When we pulled up the kids were exploding with excitement. We couldn't help but all laugh as we watched them jump up and down and scream. This was no ordinary day for them. Some of these children had not left the orphanage in 6 months. They have no vehicle big enough to have all the children in, so they have to wait for a donation to come for that purpose so they can take the kids somewhere. They hire a bus and take the kids out for the day. My friend Paula from my hometown wanted to sponsor this day for them (with food it came to about $100.) Hopefully through these pictures she can see what joy she brought to them...
First I want to introduce you to the bus.
|This is Beam. She never leaves Olivia's side and Olivia never stops begging to bring her home with us. I've already said yes a hundred times. Matt says if he says yes now, we will collect children everywhere we go, which is probably true...|
This is no ordinary bus. My kids were thrilled with the open air and no seat belts. There was not enough room for all the kids to sit on a seat so they all just sat on top of each other in the middle. With no complaint. No fighting over who got a bench and who got the floor. (I of course had to point that out to my children who currently are receiving an F in car etiquette here. Matt and I voted last night in the car. An A for the airplane and an F for the car.) So, off we went.
Right before the waterfall there was a place where you could ride elephants. We asked the bus driver to stop so the children could all feed a banana to a baby elephant.
Let the fun begin!
And my very favorite...
I think those pictures say it all. Thanks Paula for making it possible!