Tenth birthdays are a big deal: two hands, two digits. I really wanted Larkspur to feel like the day was special. We planned a party with friends, actually her first. And then of course we had a plumbing disaster the day before, I can’t quite kick this sinus thing, and I’m just plain tired. Kids don’t really understand those things though, and it was important to me that Larkspur know that she was worth the effort. I was a little worried that we wouldn’t be able to pull it off, but Jonny and the older boys worked hard to get the house put back together and cleaned up. The day of the party I was way behind and running on very little sleep. Thankfully, I had friends that jumped in to help chop fruit and frost cupcakes and manage the small crowd that gathered in our kitchen. Larkspur had a wonderful time, and I do think she felt special. She told me later that it was her best birthday ever. That was what I wanted for her, and I’m so grateful to the friends who helped make it happen.
As her guests prepared to leave I buttoned little Bestie bracelets on their wrists, the party favors that Larkspur had requested that I make. Over the week leading up to her birthday, I spent a little time each evening knitting them, and I’m glad that I did. She was proud of those little bracelets. I think she’ll remember them.
Thanks to your help with suggestions of where to buy overalls, I did find them. Funny, most years she receives a birthday dress, but this year she wanted birthday overalls. She also received a knitting basket like mine (only smaller), seeds for her garden, and a beautiful St. Kateri figure that I custom ordered from Sue Dow. She loved it all. Her friends all gave her really thoughtful gifts as well. Lark’s friend Josie made her a feather pen, walnut ink, and a stack of homemade paper and that gift inspired a flurry of paper making at our house. I wasn’t involved at all, so I don’t even know how they knew how to do it. Seth helped, so maybe he looked up directions, or maybe Josie told Lark how she had made the paper. Even Silas and Job participated in what was a messy, but very fun project.
It has been a happy few days around here. And now that Larkspur has all her seeds for this year, I guess it’s time to get outside and start getting the garden ready. That is a very happy thought. Lark will be growing vegetables, and I am planning to focus more on dye plants this year. Speaking of dyeing, I am planning a shop update for the end of the week. Honestly, I am not sure which day I’ll get it up, either Thursday or Friday (edited: It might be Monday) and probably in the evening rather than the morning. I will put a blog post up here with details in advance, so you’ll have at least a few hours notice. As always, thank you for encouraging me to continue with this endeavor!