Birthdays. We have two birthdays in a six day span. They are just 2 years apart and most years have celebrated with joint activities and/or a party. This year though, they opted for smaller and individual. It works that way too. For many years we had big parties - not necessarily in size - but more in the effort put into them. I loved having a theme with activities, food and a cake all relating. It was fun. A lot of work, but made for great memories.
I'm learning though that we can also make great memories in doing things more simply. There isn't a right or best way. Isn't that true of so many things in life?
One activity that Isaiah was really interested in doing was something we had done for Christopher. Now, it was much easier doing this for the person mostly likely to get up LAST. It was more tricky doing it for the person who usually gets up FIRST. He also shares a room and I didn't want the surprise to miss him!
I stayed up late and decorated the door with lots of balloons and streamers. Before doing this though, I made a large sign to hang on the door that told him to STOP and not open the door. An arrow pointing down indicated my cell phone with instructions on calling me before he opened the door.
We had a great time celebrating!
Isaiah, I love your heart for God and for others. It blesses me that you enjoy reading your Bible and learning more about God. I love how you are willing to give things up in order to keep peace. You have a generous spirit and are willing to give up many things to help or make someone else happy.
Isaiah is smart, creative and funny. He has a great sense of humor and is easy to spend time with. He also gives some of the best hugs ever! He is hard working and diligent in things large and small.
Isaiah, I'm so glad you are part of our family! What a sweet gift you are to us every day! I pray that God would continue to mold and shape you. I pray that you will use the gifts He has given you wisely. I pray that you would always know that you are deeply loved and wonderfully made!
I love you!