Saturday, August 1, 2009

Well, Ballet, TV, and Birthday

Yesterday morning the well drilling began.

There was a big audience.

For many, many, many, many hours there was very, very loud drilling. Lots of redish orangish dirt would come out and once in a while it would spew out.

Filipe and Mr. Nichols worked on tiles all day.

But the well drilling never lacked an audience.

Though there was not really anything to “see happen” nobody wanted to be away from it (the drilling).

A ballet class began.

Little Jose’s version of ballet.

The kids LOVED Nicole’s twirls!

At night we got to watch Victor and the band live on TV!

Graça, Clara, and Anabela sang two songs

and Victor was interviewed about the orphanage and concert the band will do when they launch their CD next week.

The OCC team brought a huge bag full of beautiful blue and white soccer jerseys. Everyone loved the blue ones so much that BOTH teams decided to wear them. Somehow this did not cause any problems or confusion at all.

Tonight we got to celebrate Josh’s birthday! After singing and blowing out the candles on a cake the kids got to see a few other American birthday traditions they didn’t know about before.

I think the birthday spanking ended up being the most exciting event of the week!!! (Not for Josh, but definitely for everyone else.)

He survived getting (way more than 17) spanks from almost the whole orphanage.

And then everyone lined up for a "special American birthday game" . . .

Pin the Tail on the Donkey! It was a huge hit!

And finally . . . Dorcas is smiling now! She was here for almost a month before she started smiling, laughing or expressing herself. Now she seems to have a huge personality, calls absolutely EVERYONE “ma-MA!!!” (with great emphasis on the second “MA”), likes to pet Simba, and lets all the other kids “scare” her with a toy dino. Here she is with Jordão, Cocas, Graça, and Virginia – all the kids are really wonderful with her.

3 comments:

momsi/Nonni said...

What a true blessing to see the kids and hear the stories.....Dorcas' smile is Bright and I can just hear her laughing. Give John,Josh and Victor a HUG for me!! Momma Nichols

Susanne said...

What wonderful things are happening in Mozambique!! A big HAPPY BIRTHDAY to Josh, and God's richest blessings on you and your ministry!!!

Patmac said...

I am so glad Nicole was able to share her passion for ballet with the children! Give her a big hug for me. Give the entire team and the children my love.