Thursday, September 10, 2015

Our first 18th birthday

After hosting an innumerable number of children's birthday parties,
I've observed that as the children age,
the style of their birthday celebrations changes.
Gone are the princess themed parties with the dress-up and matching plates and napkins.
The Barbie-doll and castle cakes are simply fond memories.
Nobody plays games or stumbles home with a crumpled bag of candy and favors.

Enter the groups of co-ed friends who want to simply hang-out over lunch somewhere.
Or go to the mall and spend all their birthday money with their friends in tote.

I had just gotten home from a 10 day, 1,100 mile drive to Ohio with 3 kids mid-week before her birthday, and school was starting the day after her birthday.
I had spent the week before our trip organizing for school and said trip,
and hadn't put any thought into her birthday celebration yet.
So, undeterred, she took matters into her own hands, and crafted a fun day for herself
on the day of her actual birthday.

But I really wanted her to know how much her family adores her and asked if we could all celebrate together the following week.

I made her favorite kind of cake and we invited yet more friends who were unable to
participate in her previous gathering of  friends.

We all went out for her favorite food (Mexican)
and enjoyed a giant slab of cake at home later.

We have pretty much loved these teen years,
and all the awesome friends she has brought home with her!
How can you NOT love these faces?

We cannot wait to see what God has in store for this girl
in this next year!!

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