learning to live and love from a new perspective


Yesterday was a celebration of G.  His sixth birthday.  I can hardly believe it.


My feelings about the day are hard to put into words.  I think I’ll walk you through it in pictures.


G loves maps and globes…  so we decided on a “travel” theme.

On the left is a picture of the invitation.  (Apparently, the invites were a big hit with G’s friends).  Most of our kids‘ birthdays have been held at home…  and (drawing on my background as an elementary school teacher) I’ve been the entertainment committee.  It’s fun…  but it’s also a lot of roles to play.  Mom, host, entertainer…  it doesn’t leave a lot of room to actually enjoy the party.

So, we chose to bring in Big Joe the Storyteller.  Also, in the past, we’ve opted to invite

more kids than our house can comfortably handle.  While this has led to nobody feeling left out…  it’s also led to everyone feeling a little, well, uncomfortable.  We decided to have just a few friends.  Just friends from kindergarten.  Leaving a little space for everyone (including me.  including G.) to breathe. 


G tells his new friend Big Joe that he thinks the stories are going to be so exciting they are going to pop everyone’s eyes out.  Luckily, that doesn’t happen.

It was a little hard for G to focus on the stories at the beginning.  There was a lot going on.  But eventually, he found his focus, and tuned right in.  It helped that Big Joe uses the words “burp” and “boogers” a lot.  Those are some of G’s favorites.


Big sister, S, had a blast.  Here’s one photo of audience participation, sibling style.




G had a quiet moment with Big Joe right before he left.




Then, make a wish and blow out the candles.  (That’s the typical order.  G blew out the candles first, then said, “Oops, I forgot to make a wish!  Can I make one now?”  We decided that was acceptable.)






Parting gifts for all our friends.


Here’s G enjoying one more piece of cake before the day was over.


Good-bye five year old G!  Can’t wait to see what’s in store for Year Six!!






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