At first, I was at a complete loss as to what to do. I knew Anna wasn’t the kind of girl who would be completely pleased with a plain, old round or square cake … and so I began to “google” or in my case “swagbuck” search for THE perfect cake for an 11 year old girl.
It’s a CAKE PURSE and COIN PURSE!! I plan to decorate the area around them more as well … with beads, lip stick, nail polish bottles, and other trinkets that an 11 year old girl might find fun.
I am so thankful for my Anna … I think my husband describes her best when he says she has absolutely no “guile” (<— it’s a biblical word, taken from the Psalms, meaning, she has no “skillful deceit or duplicity”). Anna has a good heart. If she does something hurtful to someone, it is without intent to be unkind, even with her brother. Some of that is still the innocence of her childhood, but much of it is just that she has a gentle nature.
NOW that doesn’t mean she is perfect … she has other faults that I won’t dwell on but that we are working on …
In some ways, Anna and I are complete opposites. She is very outwardly emotional – she loves to hug people and to be in the midst of a crowd. She enjoys whatever she is doing, and she laughs easily. She likes little children, and I foresee her being a kindergarten teacher some day because messes and chaos just don’t bother her (see above where I mention that there are SOME THINGS WE ARE WORKING ON!!!!). She helps me lighten up; she reminds me that sometimes my sarcasm and cynicism are not very appealing; she shows me that it is ok to be vulnerable and that you may get hurt, but it should be easy to forgive and move on.
I am so thankful for this day to celebrate my gift of Anna! I am looking forward to watching her as she opens her presents and sees her completed cake(s) because I already know she will immediately react so excitedly. I hope I have my camera ready!! 🙂
Happy 11th Birthday, Anna!! I am THANKFUL for YOU!