Friday, February 25, 2011

Frosty Friday

Outside of my window… it has been snowing intensely all morning.  While it is a fine snow, it is really adding up.  The forecast called for a possible foot in our area, so it is a wonderful day to snuggle in here at home.  The birdfeeder outside is hopping with at least two dozen birds of various species.  I love the vibrant cardinals against the backdrop of snow covered trees.

Around the house…  my girls are watching PBS kids and the dogs are snoring by the woodstove.

This week’s accomplishments…  I joined Spark People and have been tracking my food intake and workouts.  I am thrilled that, in the last week, I have lost over 5 pounds as well as 1.5 inches from my waist.  Tracking my food has really helped me get a handle on my compulsive and gluttonous eating. I am proud that I’ve been able to stick with daily workouts for over 4 weeks now and I am feeling strong and energetic.

This week’s failures…  I still struggle with patience with my girls at times.  This is something I need to pray about and be mindful of at all times.

Weekend plans…  I am so excited to have a date with my husband tomorrow!  One of my favorite things to do as a Compassion Advocate is to work Compassion tables at concerts and events.  It is even MORE fun when I am able to bring Jay along with me.  Tomorrow, we will go to a nearby Denver and the Mile High Orchestra show.  I better put on my dancing shoes! (If you’re interested in possibly joining Compassion’s Advocate Network, check out this post I wrote about it recently.

This week’s Happy Dances (Compassion Mail)…

We received two letters from Precious in Ghana.

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We learned that the project organized a Christmas party for the children in the project.  Precious now helps by sweeping the project center and told us that she things our God is so amazing. :) Precious asked how we were able to find sponsors for her friends.  She asked if it is was all by prayers or by some other ways. She shared that she has a growing interest in gospel songs.  Like she does quite a bit, Precious prays for Jay’s work.  She has expressed a hope that was can sponsor her for a very long time.

She shared Proverbs 11:24 with us. “One man gives freely, yet gains even more; another withholds unduly, but comes to poverty.”

We also received a letter from Rodrigo in Bolivia.

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“I greet you in the name of Lord Jesus Christ. Thank you for always writing to me.  I tell you that I traveled to the town of my mother and I saw the sheep, the cows and the pork. (lol!) At Christmas, we celebrated the birth if Jesus.  I like what you write to me. On Sundays, my family and I go to church and I like to praise Jesus and he blesses me. (Awww!) Dear ones, I am well with my family.  I will pray for you so that you do well with your work. Take care a lot. I always bring you in my heart. (Again, awwww!) With affection, see you soon. Love, Rodrigo”

Rodrigo is such a sweet boy!  He just melts my heart.

Have you heard from any of your Compassion kids recently?  Leave a comment and tell us about your letter!

Again, I’d like to remind you that you can join the Blogging from the Boonies Facebook page by “liking” me on the widget in my sidebar.

I hope you all have a wonderful weekend! 

~Michelle

10 comments:

Bev Sykes said...

I've had 3 letters recenty. They are all here

JD said...

Getting letters from our Compassion children is like getting our hearts hugged, isn't it?

We've gotten a handful of letters lately, I just finished responding to 6 letters, and I'm about to start our end of February letters. One of the best parts of the recent letters was the one from Suwanna explaining that although she didn't have crayons at home, she appreciated being able to use the ones at the Compassion center. It touched my husband's heart, and the ways it touched his heart touched mine. I blogged about it a few weeks back. (How crayons can erase walls).

My most favorite letter related blessing this week, though, was seeing my husband write his very first letter to Ato Sam, handwritten, and it was so beautiful! That's my love language, methinks!


:o)

RZ said...

I received a letter from one of my girls yesterday, and today was blessed with my 1st correspondence child!! I have one other, younger girl that I haven't had a letter from in quite some time.

I have been a member of Spark People since the beginning of the year!! I've fallen a bit off track but just got a new workout dvd (biggest loser challenge) so I pray I can stick with it this time!

NaiveG said...

letters are really important for the kids... it inspires them..

Lana said...

I received a letter this week from Emily in Peru! I posted about it last night on my blog!

Judy said...

I got 4 letters and a picture this week! I think that's a record for me!!! I absolutely love the fact that your encouragement has gotten me to write 2+ times a month and that now I'm seeing the results of this with more letters from my kids!!! Thank you so much!!!!!!! ((hugs))

faithlikemustard said...

I got a letter from our little friend in Peru and just got assigned a new correspondence child! Stay tuned for blogging...LOL

I've been on SparkPeople for like 3 or 4 years and I always do bette when I track my food and water intake there. I've been doing well tracking my workouts and measurements, but I've really got to buckle down on food! Congrats on your accomplishment!

Elizabeth said...

I got a letter last week and loved hearing the latest news from Guatamala. Thank you for your encouragment via to blog to keep writting, I started writing more often last October so I'm hoping she will have started getting the letters now.
Thanks for mentioning Spark people, I looked it up and joined yesterday. It looks like a good way of tracking exercise, not sure about tracking food though, think it will take too long and I'm trying to cut down on my internet time.

raylin said...

michelle,
thanks for your comments on my post! i will stop by to get some letter writing ideas :) and, from time to time, if you are open to it, i may place a link to your ideas. would that be ok with you?
have a wonderful thursday. :)
b.

Michelle ~ Blogging from the Boonies said...

I just love reading about your letters!! :D

Raylin, you're more than welcome to link to my blog!

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