Friday, April 19, 2013

Correspondence Connections

A fairly new feature at Blogging From The Boonies, these Correspondence Connections posts share some of the things we’ve written to our Compassion International children.

Many sponsors understand the importance of their letters to their sponsored children, but may run out of ideas of things to write about each month.  Sometimes, hearing what other are writing about can spark new ideas!

My current plan is to write a theme letter online to all 19 of our children every month. These duplicate letters are slightly edited to be specific to each child, but share the same basic information and photos. (Handwritten letters are usually totally different and each child is sent a paper letter at least every other month.)

This month, our round of online letters was about friends.

In the letters, I shared the names of some of my daughters’ closest friends and described them. I told of the places where my girls see their friends and shared the types of activities they like to do when they are together. I explained some of the games they play together and described how they sometimes like to play pretend or “make-believe” and set up imaginary houses or stores. I think that the children will enjoy hearing more specific details like these.

On their U.S. website, Compassion’s online letter writing tool has the space to upload up to three pictures onto the letter. As someone who takes a lot of pictures, I love being able to share glimpses of our lives in this way.

For this online letter, I tried something new.  I used Picasa to make two photos into one, and then inserted that into one of the spaces for a picture.


That left two more spaces for photos!

I wrote that it is important to choose close friends wisely.

“Whoever walks with the wise becomes wise,
but the companion of fools will suffer harm.” –Proverbs 13:20

I also shared a passage from Ecclesiastes 4.

“Two are better than one,
because they have a good return for their labor:
 If either of them falls down,
one can help the other up.
But pity anyone who falls
and has no one to help them up.”

I hope our Compassion children enjoy these letters and feel like they are learning more about our family.  I also hope that sharing details and then asking questions will lead to some of our children telling us more about their friendships and pastimes!

What sort of things have you written about lately? If you have a Correspondence Connections post to share, please leave a comment with the link! If you’re not a blogger, feel free to share your recent letter topics in the comments section, too!