This past weekend I had the privilege of helping my daughter plan an awesome birthday surprise for her husband of 7.5 years. Words can’t describe how fun it was to help her come up with an idea that would bless him, and give them both a memory they would cherish for the rest of their lives.
Plan A was to drop all the kiddos (they have three 5 and under) off at their pre-arranged locations. It would be the first time she would leave their 7 month baby girl with someone over night. But she was ready!
Next she would have a friend drop her off at her husband’s office at 4p. where she would go to his boss’ office to wait for him to walk in for a “meeting.” Yes, Tracy had called his boss at the beginning of the week asking for his help in pulling off this surprise. He was more than willing, and actually excited to be a part of making this happen.
A perfect plan…except…
His boss e-mailed her to let her know plans were made to give all employees the holiday weekend off beginning at 3p. on Friday.
Tracy called me to tell me the bad news. It wasn’t going to work as planned. I told her not to give up, but to go to Plan B. The only problem? There was no plan B…yet.
We talked it through and worked out another way to make it all work. Tracy was determined to do whatever was needed to spouse-nap her husband. And she did it with flying colors!
She arrived at her husband’s office building realizing she had no idea what floor his office was located. (Seth was at a new job which he started only months before and she had not been there.) She took an educated guess and arrived on a floor full of closed doors. She didn’t know what to do. So she texted her husband. She asked him to come to the 7th floor elevators to find part of his birthday surprise. When he asked why, she just said, “Trust me!” When he came, he found her standing there, and he was confused. She said it was time to leave, but he said he had an important meeting with his boss.
She said, “That’s me!”
“What are you talking about?”
“I’m your meeting. Your boss set that up so you wouldn’t leave the building until I arrived.”
“Yeah, I’ve planned a surprise for you, and this is just the beginning.”
Thus, began a fabulous night away for the two of them. We were thrilled to get texts letting us know the surprise was going off without a hitch!
We are sure this is a night they will both remember for the rest of their lives. Surprises are like that. They have staying power in our memory.
Have you ever spouse-napped your husband/wife?
If not, why not make plans to do so this year! You’ll make a lasting memory, but be prepared with a Plan B. Most surprises never go off as originally planned, and many of us give up and spill the secret. BUT those who go to plan B learn how much the surprise was worth the effort.
Valentine’s Day is next month. What surprise could you plan for your spouse that would make them say, “What?” We challenge you to go for it. And then, let us know what you did, either Plan A or B.
Let’s celebrate the privilege it is to do the unexpected. Our spouse, as well as our marriage is worth it!