Tuesday, August 23, 2016

The Picnic!

At long last, a post about the picnic! July 15 we took a group of kids from the orphanage to the city park for a picnic. These yearly picnics are the highlight of the summer for many of these kids (and for our family!). The day before, Alys and I had gotten together to prepare the food and get all the last details ready. Then, on the morning of the picnic we set up at a shady place in the park. It was so hot! I think it was the hottest day of the summer, but that didn't stop us.

We had a little video story to watch, then we did crafts and sang. We blew bubbles and played with balls and other toys. While the kids walked around with friends and helpers, we got lunch ready, and then they came back to eat. After lunch, we still had more surprises. Alys had arranged for dessert at a fancy restaurant there in the park. That was probably the most special part of the very special day. For many of the kids, it was their first time in a restaurant. I was so impressed by how the waiters and waitresses worked with them. Everyone got to practice their good manners, and we didn't even break anything. Over dessert we handed out birthday presents from the whole year, since Alys hadn't been there to celebrate them with us.

It all sounds so simple, but a lot of work went into it, and it was just a wonderful, wonderful day.


Mom said...

Joy. Tears. What you do is so important.

Much love.

Baba Julie said...

Yes! I agree! What a wonderful time the children had and what great experiences you are helping them to enjoy! Bless you, Phyllis (and Alys, your family and all the helpers)!!