For the past few months, we’ve been anticipating a birthday celebration for Miss AnnMarie. Technically, her birthday isn’t until July, but since we’ll be in a different country by then, we thought it’d be perfect to celebrate here in Argentina with the friends and faces she’s known for the past 2 years.
I had a lady from our church make this cake for us; it turned out beautiful. She really put a lot of effort into it for us - what a talent.
I finally finished the Ruby Lou doll I was working on for her – much more on that later.
We rented a party place here in town called Saucecito. There are so many party places here - it’s big business! AnnMarie was beyond excited. It was perfect to have a special gathering with all of her classmates and close friends before we leave.
About 6 weeks ago, a family (originally from Rosario, Argentina), moved here to Venado, but they’ve been living in the United States (Georgia) for the past 3 years.
I’m in awe of Vera, their daughter AnnMarie’s age. She speaks English so well. Her and AnnMarie have become such good friends. Together, they speak English and Spanish, it’s amazing – and cute to see Vera so excited about being in her home country. It’s almost like she’s prepping AnnMarie to return to the States – so incredible these tender mercies that come into our lives.
Our sweet neighbor from downstairs came – love this girl. AnnMarie was completely preoccupied about Juan Patricio ruining her cake. Oh, I could fill a book with Juan Patricio stories…but I won’t. ;)
This little guy filled AnnMarie’s pocket with tiny cut-out hearts the other day. She thought they were paper scraps…until I looked a little closer. Oh boy…I can only imagine what 10 years will bring.
Back to the party…
I will miss these ladies so much. From the beginning, they’ve been extra supportive and helpful. Because of them, I will always be more aware of a foreigner’s needs. They went the extra mile so many times, especially in the early days when I could barely communicate.
Hopefully, friends for life. Oh, such sweet memories.
Happy Birthday AnnMarie!