This photo has nothing to do with our Natalan (keep reading to find out what exactly a Natalan is) except that it was taken the same day. Do you have those moments as a parent when you just look at your kid and your heart could burst with joy that they are yours? Man oh man, do I love this kiddo! I love that he calls me mommy. It’s such a honor. I am ever so grateful that his birth mom chose me to be his mommy. [Heart bursting…]
Ok, Natalan: Natal is the Indonesian word for Christmas. A Natalan is a Christmas event (or at least, I believe that’s how the word is used…oy with this second language.) So, a few Saturdays ago we had our MAF Natalan. An Indonesian Christmas party is a pretty formal affair. There’s singing, a sermon and lots of food.
We took the opportunity of having all of our National staff and their families together to take a photo of our awesome team (including our two airplanes!)
This was actually on our way out to the plane. Elias, Nathan and Paul. And a helicopter!
Our hangar, all decked out for Christmas.
A bunch of the kids sang for us.
All the expats did some singing too.
It was right around the candlelit rendition of “Silent Night” when Elias was ready for bed, so I went home to tuck him in. Nathan hung out at the party and listened to the sermon and ate some soto ayam (basically the Indonesian version of chicken noodle soup)
All and all, it was a great evening and a great kick off to the Christmas season!