Friday, January 21, 2011

Snow Themed Letters

We woke up this morning to a fresh couple of inches of the white, fluffy stuff, so it seemed like the perfect day to work on our snow themed letters to our Compassion International kids.

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I copied each child’s personalized stationary onto cool blue paper and added a couple of sparkley snowflake stickers from Dover.  I took all of the pages out of the stained glass snowflake coloring book, also from Dover, so I would have one for each of our seven children.

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I enlisted the help of my special paper snowflake cutters while I prayed for the first letter recipient and wrote her a letter.

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Most of the time, I write very personalized letters to each of our children.  When I do theme letters like this, though, I tend to stick with the same ideas to share.  I told about how we have to dress to go outside and play in the winter and what we like to do outside.  I told each of the kids how God makes every snowflake different and unique, just like people.  I told each child how special and unique they are and then shared Psalm 139:14.  “I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well.”

Are you planning to send a Winter themed letter soon?

You might like this cute printable snowflake paper to print your Compassion stationary.  You could also send this snowflake coloring sheet. What about a snowflake matching game? I plan to send the matching game next month, when I have more printer ink.

When the first letter is written, I gather all of the other things I plan to send to that one child.

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I wrote the child’s name and number on the back of the photo.  Generally, I am sure to write that info on every thing I send, but in the case of the paper snowflake and coloring sheet, I didn’t know exactly how to do it without ruining the item.  I paper-clipped the bundle together securely and hope that the two unlabeled items stay together with the letter and photo.

When each letter is finished, I do the same thing.  Each bundle for each individual child is paper-clipped together and they are all put into one big manilla envelope, ready to be mailed!

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Have you sent any neat Winter themed items to your Compassion International kids lately?  I’d love to hear your ideas!  What did you write about this month?

~Michelle

24 comments:

Amy D said...

No. I am not planning on sending a winter themed letter. Because we didn't have winter and it doesn't appear that we are going to have winter, so I would really not know what I am talking about.

Not that I am bitter about it or anything.

Jill Foley said...

Smiling at Amy's response...since we live in the same area, I was thinking the same thing. Amy....maybe we should send rain themed letters?!?!

We (our family) does drive an hour south east to Mt. Hood to play in the snow every once in a while.

I have done snow-themed letters in the past - especially when we lived in Michigan's UP. We had enough snow there to last a lifetime (and we only lived there one year!)

Jessica said...

Um, ditto what they said. Snow? In south Georgia? What's that? Lol.

I think this package you've made is SO COOL, though!

Emily said...

ha! I have to laugh at both Amy and Jill... I guess by Jill's comment that I'm a few hours north of them... We had winter... right before Thanksgiving... and it snowed one night... it was really cold for awhile... but now it's just raining. And sending water in a Compassion envelope probably isn't a good idea. :)

I just got a letter from my Ezra yesterday, though, so I think I'm going to think of something fun to send her. :)

Corina said...

I always love your ideas - you get me excited about sending stuff to my kids. Here's a link to my blog post about what we mailed off: http://3arrowsinthehand.blogspot.com/2011/01/compassion-january-letter.html

Amy D said...

Emily, I have a friend that lives in the same city as you! :-)

Familiar Little Frog said...

I actually wrote about St. Patrick's Day... I've done "snow" SO many times!! Here's a description of my St. Patrick's Day letters: http://familiar-little-frog.blogspot.com/2011/01/sponsored-kids-letters-st-patricks-day.html

Junie said...

Where we live we do get snow....sometimes too much ! I've never done a snow themed letter but I think I should give it a try. Michelle, what you are sending your Compassion kids is just beautiful !

Lissa said...

Great idea! Thanks for sharing! We are writing our first letters today to our two sponsored kids to introduce ourselves, but we may do snow and Valentine's Day stuff in the next few months. Thank you!

Lana said...

I sent off a package to Emily last week! I had a letter, some stickers, and a few pictures! Some of the pictures are from our last snow. I love your snow themed letters!

chipsndip4ever said...

Oooh, how I love your step-by-step and detail oriented ideas!!! We are still awaiting our packet but I'm saving all these ideas for future use!! Thanks Michelle!

Michelle ~ Blogging from the Boonies said...

Aw, I forget just how many people go through Winter without snow! By March I may a little sick of it, but for the most part, I just love the 4 distinct season we have here!

I'm happy to share ideas here and I just LOVE reading what you all are up to!

Brigette said...

We just received our packet yesterday in the mail. I do have a question
You talk about coping the childs personalized stationary on the blue paper. Whe do you find the personalized stationary, that was not included in my packet. Thanks for the help. I am getting so many ideas for you and other blogs cant wait to send packages to Roodeline in Haiti.

Michelle ~ Blogging from the Boonies said...

Brigette, welcome to my blog and to "sponsorhood"!! :D When you receive a letter from your child, it also comes with Compassion stationary with all of the child's info already on it. Compassion also has printable stationary available online (see my Letter Writing 101 post up top) or you can write on your own paper. Just be sure to leave 1/2 blank for translation and also have your sponsor number and child's name and number on it!

Brigette said...

ok thanks for the help. Since this is our first package and letter do you recommend anything. What did you send your first time?

Michelle ~ Blogging from the Boonies said...

I would be sure to send a picture or two. Most of our "first letters" were sent via email as soon as we we sponsored, through the Compassion website. I shared that we lived in a house surrounded by trees a few miles from a small town. I shared my husbands occupation and the names, ages and hobbies of my own girls. I told about our church and told them how much I loved them. I let them know I would be faithful in letter writing and would pray for them every day.... Things like that.

faithlikemustard said...

Love this idea...especially incorporating the idea of how uniqueness of each snowflake. Now all I need is a snow day! LOL!

Grandma Rita said...

We are on the same wave-length with a winter theme for this week's letters. I am sending a collage of winter photos and copied the Compassion letterform onto snowflake paper http://www.activityvillage.co.uk/snowflake_scrapbook%20paper.htm
Also sending coloring pages, as well. http://www.activityvillage.co.uk/pdfs/snow_day_coloring_page.pdf
This one in particular because it shows the boys what kind of activities the kids in the US do in the winter. HUGS!!

Michelle ~ Blogging from the Boonies said...

Those are great links, Ma!! I printed off that coloring sheet. Good thing I hadn't sealed my envelope yet! :D

Melva Lee said...

I have already sent my winter packet. In South Louisiana we don't get snow too often. the last time was December 2008. I sent a couple of pictures from then aling with a winter activity page (on 11 X 17 paper) that I made. I also sent some other coloring sheets and stickers. My kids should be receiving them soon.

Sarah said...

I have not. I haven't even thought of it, truthfully. I sent a packet, but not winter themed. But then, we don't really have a snowy white winter here...

Kimberly said...

Thank you for sharing! I recently began sponsoring a young girl from Uganda! I LOVE all the ideas you share!

Anonymous said...

I just started my sponsorships in January thru March of this year. But, what I did was take pictures of my two daughters playing in the snow after a blizzard. I also wrote each of my sponsored children's name in the snow a couple different times and took pictures of their name in the snow and sent them the pictures.
Beth

garrysa said...

Your "cute winter snowflake paper" link takes me to a travel website.

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