I loved it.
Good way to switch up Christmas.
Even those who are tube fed were wheeled out to enjoy Christmas morning together.
Here are Dave and Lu coming down from the volunteer house:
…and a little glimpse of rooms where you can see a few of the snowflakes.
(Couldn’t take pictures of the kids but they were at a table behind this picture which was wheelchair accessible and some of us volunteers got to sit by them and help with whatever they needed).
This endeavor took a LOT of dishes I tell you! And I had some good helpers to get it done.
That’s where the kids were opening their gifts, mostly with the tia’s help. The room was so jam-packed we just watched from the window.
Most of the OSSO kids were not aware of Christmas and were unable to unwrap things, but there was such a happiness amidst the whole scene that hopefully they felt a little of the love. And it was fun to see them wearing their new clothes and the excitement of the few who were so over-the-moon about super heroes and barbies and bubbles to be blown.
After presents a big soccer game began. Those kids LOVE being pushed around and a handful of them were so dang excited to have willing players to help.
Again, I can’t post pictures of that, but it was my favorite part of Christmas.
When we weren’t working with the kids, these kids got some pretty good games in:
…and the other moms and I got to accompany Sasha, the director at OSSO, to a couple of other orphanages in the same city to deliver the things we brought for them from the States.
There was a lot of mango eating (man alive those things are delicious).
Here are the other two families we were with who we adore:
These guys above live close to us and they are the best. We loved being with them and learned so much from their goodness and grit.
And that last picture is of our neighbors…the ones who decided they better bring their oldest two and come with us and Max and Elle to India a few years back. They have remained such dear friends ever since.
After we helped feed and brush teeth down at the orphanage we headed into town to find our own Christmas dinner.
I love walking the streets of new places…
…especially at Christmas where everything is all aglow.
It’s almost like my girls have a tractor beam that zips them right up to silver rings of any kind.
We ate dinner at an Indian place…the kids:
…and the adults:
(Not shown, the puddle of water we were wading through because of a water leak…)
Dave and I gathered our girls into our room when we got back to OSSO and had our own little Christmas devotional.