all together now: a christmas eve retrospective, part 2

(Part 1 is here)

Where were we?  Christmas Eve. We had breakfast with friends. Mark took the kids to the park while I played Santa.

It seemed a little strange to have the kids open gifts in their clothes.  So even though it was well past noon when they got home from the park, I made them change into their pajamas before entering the house.  And the rest was pure Christmas magic.

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Kembe and Karis think the djembe drum covers make nice hats.  (Djembe: rhymes with Kembe).

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I feel compelled to say that I feel strongly that adoption is not about removing a child from poverty so that the child can have a better life materially.  It’s about creating a family for a child.  I also feel compelled to say that Kembe’s first Christmas since coming home from Haiti?  Was awesome to behold.  It was so fun to experience it with him.

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We had an amazing Christmas this Christmas Eve . . . and spent the evening packing while the kids were distracted with their new toys.  And the next morning, we left California and arrived in a snowy Atlanta for our first White Christmas.  But that is a story for another post.




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