He turned 79. But I told all our friends here that he is still young. But next year when he turns "80" he will be older than dirt!
Friends, Waldo and Silvia Reyes, in our ward invited us to Family Home Evening at their home for Monday, April 15. When Hermana Reyes found out it was Walt's birthday two days later, she turned it into a birthday celebration for him.
Here we are getting ready to drive to the Reyes home. It is on the mountainside about 15-20 minutes away from the temple grounds. That is when there isn't much traffic.
We arrived just at sundown. I took a photo of our friends walking up to the entrance of the Reyes home.
Here is Walt and me as we entered their beautiful home. Silvia is an architect and designed the home from a palace they fell in love with in France. They worked and planned for this home for 15 years. They moved into it in January 2012.
They are so generous and kind and we appreciate all they do for us and many others.
Hno. Reyes taught a great lesson on "Doing the Will of our Father in Heaven." Then after a delicious dinner everyone sang "Happy Birthday" to Walt before he blew out the birthday candles.
It was a very enjoyable evening with 25 friends.
On his actual birthday, Wednesday, April 17, we had our temple shift from 5:15 a.m. to 2:15 p.m. - and here we are as we came out of the temple.
When we made the 3-minute walk from the temple to our apartment, we found notes, cards, brownies, flowers, a Mormon Tabernacle Choir CD, and home-made jamaica juice by our front door. And, of course, many birthday e-mail greetings from family and friends.
Then some of the Service Center employees came by with some birthday cookies.
That evening Alex and his wife stopped in to tell Walt "Happy Birthday."
He chose to watch "The Glenn Miller Story" that evening.
But we were too tired to dance to "In the Mood..."
...not that we're getting old or anything like that.
Thanks to all who made Walt's birthday a memorable one!