Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Rachel's Birthday - Part 1

Rachel's 9th birthday is coming up in two weeks.  She has made two requests for her birthday.

One of those requests was getting her room painted.  When we moved into this house a little over a year ago, her room was a pale yellow that was pretty newly painted and perfectly livable.  Several months ago, though, she started asking if we could paint it her absolute favorite color - a bright light blue shade that leans toward teal.  In fact, she is a little bit obsessed with this color.

At first, this seemed like a fairly simple request.  Then I began to figure in our crazy schedule, a husband that travels a lot, and three kids running through wet paint.  So, I put it off again and again.  Finally, a couple weeks ago, I decided that, since it was so important to Rachel, it was something I needed to find the time to do.  (Considering it part of her birthday gift was an added bonus!)

Well, she loves it!  It has been quite a while since I have heard such joyful giggles from my oldest daughter who is usually way too mature and stoic for her age.  But that's what I got - giggles, smiles, and hugs.  She just went on and on about how beautiful it was and how much she loved it.  I was amazed how such a simple thing (relatively speaking) could bring her such joy.  I was also a little ashamed for having put it off so long for the sake of convenience.  As the saying goes, "Hindsight is 20/20."  If I could have known how happy it would make her, I would never have waited so long!!
We also took the opportunity to rearrange the furniture a bit (something else she has been asking to do) and to redecorate a little with her own personal touches (i.e. horses!).

By the way - her second birthday request is to get her ears pierced.  That will require a blog post of its very own!!!!!!!

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