Yesterday marked the first day of the school holidays. Being a completely structured & anal mother, I have (yes I actually have) planned out the entire school holidays for my kids, on Google Calendar! I have scheduled Lego time, meet-up-with-cousin-Samuel-time, ZOO outings, library visits, baking time, and of course, am still in the midst of fixing up play dates and such... Hey, I have 3 kids. I need to PLAN.
Anyway, the kids and I spent a good part of yesterday afternoon writing cards & doing drawings for the 3 kids we sponsor through World Vision and Compassion International. We sponsor 2 kids from Laos and 1 from Indonesia. While I've talked about World Vision before, Compassion is a similar organisation with the difference being Compassion does development work and sponsoring of children THROUGH churches, allowing it to have a more overt Christian bent.
Each of our kids will receive a drawing & short note from Dan and/or Ben, a separate card which I wrote, a small stationery set & some heart-shaped or angel-shaped confetti which the kids helped to cut out using a special stamping set we have.
While the "quality" of the finished cards are not great, I am heartened that the boys were enthusiastic about it and went all out to discuss what to write, what to draw, and what to give to the kids. Dan initially wanted to make some decorated origami planes for the kids. He even folded one, but it could not fit in the envelope! DOPE! Ben wanted to give away a jigsaw puzzle he didn't want anymore. Er... that couldn't fit in the envelope either!
NO matter, I really thought the process of discussing, making and writing the cards was worthwhile. We looked at the pictures of the kids and read out what they had written to us and what they had drawn us. We also read a short description about their villages & the struggles they face. I also found a 30-day prayer plan (given to us by Compassion) which we can use to pray for our sponsored children. All very helpful stuff!
My next craft project will have a recycling theme, and is inspired by what Sarah did on her blog, as well as what I saw some of the school teachers do for their kids in Vietnam. Watch for it!