“Do they ALL have to come in, Mom?!”
“There will NEVER be enough cake!”
“Dad!!! She’s letting everyone in!” A couple of my kids were stage-whispering to us, a mixture of frantic and frustrated.
And, there was the birthday girl – twirling and dancing in the middle of the room with open arms, her best opera voice singing out, “Let them in! Let them all in!”
Well, it was her party, so her choice. She didn’t want a sleepover or to invite any school or church friends, just “all her neighbor friends in for cake.” Cake is a big deal around here, the standard for neighborhood birthday parties.
So, we compromised and had everyone in for cake, just for cake. Then, everyone had to go back outside to play…
And, yes, the stage-whisperers were the door-holders and ushers on the way out.
So, what’s the point of this post?
Well, I could put up some happy pictures of a birthday party and lead you all to believe that everyone was equally celebrating inside. But, the truth is, this setting and lifestyle challenges all of us – and that includes my kids:
The introvert is learning to be stretched as well as the necessity and benefit of quiet space. The crowd-lover is learning to stand up against (daily) peer pressure. The social butterflies are learning about healthy boundaries and choosing friends wisely. Dad and Mom are learning about the beauty of both opening and shutting the door regularly. And, we are all learning about how to live out compassion and sacrifice and hospitality in His strength.
See, we are always on a journey around here – but one I would never change (well, not typically anyway).
So, enjoy the pictures today. After all, it was a great birthday, splattered with laughter and joy and smears of cake icing.
But, just know, behind the scenes is a real family with unique individuals and personalities that God is at work redeeming for His glory – just like yours.
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