It's All About Friends

Dear Friends & Family,

Friends never stop to think ‘what’s in it for me?’ or ‘it’s way too far’. They just show up with their big old hearts, you find out who your friends are. These are words from Tracy Lawrence’s song, Find Out Who Your Friends Are. This weekend many, many friends and family members honored us with their presence at Curt’s 44th Birthday Party. It was emotionally overwhelming (yet exciting) to see so many people gathered together in one room in honor of Curt.

The festivities began on Thursday with our cousins from Idaho and Sacramento, along with Curt’s brother, mom and my parents joining us for a bar-b-que dinner of steak, chicken and sausage. Friday afternoon we all went to Seal Beach and enjoyed the warm sun as we walked to Ruby’s on the pier for lunch. The weather was beautiful and Catalina Island looked so clear and seemed close enough to swim to. Friday night everyone pitched in and made a delicious Mexican dinner as Curt & I picked up our friends from Texas at the airport. We watched Corbin’s first flag football game and then went home to a house full of family and food. Thanks cousins, it was delicious!

The birthday party Saturday night was awesome! Thank you to everyone who helped, we couldn’t have done it without you. It was truly an event to remember. Although it was tough for Curt to see so many people who cared about him, by the end of the party he was relaxed and having fun. He woke up Sunday, excited about the people and events at the party. He is still talking about how fun it was!

We spent Sunday with lots of family at our house, just hanging around and sharing stories. Sunday evening we took Mike & Melissa and Anna Kate (from Texas) to the beach to take photos. Although it was windy and cold, we got some great pictures right as the sun was setting!

Today we drove to Palm Springs to listen to a doctor/scientist talk about stem cell treatments. Although we didn’t learn much, we had a nice day. After the speech we found a mountain trail and did a really, really short hike (Curt has a hard time walking down hills). The weather was warm with a slight breeze. There was the most amazing hummingbird circling around us as we stood half way up the mountain. It was black with a bright red chest, it was strikingly beautiful. I think it knew we were admiring it because it just kept hanging around us. We met a friend for dinner at a French Restaurant and Curt had escargot (he loves it), and we all shared a sampler of some really great desserts. It was a great day!

Now that the party is over (which was occupying a lot of my time), we are going to work on our trust, taxes and getting formal portraits of Curt & the kids, & me. I pray the trust preparation and portraits will not be too emotionally overwhelming for Curt. I thank God for the gift of time to get all this done.

As you can probably tell, this has been a great week. Like I said, we do great when we are busy with friends and family. Although we are physically tired, our spirits are good and happy! We are thankful for you and your prayers.


Cindy, Curt, Clarissa, Cayden & Corbin

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