The leaves are officially off our tree but when they were at their height they were beautiful and the kids (the older two at least) LOVED playing in them! Sad to see them gone already!
Last weekend we had Little Lady and Chunky Monkey's birthdays and invited all the church nursery workers. Here was their letter inside the invitation. . .
No Gifts Please
We want this party to be a celebration of Little Lady and Chunky Monkey's birthdays, but we also want to use it as a thank you to you for your faithful service in the church nursery.
Thank you for opening your hearts and arms to these foster children. You have willingly come along beside us in this ministry and we thank you so much for loving these kids and becoming “attached” the way we do. You start loving on them the day we bring them to church and you graciously let them go when the time comes and open your arms to whatever is next. We are truly grateful for your love and want to honor you in this special day as well.
From that letter we had 25 people at a party to honor them and the kiddos. It was so nice to be able to have them all here and thank them for their service, but also to have some of the people closest to these kids there for their special day. Little Lady had a butterfly party in her party room . . . complete with cake made by my extremely talented aunt. She was beyond excited to have her own party and kept saying, "my birthday! my birthday cake! MY party . . . " I am so very glad we did this!!!
Then in the sunroom we had Chunky Monkey's party room with first birthday turtles! Again, so thankful to my aunt for the adorable cake!! It truly warmed my heart to see the kids at the heads of each table and the tables filled with people that love them and care for them for now fully knowing that we don't know what tomorrow will bring for them. When we signed up for this ministry I don't think we fully understood how many people we would "drag" into it with us . . . what an amazing blessing these workers are to us as a family.
Although we asked for no gifts, we did get the kids gifts from us (and some of the guests disobeyed the rules . . . LOL)
Thank you so much to my mom and Tim who helped tremendously getting everything ready for this party and helping cook for 25 people. Thanks to my aunt for making the cakes and thanks to everyone that came to celebrate these two gifts we have right now. Truly a blessing to us that you came.