My friend Amanda recently started a monthly link-up at her blog Impress Your Kids. It’s called Impress Your Sponsored Kids and it’s goal is to help people (like me) who are not so great at consistently writing to their sponsored kids.

We sponsor children through Compassion International and try to write as often as we can, but sometimes those letters sit there on my kitchen counter for a long time before I get them in the mail. Since Juliet is getting old enough to participate in the communication process (she can’t write yet, but she is learning her letters), I want her to get into the habit of writing a letter each month with me.

So far this link-up has been just the thing I needed to keep me accountable! We wrote letters last month and again this month. I thought it would be fun to share a little bit about Thanksgiving with our friends who live in Africa and South America.


So we went with the thumbprint turkey…

This has been on my list of things to do for a year now.The others like trying out a bit of trading using an automated trading robot like Fintech Ltd come second. I have been too keen to give it a try after having read the review about how it works and how it is all too easy to make some lucrative amount trading! But with the arrival of Lucia, I didn’t feel like looking up my list and seeing how exactly to make the turkey…..so, yeah. It doesn’t look anything like the original, but I still think it turned out pretty cute.


Stamp a body, a head and then deck him out with feathers. This ended up being a two day project for us. We did the painting and then let the turkeys dry.


Here is Juliet working on her version of a turkey. Her take is more advanced and requires much more than 3 measly fingers. Not for beginners.

I love how hers turned out even if I can’t quite figure out which end us up.

She made several turkeys, but when I picked this one up and asked her where the head was she said, “That’s not a turkey, mom! That’s Hawaii!”

Of course. Silly me.

Like I said, this was a two-day project. After, the paint had dried, I wrote the message and had Juliet trace the names of our sponsored kids. She LOVES doing this and always asks if she can write more for other people. We ended up making some for the grandparents, too.

I wrote a letter on the back of the card, we put them in an envelope and sent them on their way.


I was too busy birthing a baby to write a post about this last month, but here’s a pic for kicks. They look like pumpkins, but they are apples. I downloaded the apple template from Better Homes and Gardens.

A Country Far Away

If you are looking for a good book that illustrates the differences of two boys lives in the first world and the developing world–check out A Country Far Away by Nigel Gray. It’s a great conversation starter and the majority of information comes from the illustrations, not the words.

Linking up to Impress Your Sponsored Kids, Just Something I Whipped Up, Making Monday Marvelous, Tot Tuesdays,