After a chaotic day of patients rescheduling, and a frustrating evening of caseworkers canceling, we had a small party thrown together in honor of 4 who is now 5.
We invited Nathan’s parents and his cousin’s family, and two families from church that 4 knows well from other activities also.
They brought gifts, even though we said they didn’t have to, and we got him a “Cars” version of a hot wheels track.
We had cupcakes, which were not iced because of the last minute DHS crisis, and sang Happy Birthday, and opened the presents.
We forgot the ice cream in the freezer, and the stack of cups sitting there for juice.
We tried, are not very good at these things, and battled our own philosophical protests against all-out kid parties to find a balance for this kiddo who waited a long time for his first birthday party and whom we don’t know for sure will get another one.
But if we keep him, that’s it. He is cut off.
Many thanks to the Bright family, who surprised is with a Happy Birthday carol on the front porch!
Many thanks to Nathan’s parents and Dan and Miranda for driving so far to join us.
Many thanks to the Gardners (one of the writers in Nathan’s shows, and also known from the baseball/soccer fields) and the Perkins (endure sitting in the pew in front of us at church) for bringing their kids and being our friends despite the noise and chaos.
And for loving us even through learning how to do (and not do) kid parties.