Thursday, May 30, 2013

Thursday’s This & That

Around the house… Two girls are munching toast while coloring at the dining room table. Lately, they seem to like to get up and get right to drawing or coloring or watercolors.

Outside of my windows…


Everything is so green and lush right now. Hot and humid weather is predicted for later today, so it is good to get out and enjoy a bit of the boonies in the morning while it is still cool. I really love the sound of the birds singing all around the property. Their songs change throughout the day and I find the morning and evening playlists to be the most vibrant.

And a side-order of Mail Call….

Yesterday was one of those great mail days where I found three cream colored envelopes waiting for me!

The first contained a letter and photo of Onen Patrick from Uganda.


Onen is our correspondent that is sponsored by our church.  Last fall, the children in Sunday School collected tithes and offerings to go towards a financial gift for Onen.  He was able to buy school clothes and shoes and also a suitcase for storing his things!

I love that children in Uganda write in English and Onen’s letter sweetly shared what he had been doing in school recently. He also tells us that “the Bible is God’s love letter to us.”

The next letter was from our lovely Uwera in Rwanda.


Uwera’s letter started with a sentence that just grabbed my heart.

“I love you so much!”

Such sweet words to read! Uwera goes on to say that she is so happy with the letters that we send to her. She tells us a bit about school and her family and then closes with another sentence that makes my heart leap with joy.

“I received Jesus as my Savior!”

It really doesn’t get much better than that, does it? Praise God!

The last letter was from the baby of our family – little Akimana Sonia in Rwanda!


The letter was written on a template titled “My Dreams”. It had several fill in the blank sentences where we learned that our wee girl would someday like to visit us and would like to see God.

We also learned that one day she would like to have a dolly. That sentence stuck with me as I thought about my girls and their room full of toys and dolls and stuffed animals. It is hard to imagine a little girl without a doll to play with.

On the back of the letter, which was written by an aunt, it says that Akimana is so happy with the letters we've sent her and she is excited to receive them. Then, once again I read the words, “She loves you so much together with her family.”

Such a blessing to have these sweet children in our lives and in our hearts!

But, the thought of a little girl dreaming for a dolly stuck with me after I set the letters down. On a whim, I took to social media and stopped by a few Facebook pages dedicated to Compassion Advocates.  I asked if anyone was planning to go to Rwanda in the coming year and would be willing to take a dolly for little Akimana.

Within the hour, I had a reply from a woman in Florida who said she was actually leaving in 24 hours for a trip to Africa and she would be visiting her children in Rwanda. I didn’t know how I could possibly get a doll to her in such a short time when this woman made an offer that brought tears to my eyes. She volunteered to go to a store before leaving for her trip and buy a dolly for little Akimana.

In a few weeks, our sweetie in Rwanda will have her wish!


Isn’t God so good?  I hope that Akimana has a lot of fun playing with her baby doll! Will you join me in praying for Sherie as she embarks on her journey to Africa?

I need to get started on my work before the heat of the day comes.  I hope that you have had a good week so far! Do you have a little bit of This & That to share? Please share in the comments section!