Six years ago today, at about at 2:00 in the morning, I labored our first-born child, a daughter we named Lucy, into this world. September 1, 2008, was also theÂ first Monday in September, or Labor Day as we celebrate it here in the United States of America. I labored on Labor Day. I love that fun factÂ and shall never tire of sharing it with the world (speaking of sharing facts, read more about Lucy’s birth and name story here).
Now she’s six! IÂ thank the Lord for the enthusiasm, exuberance, and joy she brings to our family. When asked what she wanted on her birthday party menu, Lucy said, “Cheeseburgers, strawberries, and cupcakes.” Keeping it simple; that’s my kind of gal. I think she intuitively knows that her daddy, AKAÂ Das Schmidt Haus head baker, isÂ a wee bitÂ busy with his new diaconal duties and wouldn’tÂ beÂ able to work upÂ one of those fancy cakes he’s baked in the past. So cupcakes it is, American Test Kitchen-esque fresh from scratch ones, with two sous chefs in tow.Lucy asked for a Hello Kitty theme. Thanks to Pinterest, we found a simple plan that includedÂ these cupcake liners andÂ these rings. Bing! Bam! Boom!
Good-looking cupcakes. Tasty, too!
Now let’s move on … to roller skates, the only item on Lucy’s wish list. Even though she’s asked for skatesÂ for weeks, I didn’t start thinking about buying them until WednesdayÂ of this past week. But what’s the rush? Surely the local sporting goods stores keepÂ inventory of skates, yes?
Turns out roller skates aren’t as easy to find as I assumed. Good ol’ Target store to the rescue. They had two pair of roller skates left in stock here in Des Moines. Hello Kitty-branded skates, in fact. We have a winner!
Given all the running around to find the skates, how fun was it to capture this reaction as she unwrappedÂ them? Very!
She immediately tested her new footwear inside the house. Hardwood floors, for the win.
Then we convinced Lucy she was ready toÂ hit the pavement. So we set off toward the park, and she held onÂ for dear life.
Let’s zoom in on the siblings for their reaction.
Jude and Lydia are clearly not impressed.
Lucy quickly learned Life Lesson #231: When you let go of the comfortable, rocky roads will likely follow.
But that leads to Life Lesson #232: When you get knocked down, GET BACK UP AGAIN!
The return trip home looked a heck of a lot more confident than her inauguralÂ departure.
Her siblings are now a little more impressed with how she rolls and cheered Lucy on from the back of daddy’s truck.
And that, friends, is how the Year of the Roller Skates began!