I know some of you have been waiting for a post about Christmas here...so here you go.
We celebrate Christmas here on the 24th- lunch this year was hotdogs and then we do gifts. Thanks to the amazing coordination of Sarah and Amy helped with team help all gifts were given out in about 45 minutes. Between lunch and Gifts we took photos in the pavilion with the blow up tree and penguin I found for 50% off in Teguc. I think it was like 10 dollars a piece or something less.
I had asked for help to surprise my girls and folks from CA, OH, GA, TN, ARK, and AL all pitched in. I got bags with shampoo, conditioner, body scrubs, pens, word search books, socks, chapstick, hair ties and claw clips, candy, deodorant and each had sandals/flip flops given to them a few days before Christmas to wear for the day. I was astounded at how much stuff I had...more than covered my 94 kids!
I think I had 14 boxes in my den and I told my poor roommate I would have them out when she returned Jan 4 but because I have some extra things I can't get rid of them til I get my storage space secured which is a whole other thing. Ha She said its ok though.
I started working on the bags the morning of the 24th while the girls were beautifying themselves and after Christmas gifts it took me another while. I think 8 hours total.
Christmas morning (25th) while they were eating breakfast the team helped me move everything to the pavilion. When they saw the bags on the tables when they came out after breakfast they all came running and yelling. I explained that friends had sent it all down- the same ones that sent the sandals. They all hollored and yelled and cheered. It was too hard to film as they hugged me and thanked me. They talked about those bags for days. And I was corrected by several saying they would love stockings... to quote one "We can have bags anytime but stockings only are for Christmas!"
So enjoy the photos and little bit of video. I cannot thank you enough for all your help to surprise them. I was expecting them to be more nonchalant than they were and were so happy to know they were beyond excited. Such simple things too. Thank you! Thank you a ton of times!
I have more but the internet is being sassy. So I will post these now and work on the others at another time.
Thank you for your investment in what the Father is doing to love on these kids here. I can´t do it without you!