When one of her only wishes is to have lunch with daddy on her birthday, you happily oblige. After nap-time we drove up to Salt Lake to meet Jake for lunch at City Creek. While waiting for him to arrive she climbed all over every big boulder and threw pebbles in the stream. She was so cute and happy and 3 years old!!
Another birthday wish was to have Aunt Lissie come celebrate with us. So while we waited for Jake I called her to make sure she was on her way -- Lissie was coming and we were so excited!!
Just a few minutes after getting off the phone with her though she called me back. I don't think I'll ever be able to replay that conversation in my head without crying. Lissie had been in a car accident. My sweet baby sister was bawling and shaking on the other end and I could hear how terrified she was. And so was I. I've never wanted to be somewhere else so badly in my life. She was an hour outside of Twin Falls and I was nowhere close. My heart hurt so badly hearing how scared she was and knowing I couldn't wrap my arms around her. I remember standing in the middle of City Creek and just sobbing. I'm not one to make a scene, but I was definitely making a scene. Jake arrived shortly after that and helped me get it together. // Gosh, this birthday post is taking a really dramatic turn. I promise it ends happily. //
After lots of phone calls, another ride was arranged and Lissie was able to get home to us. And Annabelle got a birthday lunch with her daddy. And they all lived happily ever after. Haha. :)
I definitely won't forget those moments though. Especially the one when I realized a miracle had taken place. The car rolled multiple times and barely missed being hit by a semi. And she walked away.
Aunt Lissie was definitely our favorite birthday present that day.