The Compassion Experience

Yesterday we went to an event at a local church that was held by the organization Compassion. It was called The Compassion Experience. This is a traveling event that is going to lots of different churches all over right now. Through Compassion, you can sponsor a child and help provide them with food, clean water, schooling, medical attention and more survival items, depending on the need and what is going on in their country.

They set up a portable building and inside the building, you get to walk through a guided tour using headphones and ipods for each person. Then you walk through and it tells you the story of one child who was sponsored by a family through Compassion. It tells you all about what their life was like and how Compassion helped them to basically survive and become a successful adult. The stories were very moving and they had little rooms set up to look like what was going on in the child’s life. There was a little section made to look like a market, a church, a bedroom and things like that.

I believe the main reason for them doing this was to try and get more people to sign up and become a sponsor to a child. This was a really great program for us. My kids love to hear about other children around the world and they were completely enchanted by the whole experience. In fact, when you first get there they tell you to choose one child’s story (there are 2 to pick from) and after we finished the first one, the kids insisted that we also do the second child’s story!

Jason and I have been child sponsors through World Vision for over 20 years. Our first sponsor child was 12 when we first began and after she turned 25, she was finished with the program and they assigned a new child to us. It has been such a huge blessing to us knowing that we have made a big difference in someone’s life even though we never were able to meet her in person. Both of our sponsor children are in Bangladesh and we’ve been able to write and receive letters from them over the years. It always brings me joy to hear from them. I would encourage anyone to adopt a child through World Vision or Compassion. It will truly bless your heart.


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The Boxcar Children, Chapter 8 (BYFIAR)

Popstar finished up another chapter in her Boxcar Children book for Beyond Five in a Row for school. She finished Chapter 8 a few weeks ago. Chapter 8 is called “A Swimming Pool at Last” and in this chapter, the children build a “swimming pool” and also find an abandoned chicken’s nest and end up with 5 eggs that they use to make a delicious dinner.

We spent 3 school days on this chapter.

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Fall Crafts are so much fun!

Jason and I have been so busy working on our fall crafts. We opened an Etsy shop a few months ago to sell handmade crafts and have decided to try some craft fairs and things like that. So we spent a lot of time Labor Day Weekend making some fall wood crafts. It was a lot of work, but so much fun! Jason and I just love to be together and working on projects has always been fun for us. We work very well together with anything we do, but this has been really nice spending the time together. He loves to cut the wood and sand it and I get to do the fun part of painting and decorating! We have made so far ceramic tile coasters, handmade wooden tealight candle holders, marble magnets, several different fall wood crafts and even some tin can jack-o-lanterns. I thought I would share with you a little of what we’ve been up to!

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Apple Orchard trip to Hendersonville, NC

Labor Day Weekend is Apple Festival time in Hendersonville, NC. We live about a 2 hour drive from there and so last Saturday (Labor Day Weekend) we drove up there for the day. This is the second year we’ve gone Labor Day Weekend. The weather was perfect and we had such a nice ride and had a wonderful time. Last year we went to Sky Top Orchard and this year we decided to pick a different one, since there are so many in the same area.  This year we went to Grandad’s Apples N’ Such.




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Happy Birthday to our “Hulk”!!!!

We celebrated a birthday at our house last weekend! Our 3rd child, who we lovingly call Hulk on this blog (He chose that name, by the way and it actually suits him very well) turned 7 last week! It is so hard to believe 7 years have gone by since he was born. He is such an energetic, high-spirited and extremely strong willed little boy. He keeps me constantly on my toes. I always say that he is my biggest challenge in child raising, but he also brings me such joy. He is so sweet and gentle with animals and babies and he is not afraid of anything. He’s not afraid to talk to people or stand up for himself. He makes us laugh so much! I’m extremely proud of the wonderful young man is he turning into and I’m so thankful God gave him to me to be his Mommy. I cherish every moment!

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