Twas the night before Christmas and all about
The Karen’ies were celebrating in our little house
Law Law and Ta Blue,
Eh Law Soe and Hser Tha Blay,
Christine and Sugar Moon. even Moo Gay,
celebrating their first Christmas in the USA
Their stockings were hung on the staircase with care
stuffed with candy canes, toy Rein Deer and iPod Accessories.
Flash Lights, Lip Balm, chocolates and trinkets galore.
But the best gift of all came not from a store.
As we sat down for dinner we took a moment to pray
thanking the Lord above for the love of our new found friends
from half a world away.
What a Blessing, what a treat
Our lives were forever changed that day we stopped to say Hello
to our new neighbors across the street.
This was our neighbors first Christmas in America and it was our pleasure to share it with them.
Sue spoke with the folks at Toys For Tots and they made a special effort to see to it Hser Tha Blay (aka Seth) and Eh Law Soe had presents.
We gave them these presents a day or so before Christmas… which was easier than trying to wrap or hide them all…
You can see they were quite happy with them…
On Christmas Eve we had Law Law and his family over again.
Sugar Moon & , her sister, Christina, came over
as well as their cousin Benny
And Ta Blue’s brother Moo Gay stopped over – a man not afraid to challenge fashion trends.
It was a great night of friendship, dinner and laughter.
Afterward Eh Law Soe went right for the presents under the tree, pointing out each and every one she thought was hers…
But first we opened the stockings.
Both Eh Law Soe and Seth loved the stuffed animals they found in theirs…
And then it was time for the presents!
It was a joyous site to behold; never had they experienced such a thing and it warmed our hearts to be able to be there with them.
December 25 was not only Christmas, but it was Ta Blue’s birthday as well (amazingly Law Law’s birthday is on January 1st).
So after most of the wrapping paper was picked up we went to the kitchen for some cake and cookies.
Here Ta Blue is offering some to our eldest boy Keith
Christmas has long been a difficult time of year for me; too many unpleasant memories, but this year was special, I could not help but be carried away by the fun and excitement our friends were having.
Often we have expectations about the holiday; we have gift wish lists and all that, these folks had no idea what to expect. The smiles on their faces were worth more to us than any material gift and I find myself looking forward al ready to the next Christmas we can spend together.
We have some additional photos here, please feel free to enjoy them as well.
K & S