Friday, February 17, 2012

FMF: Delight

Joining up with Lisa-Jo today.
On Fridays we just write without worrying if it’s just right or not. It’s such a relief, I promise.
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Delight is knowing you have a washing machine for the 3rd day in a row that your son has had issues with/in his bedding.

I am NOT kidding.

I could have gotten frustrated and even angry because it was the  3rd day in a row, and today may be the fourth...  and I did call Super-Awesome with a hint of frustration in my voice at the beginning of the call but by the end I was understanding that these days of "trials" remind me of what I do have.  I have a little boy who is healthy and active.  We have a bed for our son to sleep in, though the flimsy mattress cover to protect it from these "issues" is held together by duct tape, since said healthy & active boy likes nothing better that to play with the mattress cover...  that we have two sets of sheets to cover that bed, so that we can rotate out the nasty and replace with the (hopefully, if mommy or daddy is on the ball) clean dry ones.

You may be thinking... is she nuts?  Delight in a washing machine and sheets?  I spent Wednesday volunteering for Compassion International and manned a table with numerous children who live in abject poverty, but whom Compassion is helping to be released from poverty. Hearing Shaun Groves  speak, seeing those photos, and remembering my trip to Ecuador (ten years ago) and reading letters from my sponsor children, help me to delight in my washing machine and sheets.


From Shaun Groves' World Dictionary:  Kenyan for Washing Machine

Thursday, February 16, 2012

Staple Foods in Our Sponsor Children's Countries

Here are a list of staple foods that our sponsor children would have access to (by country):

Dominican Republic
Rice, black beans, bananas, carrots, tomatoes, avocado, chicken, citrus, fruits, sugarcane

Rice, potatoes, chicken,  cheese soup / potato soup, avocado, corn tortillas, fish

Black beans, corn, tortillas, rice, eggs, white cheese, chicken, tamales, corn chips, taquitos (rolled tacos with meat), tomatoes, avocados, onions, bananas, oranges

Rice, black and red beans, corn, sweet potatoes, bananas, avocados, pumpkin or other squash, mango, coconut, sugarcane, chicken, goat

Corn, black or red beans, corn tortillas, chicken, eggs, cabbage, tomatoes, bananas, avocado

The original list (with foods for 26 Compassion International countries) can be found here.

"A Place at the Table"

Have you heard about this yet?  It's definitely buzzing around the internet these days and copies are flying off the internet bookstore shelves (only shipping in 7-9 days at Amazon)...

Visit these places to learn more:


Compassion Chapel Session with Chris Seay (35 minute video)