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Friendship.

The Art of Celebrating..between you and me

The Art of Celebrating-between you and me

The Art of Celebrating-between you and me

The Art of Celebrating-between you and me

The Art of Celebrating-between you and me

The Art of Celebrating-between you and me

The Art of Celebrating-between you and me

The Art of Celebrating-between you and me

The Art of Celebrating-between you and me

The Art of Celebrating-between you and me

Friendship is a gift.
Friends who know you for exactly who you are and love you still are rare treasures.

Part of having deep friendships is being a really, really good friend.
Teaching Lydia about true friendship is honestly one of the greatest desires of my heart as a mom.

I want her to offer grace to her friends. Life is hard. The world can be harsh.
We all need people in our lives who will give us a break.
Grace isn’t about second chances…it’s about endless chances. I love this.

I want her to be willing to walk hard roads with her friends.
Having someone walk through something hard with you changes you.

I want her to be someone who isn’t afraid to have scary conversations. Relationships are hard.
Our humanness always shows up. We disappoint and we’re disappointed. We fail and we are failed.
I want her to have friendships without fear that the bottom might fall out.

The world isn’t the only thing that’s hard on us. We’re hard on ourselves.
We get so hyper-focused on all the things we think we should be doing better.
We lose perspective and we stop dreaming for ourselves because we feel so worthless.
I want Lydia to be the kind of friend who dreams for her friends when they feel like they can’t dream.
I want her to call out the best parts of them and remind them that they matter.

We all have a story. So many of us spend near lifetimes thinking our stories are just about us.
But they aren’t. Every time we tell our story, we’re sharing God’s story.
I want Lydia to understand her story and that it matters…that every single part of it promises to point her to Christ and her need for him. I want her to know that her story depicts that God is good and ever-present…that he redeems and rescues. I want her to value her story and see that it tells of God’s grand story.
I want her to love her friends in the hardest parts of their stories. I want her to remind them that God is in the broken places, too. He doesn’t exist just in the bright and shiny parts.

I want Lydia to be vulnerable and transparent.
I don’t want her to have walls of protection that she lives in so she’s never hurt.
CS Lewis said, “To love at all is to be vulnerable. Love anything at all and your heart will be wrung possibly broken…”
When we’re vulnerable and transparent, it allows others to be the same.

I want her to learn now to celebrate others.
…their successes, their dreams, their beauty, their leadership, their capacity, their favor in the world, their gifts and talents, their provision, their other friendships.

I want her to experience one of God’s greatest gifts…true, authentic, life-changing friendships.

{thankful for}
851. a daughter to celebrate.
852. parties where roses and gold confetti exist.
853. happiness that is a rainbow layer cake.
854. a husband who cleans during the party, so when it’s all over, we can just savor the memories.
855. miniature roses from trader joes called “Lovely Lydias.” I can’t make this stuff up.
856. friendship.

{party details}
Every single idea for this party came from Pinterest.
Visit the board I created to follow links for directions to any of the projects you see that you like.

Amy Avery - Oh Tara! What a sweet little party for your beautiful girl! I enjoyed reading your post on Lydia’s actual birthday. You are mutually blessed with one another and God’s glory shines through your the love and bond that you share! Thank you for being transparent and vulnerable. I know it’s difficult but it allows God’s light to shine so brightly through you!

Lori H - What an adorable party! I pray that Lydia will experience all that you want for her!

Karen - We are adopting our foster baby tomorrow and much of what you have written is my own prayer for our daughter. Love your heart- thanks for sharing your words :)

Starr - “A friend is someone who knows the song in your heart, and can sing it back to you when you’ve forgotten the words.” That quote may live in the land of cheesy cliches? But I still love it! :) Lydia is learning so much about how to be a friend by watching her Mama and Daddy love people well. Also – THOSE HATS! Gah! The cuteness!!!

Jackie - The party was precious! Looks like they had a wonderful time! :)
And I LOVE your words on friendship–true at any age, huh?

Christy - Wow! Just WOW! I am in tears. “Grace isn’t about second chances…it’s about endless chances. I love this.” I love this too! I wrote it down in my journal…so profound. The part about the Lovely Lydias did me in. What a beautiful party. Thank you for sharing it and your heart on friendship. I am struggling in so many different areas right now, and friendship is one of them. Have a beautiful day. I wish we lived closer. I would love to sit down and chat over a cup of coffee.

giosmama2626 - Such beautiful wishes for your Lydia. An equally lovely post. That party looks totally fun. Love the ideas you gathered off Pinterest.
“Grace isn’t about second chances.. it’s about endless chances.” That is just TOTALLY awesome. Just beautiful. To live with such a beautiful heart. Thank you for the reminder.

Barbara - Oh my word, what a great party how could you go wrong making your own cake! You have made more memories then you could possibly know for her I’m sure.
And I love your Pinterest boards!

paige - what a precious party. i love the image where she’s sitting up on the side of the chair licking her finger. so cute!!
all the touches are so cute & so thoughtful!
little lydias!! i never knew…
youre a good mama & a good friend!!!
xoxo

tiffini - oh i LOVED the pictures. what a sweet bunch of girls. i dream for her to grow up surrounded by a solid group of young girls who inspire each other…who call out the best in each other.
i always love her parties. i swear they come around so quick…we were just celebrating her last birthday
love your heart for your babies..i was just thinking today that i pray this generation is like the generation of israel who did believe God and crossed the jordan into the promised land. they didn’t doubt. i pray that for our children to be be courageous.
hugs and love….xo

amy jupin - i want to go back and reread this entire post because it is filled with so much truth.
i just said outloud the other day, “everyone has a story”, because it’s so true.
and i read it again here today, along with many other beautiful reminders and truths.
your daughter is beautiful and i adore her sweet little smile.
blessings abound.

Jenny - I believe this to be so true. One of my family goals is to guide my children to show up, be a friend, offer grace and forgiveness. To be aware and not stuck up in their own little world. Something easy for us all to do even as adults. Loved your post and your heart as usual, Tara.

Maggie - How precious, just letting you know, I don’t know if it is me but when I click on your link it takes me to a vintage revival website??

Lemonade Makin' Mama - Oh how sweet. And the CS Lewis quote is one of my all time favorites! I’ve watched a dear one close to me close themself off from friendships and love because they had their heart broken one too many times from moving away and losing touch. If you don’t use that heart to love, you forget how… such amazing truth. I want my daughter to push through all the girl “stuff” and make amazing relationships. It is SO worth it! I pray that someday she can have women in her life like I do. You did a fantastic job on the party details and I am loving that they each have a little cake! You have blessed your daughter richly my friend. Way to go. Love it all.

Lisa - Perfect. So perfect. Loved your words gain. Vulnerability really is key. To love is to open up completely no matter the cost. Love this so much. :)

Kelly Cach - I’m so in love with your little girl…is that weird?

Happiest of birthdays to her, and I’m totally gonna have to steal some of these ideas ;)

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