Update 4: Bringing LOVE to Mr Tong and the Kids at the Orphanage (5-8 October 2016)

Pres and I are as excited as the kids (if not more!) when we hand them their gift bags!

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Our young ladies try on their summer dresses and could not take their eyes off of their new digital watches!

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Our girls trying on their new dresses!

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Our little gentlemen are not too crazy about the toy cars but are clearly enjoying their Hawaiian luau print shirts and short pants; we don’t get to see these designs everyday!

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Our boys checking out their gift bags!

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Kids are amazed with their new watches!

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With Mr Tong and his wife

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Happy to know we manage to get their sizes right!

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We miss you already, Emily!

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This young lady said THANK YOU like a thousand times!

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This boy has his wiper glasses on the entire night!

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Emily loves her new dress very much!

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Our little girl in her luau dress and Happy Birthday glasses!

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They all look soooooooo cute in their new luau outfits!

The moment they have their new summer clothes on, our kids start to assemble themselves in the middle of the room ala flashmob and the music starts to play!  This somehow brings out the little kids in us and suddenly Pres and I find ourselves dancing along!  The kids are so energetic; they are dancing and singing at the same time!  Meantime, Pres and I are busy catching our breath!

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We pose for group photos with everybody donning their new summer dresses and shirts!

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Before saying our goodbyes for the night, Mr Tong leads our evening prayers before the kids tuck themselves in.

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Those blessings are sweetest that are won with prayer and worn with thanks.” ― Thomas Goodwin

Update 3: Bringing LOVE to Mr Tong and the Kids at the Orphanage (5-8 October 2016)

These are the school kits we brought our kids!  They are all excited to see their gifts!  Mr Tong’s nephew Tam and niece Tram are both very kind enough to help us source the school supplies from a bookstore nearby and to give us pointers on what notebooks and pens to get for the kids.  Mr Tong is very proud of our kids.  They are all doing very well in school, he told us!

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The girls get all these goodies!  The rag dolls are a very nice addition and they perfectly match the luau dresses we got them!

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Each of the boys have their tropical print Hawaiian shirts and shorts plus a pair of dark colour pants they can wear to church; we also included toy cars!

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“We spend the first year of a child’s life teaching it to walk and talk and the rest of its life to shut up and sit down. There’s something wrong there.” ― Neil deGrasse Tyson

Second Visit to Lang Hoa Binh, Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam 2016

Very happy to see the children at the Peace Village again this year!  We missed you all!  Glad the kids at the Peace Village still remember us!  We came prepared with name tags, just in case!

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We got the kids boxes of these goodies from Givral cakeshop!  The kids loved our stickers!

The teacher let us see the kids while they were having their special classes at the Peace Village.  Thank you very much!

They typically have porridge for lunch.  Lunch time would take longer than usual when it’s me feeding them!

With the kids and some of our caregivers are the Peace Village.  Everybody just loves their photos taken!

With two of our cute little ladies.  She’d constantly wave at me but too shy when in front of the camera!

We missed these little ladies at the Peace Village; always smiling when letting us into their room!

With the friendly and caring staff.  Thank you for taking very good care of our children!

The kids taught us how to count from 1 to 3 in Vietnamese so everytime we’d click our photos, we’d shout MOT HAI BA!

So nice to see one of the kids wearing the LVE shirt we got her last year! 

At everybody’s favourite spot in the Peace Village!  MOT HAI BA cheeeeeeese!

Two of our kids hurriedly went downstairs right after their special classes to say goodbye!

Always always makes our hearts happy seeing our kids at Lang Hoa Binh and spending time with them!  We will see you all again really soon!  We love you all!

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“There is nothing more beautiful than when someone who goes out of their way to make life beautiful for others.” – Mandy Hale