On the morning of her birthday party, while we were walking to the bus to go to church, Greta said in anticipation for her outdoor party, "Oh! I got just what I wished for! I asked God for it to be not raining but not too sunny so the bees wouldn't be out!!!" It was so sweet. We did indeed have the only dry day in a series of wet days, what a wish come true!!
A couple days ago Greta had her 5th birthday party at our neighbourhood park. She told all her friends her party would be at "the hideout" which is at a small strip of dirt and grass and rocks with hedges next to the playground. She and her neighbour friends play and hide there often, and I was really pleased when she started organizing her party herself! :-) I always get a bit stressed planning this type of thing, so I was glad she took charge a bit and also really glad we weren't having it at our house!
This neighbourhood is so great, the girls and myself have so many friends here, and especially now that it's getting warmer we just hang out at the park for hours on end (glad not to have to go to work)! Moms/Dads give each other breaks to run errands or use the bathroom or whatever, there's talk of having some pizza and pot-luck dinners and barbecues altogether here soon, and the kids just run around together, get dirty, and do lots of exploring! In fact today Greta was digging around in the dirt and found a worm, she held it, made a mud clump for it and took care of it awhile. This was a big step for her, she's usually afraid of creatures like that! Who says you don't get any nature in the city AND without a backyard??!
It's strange to see Hosea, a little newborn, and think that it's been a whole 5 years since Greta was that small! She is so full of life, so creative, imaginative, friendly, sensitive, intelligent and loving.
HAPPY BIRTHDAY, LITTLE GRETA BESSIE!!! WE LOVE YOU SOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO MUCH!!!