In one month Lulu will celebrate her FIRST birthday!!!!!!! She just has too much stuff already!!!! So instead of getting gifts, Lulu is going to give them. Yesterday, I posted our link to clean:water. It is an awesome organization. In lieu of gifts, donations are made to clean:water on Lulu's behalf and it is spent to build wells in underprivileged areas.
Surprisingly, I've met some opposition to this proposal. Whenever I share with others that Lulu will not be having the traditional first birthday party, I am often given great "cost saving" ideals that would enable me to give her a party. I've been told that I could give her a party and ask for money instead of gifts -- which to me is like having a wedding and asking for money (to avoid a huge discussion about that, I will just say that's not my thing); one suggested I go to "the dollar store" and just at least decorate. I'm not sure what would be the point of spending money when even $20.00 makes a huge difference in a project like this. Lulu will have a cake event. Cake, maybe ice cream (a signature drink for her Mom :). We will take pictures and I'm sure the Grandma's and aunts will come, but we won't do any party favors, or invites, or anything like that. I don't think that Lulu will remember much. I believe that special days are important. I pray that she will certainly have many special days. I just want them to be special for her!
More than anything, I know Lulu has all that she needs at this time. I am blessed to have Lulu but it is because her birth parents did not have all they needed such as medicine and clean water that she is with us today. Her mother died because of that lack of clean water. I am mindful of that DAILY!!! This matters to me, it matters to us and it matters to them. Giving is not a requirement, I only want people to do what they want to do. But I really ain't interested in the naysayers :(
On another note, my sister had a Meet and Greet this weekend for Scotland Rose :)