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Wednesday, August 10, 2016

Sharing Birthday Joy

I cannot believe tomorrow we will have a 3 year old! Well if we are getting technical, he won't turn 3 until 11;46 pm but none the less, wow time flies. We decided not to throw Ford a birthday party this year and just do something fun as a family for a few reasons. First off, Ford is so easily entertained and amused by the littlest things (y'all should have seen him with a scarf last week at story time) and I know will appreciate whatever we do. I know there will be many years to come where he is begging for a party at an inflatable playhouse or little gym... cue dollar signs... so we are going to hold off as long as we can. Second, we wanted to do something extra special to teach him about service on his birthday. I am a part of a foster/adoptive mamas group here in Austin and another mama posted about an organization called Sharing Birthday Joy. Families, groups, companies, and even individuals can sponsor and create a birthday part for children who are either homeless or in the foster care system. These children are experiencing brokeness, change, neglect, heartache, and even abuse, so this organization exists to recognize and spread joy to these kiddos on their birthdays. You can sign up for certain themed parties or simply create a party box of your choice. We chose to create 2 boxes, Spiderman and Mickey Mouse. Ford and I had the best time going to Dollar Tree, Target, and Wal Mart to collect all of our supplies. He helped me pick cake flavors, goodie bag treats, snacks, and stickers. We talked a lot about how these fun things were for children who didn't have a mommy and daddy like us or who wouldn't be able to celebrate their birthday this year. We set up an assembly line when we got home to stuff the goodie bags, add ribbon, and organize our party supplies. We wrapped up our supplies in big boxes and are going to deliver them on Friday. Jon and I decided that no matter if we are having a party for our kids or not, we want to create a birthday box with Sharing Birthday Joy for each of their birthdays. What an awesome way to teach your children about serving those less fortunate while doing something FUN.

If you want to know more about how you can create a birthday party for a homeless or foster child, check out Sharing Birthday Joy for more information. If you aren't local to Austin but would like to support this organization, you can donate directly here


Gina said...

This is so sweet. What a great way to instill service and giving back at such a young age.

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