Monday, July 28, 2008
On saturday night we celebrated Carolina's quincenera, she is a friend from the community center neighborhood. This was our first quincenera and Ryan was asked to give the talk. Often Quincenera's have a Catholic Mass before the party, but Carolina's incorporated the blessing time into the party. Carolina's mom, Leticia, asked that Ryan speak in Spanish but Ryan wasn't that comfortable with his Spanish language skills. I think he does a great job of speaking in Spanish but one on one is different than being in front so Leticia translated his message... We were honored to be a part of this party and we love the investment in recognizing and shepherding Carolina in to being a young woman. Her family and friends surround her and celebrate her. Ryan adapted Isaiah 55 into a letter from God to Carlolina and talked about God pursuing her heart and how others will also try to pursue it. What amazing promises in Isaiah that we will have God's enduring love forever, and a whole & joy filled life when we commit our hearts to him. We pray Carolina enters into her days as a young woman with these promises before her. She looked amazing in her blue gown and her court had great black dresses - we left before the dance really started but we have to take credit for Malachi kicking it off. Before Carolina danced with her court and her dad Malachi rocked the dance floor. What a joyful spirit he had and a ton of energy - he was still going strong at 9 asking to dance again. We all laughed a lot. Enjoy the video!!
(Yes everyone is clapping for him)