We had such a fun birthday party Sunday! Alissa, Jake, and Rob always have a party together. He and Alissa have celebrated together for the last 15 years. They have had parties at homes, in Seaside, Oregon, and at pizza parlors and arcades. This year, my sister offered to host the party at her house. This simple paper plate sign was a product of Alissa, I believe. My brother-in-law set the tables with paper plates with a bowl on top and silverware over brightly colored tablecloths. Rob and I got to her house an hour before she did on Sunday after church and helped organize the parts and pieces and set everything out. Other family members joined us as soon as they could get there from their churches.
Everyone brought food. Potato soup, turkey rice soup, French Dip Au Jus, Make-your-own sub sandwiches and French Dips, fruit, veggies, and a cake from Safeway.
Alissa picked out a cake that little brother would love, and he did! She and Uncle Rob got to share it. He couldn’t wait for the little car that was on top.
After the candles were blown out, the birthday boys and girl got some presents. It was a simple, but extremely fun afternoon. We can’t believe Alissa is 15 now, and Jake is 8. Rob–well, we can’t believe that either, but I’ll leave the details sketchy on that score. We are so thankful for these precious children that we have been privileged to have in our lives. I have 2 sisters. Between the 3 of us, we have 14 children. 11 are adopted. So, you could safely say we have chosen to have a lot of birthday parties. We do not take children for granted. They have all brought immense blessings to us, each in their own way. We were delighted that our son who has Asperger’s Syndrome agreed to come to this party. He is sometimes so much in his own world that he prefers not to attend gatherings. We enjoyed his company on Sunday. He had a good time, but was ready for Rob to take him home by mid-afternoon.