30 December 2011

Feliz Navidad!

A (belated) Merry Christmas from Peru! 
Just been too busy to get this posted in a timely fashion. Although the holiday busyness is over, the work busyness is intensifying with deadlines coming up. So I won't write a lot, but I thought I'd share some photos (and one adorable video) of how we spent Christmas in Peru. We had a great time and a peaceful holiday with many sweet moments with friends. 

Christmas eve we spent with colleagues and friends at the Austins' home. We celebrated with gumbo, a favorite foods version of Yankee Swap, a recycled garbage ornament competition, singing, praying, and of course laughing (especially when all the Austin men put on their elf costumes). Much fun was had by all!

Christmas morning we shared brunch with the Peercys and enjoyed a laid-back meal with delicious homemade cinnamon rolls and sausage. It's always fun to share Christmas with children and live vicariously through their enthusiasm. Check it out! 

Our trash ornaments. Brittany's awesome can diorama won!
Candy getting her gumbo.

Evelyn helping "Noni" open a plate of goodies in the food exchange.

Candy stealing!
We collaborated and took home the best prize! American goodies!
Even if the apartment had a fireplace, it's summer here, so this worked just fine!
Turkey friend.
Hanging at the Austins'

Norah doesn't know what to think about Arnold the Elf.
Taking time to pray for family and friends far away.
Elf mischief!
A "snow ball" fight fight with the Austins.
This is me looking confused with all the random decorations across the street from our apartment.
Good morning!
All the animals are ready to get on the ark...
That's one crowded ark!
Merry first Christmas, Norah!

Evelyn treated us to an awesome dance session Christmas morning. That girl's got talent! Here's a clip:

Love her!
Hope you were able to enjoy fun and sweet moments with family or friends during this Christmas season, and took time to reflect on the wonderful gift of salvation that was made available to us through Jesus. 

Feliz Navidad!/ Joyeux Noel! / Merry Christmas!

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