March 5th, we celebrated Isaac’s 13th birthday! It is hard to believe that I now have 3 teenagers. THREE! Oh time, please, please slow down!
Anyway, his birthday came during the same week that Ryan’s final school projects were due. Not to mention, we had some really lousy weather that week. So, we convinced him to just do a nice dinner and cake on his birthday, with the promise of something fun the next week. Being the easy-going kid that he is, he agreed. We found Groupons for a local fun park that he really likes and he invited a friend to go with us for an afternoon the following week.
Unfortunately, Lily got a bad, bad tummy bug that landed her in the ER. Thank the Lord, it stopped with only one child. I can’t even tell you how much Clorox and Lysol were used, but 10 days later, no one else has gotten it, thank you Jesus!
Lily’s illness, combined with our travel commitments, means that Isaac’s fun birthday excursion will not take place until almost 3 weeks after his actual birthday. At least his birthday fun just goes on and on, right?
Here he is on his actual birthday with his cake of choice, a chocolate chip cheesecake. I was thrilled that some soul had left a springform pan in the mission house kitchen. It is so much easier to pull these things off in the USA! Oh Philadelphia, how I love thee!
Fun story about the Lego box behind Isaac...my dad called a few days before Isaac's birthday to see what I thought he might want. Isaac is a Lego lover and I knew that he likely had his eye on something. When I dug around I discovered that his current wish list was anything Ultra Agent. So, I let my dad know that was his top pick and since he didn't have any in that series yet, dad couldn't go wrong. Now, my dad is a bargain hunter. And he's frugal. So, the fact that he even indulges Isaac with Legos lets you know how great of a grandpa he is. Anyway, on the day he went to buy the set, he picked one out in the price range he was willing to pay and headed toward the register. On the way, he noticed a clearance table with a much larger set in the same series, without a price. He inquired and was informed that it had been opened, making it a clearance item. Long story short, after some inquiries and checking in with the manager, Dad was able to get the 1000+ piece set, which retails for double the set he had in his hand, for the same price as the first set. Isaac was delighted to have the much larger set... the largest he's ever had. Pa was excited that he'd found a great deal and relieved when Isaac took it apart and confirmed that not a single one of the bags had been unsealed...the set was 100% complete. I was just happy to see God's little blessing in something so insignificant, and yet so special. It never ceases to amaze me how He provides blessings in the most unexpected ways.