Sunday, February 24, 2019

The Biggest Birthday Bash Ever! By Pat Simmons

Well, almost. For my Big 60th birthday, I didn’t want to celebrate with an elaborate party or program. All I wanted was 60 family and friends to join me for a birthday dinner at a restaurant. Simple, right?

With a big family--on my husband’s side--and a large congregation, I thought it would be an easy task. My guests would be 60 people who had touched my life in some type of way: siblings, my children, in-laws, church members, old co-workers, new friends, childhood friends, etc.

I came up with 59 folks and received confirmations from 45 guests. Now, I had to find a place to host the dinner that wouldn’t charge a deposit for a banquet room. After all, I emphasized no gifts, so everyone would only be out the price of their meals.

On the big day, 32 folks showed up: a kindergarten friend, two teenage BFF, church members, kinfolks and others. In addition to the food and fellowship, the best highlight was the many beautiful cards I received.

Like the old 1957 movie, An Affair to Remember, my birthday dinner was truly an affair to remember for years to come.

Praise God I only turn 60 years-old one time. A footnote to my story, sixty years ago, a couple of days before I was born, a deadly tornado hit St. Louis, Missouri. Dozens were killed and hundreds were injured. My mother was at the clinic with another expectant mother. Unfortunately, that woman and baby didn't make it. Again, praise God that He spared my mother's life.

Until next time, happy birthday February babies!

Pat Simmons has penned more thirty plus titles. She is a self-proclaimed genealogy sleuth who is passionate about casting her ancestors in starring roles. She is a three-time recipient of the RSJ Emma Rodgers Award for Best Inspirational Romance. Pat describes the evidence of the gift of the Holy Ghost as a life-altering experience. She has been a featured speaker and workshop presenter at various venues.Pat has converted her sofa-strapped sports fanatical husband into an amateur travel agent, untrained bodyguard, and GPS-guided chauffeur. Pat holds a B.S. in mass communications from Emerson College in Boston, Massachusetts. Visit her at

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  1. Beautiful, Pat! Happy 60th Birthday, and you look great. Sounds like you had a wonderful day.

  2. What a wonderful Birthday party! And the experience with the tornado and your mom's life having been spared is truly a miracle. Wow

  3. Your birthday sounded fun, especially with all the friends and family.

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  5. Beautiful, Party! Happy 60th Birthday. It sounds like you had a wonderful day. Wonderful party! Happy birthday to you. It's great to know that your 60th birthday. May God bless you. The birthday party sounds like you had a wonderful day with your loved ones. What an awesome birthday party !!Many more happy returns of the day.