My first surprise birthday party

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This is how our entryway normally looks.

This is how it looked when I got home today.
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My wife took me out to see Les Miserables at the cinema. I balled my eyes out.

Then we were going to go out for drinks. But she checked in at home first and, told me, that our youngest felt a bit sick and wanted us to check in on her.

When we drove onto our street, I started to feel a bit put out by the neighbor who apparently was having a party. Why couldn’t they park their cars somewhere else? Not in front of our house. In our driveway.

I can be pretty slow, huh?

You see, in my 17+ years of marriage, I’ve never had a surprise party. Ever.

My wife and my kids are amazing. They’d been orchestrating a surprise party for most of the week. They were even sharing a Google doc to do the planning without me knowing!!

I was blessed to have people from so many different parts of our life in our house. With lots of adults and over 20 kids.

What a wonderful way to celebrate more than four decades on this planet. (I turn 41 tomorrow.) And being part of a wonderfully cool family. 🙂

Now to drink through the multiple gifts of beer that people gave!

Marc A. Pitman

Marc A. Pitman helps leaders lead their teams with more effectiveness and less stress. The author of "Ask Without Fear!®," he is the founder of The Concord Leadership Group and He's also the executive director of and an Advisory Panel member of Rogare, a prestigious international fundraising think tank. He is the husband to his best friend and the father of three amazing kids. And if you drive by him on the road, he’ll be singing 80’s tunes loud enough to embarrass his family! You can connect with him on Google+, on Twitter @marcapitman, and like "Ask Without Fear!" on Facebook. To get his free ebook on 21 ways to get board members engaged with fundraising, go to

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