Monday, February 4, 2008

Happy Birthday Grandpa!

Our main reason for taking our trip when we did was to attend a 70th birthday party for Brian's dad. His mom began planning it long before we knew we would be moving to California. As Brian is an only child, we knew we needed to attend this event. We are grateful to have been able to do so.

Brian's parents live in Greenville, NC, home of the East Carolina Pirates. Brian's parents are avid ECU fans (except when his mom cheers for that team from Chapel Hill), therefore the party had a purple and gold theme.

The party was catered by Phil Joyner. Mr. Joyner is not related to Brian's family, but he is a very close friend of Brian's dad. Had the party been for someone else, Grandpa would have been helping Mr. Joyner cook. Several years ok Mr. Joyner built a "party house" on the lot next to his home. It was a great place to have the party. We enjoyed a delicious meal of roast beef, pork loin, green beans, rolls and strawberry cake.

At his mom's request, Brian served as the master of ceremonies. He did a great job!

Ashley, Emily and Hayley were happy to help Grandma with the decorating. They also helped with some last minute set-up the day of the party.

As a surprise for Grandpa, Ashley and Emily each played a selection on the keyboard.

After the meal Brian recognized all of the family members in attendance. Family drove from Rocky Mount, Durham and Warrenton to help Grandpa celebrate.

After the meal family and friends were able to share memories and funny stories. I heard many of the same words used again and again to describe Grandpa...kind, considerate, interested in others, helpful, etc. I agree. I have known Brian's dad for almost 20 years. He is always interested in the lives of others and always goes the extra mile to help his neighbors, friends and family. The world could use more men like J. D. Joyner. Happy birthday Grandpa!

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