So in all Christmas Day here was not much different to a ‘normal’ day here at MIA. When I think about it I wonder how easy it would be to change and up-lift a routine for 44 children and all the carers/staff/visitors. NOT EASY!
We did however have a little ‘special touch’ to the day by Alanee and Kat face painting the children with their ‘professional’ talents. First of all we painted our faces to assure the children that everything was alright.
Kat painting Peta’s beautiful butterfly
Alanee painting Tracy’s princess
Rose and Bec’s butterfly
Neil as Michelangelo and I am just a swirly princess thing that Al did for me
Sarah the princess
Alanee painting Diana as a princess
Jayden (the birthday boy!) getting painted as a tiger
Kabibi as a snow leopard
So tomorrow we are having our Christmas Celebration and service (on the Sabbath) with MIA and the doors open to the village. We just finished our singing rehearsals and I am a little excited about seeing everyone and hearing everyone singing.
We have just retuned to the mudhuts and Rosemary handed out the letters from Church Council. Thank you so much GWUC for the support and the wonderful words in the letter. Many inspiring things for us to bring back to GWUC. Thanks heaps. Also Kat and Nikki came over with the presents from Dean and Anne and I would personally like to say thank you, thank you … so so much!
What a wonderful different Christmas – filled with laughter, children, painting, food and singing carols together at the end. Christ is born and as our letter reminds us this is the first step in the journey to Easter. Let’s hope that our Easter can be as inspiring as this place was as well.
Thanks everyone for all your wishes today.