This morning, I found these beautiful beacons of Spring in my yard.
The morning temperature was 60 degrees… the kind of weather that makes me want to open all of the windows and wash all of the bedding so that it can be line dried and soak up the sun and freshness.
I declared today a Phys. Ed. sort of homeschooling day and excused my girls from any sort of sit-down learning. I just love the freedom to be able to do that.
I was also inspired to break out the printer paper that is bordered with suns and butterflies and flowers and get to work on another round of letters for our Compassion International kids. Even though I mailed letters out last week, I like to get going on the next round as soon as I can. That way, if I get distracted or busy, the unfinished letters on my household management binder serve as a reminder to get them done.
So, I copied the personalized stationary that Compassion sends with our children’s letters onto some pretty paper and sat down to write. Generally speaking, my handwritten letters to all of our kids end up covering the same topics. I may simplify the wording for the younger children or add more complicated details to those for our older kids, but the letters all focus on the same points. (I use Compassion’s email feature to send personalized notes or letter responses to our CI kids.)
Today’s Spring letter started with a basic greeting. Then, I told our children how the weather is turning warmer and the snow on the ground has melted. I mentioned the joy in finding the first blooming flowers of the season. I explained how the flowers die when the cold of Winter comes, but are reborn when Spring returns. After searching my Bible, I decided on sharing 1 Peter 1:24 with the children. (I try to include at least one Bible verse in every letter.)
“All men are like grass and their glory is like flowers of the field. The grass withers and flowers fall but the Word of the Lord stands forever.” 1 Peter 1:24
This verse led into encouraging the children to spend time reading and learning from the Bible. My closing told the children how much we love them, as I have told them so many times before. I reminded than that God has a plan for them and their lives and that we would write again very soon.
Of course, no letter is complete without some stickers and some enclosures. I used some flower and cross stickers on the letters and I will look for some Spring coloring sheets or mazes to print off. I have photo collages to send to our two newest children, Madina and Mkapa and I also made a copy of the photo we received of Bertille and her birthday presents to send back to her. For our English speaking kids, I’ll choose something from my ever growing stockpile of books to send along as well.
Here’s just a few of the ones I have stored.
The books on the left are from the Dollar General and are just $1 each and the ones on the right were picked up at a nearby thrift. I also have a bunch of non-Christian themed story books that have been checked for content and are stored in a tote for future mailings.
So far, I managed to finish five out of the nine letters in between loads of laundry, walks with my girls, sweeping and mopping and all of my other daily duties.
Have you written any letters recently? If so, what did you write about?