Today was the annual Down Syndrome Association Christmas Party. It’s a chance for families in our metro area to come together and celebrate with each other the wonderful blessing of children with Down syndrome. It’s an event provided by our association with a meal and gifts for all the kids. In addition, there is a local photography studio that takes family portraits as well as photos with Santa. Now we’re not big Santa people, but for some reason, Micah is taken with Santa Claus. Who knows why. Maybe it’s because of the red suit and the hat. He loves red. And he loves hats (on other people, not himself). We had a great time with the couple of hundred families that got together this afternoon. I didn’t really think that Micah would sit in Santa’s lap. He’s kind of skittish about certain things. But when he saw him, he ran to him and said “hi” (his new word) and jumped up in his lap. The smile on this santa is genuine. The boys really made him smile. For some reason, there is not a single picture of Bethany from the event. Hmmmm… she was hiding, I guess. That could be one reason. The other reason is… I had purchased a package of duracell batteries for my camera and of course when I tried to find them to load it up before we left for the party, they were no where to be found. Undoubtedly, the kids had taken them. So I ended up with batteries from dollar tree. These pictures are the ones I got to take before the batteries died. Yes…they died after just these few pictures. Hope the kids enjoy the duracells. Argh! It is an UNDERSTATEMENT for me to say that we were an oddity at the party. Everyone thinks the boys are triplets and everyone asks…which we like, because it gives us a chance to tell them about our journey and it will only help to let more people know about Eli Project and others will surely decide they want to rescue a child, too. Blessed be the Name of the Lord! PS>>> If you’re in the area, come to Celebrate the Light 2009 at FBC Moore December 11, 12, or 13th at 6:30 p.m.