With all seven children tucked behind the kitchen wall, my father walked unaware into my family room last month. Heart racing and stifling giggles we waited, finally the moment came to leap out and squeal. The joy and love that hit my dad was tangible. It was a moment of pure magic as we pulled off such an unexpected, happy surprise. It was a feat of wills, schedules, and perseverance to get all 7 children plus mom and dad together for the weekend. And it was well worth it. For my family, it always is.