Logan has been asking since Landan's birthday... "Mommy, is it my birthday yet?" I would say no, not yet. In 2 more months it will be. Then the countdown for him was on. In April I began getting some ideas together for some cute themes. One day we were sitting down having lunch and a cute idea popped in my head. He loves nature just like I do... how about something outside where we can dig in the dirt, play with bugs, and really have fun. Just as I was thinking that a little preview commercial came on called "dirtgirlworld" she even had a little ladybug flutter around. Then I knew that would be his party this year.... little sprouts! We just had this great park put in next to Landan's school. It was close by and perfect!
We were out for a walk one Sunday afternoon and saw a ladybug fly by. I asked God, just how are ladybugs born? what is their cycle? The very next day we were out again for a walk and as we came back to our driveway, Cory was in the front yard picking up a few weeds by the oak trees. He began pulling up a weed (or so he thought) and said "come here and look at this". We all walked over and looked in his hand. It was an acorn that had sprouted up and had began to grow. He picked up a total of 7 baby sprouts. He planted them in a orange bucket and placed them in some good soil and made sure they would get plenty of sunlight. Logan began calling them his "little sprouts" and wanted to water them daily. He talks to them and has had so much fun watching them grow each day.
The very same day that we saw the baby oak sprouts... just a few minutes later actually, I looked down at our pansies in our front yard and saw little black and red caterpillar looking bugs that were crawling around the leaves and flowers. I began looking closer and showed them to Landan and Logan. They looked and asked what they were. Then, as I got even closer, I saw little cocoons all over the leaves and thought... Really? Then saw a few ladybugs flutter around the leaves and I just knew they were stages of lady bugs. Too many to even count in different stages! I was amazed and was thanking God because I had just asked him the day before what a ladybug cycle was. He not only showed me, but allowed us to enjoy watching the ladybug process. I will write more about this later.
Logan's birthday party morning came and as he woke up he had the biggest smile on his face and said "Yes!" He was ready for the fun! Friends and family arrived at the park and we celebrated his 3rd birthday. We had a bug hunt with their butterfly nets, grew bugs from capsules (which took a lot of patience for the little ones), guessed how many acorns?, played on the parachute, ate yummy caterpillar, ladybug, & froggy cupcakes, and lots more. We had a buggin' good time!
We had a special surprise for the mommies! Cory is so amazing and hand painted 42 little terra cotta planters just as I had dreamed them to be. He asked me how I wanted them? ... I said spray painted red and then sponge little black dots on them. He asked me where I had seen this? I said God gave me the idea. I could tell he was really having fun painting them. Logan wanted to help out, so I gave him a sponge and some black paint. He started painting little black dots on the red, then as I was getting some things packed up for his party the next day... I turned around and his whole arms were covered in black paint. He smiled so big and we could not help but laugh. Took some cute pics of course, then into the tub (baffy waffy- or shower wower- ala LoLo) Scrubbed and then scrubbed some more to get all that paint off. The next morning Cory went to the Flower Market to buy 2 flats of flowers. He arrived at the party with flowers in hand and said he had picked the "Impatients" flowers. I smiled so big and wanted to kiss him because he is so perfect! He thinks of everything! I sooo love him!
So each "little sprout" picked a ladybug flower pot and picked their color of "impatient" flower and placed the flower in the soil and then sprinkled with water. They also had wild flower seeds and they planted them in little green flower pots too. The ladybug flower pot with their "impatient" flowers were handed to their mommy with a card that read... "Happy Mother's Day from your little sprout".... "I love you little lady!" The sprouts each had hands on fun making their mommy something extra special for all the tender, love and care that they pour out daily to their little ones. We brought the orange bucket with the 7 little acorn sprouts to show everyone how much they had grown and told them the story. We had a little sign on the front that read... Starts with a little seed, add sunshine, raindrops and water, lots of love, patience, nurture, and watch me grow.... Just as these little acorn sprouts are growing daily... our little sprouts that God has blessed us with are growing daily too! They began as a little seed and have been sprouting, growing, and learning with us by their side loving, nurturing, and cheering them on with every step they make. Some are little steps and some are bigger steps, and some are in between. I pray that we can give them all the love, patience and grace that they need during these sprouting years!