Thursday, May 12, 2011

Finally….. Spring!

While some of the first Spring flowers made a debut in early April, we then had an extra heaping dose of April showers. It seemed like it rained every day for weeks straight.  Day after day, we stayed indoors just hoping that Spring would arrive.

This week, we have finally had a run of beautiful days filled with sun and warm breezes. It has been so nice! I have been able to start my mornings in peace on our front porch, immersing myself in the chorus of nearby birds.  It really has been so good for my soul.  (It has not been so good for my blogging, though. Mornings are usually my best time to write!)

With these warm days, my girls have been busy as bees!  Their bikes and scooters have racked up many miles, mud-pies have been made and served, balls games have been played, flowers have been planted and picnics are a daily occurrence.

Spring may just be my very favorite time of year! What about you?

As you may know, tomorrow is the second Friday of the month, making it Compassion International’s Virtual Letter Writing Party day! (Read more about it here!)  Compassion would love to encourage sponsors to take just a little time and write to their sponsored child every month.  As I have said many times before, those letters to your child are more important that you may ever know.  They bring joy, pride, encouragement and love to your child.  Conversely, children who rarely or never receive letters tend to take it very personally and it can chip away at their confidence and sense of worth.

As a sponsor, will you join us in reaching out and writing to your sponsored child tomorrow? If you have questions about how to do this, you might like my post entitled Letter Writing 101.

One common thing that I hear from sponsors is that they struggle with coming up with things to write about.  While I already have quite a few posts with ideas, as you can see on my sidebar, I will list a few more!  Remember, that photos to accompany your letters are always enjoyed! As our Rodrigo in Bolivia told us, it is like seeing us in person!

  • Tell your sponsored child about your vegetable or flower gardens.  Explain how you grow and care for your plants.  Describe your favorite flower or vegetable. Ask your child if they grow anything in their area.
  • If you have children, share the activities that they like to do during nice weather. Describe a playground or park that you frequent. Talk about any sports that they play. Ask your child what they like to do outdoors for fun.
  • Talk about the Spring changes that happen outside of your house.  Explain what the trees and plants are doing now.  Discuss any birds that live in your area and what they are doing during this courting and nesting season. Ask your child to share their favorite animal.
  • If your church had a Spring Clean-Up, tell your child how it went.  Ask your child if they work together to keep their project clean.
  • If all else fails, a good thing to write about is what you are learning in church and through your own personal Bible studies. If I am struggling with a topic for letters to our children, I go back through my notes taken at church and share verses and personal application to go with them. While your sponsored child loves to learn about your day to day life, it is important to take advantage of the opportunity to help their spiritual growth.

Will you be writing to your sponsored child(ren) this Friday?  If so, what will you be writing about?

Lastly, I have a couple of things to share. I took the advice of Jessica from Bohemian Bowmans and purchased the domain http://www.bloggingfromtheboonies.com ~ I think that you will still be able to get to my blog through the old URL and links, but you may want to take note of the change.

Also, my first post for the official Compassion blog has been accepted and is scheduled to be published on May 20th! How exciting!

Another day of sunshine and warmth is in store today, so it is time to get moving!  I hope you all have a fabulous day!

~Michelle

6 comments:

Corina said...

I LOVE spring, too, but hate the allergies that come with it!
I need to get some letters out this week and plan to write about the bluebonnets (since they are a big deal here in TX) - and send pics of my boys in them and info about them! And ask what types of flowers they have near their home (or in their part of the country).

Jill Foley said...

I've been working on my monthly bout of letters all week. I will make the finishing touches and get them sent later today or tomorrow.

I DID talk about planting our garden and asked if they grow anything!

Amy D said...

I just sent a batch of letters over the weekend. Then YESTERDAY i sent the picture that you painted to Agnes in Rwanda. I really hope she enjoys it!

Stacey said...

I have already sent out my letters for May about a week ago because I will be working the Compassion table at the Michael W. Smith concert this Friday night. I did letters about my son Steven's high school graduation. I included his picture on long with some scriptures from Proverbs on learning and wisdom and encouraged them to do well in school and with their bible studies.

Jessica said...

I was looking at the traffic sources coming into my blog just now and I was like, "Whuuuut! Blogging from the Boonies dot com!"

Woot. :)

I enveloped some letters this morning, btw. :)

faithlikemustard said...

Good writing prompts. Sometimes I just hit a brick wall!

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