Christmas morning - Aria MacDonald

Christmas morning

Well to many of you, you’ve had your Christmas day (hope it was awesome), but for us its just beginning.

Aria will be over shortly to open the mountain of gifts so many generous people, friends, family and strangers have given her and Asher.

Aria seems to be ok this morning from all reports so hopefully she will be able to enjoy things this morning.

Aria and I spoke with my family last night on their Christmas afternoon and will again this afternoon on our Christmas day. It is amazing how technology has made the world much smaller. It was really nice to see everyone, Aria was showing of her new presents. Venesio, Aria’s ร‚ย cousin, was very cute asking to go in the car to see Aria. Her cousins are very sweet about Aria and Asher, being away from them is one of the sad parts of being over here.

As we reflect on Christ’s coming and that great gift of sacrifice it enabled and the live that has given us, we hope that another gift will be made today (or sometime very soon) that will give Aria life. We yearn and pray for this everyday, and on this day of gifts nothing would make us happier than that.

Anyway, I suspect we’ll update things later on, but for now, Merry Christmas and God Bless.

We had a good day! Aria did really well and she was in a good mood pretty much all day. She managed to choose some lunch and sit and we all ate as a family- quite the rare event!
Aria's christmas lunch

Asher has true American kai- cheeseburger and curly fries and pudding with cool whip for dinner


The present haul- thank you so much for all the beautiful presents. Some came in boxes to our new address and some were brought from NZ in our suitcases. I hope to contact you all personally soon, but should be get ‘the call’ tonight please know we are very grateful.



22 Responses to “Christmas morning”

  1. Viv says:

    Happy, happy Christmas MacDonald Family – have a truly awesome day!

  2. annie says:

    Merry Christmas!
    I hope you have a wonderful day filled with love and laughter.

  3. Lori Hollingsworth says:

    Merry Christmas!!!! So glad to hear you were able to see/speak to some of your family back home. Kind of bitter-sweet though, I’m sure. Thinking of you today (especially!)….and hoping cafeteria or something even BETTER stayed open for ya!! ๐Ÿ™‚

    Love you all…..praying for your Christmas miracle!

  4. jen says:

    Merry Christmas to you all
    I hope you have a wonderful day

    I am praying for that gift of life for Aria too

  5. Brian and Sandra Ready says:

    Merry Christmas guys! Hope you have a lovely, lovely day!

    Our love as always


  6. uncle b says:

    Feliz Navidad!!!, we’ll see you soon on skype

  7. Lou says:

    Merry Christmas guys ๐Ÿ™‚ Have an awesome day xo

  8. The Wall Family says:

    Merry OMAHA Christmas Macdonald Family! Wishing you all a wonderful Christmas day, whatever you guys are doing, we all miss you and are thinking and praying for you!
    Love and hugs xxx
    Josie, Simon and Violet-Dee xxx

  9. Linda C says:

    Merry Christmas Aria, Asher, Anita & Hamish. Hope you have a lovely white Christmas. Praying that organs come soon for Aria. That would be the ultimate Xmas gift for all Aria fans. Love to all. Linda C

  10. Milburn Family says:

    Merry Christmas to all of you. Enjoy your first Christmas in winter! Praying that Aria’s gift of life comes soon!

  11. Priscilla says:

    Merry Christmas!! Hope you have a really great day :o)

  12. Carmen & Jacco says:

    Merry Christmas Hamish, Anita, Aria and Asher! Enjoy the white Christmas, it must be so beautiful to see.
    Thank you for allowing us to go on this journey with you by keeping us updated. It is awesome to know exactly what to pray for. You are all in our hearts and prayers!

  13. Liz says:

    Merry Christmas MacDonald family.

    Sending you much love today.

  14. Lauren says:

    Merry Christmas MacDonald family! Praying for the peace of Christmas for you all today, and for a special gift for Aria.

  15. Jessica says:

    Merry Christmas guys!!!! from the Gibsons

  16. Tiffany Keller says:

    I’m glad to hear that you all had a great Christmas!

  17. Megan Ready says:

    Merry Christmas guys hope you have an amazing Christmas ๐Ÿ™‚

  18. Shirl says:

    MERRY CHRISTMAS my friends…. hope you had some special family moments. Praying for Aria’s ‘gift’ to arrive soon… and for God’s grace, peace and joy to be especially evident in your aching hearts as you walk each day in the unknown…. much love from Aotearoa. X

  19. Ali says:

    Merry Christmas to a special family! Love and hugs, xxxxxxxxx

  20. Ali/nerdygirl says:

    Merry Christmas!!! I am thinking of you guys all the time.

    Ali xoxo

  21. Bridgette and TIna Coleman says:

    SO Glad you enjoyed your Christmas!!! Praying for you guys daily!! LOVE to you ALL!

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