Katie has been lobbying hard all year to institute a new holiday in our family-her half birthday celebration. In her mind this day would be just like her actual birthday with adventures and festivities including cake, ice cream, and presents.
Since the seed for this idea may or may not have been planted when she overheard her mama trying to convince her daddy that it would be a fabulous idea to celebrate half birthdays, we compromised. We took her out for lunch. She painted a special picture during school. She gleefully announced to everyone she came in contact with that it was her half birthday. And at the end of the day, we celebrated with a breakfast cookie. But the best part of all was that she felt special. We reminisced and loved on her and celebrated her, and that was enough. I love that in a world that puts value on fancy vacations and expensive things that we’re raising children that are content with celebrations filled with love and laughter, and not much else.
“Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moth and rust do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.” –Matthew 6:19-21