Penn celebrated his 11th birthday on Thanksgiving Day. We woke him up with breakfast in bed, as he looks forward to every year, and sang the "Happy Birthday" song to him at every opportunity. He does a really lousy job at pretending this is annoying. We took brownies to his class and celebrated with his friends at Jump Street with pizza and cheese cake.
We celebrated again in Oklahoma at Grandma and Grandpa Miller's house with pumpkin pie.
After reading an article in a magazine, Penn was inspired to try and do something good with his birthday. He decided to share his party with a charity we have volunteered with called The Birthday Project. This group gives parties to homeless children who wouldn't otherwise receive such a celebration. Thanks to the generosity of his friends and family, he raised $360! He loved watching the donations and messages come in and was genuinely so pleased. He wore his Birthday Party Project Tshirt to his party.
Penn has grown into a fun, generous, kind hearted and dependable eleven year old. As he discovers who he is and what his strengths are, I find that two of his growing traits are mercy and a concern for justice. When the rare opportunity arrises where he and I can talk without being interrupted by a sibling, we have so much fun. He is clever and funny and observant.
I love my Penn so much. Cheers to another fine year!