Winter Letters

Yes, I’m aware it’s summer. Yes, I’m always late for everything… including updating my posts clearly. But better late than never, right?! Yea, let’s just go with that…

Today I’m updating about my letters I sent to my original kids this past winter. With my focus on just two main letters a year I wanted to make sure I really went all out. I decided to make a switch from my usual Christmas themed letter and focus on winter. We had one heck of a winter here in Connecticut this year so I thought it’d be nice to share all of our snow with them. Here’s what I ended up putting together.

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Ingrid’s letter was one of the basic letters in this group. I included a snow themed card, a Frozen themed puzzle, stickers, cut out snow flakes, a polar bear post card and photos of our 4+ feet of snow (not pictured).

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Mike received a similar package with additional snow flake stickers since his father wrote to me previously about him being excited to get this letter with snow!

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Chris’s turn. I included very similar items for him as well with a little pop of color for his stickers.

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Since Ann was my first sponsor child, she’s seen a lot already! But I still wanted to send her a little something especially with some photos since we haven’t gotten this much snow since I’ve started to write to her.

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Elizabeth’s letter had a few extra’s in it! Since her birthday was coming up soon I included some birthday items for her as well. I added a few balloons along with a paper doll set similar to the one I sent to Ann for her birthday in the previous post.

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For Veasna’s letter, I also included a few extra items. Cambodia’s new year was right around the corner and since I don’t typically send her anything for her birthday (not a tradition for many Cambodians) I usually try to send something for the New Year. I decided to go along with the other birthday letters I had been sending this year and included a small red envelope with a paper doll for her to play with.

First Letters

It seems crazy that I’m just getting around to posting about 1st letters right now… ops! Anyways, I have four letters to share today that I sent to Curlan, Esther, Ruth and Prisca back in January. I decided recently to try and do two big letters a year and the rest of the time stick to simple, postage stamp only letters. Having 10 kids is definitely overwhelming at times and attempting to write 10 letters with all the bells and whistles just wasn’t working anymore. My new plan is to create one big letter around holiday time (themed with either Thanksgiving, Christmas and/or New Years) and then another big letter around summer time (focus on education and learning through activities).

For my big letters in January I did two separate themes. For my new kids, I decided to stick with my usual “first letter” which includes : a card introducing myself, a photo, stickers, coloring pages and maps of my location (which was different this time around since I’ve moved). Here’s a little preview of what I sent.

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Ruth got my basic first letter with the items mentioned above.

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For Prisca’s letter I included a few extra items since her birthday and her first letter were very close together. For this I included some balloons and a string of birthday garland for her as well.

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Like Prisca, Esther had a birthday coming up as well so I made sure to include similar items for her birthday celebration.

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Lastly, I had Curlan’s letter. Seeing he’s my oldest boy I wanted to make it a little more mature for him since I am not familiar with him or his culture yet. I went with a very basic, simple theme for him.

Ann’s Birthday Letter 2015

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It’s blog catch up time again! It seems like time really does fly when it comes to writing to all 10 of the kids! I have a ton of posts to update about letters I’ve sent this year and a few new letters from the little ones as well! So, definitely keep checking in within the next few weeks for the updates!

To start off the updates today, I have a letter I sent to Ann Grace awhile back for her birthday in April. Since she’s getting a little older I have been trying to adjust my letters to become a little more mature. Veasna, Curlan and Ann are my oldest kids and I’m attempting to get use to the change in letter writing.

Anyways, for her birthday I decided to stay away from an excess of stickers and confetti this year. I included a fox card (which also turned into a paper animal stand),  balloons (of course), some coloring pages, stickers and a paper doll that I made for her. I’ve been thinking about sending paper dolls to the girls for a while now and decided that they would make  good birthday gifts. I included a few outfits and shoes for them as well.

Ann’ s Letters : 20

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I got my 20th (wow) letter from Ann a few weeks ago! It was her yearly progress report which means a new photo! Overall a great report. It mentions that she enjoys playing dodge ball, is in fourth grade, English is her favorite subject and her best friend is Acanit Catherine. How cute! It also mentions that her favorite fruit is Jack fruit which I had never heard of before. I looked it up online and it seems pretty interesting! It’s definitely a pretty odd looking fruit but definitely something I wouldn’t mind trying!

Other than the general information, it also mentions that she lives with her mother (No word on anyone else…), she fetches water, sweeps to help around the house and she was able to get medical examinations, books pens and seeds with her sponsorship money. Lastly, she mentions that she wants to be a doctor (what a cutie) and wished me a Happy New Year. Seriously, I could not be more proud of her. She may not be my oldest sponsor child but she is the little one who started my journey as a sponsor and I am so thankful that I have the opportunity to help her and her mother!

Esther’s Letters : 1

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Esther’s letter is up today! I was super excited to get another first letter within a two week span. This letter was from Otim Sam, Esther’s brother. He mentions that they are from Eastern Uganda and Iteso in tribe. Which is the same as most of my other sponsor children in Uganda. He also mentions that they depend on small scale farming for both food and income. Overall, it was great to hear from him. It’s always great hearing from mothers and fathers but siblings are really wonderful as well. I wrote to Beth’s brother and cousin previously so it was great to hear from another sibling again!

Ruth’s Letters : 1

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First letters are always some of my favorite! It’s always great to know that the family has received word of their sponsorship and to get to know the family! Ruth’s father, Joseph, wrote the first letter and let me know that she is the youngest of two biological children but they also take care of other family members as well. (Which is very common from what I have read.) He also states they are Iteso by tribe (similar to some of my other children) and live in Eastern Uganda. He also mentions that they are small scale farmers. Overall, I great first letter! I love that I not only got to hear from them but got to meet the whole family and get a photo as well!

Photo Details :
Front left to right : Amuge Sarah (Cousin), Ruth, Olinga Emmanuel (Brother), Opio Anthoney (Cousin)
Back left to right : Aleper Naume (Mother), Adungo Joseph (Father)

The New Kids on the Blog

As I’ve hinted the last few entries, I have a couple of new sponsor children. (Okay, I’ve actually had them for a few months now but I have been horrible about updating my blog…) I’m not sure how exactly that happened but yea… I gave in! But look at these faces!!!

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The oldest of the new kids is Curlan who is 10 going on 11 this year making him around the same age as Ann and Veasna. He’s from Dominica. Not the Dominican Republic but Dominica, a small island in the Caribbean. Oddly enough, only a month after I started sponsoring him I met someone while at work who lived on the island for a couple of years. What a small world! I haven’t received my first letter from him yet but have sent a letter to him and all of the other children. Also, how freaking adorable is he in his little dress shirt!!!

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This is Prisca! Her and the other three new girls that I started sponsoring are only months apart in age. Like the other two girls, Prisca is from Uganda. Overall, I tend to sponsor in one country (minus a few exceptions) so in the case that I do get an opportunity to visit my sponsor children some day I will be able to without having to travel the whole world.

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Second youngest overall now is Ruth. This little one caught my eye having my grandmother’s name and my mother’s birthday… I knew I had to sponsor her. I have received one letter from her so far which I’ll be updating on soon!

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Last but not least I have Pen or Esther as most of her paperwork now says. (Seriously Child Fund is really slacking on their paperwork skills lately and it’s very aggravating.) Anyways, this cutie is my youngest now and I’ve been luckily enough to also receive a letter from her which I’ll be writing about soon!