Sunday, April 19, 2009

Happy Birthday Mariella

Tuesday, April 14, 2009

“It is more blessed to give than to receive.” Acts 20:35

Today we had the fun privilege to be a blessing. Tuesday Mariella turned 15 years old. The 15th birthday for a female in this country is very important. We had seen some pretty elaborate parties from people who seem to have very little. For the entire year prior, they begin saving up for this event. Mariella’s family is very poor and had no means to do anything out of the ordinary for her special day. Imagine a birthday without balloons, candles, or cake!
Today, with the kids help, we made over 50 cupcakes and frosted them pink. We blew up balloons, made a couple of birthday signs, and mixed juice. We headed to Mariella’s house about 5:00 p.m.

It was fun to see the smiles on everyone’s faces when I told them I was bringing a fiesta for Mariella. It was very simple. Since it was getting dark we stayed just long enough for the kids to go nuts over the balloons, for Mariella to blow out her candle, and for the kids to devour the cupcakes. As I packed my things, Mariella gave me a hug. Her family and the neighbor kids thanked me over and over.

Thinking of all the parties I have given my children – the crazy themes, the abundance of games, the difficult cakes I have tried, the weeks of planning and hours in the kitchen, the goodie bags – I felt a bit sad that we didn’t do more. That’s about the time Ryan looked up at me and said, “Mom, this was one of the best parties I have ever been to.” Yes, my son, it is far better to give than it is to receive.

The birthday crowd

Mariella, the birthday girl

Little Ale loved the balloons

1 comment:

Liz said...

Proud of you... and Ryan.
Thanks for your love for the Paraguayan people and the way you show God's heart (and fun!) to them.
Thanks for continuing to reflect His creativity and His glory -- to the nations and to your children.
I am blessed to be a part of your family!
Love & Blessings,