She had a marvelous day. By planning ahead - and showing a level of maturity and work ethic which made her mother proud - she had only a Latin lesson and piano practice to do for school work on Friday. We had our normal home school swim time at the Y and she and B with their friend N & K, had the pool all to themselves for an hour. It was very nice.
After a quick lunch at our newly opened Burger King - not something we do very often anymore - we did a quick errand and then on to her Keepers at Home class-time with her friends for more Christmas Card creativity. We brought brownies to share and they all had a grand time. She has decided she really enjoys this rubber stamping and heat embossing and would like to start acquiring some of her own supplies. She has made some beautiful cards to share with family and friends for Christmas this year.
For dinner she chose CJ's (formerly Cactus Jack's) in Manchester. We have not been eating out as much as we have in the past, so it made it a special treat to be able to go out to celebrate her birthday. She opened gifts before the meal and a woman from the table next to us offered to take a family photo - not terribly flattering - but it's unusual for us ALL to be in a photo together.
Her favorite gift was her most meaningful one. Steve & I bought her a purity ring to wear. She helped to choose it after our 'girl's weekend' away - significant because she had made some important decisions about how she wants to live in obedience to Christ. It is very lovely and she is so proud and happy to wear it.
It was a marvelous day. I am a blessed femina with my darling filia who brings me great joy!