Sunday, December 13, 2009

3rd Annual 'Haiti Christmas Party'

Yesterday was our 3rd Annual Christmas Party for our group of Pennsylvania-area family friends who have adopted from Haiti (click here for last year). There is just nothing like our twice-yearly get togethers with our fellow Haitian-American family friends. This gathering has become a major part of our Christmas Season and it has become a tradition that is, for us, absolutely invaluable. This is truly a top highlight of the year for K & O. They had been anticipating this day since our summer reunion, and had been counting down the days for the past couple of weeks. They were in heaven, absolute heaven!, with this party in full swing yesterday. And when I say 'full swing,' I mean FULL SWING. When these kids all get together, these kids can party! The full house was rocking and rolling (almost literally) with spirits through the roof. 60 people (38 of which were kids) gathered; 80 hot dogs consumed; 75 Capri Suns drank; 2 lamps broken; countless mini candy canes devoured; dozens of ornaments created (thanks Miller family!!!); unknown quantities of rice & beans, mac & cheese, chips & dip, Christmas cookies, and all sorts of other goodies enjoyed (thanks everyone!). It is good. Really good. The fellowship we share is incredibly special. We are so grateful for this group of friends and the bonds that bind us.


Alexandra said...

Hi Heather,
we had our Adoption Winter Reunion as well this weekend;). Most of the children are from Haiti, but there were also some from Burkina Faso. LĂ©ane and Davidson loved it, we stayed the entire weekend, it was in the mountains, so lots of snow! Davidson was sooo sad when we had to leave yesterday afternoon and keeps saying that the next time he wants to stay a whole week (guess we have to organise a Haitian/African camp in a few years;)..).
All the best from Germany,

T & T Livesay said...

i think maybe PA is the place to be ... so cool that you guys do this and make it a priority.

Corey said...

I still say you should get trophies, or Nobel Peace Prizes, or SOMETHING for being brave enough to host us all in your home. It is a crazily awesome good time... we count down from the time we leave one "Haiti Party" until it's time for the next one.

I don't know for sure that any Waters' kids were involved in the breaking of lamps, but chances are probably good that I should send you a check given that 5/38ths of the children were mine.. eek!

Maybe you should start charging admission to cover damages (and cleaning costs, I'm sure).


Cheryl said...

We host a twice a year Haitian Adoption Gathering here in Michigan. In the past five years, only once have we hosted it in our home-- usually we have it in the multipurpose room of our church. You are brave, very brave!!

I agree with you that the gathering of adoptive families is one of the things we look forward to tremendously.

dreamingBIGdreams said...

what fun!!!

wish Austin was closer to PA!