This beautiful young lady did not want a cake, so we had warm blueberry muffins for breakfast...and a girl has to have candles! How quickly these ten years have been, and how exciting the ones in the future seem. Stephanie still melts me at times when she comes up and just needs a hug. She is not one to show physical affection frequently, so I cherish it. She is still one of the most creative kids I know. Whether it is mud or beads, playdoh or sticks, she is making something out of it. She is an avid reader and can still win at any game that requires memory. Her heart is tender towards little children and she is still trying to find her way when it comes to "school yard" conflict. I love how she wrestles with conviction and chooses her own path. It makes me know she will find her own way.
We started a new tradition in our family this year. Double digits (10) allowed some changes in the way we celebrate. We are very blessed, and so from now on, instead of so much being spent on gifts for the birthday girl, she will choose a ministry or charity of her choice to receive a gift.
This year Stephanie chose to be a part of the missions trip her Kids Church Pastor was going on to India. With his help they came up with the idea of pencil bags full of pencils, pens and goodies. All together we collected 17! It was eye-opening to hear how grateful and excited the kids would be over a few pencils. Perspective. That is the key!
For the party, we thought it would be fun to go to the Drive-In Theater. Yes there are a few still around. The crowd gathered at our house for hotdogs and chips. They made there own candy bags at the Porvaznik Concession Stand.
Good inexpensive family fun!