Since November 7th was Dad's birthday, we not only made a trip to the lighthouse with flowers and cards, but Mom wanted to make a birthday dinner and a cake. His favorite was German Chocolate cake for his birthday, so that's what we made.
Little did Mom know it, but I had asked friends to help out with decorating Dad's grave without telling Mom. One of her largest concerns with this trip was that she wouldn't be at home when his birthday came around and she wouldn't be able to make sure there were flowers on his grave. Thanks to a FaceBook shout out to friends, all of that was taken care of!!