Sunday, September 30, 2007

Moon Festival

Well - for another year it's over but man, do we have some great memories!!! This has to be one of our favorite nights ALL YEAR!!! Joe took off at noon and he began meal preparations that culminated in Crab Rangoon, Kung Pao Chicken, Fried Rice, Pearl Balls, American Mooncakes :), and more!! We had such a fun night with our friends and family.
Leon added so much meaning to our celebration and gave us a wonderful history of the Moon Festival and even did Chinese Calligraphy for the kids - the meanings of their names or their names in Chinese. Joe learning how to grind the inkstone.
Kids making Crab Rangoon.




We made Shuttlecocks and then had to practice how to use them!




We ended our evening with Mooncakes (yes, we vowed we'd never order them again - but we needed to let Leon experience them too!!) and a bonfire. Joe shared with us in scripture how the moon is a witness of Jesus - Psalm 89 and then we made S'mores - because what fire is complete without smores?!?! So there you have it - the annual Moon Festival at the Bilby home - yes, there were moments when we wondered why we didn't have it catered, wondered what we were thinking with 11 little ones running all over, but we wouldn't trade a minute of it!! (And we're already looking forward to next year!)

17 comments:

Olivia said...

what an amazing time!
I have missed stopping by your blog, i've just been busy busy! Enjoyed all the pictures =)

Janet said...

Oh, that sounds so perfect!!!

Verna said...

Wow!! That's really cool. Guess I totally forgot the moon festival this year. Just another reason to live near you guys--to keep the cultural side of life going. What a treat to have Leon there to teach the kids authentically.

ShaggaBear said...

What a wonderful celebration. I love how you weaved in scripture!

Steffie B. said...

Totally awesome.....you guys are an amazing family!

amy said...

this sounds like so much fun!

Jewels of My Heart said...

How wonderful.... what a special celebration for your whole family.

Carey said...

Oh, it looks like you had a great time! And you HAVE to teach me how to make crab rangoons! Although, did you ever see them in China? I didn't...wondering if it's another one of those American things!

Juliette said...

Looks like a lot of fun! And how nice for you to have Leon with you that day. This is very special.

nikki said...

What an incredible time...can we come next year, please????

jennifer said...

That sounds awesome! I am so impressed.

redmaryjanes said...

Those are wonderful photos! It looks everyone had a fantastic time.

Sue said...

So did your calligraphy set come in time? And just how were the mooncakes? As "good" as you thought? Looks like so much fun. We saw your set up when we drove by that evening. Almost invited ourselves over! HA

GWEN OATSVALL said...

sounds like a fabulous time and the kiddos look to be having a blast ... what a blessing for you all to share.

The Shocks said...

It sounds like you had so much fun. We will have to do something next year. I forgot this year.

Nikki & Larry said...

Looks like you had a wonderful celebration!! This year I took the opportunity to learn a bit about the festival. I can't wait until our little one is home to celebrate with us! How nice that you had Leon with you to celebrate this year!

Smiles! :o)
Nikki

Amy A. said...

I fully expect to be invited to next year's moon festival. Sounds like so much fun!

When you are harvesting your crops and forget to bring in a bundle of grain from your field, don't go back to get it. Leave it for the foreigners, orphans and widows. Then the LORD your God will bless you in all you do.
~Deuteronomy 24:19

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