Thursday, December 22, 2011

Do You Hear What I Hear?

Today, like every weekday, I made the hopeful trip to the mailbox to see if I have any Happy Dance worthy mail waiting for us! As I walked the quarter mile to our mailbox today, I noticed that these warm temperatures and recent rain have left the dirt road covered with huge puddles.  I picked up a stick and worked on carving out little drain ditches in the mud.

When I finally got to the mailbox, I smiled to find a larger Compassion envelope tucked among the other mail.  Because I had a muddy stick in one hand and a stack of mail in the other, I didn’t rip right into the Compassion letter like I usually do. 

Walking back home, I continued to work on any large puddles I passed, making little ditches to let the water drain.

Then, I heard something. It took me a bit to figure out that the rattling noise was coming from the Compassion envelope. 

What could it be? With each shake, I heard a distinctive noise and the envelope was even a bit thicker than most we’ve gotten.

Back at home, I kicked off my muddy boots at the door and carefully opened the envelope. I pulled out the sweetest little craft!


From the baby of our Compassion family, little Madina, this paper is bordered in thin little pieces of wood. “M Xmass” is written in glue coated with what appears to be cornmeal. “John 3:16” is written in glue with tiny seeds stuck to it.

The rattling was some seeds that had come off in transit.

What a treasure! We’ve never received anything like this from any of our Compassion children! We will be using a little glue to put some of the seeds back on the artwork, but Kaya suggested that we try to grow a few of the seeds, too.

An excerpt from the letter:

“Madina says she is glad to be loved by you and by God. She received her necklace (that my friend Sherry took to Uganda) and it is so nice and she looks so smart in it. She says thank you so much for loving her and she is proud of you because of the day you come into her life. She loves you.”

As if that wasn’t enough, we also received a bonus photo of our little sweetie, too!

madina122011She looks as shy as ever, but she is growing up quickly!  What a doll!

We were so blessed by these unexpected gifts!  What a joy!