If gratitude truly is happiness doubled by wonder, then all of our kids are super grateful for the wonderful Christmas that we were able to provide because of so many generous donations both near and far!
Here in Bolivia, the big celebration day is Christmas Eve, so everyone gathers together—Corazón del Pastor, Pedacito de Cielo, Sendero de Esperanza, all the staff, volunteers, board members, and friends of the foundation—for the annual NCV Christmas Pageant, a crazy number of gifts and a massive meal.
It was especially great to have so many new girls who were celebrating Christmas with us for the first time. It’s always so fun to see them truly be in wonder of the whole holiday celebration.
Above Left: Our girls along with Tía Celia made these amazing snowmen to welcome us!
Above Right: It's great when the girls and boys get together to play.
Above Left: Getting to swing always brings a smile to Fabian's face.
Above Right: Is Bemabe's face just because of the sun, or the anticipation?
Above Left: Some of the older girls got to go to Tía Caitlin's to make sugar cookies.
Above Right: Adriana and Mariela doing some taste testing.
Above Left: Tía Caitlin, Adriana and Evelyn with their cookies all decorated.
Above Right: Jhoselin and Johana are clearly excited about theirs.
Above Left: Our nativity pageant this year was a bit of a "fly on the wall" perspective on Jesus' birth.
Above Right: The animals listening intently to the angel's message.
Above Left: Mariela announcing the arrival of the Savior.
Above Right: Kattia made a lovely butterfly.
Above Left: Some of our dancers doing an original number.
Above Right: Katrina showing off some of her newly acquired dance skills.
Above Left: Mariela, Evelyn, and Paty put together a humorous number that had us all cracking up.
Above Right: Tío Bernardo from the Bolivian board helping Marco with all his gifts.
Above Left: Tía Caitlin and the boys checking out their stocking goodies.
Above Right: Tía Maru from the Bolivian board admiring Victoria's new bracelet.
Above Left: Paty showing off one of the new house gifts—a much asked for flat iron.
Above Right: One of Fabian's favorite things to do is throw things and have people bring it back to him, so this was a perfect gift!
Above Left: As many girls the world over, Clara was so excited to get a doll from Frozen.
Above Right: Tía Paty and the girls loving all the new books for the house.
Above Left: Tía Maritza and the girls prepping the always amazing Christmas dinner.
Above Right: The girls enjoying the results of all their hard work.
Above Left: Tía Caitlin and Fabian obviously enjoying their dinner.
Above Right: A little sibling affection between Bemabe and Bryssa.