One day, my siblings and I were all talking about how fun it would be to show up in Denmark and surprise my mom, but we shrugged it off knowing it would be too hard to get all our schedules to work. Especially because we have 10 kids between us. We randomly mentioned it to my dad when we were together without my mom, but again said logistically it would never work. Then for a split second we all stopped talking and looked at each other and we knew we had to make this happen. It was our Mom's 60th birthday! So we all went home and talked to our spouses, who agreed it would be a fabulous gift to my mom and said they would stay home to hold down the fort and kids. We couldn't believe it! So we planned and planned and told no one. We couldn't compromise a secret this big! In the end we kept the secret nice and tight until my dad accidentally sent a group text wishing us all safe travels and included my mom on the group text. Luckily him and my mom were together so he snatched her phone and deleted the text before she saw it. It's extremely nerve wracking to pull off a surprise this big, but it was worth it to see her reaction. She cried, I cried, we all cried.
And now you know, when people ask why I want a big family, it's because of mine. I couldn't love my siblings and parents more and I want my kids to be around their siblings and my husband and I for as long as possible. #familyfirst