Those were the words from my dear daughter with RAD, who turned 11, yesterday. Not telling her anything, she woke up to no presents….NONE. Not a single solitary present. She came upstairs to tell me good morning, with a smile on her face. I wished her a happy birthday and then she left. She didn’t question, anything.
After a bit, I called her back upstairs and asked her if she had any questions about not having any gifts. She wanted to know why she didn’t have anything. I then explained that since she struggles with responsibility and being honest, that that was one reason. She isn’t responsible with anything, ever. I also explained our excess of items and how most of the things we buy for any of the children usually end up broken, thrown away, lost or given away. My desire is for them to understand that we don’t need a lot of “stuff” to be happy and content with life. That we need the love of Christ and He is enough. Period, the end.
Since returning from Ethiopia, we have been trying to rid our home and lives of excess. Giving to those less fortunate and having a simple life. Simple, chaos free (bwahahahaha) life. I have a long long way to go, but with our excess, we give to a wonderful organization, Angel’s Attic. They have all sorts of everything and they sell it CHEAP. It is a place where anyone can go and get their needs met. If you don’t have the money, then they will still provide for your needs. If there is a fire, in your home, then you can come and shop for free. All the proceeds go to the Angel’s Clinic where people without insurance can get good, quality health care, for free. It is a win win situation. The people who run Angel’s Attic not only talk the talk, but they walk the walk in their Christian life.
With all that being said, I told her to get dressed and we would go and pick up her cake, but first, we had to run an errand for daddy. We went about an hour away, ran the errand for daddy. We also went to see my sister, K. We don’t see each other much….or talk much….life gets in the way and we are both super busy, but I do enjoy the moments when we can connect. While we were there, I told G that, for her birthday, we were going to go and get her ears pierced. GASP, SHOCK, EXCITEMENT. Then we were going to go out to eat, at whatever place she wants, we were going to the bookstore to let her pick out 2 books and then she had some birthday money that she could spend. My only restrictions were that they had to be something practical (except for one toy). She was OVERJOYED.
We went to the mall and got her ears pierced, while at that store, she picked out a feather for her hair. We left there and headed to Bob Evans for lunch. After that, we went to Jojo’s house and loved on her. Then off to LifeWay where she picked out 2 books. We had to leave Paducah to go get her homemade fabulous cake. My good friend, Teresa who runs Teresa’s Sweet Tooth Confections, made it…vintage barbie cake 🙂 Got home, headed to church and then after church, daddy took her to spend the rest of her money where she bought a candy bar, a movie and a barbie.
She was beyond excited, all day long. It was nice to spend a day with her, with limited issues. It was good to hear her laugh.
Happy 11th Birthday, G! Glad it was the best birthday ever 🙂