It was an exciting time here in December for the kids of Esperanza. So many reached out to us and helped to give the kids a wonderful Christmas. We started our Christmas on the night of the 23rd. Each child had a secret sibbling (another kid in the house) to buy a gift for. It is our family tradition to exchange sibbling gifts the night before Christmas. So, we started a day earlier. Then on Christmas Eve...we all woke up and had Christmas. The kids were so excited to see the living room full of presents and their stocking full. They each opened and with smiles of excitment and awe....studied each item. For lunch we had a huge Christmas dinner...Mark and the boys actually went and killed one of our chickens (which weighed about 10lbs) Yes, we (17 of us) ate one chicken...it was really like a small turkey. Later that evening we headed to church for our annual Christmas Eve service and then we sent all of the children off for the week with their parents. It was kinda a happy /sad moment for us as we see all of these kids like our own. However, they were all very eager to get back to the house and their bed and our normal life.