I told him if he's ever in the U.S. for his birthday, he'll be able to celebrate it on the 15th & the 16th. Why? He was born at 4 a.m. on the 16th in Nigeria which was 10 p.m. on the 15th in the U.S.!
Tobi opened some gifts from the family early this morning. I have found a creative alternative to wrapping gifts: I just pop the gifts into colorful cloth bags made by the Women of Hope. This really cuts down on wrapping time (took me about 2 min.) and they can be recycled through numerous birthdays.
After church Bayo and the kids took a birthday cake to Bezer Home to share with the kids there. They all loved that.
For the past couple weeks I tried to convince Tobi to have a small party with just 3-4 friends, but he really wanted to invite his whole class plus some others. I acquiesed--hopefully for the last time. The kids weren't bad, but when you put about a dozen 8-10 year old boys together, the result is generally chaotic.
The biggest miracle of the day was that it DID NOT rain!! In August we have a 95% chance of having a downpour at 3 p.m. I knew an outdoor party would preserve my sanity. However, I did have Plan B which would have been a video inside.
Even though we didn't have rain, the kids sure did get wet--from super soakers and water balloons. We even got out the 3-man-slingshot. We have never used it on our compound before because it really packs a lot of power. I had the kids lay on the ground and aim their water balloons straight up. They had a lot of fun trying to catch them on the way down.
Later in the evening, Tobi was reflecting on all the stuff he has, and he has decided to give a number of things away. (Mom is saying "Praise God!") We'll work on that after school this week.