Monday, February 21, 2011

Monday Mish-Mash

I have lots of things to post about today!

On Saturday, I was thrilled to find a letter from our little Madina in our mailbox.


Seeing as we were just assigned to be her correspondents a couple of weeks ago, I wasn’t expecting to receive a letter from her for a few months.  In what may be an all-time record for speedy Compassion mail, her letter was written on February 2nd and arrived in our mailbox just 17 days later!  Definitely the exception to the rule when it comes to Compassion correspondence.  Most letters take 2-3 months to travel from our children to us.

On the front of this first letter, we were told about her best friend, favorite color, school subject, food, game, Bible story and song.  We were told that, if she could visit anywhere, she would like to go to the zoo to see animals.  I was a little confused when the only person listed in her family was her Mother.  The message on the back filled us in:

“Madina greets you in the name of Jesus. She is happy to have you as a sponsor. She says thank you for loving her and considering her as your sponsored child.  She says that her father is sick and he was taken to his parents for treatment.  She says that she is praying for him to recover.  She says thank you so much for loving her, may God bless you.”

Will you join me in praying for Madina’s father, as well as the rest of the family?

With the envelope from Madina’s letter, I made a little note card to send back to her.


Inside, I will write that this is part of the envelope that we received with her letter and tell her how much joy comes with hearing from her.  I do hope to make something similar to send to our other children as well.  Usually Mondays are good mail days, so I am a little bummed about today being a postal holiday.  Here’s hoping for tomorrow!

With Easter being just a couple of months away, we really need to get our Easter cards and packages out this week!  I didn’t think ahead last year and buy discounted cards after Easter, so we are making them this year.  I enlisted the help of my little artist, Kaya, to design and draw the front of the cards.


We hope to finish them up in the next day or so and have them mailed by Friday!

And finally, I want to remind you to take a few minutes to scroll down a couple of posts and enter my giveaway for a $20 gift certificate for Come Together Trading Company. It is so easy to join in and you can’t win if you don’t enter!  Drawing will be held on Wednesday! (You can help me out by passing along the link to the drawing on your Facebook or Twitter page!)

Just think of the amazing items you could purchase with your $20 gift certificate!

Bracelets from Burkina Faso…


A mobile from Sri Lanka…


Maybe even a beautiful journal from India…

So many amazing products to choose from!  Don’t miss out on your chance to enter!

Tammy, the owner of CTTC, left a comment on the giveaway post that I’d love to share with my readers:

“Hi there everyone! I just wanted to say a huge THANK YOU! To Michelle for sharing about Fair Trade and our company, Come Together and to everyone who has commented her, joined our facebook group, shared with your friends and family and already placed orders from our website. We are completely humbled every single day witnessing what God is doing through this effort. We LOVE what we GET to do! So again and again, THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU ... for caring so much for our brothers and sisters in Christ around the world and for giving God ALL the Glory! In awe of Him, Tammy”

Thank YOU, Tammy and Terry, for your effort to bring income to those around the world!



Bev Sykes said...

I love how they have a category of "Men's clothing and other manly things"

How great that you heard from Madina so quickly. I just asked for another correspondence child because all of my kids are growing up and I still have "little kid" things to send! I suppose it was good news that they have no children who need correspondents right now.

The Burgess family said...

That picture of Madina makes me smile every time I see it :)

Caitlin S. said...

Love the envelope card. I may be stealing the idea later :-)

Lana said...

That is great you got a letter so quickly! I am hoping to receive one soon!

Judy said...

I'll definitely be praying for Madina's father. What a little sweet-heart she is!

I already go my order from Come Together Trading Company and my new purse and coin purse are even more beautiful than I thought they'd be!!! And very well-made! Woot! :)

Familiar Little Frog said...

I just got my order too--and all three items are GORGEOUS. Well-made and beautiful. So Come Together Trading is a winner all around: wonderful products, quick, quick service, and what an amazing program for the craftspeople they serve. Two big thumbs up!

steph said...

I was just looking at the Burkina Faso bracelets yesterday since that is where Timothee is from. Very cool.

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