I talk about plans and community around here quite a bit, so I thought today I’d let you share in one of our latest celebrations.
Our girls were babies when we became friends. We can’t remember exactly, but Cate wasn’t walking, so she wasn’t much more than a year, if that. Surely we aren’t the only parents who keep time by their kids’ milestones.
Since then the Gachokas have been part of one of small groups from church that has since dissolved for reasons that had nothing to do with friendship, sat around the table with us for Thanksgiving dinner and many other meals, and more recently piled into our minivan for road trips to Racer games. Daniel and Greg have gone hunting together and coach our girls’ soccer team together.
When Daniel told us he was studying to take the U.S. citizenship test, I knew this would be an occasion worth celebrating. I mentioned a party and Daniel quipped, “Like the adoption party you had for your kids.”
Hence, the America Adopts Daniel Party!
I’m not sure I can express how much fun I had planning this one. Starting with the invitations …
… and continuing with the menu, playlist, and game.
Not everyone who had planned to come was actually able to, so we had lots of leftovers. We ate burgers, pasta salad, and homemade mac and cheese the next day. We had hot dogs for another meal.
But the leftovers were more than food. The leftover laughter and friendship also filled my camera roll and will be part of our stories.
The dishes piled high and the crumbs covered many floors and counters, but I didn’t mind because the night was fun. This party was a plan that I’m glad happened. This party celebrated one guy’s milestone, but it encompassed a shared history and friendships that are built over time. And that’s the beauty of community.
I’m linking this up with Jessica Turner’s Fringe Friday because planning parties is one thing I love to do with my time. Celebrating in community helps care for my soul.
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