Natalie just got another (that makes two!) birthday party invitation in the mail for one of the kids in her class at school. How fun! I was so excited that this stage of her life is starting, the branching out and having more friends, the dropping her off for play dates, the birthday parties for total strangers...! Until I looked at the invite...ugg! It is on a Sunday! That stinks. I never really grew up in a home where we were really super strict on keeping the Sabbath, and we still struggle with it now (especially during football season!), but I want my kids to know what the Sabbath is all about. You know, all those things they teach us as kids, reading the scriptures, writing letters, spending time with family, visiting the elderly, etc, etc, etc. And to me that means no birthday parties among other things.
It just stinks! Because I hate for her to be the only kid that doesn't show up. And I know that if we commit to this now when they are younger they will learn that we are serious about it, and it won't be so hard when they are older, but it is still hard!