, that trip was near the top of my life goals.  This was an adventure that I always dreamed about but never really knew how I could do it.  So Dawn told everyone about it and all these great friends of mine chipped in and help me get many of the supplies I will need for the trip. Now in 6 short weeks on September 15th I fly out to Vegas and begin this amazing trip.

Back to my wife.  What can I say.  The planning, the secrets, the surprise, the gift, the support and the love.  She is just amazing.  Thank you Honey for so much.   I love you and our 4 wonderful kids so much. 

Thank you to my mom who did so much and to everyone who played a part in this incredible night.  I will never forget it. 

Here are a few pictures of the night.  Look at how awesome my wife is. 



  1. Bryan described the trip to me Bill and you so have earned it. I have only known you for a few years, but you have always been a great guy and a hard worker. You have a great wife to do something like this for you. Besides, if she was gonna do it for you I guess 40 is the time to do it so your not to old 😉 I hope you have a ball on your trip when you go. Do me a favor, take at least one picture of Vegas, I have always wanted to see it.

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