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I know this is a big risk for privacy, but there’s no other way to blog about it…

today is Aaron’s birthday.  He is 7 years old and tickled pink.  We are giving him all sorts of hugs, making his favorite cake, his favorite dinner, and he is picking the activities for the day (train museum, here we come!)  He is so HAPPY and honestly, because I was focused on his birthday, I’d forgotten completely the 9/11 anniversary until someone mentioned it at church.

It’s nice to have a joyful distraction.  I love making his day like this – his joy just multiplies through us all.

Nikki had a birthday recently.  I voluntarily made her a cake, but then she and Mark had a visit with Mom in the evening, and they had a cake with her and Dad.  It seemed a bit ridiculous to have another cake when they got back late anyway, so maybe we’ll have it tonight.  But they’re having another visit tonight, plus Junior’s birthday is on Saturday, and we’ll have another cake then.  Plus we just finished Daughter’s First Communion cake from last weekend…

I’m trying really hard to make them each feel special!  But does it have to involve so much cake?

Seriously though, these are the first foster kid birthdays we’ve had, and I was excited at the thought of giving a fun party to a child who’s maybe never had that before.  With Nikki and Mark though, it’s turning more into the child of divorced parents – we’re each giving them a cake, and presents, and a party.  Maybe I’ll just freeze Nikki’s cake and save it for Junior’s birthday.