As part of our gradual move toward a more minimalist way of life, we decided to part with a few of the outdoor toys we'd neglected to play with. In an effort to get the kiddos involved in the process, my husband invited the boys to wash each item and offer it to one of our neighbors. Much to my surprise, they enthusiastically accepted.
And when the time came to present them to our neighbor and her little boy, Ash and Ike could hardly contain their own excitement to be passing along their treasures. I have yet to find the words to convey how proud I am of my sons. They immediately understood what we were trying to do and embraced it more readily than I'd imagined.