We were overjoyed that none of our children even hesitated with their answer. Yes, they wanted to forgo their own gifts and give. They wanted to visit the orphanage and see what it was like and were willing to not receive gifts. So they seemed to really be okay with the whole better is to give than receive, right? But 'cause I'm a mama, I
The big boys played soccer.
The big girls scooped up the little ones and stuck out their tongues. Tongue sticking out seems to be a universal language.
We blew bubbles and tried our best to coax out some smiles.
One thing was very apparent to me, that Ciudad de los Niños is a family. We were outsiders in their home. Orphanages and the people within them, make their own new families, knitted together from many different places.
And it was a personal blessing to me to feel this.
A new family.
Yes, just like "Bietnam" Tess.
And he following morning Jude asked if we could please go back soon to visit with his new friends some more.
And with that I knew Stripped Down Christmas 2013 was a success for us all, in more ways than I had even hoped for.