It was my birthday but my husband was the star of the show !

Mortgage and Lending with American National Bank & Trust NMLS #268590

I was born on February 24th so yesterday was my birthday.   I intended to have a good day because I deserve to feel better about myself and my life.   Some people may not understand that seemingly self centered comment but those who have read my previous blogs will understand.

Over last weekend, I marked the one year anniversary of my mother's passing.   I still catch myself reaching for the phone when I have a thought that I would like to share with her or want to get her wise consultation on a subject.   Mom and I were very close and as her primary caretaker in the end, I spent a considerable amount of time by her side.   Losing her took a big piece out of me and recovery has been difficult at times.

So, I needed and deserved a happy day and was determined to have one.   At midnight, my husband came to me with a cute birthday card, hugs, kisses and the insistence that he wanted to be the first one to congratulate me and recognize the importance of making sure I had a great birthday.

I had not made a big deal of it at the office so business at the bank had gone pretty normal all day.   I had an extremely productive day with mortgage applications coming in one after another all day.   Then, just before closing; in walks my husband with the prettiest planter full of flowers and red roses.

Of course, he had to pass through the bank lobby and all the employees took note of the occasion.   About that time, I was coming into the lobby from a back office and was suddenly confronted with Happy Birthday wishes from everyone in the bank.   As I blushed, they broke out in singing Happy Birthday.   Oh my goodness, it had been a quiet business day and suddenly everyone is coming by my office with best wishes.

After a short visit, my husband told me to pull out my calendar because he needed to add some information.   He reminded me to block out a day next week to participate with him in a major local community event.   Then he said, clear your calendar for 5:45pm tonight.   "You are not allowed to leave the bank early tonight", he said.   I asked "why?" but he ignored me.   I was told to, "just be ready to go at 5:45".

I asked why again but he wouldn't say.   He said he had things to do but he would see me then and left.   I went about finishing up one loan package, then packed everything away to be ready.   The anticipation was churning; what was he up to.   Oh well, guess I'll find out soon enough.   The next thing I know, I see his sister is dropping him off to drive my car.    I asked where are we going and got the expected response, "you'll see".   Well, I tried.

As we drove out I asked if we were going to one of my favorite restaurants because it has been closed for two weeks.   He then turned on a side street and I said "I guess not".   He went a few blocks and turned into a business parking lot and pulled up to a billboard sign.   He said "I've been needing to get this phone number so bear with me a second".   I found out later, this was a stalling tactic.   He knew some of his guests were running late.

We headed back to the main highway and we started back in the direction of my favorite restaurant.   I asked again if we were going to my favorite restaurant and he responded "you said it was closed".   He drove past the restaurant and I noticed the parking lot was full and the open sign was on.

I said "it looks like they are open".   He then pulled into the next parking lot and asked "are you sure?"   He said, "if they are open, would you like to go back there for dinner"?   I said "yes" so he turned around and we drove back to the restaurant parking lot.   As we drove around looking for a parking space, I spotted his sister's car and knew this had been his plan all along.   When he parked, he said "I guess you figured it out".

The restaurant had reopened after the owner's wife had surgery.   As we entered the dining room, there was a big bunch of balloons sitting on an oversized table.   Next thing I know, here comes my sister and her husband.   His sister was sitting at the table and then here comes my brother with his girlfriend.   All my local family was present with an open chair for Mom too. 

During the meal, my phone rang with amazing frequency.   Before the meal was over, I had talked to my entire out of town family from Florida, Georgia, North Carolina and Virginia.   I didn't know it but my husband had worked out a schedule coordinating the calls so each of them could get through.

While we were eating, many patrons of the restaurant who know us came over to add their congratulations.   I also saw a number of my Realtors in the restaurant and had conversations with them including passing good news on a loan clearance, that had just come in today, to one of my client's Realtors.

It was an amazing evening.   What an event to finish off my special day.   My husband had made sure that I had a celebration at home, at work, in the community and most importantly, with all of my living family.   He pulled off an amazing birthday celebration and I will never forget it.   When we arrived home, I had to stop and just hug the man that has decided to share his heart and his life with me.   I love this man with all my heart.

My husband has the biggest heart and is an inspiration for me to share my heart with others.   He is such a big part of who I am and I hope we celebrate many birthdays over the coming years together.   I am so grateful to him because this was a special day but tonight, . . . . . 


It was my birthday but

my husband was the star of the show !




Deanna Early is the # 1 ranked Mortgage Loan Originator in Franklin County, Virginia as scored by the ActiveRain real estate site.   She is a Nationally Licensed Mortgage Loan Originator for American National Bank and Trust located near Smith Mountain Lake, Virginia.   She does both purchase and refinance loans throughout the state of Virginia.   She is a residential loan originator and provides home loans, construction loans and lot loans as well as second or vacation home loans and investor financing.

Please visit her website at   and learn more in the Virginia Mortgage Blog

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The views expressed in this post are mine only and do not necessarily reflect the views of American National Bank and Trust Company.   Any scenarios presented are for illustrative purposes only and are not intended to refer to or represent any actual or specific clients, negotiations or financial transactions.


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Joe Petrowsky
Mortgage Consultant, Right Trac Financial Group, Inc. NMLS # 2709 - Manchester, CT
Your Mortgage Consultant for Life

Good morning Deanna. How wonderful, he made you feel very special, the way it should be. A wonderful way to show, how much he loves you.

Feb 25, 2016 05:47 PM #1
Sharon Lee
Sharon Lee's Virtual Assistance - Jonesborough, TN
Retired and loving life

Deanna-You got yourself a real keeper. Happy belated birthday.

Feb 25, 2016 06:47 PM #2
James Dray
Fathom Realty - Bentonville, AR
Exceptional Agents, Outstanding Results

Good morning Deanna.  What a day,I wonder how long it took him to pull that one off.

Feb 25, 2016 07:32 PM #3
Sandy Padula and Norm Padula, JD, GRI
HomeSmart Realty West & Geneva Financial, Llc. - Carlsbad, CA
Presence, Persistence & Perseverance

What a husband you have, Deanna Early ! See, when you least expect things nice, they will happen to and for you!

Feb 25, 2016 07:40 PM #4
Women of Westchester Working Together
Women of Westchester Working Together - West Harrison, NY
Women helping Women get ahead

Deanna - That is great.  He really made a lot of effort to make you feel special.  that is so sweet.

Feb 25, 2016 09:10 PM #5
Amanda S. Davidson
Amanda Davidson Real Estate Group Brokered By eXp Realty - Alexandria, VA
Alexandria Virginia Homes For Sale

Happy Belated Birthday Deanna! What a wonderful husband you have, I don't think he could have made your birthday any more perfect. I hope you keep celebrating through the weekend!

Feb 26, 2016 12:12 AM #6
Debbie Reynolds
Platinum Properties - Clarksville, TN
Your Dedicated Clarksville TN Real Estate Agent

What a fantastic plan and execution. He is a star and you have got a good one there. Happy Birthday even if it is late.

Feb 26, 2016 12:35 AM #7
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