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Tonight we celebrated Katie's half birthday.
By eating half a chocolate cake.
Ordering half cheese/half pepperoni pizza.
Drinking 3 of the 6-pack of Coke.
Giving Katie half of a birthday card.
Inviting half the guests.
Expecting half of them to show up.
Planning to meet during the half time show during the Broncos game.

Best part: Katie and Isaiah were asleep on the couch from 4:30-6:30. Everyone showed up at 6 and I actually got everyone into the living room standing in front of Katie before she realized that there were 8 other people with us. You don't know sneaky until you know a group of sneaky people.

In other news: This morning for worship we passed out 600 whistles, flutes, kazoos, and hand clappers and sang "Make a Joyful Noise/I Will Not be Silent". It is possibly the coolest thing ever to see old people playing slide whistles to their hearts content during a worship service. Go God!


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