Tuesday, 3 January 2017

Happy New Year!

A little update, I haven't written here in a long, long time.  Not since February.  It's not that I didn't want to, but life gets in the way sometimes and between work and parenting, time is passing too quickly!

I've decided to make blogging more a New Years Resolution, I'll try to stick to it, but bear with me if sometimes I don't update a lot because, well, I have a lot of other resolutions too lol!

And while I enjoy blogging about my kids letters, my priority time-wise is actually writing to those kids when I get online.  (Something that I haven't had trouble finding time for fortunately, in fact I may have written them a little TOO often lately haha!)

Anyways, on top of the everyday life kind of stuff, my computer crashed and I'm undergoing the huge process of scanning letters back onto my computer so I have easy access to them for blogging purposes again.  I received a lot of letters this year, some terrific photo updates, and quite a few new kids!  (Sadly I also lost many children this year, some for terrific reasons such as graduation or not needing financial help anymore, and some because their financial sponsor dropped them or their project was having issues.)

Some of my kids responses to my questions were even featured this year on the main Compassion blog AND it was brought to my attention today that that post was highlighted again today as being one of Compassion's top 10 blog posts! Wow!  (#5)  Thanks Compassion for that!  It was another reminder I need to start writing more, so look for new content in the near-ish future haha!

You can read that one by clicking the link below: 

God bless!

Thursday, 25 February 2016

WWYD if... Kids in Charge Edition.

Another question that I asked all of my sponsored kids/teens/young adults was:
"What would you do if you were given the opportunity to invent a new law for your country?"

Here are the results:

  • I would put in laws that favourited children. ~ Esperance,12, Rwanda
  • If I could make a law for my country, it would be that those who are in need must be taken care of.  ~ Erickson, 12, Kenya
  • I would pass a law for my country that alcoholism doesn't exist, and also a law against child abuse.  ~ Olga, 11, Bolivia
  • The law that I would start would be to help all the children in the world so that they can be happy and have food in their homes, so they can feed well and get to know Jesus.  ~ Franklin, 8, Honduras
  • If I could write the law, I will help people in Thailand to not use drugs.  ~ Chokchai, 10, Thailand
  • I'd made discipline laws so that all the citizens would be disciplined.  ~ Cris, 13, Indonesia
  • If I could create a law for the country, it would be that no one can be selfish.  ~ Linda, 13, Peru 
  • If I ruled our country one day, I would do something in the field of education for children who are not able to attend school.  ~ Kajal, 13, India 
  • If I could make a law for our country I would ask God to give me knowledge and wisdom to do so.  ~ Guguloth, 21, India
  • If I could make a law for my country it would be that every person, including children, must go to church every Sunday.  ~ Zaina, 15, Uganda

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Thursday, 18 February 2016

HRH Kids

Drawing by Olga in Bolivia

I often call my children Prince or Princess because they are children of God and He is the King.  One  
of my boys, Victor, even wrote back that he really likes it when I call him Prince because it makes him feel big.

But although my children are all a part of the Kingdom of God, I know that the World does not always recognize them as so, and I wondered…. What would my children do if it did?

I asked my kids what they would do if they were royalty here on earth.  I also asked them what they would say if they ever met someone from the royal family.  It was a fun question and here are some of their responses.

  • If I were a king or a queen, I would help the poor.  If I was a princess I would be an advocate for children.   ~Esperance, 12, Rwanda
  • If I were a queen, I would help the poor and disabled people, children, and grandparents.  If I met a princess, I would ask her if I could help her.  ~ Sandy, 12, Bolivia
  • If I could be a king for a day, I would help those people in need.  If I met a prince or princess, I would say “Hi.” ~ Erickson, 12, Kenya
  • If I was queen for a day, I would like to help the children most in need.  If I met a princess and if the princess doesn’t know God, I would tell her about Him so that she is good.  ~ Olga, 11, Bolivia
  • If I could be King I would give importance to the righteous.  If I met a prince, I would beg for him to help the poor people.  ~ Guguloth, 21, India
  • If I ever have the opportunity to be a king, I will take my whole family to live in a beautiful palace.  If I met a prince, or a beautiful princess like your daughter is, I would ask them to show me the castle and take me for a ride on a white horse.  ~ Franklin, 8, Honduras
  • If I became King for a day, I’d make a castle, and if I met a princess I’d say that she made the more beautiful castle.  ~ Cris, 13, Indonesia
  • If I become a queen, I will love all the people.  If I meet a king or queen one day, I will be very excited.  ~ Kajal, 12, India
  • If I was queen for a day, I would be happy and make everyone have good relationships.  ~ Linda, 11, Peru
  • If I could be queen for a day, I would give commands like everyone should be a God-fearing and a working person.  If I met a prince or a princess, if he/she is a non-believer I would say "Choose Jesus as your personal saviour."~ Zaina, 15, Uganda

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Thursday, 11 February 2016


Drawing by Olga in Bolivia
Sometimes I like to ask all my kids the same question so I can compare the answers and see what is popular in each part of the world.  It really helps me get to know my kids unique personalities too.

This time my question was: "What is your favourite toy?"  (Or for the older kids, what was their favourite toy growing up?)

And here's what they had to say!

  • My favourite toy is a car. ~Esperance, 12, Rwanda
  • My favourite toy is my cellphone because it has many games.  ~Keila, 14, Bolivia
  • My favourite toys are dolls. ~ Olga, 11, Bolivia
  • What do you mean by the word toy? ~ Zaina, 15, Uganda
  • Thank-you for explanation about what a toy is.  My favourite thing to play with when I was still young was a doll made out of banana peels.  Zaina, 15, Uganda
  • My favourite toy is a doll. ~ Martha, 7, Kenya
  • My favourite toys are dolls of all kinds.  My favourite doll is the one you gave me.  It is a special doll to me. ~ Linda, 12, Peru
  • My favourite toy is a cute cat.  ~ Clara, 14, Philippines
  • My favourite toys are cars. ~ Franklin, 8, Honduras
  • My favourite toy is my Tarzan Car. ~ Mukesh, 8, India
  • I like to play with dolls and to play house and my favourite toy is barbies. ~ Genoveva, 8, Ecuador
  • My favourite toy is a doll because we have a doll at our home.  ~ Phoibe, 20, Rwanda
  • My favourite toy is a wooden cow. ~ Mangisi, 5, Kenya

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Thursday, 4 February 2016

International Cuisine

Drawing by Atta Kuma, in Ghana
I asked my sponsored kids to tell me how to prepare the meal they most commonly eat.  Here are the recipes I collected.

  • I am going to tell you how to cook cassava.  First, they cook beans and after, they put the piece of cassava on the beans.  They put in enough water and continue to keep it over the fire until the water is absent.  Don’t forget to put in some salt.  ~ Esperance, 10, Rwanda
  • I cook rice with eggs in a pot with water and oil.  In a pan, I fry the egg. ~ Linda, 11, Peru
  • I cook my sweet potatoes very well through. ~ Zaina, 15, Uganda
  • The most common food I eat is ugali.  Put a pot of water on the fire and wait until it boils.  Then add maize flour and stir as you continue adding flour until the food is ready.  Serve and eat with your relish.  ~ Martha, 6, Kenya
  • The best meal I like is rice and meat.  First, you make sure that the rice is clean.   Then put water in a sufuria and wait for the heat to boil it.  Then put in the rice.  After that, wait for some minutes so that the water can dry up.  Then, take another sufuria and put meat which has been cut and washed and add it to it.  Then place the sufuria on the stove and stew it.  ~ Erickson, 12, Kenya
  • We commonly eat posho.  The way you can prepare it is: You first boil water and then you fix any flour, or maize flour with water.  That is the way you can prepare this food.  ~ Zaina, 15, Uganda
  • Now I tell you about a common food we eat.  I am from a tribal family and we are used to eating the roti made of Juwar with Chicken curry or leafy vegetables and curry.  The supper making process for Juwar Roti making is: 1) Put the finely ground Juwar Atta in a wide mouthed Kadheir with shallow teeth.  2) Add the water to make a dough.  3) To make Roti you should press/beat the circular dough with the palm of your hand on a flat surface such as the kitchen platform.
  • My favourite dish is stuffed rice and this is how you cook it:  First we take a pot with water and we put cooking oil, garlic, green peas and carrots in it, and then you pour the rice in it and wait until the water dries up and that's how you cook this dish.  ~ Pamela, 17, Peru
  • My favourite food is soto.  How to make it: We made the broth of chicken or beef and put it with chicken or beef, onion, and serve it with rice.  You can add chili or soya sauce to make it more delicious.  It is served hot.  ~ Cris, 13, Indonesia
  • Here in Peru, most people eat ceviche which is prepared by using fish, lemons, ginger and cilantro.  ~ Linda, 13, Peru
  • My family and I like beans, rice and meat a lot.  We must cook the beans from very early in the morning because they are very hard.  ~ Alex, 18, Ecuador
  • I like fried eggs.  We stir it, and then we fry it.  ~ Chokchai, 10, Thailand
  • We like to eat bananas and beans.  We boil beans and water until it is ready to eat.  After we mix the beans and banana and we boil again until the food is ready and we put it in the dish and we put it on the table and then we eat them.  ~ Esperance, 13, Rwanda


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Friday, 29 January 2016

What My Kids Asked in 2015

Here's a list of questions that my kids asked me in the year 2015.  It's been a fun year of answering them and maybe learning what they want to know, will give you some letter writing ideas :)

  1. Do you like the beach? ~ Victor 9, Ecuador
  2. Do you like to draw? ~ Victor, 9, Ecuador
  3. Can you tell me what's the reason you choose to sponsor me? ~ Cris, 13, Indonesia
  4. Can your daughter sit down by herself now? ~ Estevenson, 13, Haiti
  5. Do you like to help children? ~ Franklin, 8, Honduras
  6. How is your daily work as a mother?  ~ Clara, 14, Philippines
  7. Do you always pray for me? ~ Mangisi, 4, Kenya
  8. Do you like acting? ~ Cynthia, 11, Kenya
  9. What's the name of your community? ~ Sandra, 8, Togo
  10. What do you do during the week? ~ Zaina, 15, Uganda
  11. What is your favourite food? ~ Tsigereda, 18, Ethiopia
  12. What is your favourite Bible part? ~ Tsigereda, 18, Ethiopia
  13. What makes you and your child happy? ~ Tsigereda, 18, Ethiopia
  14. Is your daughter feeling well? ~ Clara, 14, Philippines
  15. What are your goals for 2015? ~ Franklin, 8, Honduras
  16. Do you work or take care of your child at home? ~ Cris, 13, Indonesia
  17. Why do you choose not to get a husband? ~ Estevenson, 13, Haiti
  18. Do you have a pet? ~ Sandra, 9, Togo
  19. What are your hobbies? ~ Sandra, 9, Togo
  20. Do you like to be called by a nickname? ~ Victor, 9, Ecuador
  21. Please tell me about two hotels you have in Canada? ~ Zaina, 15, Uganda
  22. It's winter here. How about there? ~ Meron, 17, Ethiopia
  23. What is your biggest dream in life? ~ Franklin, 8, Honduras
  24. What are your dreams for me? ~ Franklin, 8, Honduras
  25. What do you like to do during your free time? ~ Tsigereda, 19, Ethiopia
  26. What type of fruit do you like the most? ~ Tsigereda, 19, Ethiopia
  27. Do you pray for me? ~ Romli, 15, Tanzania
  28. When is your birthday? ~ Atta Kuma, 15, Ghana
  29. How is your family in general? ~ Phoibe, 20, Rwanda
  30. How old is your child? ~ Phoibe, 20, Rwanda
  31. Does your child smile or walk? Does she eat? ~ Phoibe, 20, Rwanda
  32. What motivated you to support needy children? ~ Meron, 17, Ethiopia
  33. What is your favourite colour? ~ Adama, 9, Burkina Faso
  34. What is the name of your president? ~ Adama, 9, Burkina Faso
  35. When you were in school, what was the name of the teacher that was strictest and from what subject?   ~ Keila, 14, Bolivia
  36. Do you live in the city or on top of the mountain? ~ Chokchai, 10, Thailand
  37. Do your children go to school? ~ Yobelis, 13, Dominican Republic
  38. Is your house big? What colour is it? ~ Franklin, 9, Honduras
  39. What is the name of your neighbourhood? ~ Franklin, 9, Honduras
  40. What is your favourite sport? ~ Jayder, 12 Colombia
  41. What place to you really love most? ~ Clara, 15, Philippines.
  42. Where and how will you spend your Christmas? ~ Annah, 23, Kenya (LDP)
  43. How many children do you have? ~ Chokchai, 10, Thailand
  44. What's new with your daughter now? ~ Estevenson, 14, Haiti
  45. How old are you? ~ Victor, 10, Ecuador
  46. What is the name of the continent you live on? ~ Adama, 9, Burkina Faso
  47. Do you prefer swimming or reading? ~ Tsigereda, 19, Ethiopia
  48. Do you have plans to visit my country? ~ Tsigereda, 19, Ethiopia
  49. Could you let me love your daughter like she is my sister? ~ Victor, 9, Ecuador

Thursday, 28 January 2016

70 Things My Kids Said...

Here are some quotes that stood out to me from the letters my kids wrote to me in 2015!

  1. I'm so very thankful to God because he gave me you. He is so good and faithful to us. He has everything! Thank-you because you are there always supporting me, always praying for me and thank you also for always writing a letter for me. I'm so very thankful to have you. I'm the one who is very thankful to God because I have you. I'm praying for you and especially your daughter. Thank you for everything you've given to me. It means so much, a lot to me. I love you very much. ~ Clara, 15, Phillipines.
  2. I received your gift and deposited it to my savings account in the bank and I'm very pleased about doing this. I sent you a photo of me holding the new savings account bank book and I hope you'll be happy with this as well. ~ Tsigereda, 19, Ethiopia
  3. Til we meet in another letter, May the Lord be with you and your family. I love you. ~ Tsigereda, 19, Ethiopia
  4. I have never gone for a walk. ~ Zaina, 15, Uganda
  5. I and my parents go on vacation to a fishing site since my dad loves fishing. My sister and I go fishing with Dad. While I am waiting for Dad, who is fishing, I play in the water. Do you love fishing? ~ Cris, 13, Indonesia
  6. In my life, I like different things, like a watch (clock), English, playing dolls because we have a doll at home, and travelling in the city of Rwanda. ~ Phoibe, 20, Rwanda
  7. I am happy about your daughter because now I have a younger sister. I am always happy to see her in pictures. ~ Phoibe, 20, Rwanda
  8. I am very happy because of your letters. It is great to have you as my parent who thinks about me and cares for me. I thank you so much for making me know a lot. I am glad to see your family and your daughter, my sister. ~ Phoibe, 20, Rwanda
  9. “How are you?” Your little boy Mangisi asks with a smile. ~ Mangisi, 4, Kenya
  10. I go for short walks while fetching firewood with my mother. ~ Mangisi, 4, Kenya
  11. Franklin says thank you for the beautiful letters you sent him.   He was very happy to get them and to hear from you and to learn about your beautiful baby because she is a very special baby that God has given you and she is also a healthy baby with a beautiful smile.  He wants to know what funny words she can say.  ~ Franklin, 8, Honduras
  12. He congratulates you on your 32nd birthday and he says that you are very young. ~ Franklin, 8, Honduras
  13. In my country there is sometimes rain and sometimes sun. What about yours? ~ Erickson, 12, Kenya
  14. May Christ continue lighting up your life. ~ Caua, 11, Brazil
  15. I'm in a new school and I'm really enjoying it there. I'm adapting myself. ~ Caua, 11, Brazil
  16. I love to hear from you. A big hug for everyone! ~ Caua, 11, Brazil
  17. Mukesh's dad just became a teacher in a government primary school ~ Mukesh, 10, India
  18. I wish that your baby never gets sick. Take care of her. She is very cute. ~ Keila, 14, Bolivia
  19. I say goodbye with a strong hug from a distance. ~ Pamela, 16, Peru
  20. I am really happy to hear that you have delivered a baby. It means that I have a new sister. ~ Pince, 14, Indonesia
  21. I am really happy that I can study with my friends at school. ~ Pince, 14, Indonesia
  22. I really do not like natural science. For me, it is really difficult to understand. ~ Pince, 14, Indonesia
  23. I and my family are well, even though both my parents have passed away, I am really thankful that I still have siblings that really love me. I also thank God because he lets me know you even through letters. You are a parent to me so I am not alone. I already have all. ~ Pince, 14, Indonesia
  24. You must be very happy to have a lovely baby ~ Chokchai, 10, Thailand
  25. Martha has not started reading story books yet and she says maybe she will have to begin soon. ~ Martha, 7, Kenya
  26. I love you very much and you mean a lot to me in my life. ~ Estevenson, 13, Haiti
  27. I can't reach to where you are, but I think this letter will be fine for you. ~ Cynthia, 11, Kenya
  28. I always appreciate God for loving me, so I promise to worship Him all the days of my life. ~ Naomi, 8, Ghana
  29. My hero is my mum. ~ Franklin, 8, Honduras
  30. My best friend is my puppy. ~ Franklin, 8, Honduras
  31. The child says his little sister Maryuri is fine and she is 7.  He is teaching her how to read.  ~ Franklin, 8, Honduras
  32. He says he has a good time on his birthday and broke pinatas and had a blast with his friends from the CDC and ate cake and every time he has a birthday he feels older because he is turning one year older. ~ Franklin, 8, Honduras
  33. I also tell you that I have turned 15 years of age. My family and I were very happy and celebrated my birthday because of the many things that our Lord Jesus had done for me. ~ Romli, 15, Tanzania
  34. My favourite food is fish because it is not bad. ~ David, 11, El Salvador
  35. My favourite animal is the hamster because they are small and lovely. ~ David, 11, El Salvador
  36. The weather here is a monsoon. It was raining heavily for two days. The roads and streets are filled with muddy water. But, one thing I have to say, we got much relief from the heat. ~ Kajal, 14, India
  37. I read in your letter that your daughter has begun to laugh and play with dolls. It is really happy news to me. I showed her photos to my friends. ~ Kajal, 14, India
  38. I am happy to hear about your daughter because she is also my relative. I love her so much. ~ Phoibe, 20, Rwanda
  39. I have been learning how to use a computer machine and I have gotten a certificate. I thank God for that. ~ Phoibe, 20, Rwanda
  40. I am glad to hear that you received my letter, for it encourages me to write to you more. ~ Phoibe, 20, Rwanda
  41. I am happy for receiving your letter, because it shows me that you care for me. ~ Phoibe, 20, Rwanda
  42. My older brother Henry will have a baby in a couple months. My entire family is thrilled about it, even though we don't know whether the baby is a girl or a boy. ~ Alex, 18, Ecuador
  43. Thanks for the Christmas card and your good wishes. I loved the Christmas stickers of Spiderman and Cars. My siblings loved them too. ~ Alex, 18, Ecuador
  44. I'm working with my dad now. He has a small business. We travel to other places because of our work: We sell pillows, bed sheet sets, and curtains. We have some clients out of town. ~ Alex, 18, Ecuador
  45. You told me that you and your family are very fine, and I am very happy with that. ~ Meron, 17, Ethiopia,
  46. Your daughter is a beautiful girl and she is very pretty. Please keep her honouring older people and being descent as she grows older. I'll pray for her too. ~ Meron, 17, Ethiopia
  47. I thank you a lot for your support, for things like clothes, soup, cosmetics, a pair of socks, stationary materials, etc. I spent a nice time at school and got some good friends. The new thing for my country right now is that it is growing. I spend my break reading different books and the Bible and assisting my family at home. I enjoy attending Sunday School class. My parents are under pensions now. ~ Meron, 17, Ethiopia
  48. I want to tell you that I am so happy with the gifts you gave me. I really liked everything. Thank you so much. I love you so much. ~ Linda, 12, Peru
  49. My family and I have delicious food to eat. ~ Linda, 12, Peru
  50. I am doing well and have no problems, thanks to God who has been with me. ~ Phoibe, 20, Rwanda
  51. Mukesh has visited Nanankanan Zoo with his schoolmates by train, and saw a tiger, bear, lion, zebra, fox, different birds, etc. ~ Mukesh, 10, India
  52. Hello! It's another day today, Ma'am! ~ Clara,15, Philippines
  53. I like your baby in her pictures. She's so very cute and looks gorgeous. Her cheeks are very big and she also looks fat. I wanted to see her in person, but I think it's impossible! I wanted to hug her and kiss her. ♥ ~ Clara,15, Philippines
  54. I would like to talk to you about summer vacation at this moment. I tell you that it was very good and I could share a lot with my relatives. I could play a lot with my friends. I could spend more time with my siblings and my mother and with my father. ~ Yobelis, 13, Dominican Republic
  55. I thank you for the letter which you sent me. It was composed of the words which build my heart! Keep doing this. ~ Symeon, 15, Rwanda
  56. I told my classmate about you and my friend was very excited. ~ Martha, 7, Kenya
  57. Thank-you for telling me about your church. Me too, I like praying too. ~ Esperance, 13, Rwanda
  58. Franklin wants to tell you about his house. It is small and made of adobe. The floor is unpaved and the roof is made of metallic sheets. It is very hot inside his house because there is not much room and they all share the same bed. ~ Franklin, 9, Honduras.
  59. When I grow up I want to be a soccer player and visit many countries, especially Spain and I would like to look after my family. ~ Jayder, 12, Colombia
  60. We are about to go on school break here in Colombia. It is only for two months. ~ Jayder, 12, Colombia
  61. Thank you for everything that I've been receiving from you, Ma'am. Thank you also for continuing to support me and always writing letters to me. It means so much, a lot, to me, Ma'am. I love you so much. ♥♥♥ I also love your daughter and your family. Advance Merry Christmas and God Bless You All! ~ Clara, 15, Philippines
  62. My mum has really raised as well despite the struggles, which we overcome together as a family I thank God for her every day. And above all we are a born again family. ~ Annah, 23, Kenya (LDP)
  63. I would really love to hear a lot about you, when you write to me. ~ Annah, 23, Kenya (LDP)
  64. My favourite weather is rainy, because one feels warm in the house when it is raining. ~ Erickson, 12, Kenya
  65. We do not eat sushi in my country, but we do eat other things. ~ Erickson, 12, Kenya
  66. I'm so happy that I'm special to you. I love you so much and I love your daughter too. She's a precious little baby. ~ Victor, 10, Ecuador
  67. I want to tell you that I have a friend named Maria. She is the best friend I have. I go to rhythmic gymnastics with her on Thursdays. ~ Sandy, 11, Bolivia
  68. I want to tell you that we went to the movies. We played with my family. I was very happy hat day. My mum bough me earrings and many candies. My little sister gave me many hugs! ~ Sandy, 11, Bolivia
  69. It's the rainy season here, and we grow crops so that we are away from the danger of hunger. ~ Romli, 14, Tanzania
  70. How are your teeth now? I've never had dental problems before but I'll be sure to be careful from now on. ~ Meron, 17, Ethiopia