Indigo crawled out of bed on her birthday morning, stood tall and declared, "I'm five and I grew an inch taller last night!"
The three girls and I got ourselves ready, if a few minutes late, to spend the morning with Indigo at her preschool. She was crowned the birthday girl.
We brought a snack to share. She requested this banana bread - for her breakfast and her class snack. I s t r e t c h e d the school's no sugar policy by adding chocolate chips! (I did reduce the amount of sugar I added to make up for the addition.)
Indigo's not one to seek out being center of attention. We offered to throw a birthday party for her. She said she wanted a family-only party instead. I insisted that we'd be happy to invite some of her friends over for a party. She reiterated that what she really wanted was a family party. I was about to ask one last time, when I glimpsed myself in her - an introvert in extrovert's clothing. Like me, she prefers smaller groups to larger ones. I was reading about how in this culture we try to make everyone into extroverts. I want her to be exactly who she is. (And I'll confess - a family party is a lot easier for me!). A family party it is!
We conspired together on the cake. Of all the cakes I've made, this one was my favorite. We landed on this white cake recipe (made dairy free) with this super simple cake flour recipe. We put raspberry jam in the middle of the two cakes. This vegan chocolate icing went on next. Then we topped it with fresh raspberries.
We had to re-light the candles three times because Indigo and Evie kept blowing them out the moment we started singing.
I told Indigo I couldn't believe she was five already - she's growing up so fast. She said, "It's okay, mom! Sometimes I forget I'm 5. You can pretend I'm still four if you want!"
Indigo is our ray of sunshine, our mother hen. We are so very glad God gave us her exactly when He did. We love you, Ind!