This month we received one letter each from Marc in Haiti, Tasya in Indonesia, Barry in Burkina Faso, Eduardo in Honduras, Merlyn in the Philippines, Brenda in Mexico, and Kevenel in Haiti. And we got two letters from Kajal in India, which was pretty neat! I am keeping my fingers crossed that more letters come in April, since there are several kids we haven't heard from in 4-5 months, which is a little unusual (the holidays might have skewed things a bit.) We also have many first letters that should be arriving over the next few months!
Weirdly enough, we just have one kiddo with a birthday in March! Victor in Kenya turned 18 this month!
One year ago, the day that I returned from Tanzania, I emailed Compassion asking for another correspondence child. After meeting the kids there and getting to know them, I knew that my mission would be to do all that I could to see that no child goes without letters. Just a few days later, little Sandier turned up on our Compassion account. And then more and more and more kids showed up, too! :)
A few more correspondence children joined our family in March.
Austin in Kenya
Mjay in the Philippines
Sithum in Sri Lanka
Tinnakorn in Thailand
Samoresh in Bangladesh
Mary in Ecuador
Rayza in Bolivia
The addition of Rayza to our family is very special to me. Sometimes I struggle with the fact that we are not able to financially sponsor more children, and I have wanted to sponsor a child in BO571 for a long time. I've heard so many stories about how great the correspondence is, but I also like how especially engaged the staff are, too. And the kids' families! It's just a little exciting knowing more about a particular center. Anyway, I was SO excited when I saw that Rayza is at this center. Just blown away. I was actually at work when I accessed my Compassion account, and it took a lot of willpower to not just shriek with excitement. What a wonderful gift from God!
This month, I did a guest post on Laura's blog, Mommy Maleta. You can read it here.
In March, we received photo updates for three of our kiddos!
Caleb in Uganda
Fatuma in Kenya
Prayer in Indonesia
While I don't have any gifts going in the mail this week, I am finishing up a small gift for Anahi in Honduras, and am packing up mini backpacks for Carlos and Mishel in Peru! I am super excited about them, and am looking forward to sharing photos when I get them all together!
This month marked the one-year anniversary of my trip to Tanzania. I shared several photos and memories from my trip on Instagram. If you'd like to check them out, my username is hellojessi01, or you can view them here.