From the Ohran tribe ... Merry Christmas!!!
Our Christmas is going to look a little different this year. From being away from our families for the first Christmas ever, to making our own tropical decorations, and singing "I'm Dreaming of a White Christmas" when it is 90 degrees outside ... it is SO much different!! But, it turns out that a palm tree makes a really fun Christmas tree, and pineapples with a few ornaments hanging from their tops make for cute decor that can become breakfast the next morning. The only thing that we really wish we could change is our proximity to our family and friends. We miss you all!! And we feel it extra much this time of year.
Even though we're separated by so many miles (how we would love to hug you all in person!!), all that we are doing here in Nicaragua has only been possible because we have a great team of people walking with us who are choosing to put love into action. You may not be physically here with us, but your giving hearts and your desire to partner with us in loving the people of Nicaragua is impacting so many lives. You are spreading light and hope into some dark places and some desperate hearts.
Yesterday we had the opportunity to give out Christmas gifts to a little over 100 children in two of the remote communities that we've been helping since the flooding happened in October. Our prayer is that the Lord would use those soccer balls and baseball mitts, baby dolls and stuffed animals as little glimmers of light and hope for the kids in those communities that lost so much. That they would feel seen and loved. YOU helped us do this!! It was so great to be able to bless those kids and give them something fun for Christmas!!
We gave our kids a special Christmas gift a little early ... a little Boxer puppy that we named Bo. We've been looking for a guard dog for a while but just haven't been able to find one that seemed to fit our family. We said "absolutely not" every time the kids would ask us to get a puppy instead. But then we saw an ad for some Boxer puppies and decided that it couldn't hurt to "just go look". Ha!! Of course we came home with one. It will be a little while before he's much of a guard dog, but he's been so much fun. A lot of work, but so fun!!
There is so much more that we'd love to share and so many new, exciting things that God is getting ready to do at Ruby Ranch in 2018!! We can't wait to share more with you after the holidays.
We are wishing you a wonderful Christmas that is overflowing with only the best gifts ... love, joy, and peace.
Feliz Navidad!!! We love you all.
Todd, Kristen, Jace, Brandon, Carley and Keira