Last night, I had a small letter writing party. A friend and I sat at the table, after we filled our tummies with spaghetti, and wrote letters. She just recently started sponsoring a girl from the Philippines… from one of the child development centers that we visited on the trip!  I thought that I could recognize her face… but I could not be sure.

I got out my box of Korean stationary. I wrote a letter to one of the other sponsors that we met during the trip, and a letter to our sponsor child in Ecuador. I still need to write to our new sponsored child John. We just got a letter from him that was so super sweet. He considers himself a prayer warrier. How amazing to hear that from him. He said that he stopped school but that he plans to return. He wants to be a pastor!

I am excited about a craft fair that I’ll be participating in next week. I’ll be selling my jewelry and hope to raise a lot of money for Compassion children. =)

I hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving Day.


It’s the thought that counts?

“It’s the thought that counts.”

I heard this so often that I believed it… it sounds so nice and fluffy… and is such a convenient excuse for laziness, disorganization, general chaos, and skewed priorities. Now when I hear this expression, my next thought is “No, not really. It’s actually actions that count.” Even words are better than thoughts… at least with words, you are actually moving your mouth.

I like to fancy myself a thoughtful, considerate, thankful and all around good human being. A person who willingly shares the blessings that she has received and who gives back more than she takes. But what if all I had were “good intentions” or “well wishes” for my fellow human kind but didn’t do one thing to act on those intentions? Does that make me a better person than someone who hates others and is filled with bitternes and resentment? In the end, no.

Harsh? Maybe… but those are my thoughts right now…