This weekend my family was able to finally tell the secret we've been keeping for months. First of all, it is a complete shock to me that we pulled it off... it is a well known fact that my mom's side of the family (the Doyle's) are not the best secret keepers especially amongst ourselves. We like to call each other and "catch up on the latest" and Grandma is the queen of this. So how we did it I'll never know, but we were able to keep the party plans from her and we really and truly surprised her for her 80th birthday. We all agreed that turning 80 is a kind of a big deal and we wanted to do something really special. Since our family is now spread out between Michigan, Indiana, Kentucky, Tennessee, Virgnia, Florida, and Thailand (yes, Thailand!) we decided that getting as many people there as we could would be the biggest part of making this a special occasion. We were able to get everyone there except the Floridians and Thai residents. It was so great to be able to have most of us there together to celebrate with the lady that has made such a huge impact on each of our lives. She has been the most amazing Mom, Grandma, Mother-In-Law, etc. and I'm so glad we were able to give her a day of celebrating that.