Jose and I wanted to do something special for the kids in town. Last year we started showing films a few days before Christmas. This year we decided to show 10 days of Christmas movies and to add a special treat each night. Last night they had hot chocolate and bread. Tonight they had hot chocolate and popcorn. Then when we get to the 24th – we’re having a HUGE meal with rice/beans and chicken! We’re so excited. What a great way to spend Christmas Eve – feeding hungry children and watching the Nativity Movie. Makes it easier for me to enjoy Christmas knowing kids are going to bed with full bellies.
I have to tell you that these last few nights have been so good for my family. I love sitting downstairs with the people – laughing and fellowshipping. I watch the girls share their treats with other children. I watch Gabriel run around and tease other little boys. Last night we made cookies and this morning they were all gone. Last night Mikela, Rosie, and Malaya were sneaking upstairs to get cookies to give to their friends down in the courtyard.
Malaya came to me tonight with one of her barbie dolls. She told me she needs wrapping paper. I asked her what she was doing? She said she met a friend and her friend didn’t have any dolls. So she wanted to wrap up her barbie doll to give to the little girl. As soon as Mikela and Rosie saw what Malaya was doing – they went and got some of their toys to wrap up to give away too. It was just so beautiful for me to see how giving my little girls are. Now Gabriel – not so much! Malaya went to grab one of his toys and he said – NO MINE! MINE MINE! Oh well – can’t win them all!!
Tomorrow night is our Staff Christmas party. All the women got new dresses to wear to the party thanks to Diane Cornelius and her wedding shop! Coming to a party here is like going to a 1970’s prom! They all dress up with fancy dresses from the 70’s and 80’s! I love it! 🙂
Here are a few pictures!!
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