A long awaited letter from Angeles!

Guess which letter finally came through? The one I’ve been waiting on since January! Yes, that’s right, January. It’s been in the system “in translation since then. It’s now August. The letter discusses Christmas preparations. But I’m just so glad to finally have received it!

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Angeles is 7 and lives in Peru.

The letter template is Christmas in My Country. She celebrates Christmas with her parents and siblings, and celebrates at the Student Center. They have a Christmas lunch there, where they have Christmas cake and hot chocolate. The letter says “Dear Godmother, Hello! I hope you have fully recovered from your surgery. My family and I are in good health. Thank you for your letters. I want to tell you that I have two siblings that I play with. At school I play with my friends and my teacher is good. I promptly attend the Student Center where I learn how to pray and sing songs. Please continue to pray for the well-being of my family. I will close with a kiss and a hug. Blessings, Angeles”

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The new school year has officially started and I’m back to the daily grind. I have a new batch of cute little preschoolers that I adore already, and I’m already feeling the exhaustion. But I love what I do, and I wouldn’t have it any other way!

Introducing Evelin Adali

I started sponsoring Evelin back in the end of August, after I lost Deysi because she left the program, but I haven’t posted in awhile. As a teacher, the end of August and all of September are very very busy times. I would work all day and then bring home more with me and work through the evening until I crashed and had to go to bed. It’s the life of a teacher in the beginning of the school year, and really, year round. But I’m beyond blessed to have this job after an awful school year last year at my old job. I have 40 little preschoolers that I just love and get to work with every day.

However right now, I’ve been spending a lot of much needed time on the couch after surgery on my back on Thursday. I’ve had lots of surgeries, including several on my back, which I think is the most painful location. I’m headed back to work in just 2 days, and right now, my body doesn’t feel ready to keep up with all the demands and physical aspects of the job. I’m praying that I take a turn for the better and am ready by then. But for now I’m going to catch up on my sponsor kids’ news while I can! There will be a series of posts over the next several days.

First up is Evelin. It was originally going to be the plan that I was going to go to Guatemala this coming summer, so when Deysi left, I needed to find another child from Guatemala. (Although now that the June Dominican Republic dates have been announced and I’ve found out that they’d work too, it’s a tougher decision). It took me some time and prayer to find the child that I was meant to sponsor, but Ms. Evelin Adali is it.gu9300661

Evelin is 7, and her school performance is above average. Some of the things on her long list of favorite activities include walking, dolls, art/drawing, ping pong, and singing. Don’t you just love that smile and the hands on the hips?

Photo Updates Part 1

I haven’t posted in awhile for a good reason, I got a new job that I really like, and the way it all came about, I know God’s hand was in it. I still get to be teaching preschoolers, which I love, but instead of having students with special needs, like I’m used to, I’ll have students who are determined “at risk”. It’s a different challenge and I’m looking forward to it! School starts Monday, so I’ve been crazy busy. But there have been a lot of things going on lately related to my sponsored kids, so I’m going to start with those that have had photo updates.

First up is my sweet Maria. I’m the closest to Maria out of all of my kids, because she sends lots of letters in return to the lots that I send. I sponsor Maria through World Vision, so letter writing goes a lot faster than how Compassion currently is. I just adore this girl. And  I love the smile! Maria is 6 and is from Mexico.

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Next is my adorable Elvis. His first picture was the cutest, and I couldn’t imagine how his next picture could compare. But it is so perfect. A smile, a thumbs up, and a wave. I just need to get to Bolivia and give him a big squeeze already! Elvis is 5.

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Pichuberries, Luna, and and Life

 

When I was grocery shopping at Mariano’s this weekend, a fruit I had never seen before, the Pichuberry, caught my eye. These interestingly named fruits come from Peru, where both Angeles and Cristofer live. Curious and always up for trying new produce, I got some. They are little plump orange balls, with a somewhat similar taste to a tomato, but much sweeter than the sweetest tomato. And they are less liquidy inside. Probably more similar to a tomatillo, but still much sweeter. Looking it up, they are also packed full of vitamins and minerals and are VERY good for you! It was fun to try something new from their country, and I like them a lot! I’ve been putting some in my salads this week and eating them by themselves too.

 

I got some more information about Luna, as well as her previous photo. Look at how timid she looks in her first photo, and how she is radiating with confidence in the latest one! THIS is Compassion in work, right here in her transformation in 2 years time. And Luna has had 2 previous sponsors and only received 3 letters between them, as well as 3 gifts. Something tells me this girl is going to be teaching me things, and I cannot wait until I start to hear from her!

I’ve posted little bits before about my job situation not being good at all this school year (I’m a teacher). Last month, after talking with others and determining that it was the best option, I resigned effective the last day of school. Which means I don’t have a job right now come fall, which can be a very scary thought. I am trying to put my trust in God, and know that He will lead me to where I’m supposed to be, but, being human, there is still some anxiety present because of the direness of the situation. One lyric that has been really helping lately is Casting Crown’s “Just Be Held” when he says “You’re world’s not falling apart it’s falling into place.” It helps to believe that I went through all I did this year to have to find a new, better job, which is where I’m supposed to end up. That all being said, I have 2 interviews the next 2 days, one of which is at a place that I especially love. I’m so hopeful that I’m starting to get them, but interviewing tends to make me second guess myself. If you are reading this and could spare a few seconds for prayers, I would greatly appreciate it. Thank you

About me

I updated my “About” page, but I thought I’d post it here too. A few little tidbits about who I am 🙂

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“To the world you may be just one person, but to one person, you just may be the world.”

This quote has been a favorite of mine, mostly because I’ve been blessed to have a few of those people in my life. People who were/are the world to me, and I’ve seen firsthand the amazing impact it’s had on my life, especially during tough times. I have no doubts that God has clearly called me to make a difference in children’s lives. It’s my purpose and mission. And one of the amazing ways I can do this is by sponsoring children who are very in need of not only monetary support, but also love and encouragement. I want them to feel how I felt, and hopefully I can be their “person”.

I’m a special education teacher, who works with preschoolers with special needs and behaviors. I work in a less fortunate area, and while that sometimes proves to be a challenge or a frustration to try to connect with families who don’t want to be involved or who show forms of neglect to their children, it’s a blessing to be a part of giving these children the extra love they so desperately seek while also helping them learn and grow. My years have also been spent with countless volunteering opportunities in working with children. What can I say? I love them! 🙂

Some other facts about me? I love anything arts and craftsy to relax me. I’m a big chocolate lover, but my other favorite? Pickles. My favorite color is the bright and sunny yellow. I’m a huge polka dot lover, and it’s very hard for me to pass up anything polka dotted. I love Jesus and praise His blessings in my life.