The birthday party was a great success! We asked our Filipino friends to help us plan a Filipino-style 1st birthday party. They did and it was a lot of fun!!!!!
James and Jerard, the Birthday Party Boys
PARTY PREPARATIONS - (These are just a few of the many pics I could've put in.)
Ate Bebe, Ate Arlene, and Maricel putting together prize bags and 'take away' bags for the party.
Ben and JR putting up balloons
LECHON BABOY AND OTHER FOOD
Lechon Baboy (roasted pig) is a major food item at a birthday party; along with pancit and spaghetti. This is the pig arriving cooked for our party
Preparing the food spread
Kurt with his bolo knife ready to hack up the pig!
James sitting next to the birthday pig
Jerard with Lola Ruth, our good friend, next to the birthday pig
Our friend, James, cutting up the pig
The pig at the end of the party!
ATE BEBE LEADING THE GAMES
Kirsten in the bubble gum game
I forget the Cebuano word for this game, but it's along the same lines as a pinata. Kids jump up to grab toys that are hanging on a bamboo grid. It's a lot of fun to watch!
BIRTHDAY BOYS EATING
Lola Arlene feeding the boys
James enjoying chocolate cake
FRIENDS.....we have been blessed with friends....Friends who have been faithful prayer warriors during the time Jerard was in and out of the hospital, blessings to our lives here...words fail me as I thank God for all the friends he has blessed us with here....here are some pictures of some of our friends....
Eya was one of the watchers for Jerard during his hospital stays. She flew down from her home near Manila to attend the boys first birthday party.
Ana, a friend from church, a prayer warrior with a special prayer burden and love for Jerard. She has faithfully prayed for him through all his hospitalizations.
Necy, one of the private duty nurses we had for Jerard during his hospitalizations.
Mikayla and Lindsay
Our neighbor, Eddie, and his daughters
Joebert, Gigi, ShariAnn Joy, Rachel
Beth Mari enjoying the festivities!!!
Dennis and Mary
Know that there are many, many more photos I could've put in here!
"......For the joy of human love,
Brother, sister, parent, child,
Friends on earth and friends above,
For all gentle thoughts and mild...
Lord of all to Thee we raise,
This our hymn of grateful praise...."
James, the day after the party, enjoying one of the new toys he and Jerard received.