We have become friends with this wonderful family. They came to the U.S. from the Democratic Republic of Congo a few years ago. They have come to our home a few times, and we’ve stumbled together through different cultural expectations. I try out my very rusty French on them from time to time, and their English is getting amazing. When we have no idea what the other is saying, a smile seems to bridge the gap just fine. They invited me to their home to take pictures of them praying together, which is how they begin each day. They prayed in song, and Mom’s voice filled the room with all of her love and passion. You can tell the kids take care of each other and love each other.
And then everyone started getting all dressed up in ties and dresses… It turned out they were really hoping for some posed, smiling-at-the camera pictures (that was one of those cultural miscommunications we had and that I take full responsibility for), so we did a few of those, too (ok, maybe actually a lot of those – I didn’t share them all here!). And of course, we got the in-between, too. I was super happy they also allowed for my crazy ideas about fun and letting go a little. It’s always so easy for kids! Then it was off for a quick walk (run!) over at Creekside. I adore this family. They are working so hard to provide a wonderful life for their children (it was hard to schedule this between everyone’s work schedules). The kids are working hard in school. Their faith in God is a basis of their family, and shines forth in their faces and with the kindness they show to others. And they’re all wrapping each other up in love. A beautiful family working for “America’s Dream! Your freedom of thought” (Dad’s words).
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