Teach us to number our days that we may gain a heart of wisdom.
We recently celebrate granddaughter, Savannah Jane's, second birthday. It's difficult to wrap our heads around the fact this little imp (yes, she is the mischievous one) is two! Of course, big sister, Virginia Rose, gives me my marching orders when it comes to the theme of our celebration. "Savannah wants a 'Frozen' party, Gammie," she informs me, "and a chocolate cake with orange frosting."
The 'Frozen' decor I have no trouble finding.
But the cake is an entirely different issue. My week is so jammed-packed, I can't see my way clear to bake one. "Don't worry about it," my husband, Danny, tells me. "I'll just pick up a small, decorated cake at the store."
"But that's not what Virginia asked for," I protest.
Danny grins and asks, as if I don't know, "And whose birthday is this?
"You're right," I concede with a sigh. "I'm sure both girls will like any cake you choose."
Isn't this elegant? I fall in love with the delicate rose on top. It's all so dainty and more than fit for a princess!
After a kid-friendly dinner of Danny-made pizza, it's time to open gifts. We decide to do so before bringing out the cake for two reasons - we need time to digest our food, and the sugar-high guaranteed by ingesting the rich cake is sure to send the girls into an energy overload.
Savannah opens her gifts, not without Virginia's assistance. Her favorite ones are a box of chubby crayons and a coloring book. Children her age are so easy to please, aren't they?
At long last, it's birthday cake time! Daddy and Virginia come to Savannah's aide. Look at her glowing expression. It's as luminous as the candles!
Here are the girls enjoying their slices of cake. Virginia asks for, and gets, the fancy rose in honor of her middle name.
And littlest sister, Alexandra Nancy? She is simply content to take it all in.
While birthdays are wonderful events to celebrate, especially for the little ones, let us remember that each and every day is cause for rejoicing when our faith and trust are in the Lord.
Do you have a favorite birthday memory?
Prayer: Father, we thank You for this life You have given to each of us. Help us to treasure every day, to number them carefully, and to pray for hearts filled with Your wisdom. In Jesus' name, we pray. Amen.