Having A Very Merry Christmas
Trip Start Jun 28, 2013
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I have officially made it back to the United States, home sweet home at my parents house in Sturgis. It was hard to leave all my kids and families during such a difficult time, but after parting on a joyous note I feel that all of us were ready to accept the distance for a short time.
On Friday we had our Christmas Party in Cangumbang. Due to some transportation issues I almost thought I'd have to miss it, but my heart pulled me back before I could get too far away and I was able to happily rejoice with the children for the whole afternoon. We played games while some of the women cooked and prepared the food, and of course the children had way too many sweets.
All I wanted for the Christmas Party was joy and happiness
The children planned surprised for me, many songs filled with dancing and singing. All the children from 17 to 3 joined in with smiles from ear to ear. They admitted their goal was to make me cry, and their sweet gesture was enough to bring tears to my eyes.
I love each of them so much, it seems I now have 100 little brothers and sisters and handfuls of daughters and sons too. They are so incredible. The resilience and optimism of the whole community amazes me.
Christmas is tomorrow, this year all I want for Christmas is the ability to rebuild the communities devastated by the storm. I look back on the past year, and I am in disbelief.
Without knowing what would happen, we built an evacuation center that became the only lifeline for a community during the most horrific storm in history, just in time. The generosity of Holy Angels Church and so many individuals from Sturgis literally saved an entire village from the storm
May all of you have a very Merry Christmas, filled with love, joy, and hope for the new year.