Every year for Easter, we have always given the children new toys for the backyard.
This is the first year they still had the toys from last year!
Half of them were homeless before they came to us, and the other half never had much, and so learning to be good stewards of their toys and things has been an uphill battle.
But they are really starting to get it, and really taking individual responsibility for their own things.
This is huge.
It’s more than just toys.
It makes me cry with relief and joy, you have no idea.
But for Easter, it meant they didn’t really need new backyard toys, and they just all got new bikes for their birthday this year.
So what to do for Easter?
Nathan and I had the same idea:
My brother and I had similar toys when we were little, and we loved them.
There was big drama amongst the Baptists back then, because of “magic” in the cartoon, but my mother said it was just science and not really a problem.
I also remember talking with my mother, as an elementary school child, how psychoanalitically, all the smurfs were different aspects of our own psyche, so we got pretty deep in our Smurf play.
It wasn’t always so intelligent, though.
Once, my brother picked a bunch of those blue berries that grow on evergreen trees and I told him they were smurf eggs. He slept with them under his pillow for weeks! I was so anxious in case it turned out to be true! We really wanted some for realz Smurfs of our very own!
Then two Christmases ago, someone brought us a whole van full of toys.
I don’t even remember who it was.
I just remember being so overwhelmed – it was our year of being in Cincinnati – and this gift of Christmas being delivered.
One of the boxes had this Smurf stuff in it, and we couldn’t believe how fancy and fun it was!
Kyrie was too small, though, and her airway too delicate, to risk those tiny pieces.
So we saved it, and tonight we knew it would be the perfect surprise for tomorrow!
For family night talking about friendship, the kids and I watched some Smurfs just this week. We watched some of the original series from when Nathan and I were little. They loved it, and we had fun.
Now we have these surprises for Easter in the morning, for such good playtime!
There are just enough little houses for each of the children.
Kirk is getting the big fancy one because it’s his turn for the “special one”:
It’s going to be so fun, and the children will be delighted with new toys and a piece of rare treats in the morning! Thank you to the family that passed these on to our family! They are going to love these!