Happy birthday, Nancy Guthrie! Savannah's mom turns 70 today, and our anchors surprised her with a phone call on the broadcast.
(Turnabout is only fair play: Nancy shocked Savannah last year by walking into Studio 1A without warning her daughter. See the clip on the right.)
The on-air conversation was adorable, and Nancy told the world she was celebrating the milestone with close friends and family.
But if Nancy sounded a bit puzzled by the whole thing, it's because she had no idea that millions of Americans were listening in on the chat.
"She figured it out when someone posted on her Facebook page," Savannah told TODAY.com.
But Nancy's a trouper and took it all in-stride, our anchor said. "She didn't mind being surprised and thought it was really sweet that Al and Natalie were on the line, too."
Nancy sounds like an amazing person, according to Savannah's email to TODAY.com. We asked our anchor to describe her mom, and the love letter Savannah sent back was so sweet we had to post it in full. Savannah wrote:
"My mom is an amazing and noble woman. She inspires everyone who knows her. She is whip smart, funny, full of integrity and wisdom. She also has the best sense of adventure. She's always up for something fun. As you can see, since we now know all of her birthday plans, she has a long list of friends and family who adore her and want to celebrate with her. She also looks FABULOUS! No one can believe she's 70."
So sweet! That's a pretty amazing birthday gift. What's the best thing you've done for your mom's birthday? Let us know in the comments.
Steve Veres is an editor for TODAY.com. His mom, Leslie Veres, is a saint.
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