We have prayerfully decided to forgo large birthday parties. I love to coordinate parties and crafting. However, I have a tendency to go overboard. The parties were great fun but both my husband and I would always walk away feeling cheated. We were never completely present to share the special day with the birthday girl. We have slowly been downsizing and simplifying our lives. We've prayerfully decided to start a new family traditions for birthdays.
(Sparkles favorite present, a charm of Jesus on a cord.)
She was then able to open a couple of presents before we had to leave for the Science Farm.
I scheduled a field trip on her birthday. We arrived early and invited the other families to join us for a play date and picnic.
(Dirt with worms. AKA homemade marble cake with chocolate frosting, crushed Oreos, sour apple sprinkles, and sour gummy worms.)
Sparkles invited all kids to join her for some more fun in the dirt.....sweet dirt.....
After the festivities we went home for a short break. "Sparkles can watch a movie since it's her birthday, " announced Sweetie. I couldn't argue with that. She chose her new Hermie video.
Sparkles went to her first swim practice of the season then we took her out for the long awaited date night. She chose Chili's for her dinner. She had been talking about it all day. She was thrilled when we arrived and couldn't stop talking. We were seated and began to look over a menu. I asked what she would like to eat and she replied, "pancakes." Pancakes???? "Sparkles, we're at Chili's, they don't serve pancakes. If you want pancakes we'll have to go elsewhere," I said. She agreed and decided to go elsewhere. We normally wouldn't do such a thing but since it was her birthday, it was her choice. As we got in the car she changed her mind 2 more times. Finally she settled on Mexican food. It was so cute to see her face light up when we were willing to accommodate her and say YES to all her (reasonable) requests.
(Sparkles "famous burrito")
After dinner we strolled downtown and window shopped. Then we went back home for cake and ice cream. She sang her story of the day to us on the ride home, while sitting in her big sister's seat.
We found out so many things about our dear Sparkles. She is definitely our talker but what is more special is that she is an even better listener. She constantly asked questions of us and didn't focus on herself.
We thank God for her. We pray that she grow to love Him and that He use her for His Glory. Sparkles was my first GFG that I consecrated in the womb to Our Blessed Mother. Her devotion and trust in Mary is so great. May she continue to walk under Mary's Mantle, closer to Our Lord.
(Our attempt at the self timer.)
PRAISE BE TO GOD for a JOYous day!!!!