Marshall and I recently came into some money, which will be enough to finally put in a long desired pool in our backyard. We've lived in this house almost 12 years and have never done anything to the backyard. It's a desert wasteland. Even during the rainy season (December-February) nothing will grow back there.
We are so blessed to be able to do this. But realistically a pool won't be completed until mid-October. A little intangible for the kids to understand. So the day we received the money, we decided to celebrate by surprising the kids with a little blessing of their own.
We took them to Toys R Us. That is nothing special, as we often go there and often leave without buying anything. But once we arrived, we took each child to their favorite section of the store and said... "Ok, pick out any ONE item. No matter what it costs." For Haven, we took him to the Star Wars Lego section. This is what he chose. You can kind of see the shell-shocked look in his eyes.
Marlie has long overgrown her tricycle and has been talking about wanting a real bike of her own. So we took her to the bike section and she picked this. It plays three different tunes (if you push the buttons) and the matching helmet has sparkling lights when you push a button on it. If I was a 4 and 1/2 year old girl, I would've chosen the same bike she did.
For Seamus, we took him to the battery-operated vehicles in the back. Every time we visit the store he asks to climb in all of them and pretend he's driving. It didn't take him long to pick out the one he wanted. It even has a working radio.
Some may think it's impractical. And they're probably right. But we wanted to share our recent blessing with our kids. And they (and we) couldn't be more thrilled with the result.