And this called for celebration!
The following Sunday, we planned an ice cream party to bring together most everyone we know in town: friends from the neighborhood, friends from church, friends from Oak’s school, friends from our expatriate community. All the friends, and all the celebrating.
To make it even better, this turned out to be Thai Mother’s Day, and we celebrated it that morning at church.
And then we threw the most chaotic ice cream party! Thankfully, we asked a friend to come and take pictures. I am so, so thankful, because it was a blur of joy and smiles.
We hired the youth to come and help host, and they did amazing. They even showed up in black bottoms and white tops, because they are stellar.
And even when it got like this in the first few minutes, Pyint Soe just ran his fingers through his hair and kept going for two more hours.
They love Oak so well, and I love them for it.
I am so thankful for how these photos capture a blend of cultures, lives, and stories, all coming together to celebrate our son.
We planned to leave town that evening for a few days to celebrate as a family. Stephen laughed out loud when the hotel called around 4pm asking when we’d be checking in. At that moment, we were both drenched in sweat, Oak was covered in ice cream and dirt, a few hundred people filled our home, and we had a few hours drive ahead of us.
We live full. 🥰