It has been 7 years since I planned the party of a lifetime for my Mom to celebrate her 60th Birthday. And seeing as it’s her birthday again, I thought it would be fun to walk down memory lane and retell this fun story.
My mom has always had one favorite musician named Don Francisco. We grew up listening to his incredible Biblical ballads like I Don’t Care Where You’ve Been Sleeping and He’s Alive. And I knew that if Mom could see anyone in concert, she’d want to be in Don’s audience someday.
With her 60th birthday approaching, I thought it would be fun to see if I could get her tickets to a Don Francisco concert. But a quick trip to his website showed me that Colorado was as far west as he usually visits. At first, I contemplated putting together a vacation package to get my parents to Colorado, but then I saw a link on the website that said “Host a Concert” and I thought to myself, “I’m sure there is no way I could afford this, but it might not hurt to ask.”
So, I filled out the online form and figured I wouldn’t hear anything back (because musicians would never take a request seriously to attend a random person’s 60th birthday, right?)
Sent: January 7, 2008 1:02 AM
To: Don & Wendy Francisco
Subject: concert question
The very next day, I received an email back from Don Francisco’s wife, Wendy. I was almost too scared to open it. Surely, she was going to laugh at my meager request.
Sent: Tuesday, January 8, 2008 10:15 AM
Subject: Re: concert question
Don’s honorarium is usually $xxxx but maybe we can work something creative out….. if you didn’t mind doing it a bit early. Like say, Monday the 7th??? 🙂
We made travel arrangements, booked a hotel, and rented audio speakers in order to make the night perfect. One of my coworkers even came out to my parents’ house to help me set up the audio equipment because I had no idea as to what to do (fortunately, he was in a band and knew just what to do!)
But love is all around you now and will be ’till the dawnStars shine on the window sill, the moon shines through the trees;
Angels by your bed tonight — shine where no one sees.So there’s no need to be afraid all the whole night through
‘Cause God has made a promise child, that He’ll take care of you.
Stars shine on the window sill, the moon shines through the trees;
Angels by your bed tonight — shine where no one sees.
All that you’ve been dreamin’ of awaits you when you rise;
So with the peace that Jesus brings close your sleepy eyes.
Happy Birthday, Mom! You’re still pretty awesome…..and I’m starting to feel the pressure that I only have 3 years to plan your 70th. Some ideas on the table include putting up the Cirque Du Soleil tent on your lawn or putting you up in a hot air balloon. But honestly, I probably can’t ever top your 60th.
We love you and your two special grandchildren can’t wait to celebrate with you later today!