Birthdays on top of birthdays on top of birthdays…this is January in our house. My dad’s birthday is in January and so are my two oldest children.
This past January was extremely draining as we came out of the Christmas season with four nights of Christmas services at church and end of year shenanigans, AND a new addition to our family by way of fostering. Money was tight and time seemed to be tighter and we honestly had forgotten to make to make specific plans for my daughter’s birthday dinner.
Being the unconventional father I am, I loaded everyone in to the car when I got home from work and declared we were going to get pizza. My wife stressed from a long day of homeschooling was excited; yet worried about the finances of the expensive pizza places near by. Reality set in for me too…what had I just done…plus we had just gotten the new foster baby that wasn’t accustomed to restaurants.
Once again thinking quickly I put on my happy dad face and pulled into a Hot and Ready $5 pizza place and went over to the local Walmart and much to the dismay of my wife had a picnic in the parking lot.
What we thought would be a disaster turned into a great night of eating pizza, and laughing together in the back of our van on a cool January evening. Much to our surprise, our son requested the same thing for his birthday a week later…so we did it again.
Here we are 6 months later and today is my youngest daughters birthday. Her only request this year for her birthday…to eat pizza in the back of our van.
The moral of the story is this; you don’t have to spend tons of money on a Hollywood style party. You don’t have to wait until the time is right or the finances are better to spend time together or do vacations. It is important though, just to be present and to let your kids know that you love them and want to do special things with them. That’s all for now. I hope this small story has helped you in some way.
Love and peace,