This past weekend, we had the opportunity to throw a birthday bash for the kiddos at the orphanage. Many of them don't even know their own birthday, let alone have ever had a birthday celebration. With nearly 50 kids between the ages of 1 and 20 in the place they call home, we figured it was about time they all experienced a birthday party for the first time.
We went all out. That morning, with the help of some volunteers from a nearby university, we did all the kids favorite activities: coloring, parachute games, and balloons. No birthday party would be complete without a piñata... but those aren't easy to come by on this side of the world. So we made our own. The kids caught on quickly when we explained that there was candy inside and that they would have to hit it until it burst open. Some of the kids surprised us with their strength. Jackson and Eli, who are both deaf, were especially excited to participate. They didn't need any further explanation beyond seeing their buddies take a turn hitting it. Everyone got a turn to whack it with the plastic baseball bat, before we had to help out a bit and cut some holes in it. Finally, it broke and the candy fell and the chaos ensued. Shaylee and Ezra were especially smart, stuffing candy in their shirt or pockets for later.
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It was so fun to see the kids explore new toys they'd never seen before.
Josiah-now-Jay (he's going to be adopted!) got a bowling set. The balls were lost in the chaos within 5 minutes, but he was just as happy to set up the pins and run at them to knock them over.