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Monday, December 11, 2017

Four Calling...Photo Updates!

Haha. I just can't stop singing The 12 Days of Christmas, so naturally, with it being stuck in my head, that lame title just kind of popped out.

But, I do have photo updates from 4 kids to share with you. I love photo updates so much! And it's especially great, because a few of these photo updates came just 18 months after the last one!

As always, you can click on each photo to see it larger.



Daniel from Colombia


Jonatan from Colombia


Rebecca from the Philippines


Sunrei from Peru





Sunday, December 10, 2017

Emanuel Graduates

I want to wish a happy graduation day to Emanuel in Tanzania.

He has completed his goals at his Compassion project and he has graduated.

I do not know too much about his plans for the future, but I do hope to receive a final letter from him. I know that he was studying science courses in "advanced secondary school", which I would assume is university?

I also know that he had become quiet a pool shark at the local pool hall with his friends. Maybe he'll get involved in doing competitions or something? It's fun to see how kids not only succeed in school, but also find other interests and talents in life.

So, I wish the best to you Emanuel! It was a pleasure getting to write to you!


Friday, December 8, 2017

Another Four Correspondent Kids!

Over the last couple of weeks, alone, I have added four new kids to my family. If I am being honest, only two of them were expected. I was on the wait list for a boy from Asia and any girl from any country. And I got them:


7 Year Old Samirul from Bangladesh


6 Year Old Shakilla from Rwanda



Then, another two children just appeared on my account! I never know how or why these surprise kids show up on my account, but they do. As I've said in the past, I think every child I'm assigned to, either expected or not, is a total blessing and ordained by God. God doesn't abide by wait lists. :) 

So I also welcome: 


4 Year Old Joshua from Uganda


6 Year Sandra from Uganda 



Happy. Happy. Happy. 


Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Letters to My Kids: November 2017

Right before I started this post, I realized that I haven't written a post like this since August. 

Spoiler alert: I totally wrote letters to my kids in September and October. 

No, I'm not going to tell you what I wrote, haha. I'm just going to start fresh with November. Mostly because I'm lazy. 

But anyway, I wrote two letters to my kids in November. 

Due to the speed of letter delivery, I decided to wait until the beginning of November to write my Christmas letters. Some of my kids have been getting my letters in literally 2 weeks, so I'm still pretty sure many of them are receiving these Christmas letters long before Christmas. But, it's the message that counts, right? 

For Christmas, I didn't write a full letter. I used one of Compassion's awesome Christmas greeting card options. They even come with a coloring page on them! I just included a simple Christmas message to my kids and sent it along. 




Then, at the very end of the month, I wrote a Thanksgiving themed letter. I have never really told my kids about Thanksgiving before since none of them celebrate it, but I gave a brief explanation about the holiday. Then I decided to introduce them to one of the lovely Thanksgiving symbols: a cornucopia. I talked about how it is a symbol of harvest and sharing. I included a bit of history about it and then talked about how it is used as a decoration in our homes, as a symbol of abundance and thanking God for what we have. I sent along a photo and a coloring page of a cornucopia. I also sent  photo of me with my mom and sister on Thanksgiving. 






Monday, December 4, 2017

Just Your Average Letter Purge Post

I have the day off work today, so I'm trying to catch up on my letter blogging/responding before Christmas. I have been neglecting my responding for the last few weeks and when you write to as many kids as I do, the letters really pile up in just a few weeks.

I'm going to share several letters in this post. Basically, I'll type until I can't focus anymore and then I'll do another post in a couple of days. :)

We'll begin with a letter from my boy Dagim. It sounds like he started the school year off on the right foot. Thank God for Compassion!

Dagim is 9 years old and his letter is dated October 4th, 2017.

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Beloved Kayla, 

How are you doing? I am fine with my family. Thanks a lot for all your support and prayer. I started class for the new year. I have been given an exercise book, pen, pencil, and uniform. I am happy and thanks a lot. Please pray that I will be a clever student. Our first school month, September is now over. All the environment here has turned green and flowers are blooming. What is the natural event in your country when the new year begins? Goodbye until the next letter. 

Yours, 
Dagim


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Our next letter comes from a lovely lady in Honduras, my dear Celeste. In her letter, she is talking about having the opportunity to see me again. As much as I would love this, I don't forsee another trip to Honduras before Celeste graduates in 2020. Something would have to drastically change with my finances before then. Though, who am I to say that could never happen? 

Anyway, Celeste is 15 and she wrote this letter on October 27th, 2017. 

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Hello Dear Sponsor Kayla, 

I hope you and your beautiful family are doing well. My family and I are doing well, thanks to God. I'm so happy that you liked my pictures. My brother and sister supported me on my birthday. My brother was my gentleman and he is so special to me and with me always. I would be so happy to have the opportunity to see you again. Hopefully that can happen soon. I'm going to give your greetings to my grandmother. Every letter you send me, she reads them. Here in my country, we had an eclipse in August, and it could be seen in the city of Tegucigalpa and it lasted for about an hour. We did have this phenomenon since 90 years ago and it is the same eclipse, when the moon places between the earth and the sun. I could not see it because I live far away from Tegucigalpa. I just saw it on TV. I say goodbye with this Bible verse: Philippians 4:13 "I can do all things through Christ who gives me strength." I send you many hugs. 

Celeste




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Next, a letter from Jonatan. This is actually the 2nd letter I received from Jonatan in November and then 2nd letter from him I'll post this week. I should have posted it in my last post, but somehow completely overlooked it. It fits in just as well here. 

Jonatan is 10 years old and lives in Colombia. This letter is dated August 19th, 2017. 

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Dear Sponsor, 

I greet you in God's name. I hope the Lord guides you at all time. I want to tell you that I'm happy because my family loves me very much, and most important, they adore the Creator. I am also saving money in order to buy a touchscreen phone. I really like to play soccer with my brother and friends. At the project, I like to color and draw and I have so much fun with our dynamic activities. I have very happy moments with my classmates at the CDC. My favorite color is light green. Thank you for your letters. I always look forward to them. God bless you, beautiful woman. Regarding your questions, I like to play soccer and on my tablet. The weather where I live is hot and beautiful. I say goodbye for now, with a bear hug, and this verse for you, Jeremiah 29:11. I love you very much. May God protect you. 

Jonatan

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Now, a letter from Cedrick, one of my newest cuties from Rwanda. This letter is written on the All About Me template. The template itself is fill in the blank, but the translation wrote the translation in paragraph form, which I have to say, is kind of a nice way to organize the large amount of information. 

Cedrick is 7 years old and this letter is dated November 13th, 2017. 

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Dear Kayla, 

The family of Cedrick is greeting you in the name of Christ. Cedrick's name means Living by God's Grace. He is the 3rd born child in his family. One thing he does well is fetching water. One thing he likes to do is playing with others. When he grows up he wants to be a doctor. He has completed Primary 1. He thanks you for your letter. His family is praying for you, wishing you God's protection. They wish you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year 2018. 


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Next up, a long, beautiful letter from Ayling. She always has such nice things to say and her letters are a joy to read. 

Ayling is 11 years old and lives in Nicaragua. Her letter is dated October 20th, 2017. 

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Hello Appreciated Sponsor Kayla, 

Ayling is happy to write and thank you for your patronage and letters. She is very well with her family. She answers your questions. She says the clothes she most likes wearing is t-shirts and pants. Her favorite food is rice with chicken and salad. Her house is small. It's made of cement blocks and has four rooms. She says the project is not big. She receives classes in the churchyard, since the project does not have classrooms. If she had free time, she would travel to many places. She says that what makes her laugh are jokes. The most funny thing that has happened to her is that there was a dirty water hole at her house and she fell into the hole and got all wet. The last time she was at a party was the day of her birthday. They celebrated it at the project and it was very fun. Her best friend is Alejandra. To a younger child she would give advice to obey your mom so that God will be pleased with you. She asks you, what is your favorite sport? How is your health? She asks for your prayers for her family. They are praying for you so that God will guide you in everything. She says goodbye with kisses and hugs, wishing you health. 

Ayling (with the help of her tutor Karla) 


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Friday, December 1, 2017

Letters from South America

Towards the end of November, letters from South America all seemed to roll onto my account at the same time. Let's share those letters all together, as a group, today!

First up, a letter from Jhojaira. She seems to be responding to the letter I wrote to her about my nanny kiddos starting their school year. I shared some of the things they would be involved in this year, as well as some of their interests.

Jhojaira is 13 years old and lives in Peru. Her letter is dated October 9th, 2017.

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Dear Sponsor Kayla, 

I greet you in the precious name of our Lord Jesus Christ. I thank you for the beautiful letters you sent to me. I'm glad to know that Gage is doing well and that he will join a basketball team. But I am especially glad to know that he will join the choir at church because everything we do to worship Him is good. I am excited to know that Chloe turned one more year older in life and I hope God gives her many more years of life and blessings. I like to sing like her, too. I hope you spent a nice summertime together. Also, regarding your questions, there was an eclipse in my country many years ago but I never could see it because it was not possible to see it where I live. I am very glad to know you had a nice eclipse day together. I say goodbye in the name of Jesus and wish you many blessings. I send many hugs and kisses. 

Your Sponsored Child,
Jhojaira

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Sticking to the same country, Peru, I now share a letter from Sunrei, my little girl who writes like an adult. At least, in my opinion. She really knows how to share details in her letters. 

Sunrei is 10 years old. This letter is not dated. 

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Dear Sponsor Kayla, 

I greet you in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ. I thank you for the nice letter you sent me. I'm always praying for Mariela, so everything goes well for her, that's she strong and brave, and that she always stays in Jesus Christ. At the Huachipa Zoo, I saw the giraffe, tiger, puma and fox. The animals were so beautiful. My little sister is beautiful and big. She's 7 months old. I'm very happy with her. I'm doing well in school. How's your health. How old are you? I ask you pray for my family's spiritual life, especially my mom. Isaiah 61:1, "The spirit of the Sovereign Lord is on me, because the Lord has anointed me to proclaim good news to the poor. He has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim freedom for the captives, and release from darkness the prisoners. I end with a strong hug and kiss. 

Sunrei

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Let's travel a bit to a new country and read a letter from my boy Jonatan. He used this letter to answers many of my questions from the past. My account recently updated that Jonatan is now performing above average in school. That, combined with his interests, he seems to be doing really well in life. I'm so proud of him! 

Jonatan is 10 years old and lives in Colombia. He penned this letter on October 18th, 2017. 

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Dear Kayla, 

My precious sponsor, greetings to you in the wonderful name of our beloved Savior Jesus. I want to tell you that I'm part of the worship team at church. I play charrasco and the tambourine. I'm so grateful to God for allowing me to serve in His work. I also want to tell you that I have some good friends. I have fun playing soccer with them and also jumping rope. My best friend is Jhonatan. I met him in the park and we like to play tag. I watch Bible stories in my free time. The project took us on a trip across the Bible and it was so much fun. I want to thank you for the photos and the drawings you sent. Your letters are so beautiful. About your questions, I want to tell you that there was an eclipse in my country a month ago. Today I ate rice with green beans. Lots of love. I give you this verse; Matthew 21:22. 

Jonatan Caleb

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Like earlier in the post, we'll again stay in the same country and share a letter from wonderful young lady; Lina. 

Lina is 18 years old and lives in Colombia. Her letter is dated August 14th, 2017, so it appears to have gotten stuck somewhere in the process. 

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Dear Sponsor, 

I greet you with a "God Bless you." I want to tell you that I have three friends, named Daniela, Danna, and Joel. My best friend is my mom. When I'm with my friends, we like to talk about our future and our dreams. What I most enjoy with my friends is playing. It's fun to do crazy things. I like to have friends because I can count on them in difficult moments. Now I answer your questions. I'm very well, thanks to God. My health and well-being are much better now. I would like to work with newborn children because it interests me a lot. I would like to work with children that age because they are more treatable and are very adorable. In the future, I would like to be a pediatrician. Yes, I would like to have other pets because I like animals a lot. Now I tell you that this week was the talent festival that we have every two years with other projects. I participated in dancing, but sadly we did not win. We had a lot of competition. But I had a great time and I enjoyed the festival. Thank you for your monthly contributions to my CDC. Thank you also for your letters and birthday presents. Before I say goodbye I want to ask you: How many friends do you have? What are their names? I want to ask you to help me pray for my dad, who will get out of jail soon. I ask you to keep him in your prayers a lot. I say goodbye, but first I give you this Bible verse. Psalm 27:8. God bless you. 

Sincerely,
Lina

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Monday, November 27, 2017

A Few Photo Updates to Share

It's been ten whole days since my last post! That isn't like me at all! It's not that I haven't been receiving letters or have sponsorship related things to share, I just think I've been so busy, by the time I even think about my blog, it's 10:00 p.m and I'm exhausted.

So, I decided to start off with an easy post (I'll do a letter post soon) and share some of my recent photo updates.


Sweet Yohannis from Ethiopia


Handsome Dedilhomme from Haiti


And Adorable Veronika from Haiti