Music Monday – Breathe

Hi everyone!

Happy Monday and Happy Spring! Wow, can you believe it’s already Spring?! Since my winter of surgeries and recovery, it seems like the time has been flying by!

Now that I’ve healed I am out and about and doing things again that I hadn’t been able to enjoy in a while. A few weeks ago my husband and I went on a short hike and just the other day we spent some time down at the River which was fun and also very relaxing.

We also volunteered at a few Compassion events which are always fun but now even more fun because I can stand behind the table the whole night if needed!

Two of my grandsons are old enough now to play sports. They played basketball at the beginning of the year and now they’ve just started playing baseball. I absolutely love going to their games and watching them play!

Later today I am going shopping and taking my granddaughter to dance class. The cool thing about this is not only do I get to spend time with my amazing granddaughter but now I am also able to walk through stores and actually spend as much time as I want shopping instead hurrying to get out because it hurts to be there….though now that I think about it taking time in the store may not be such a good thing after all because more time spent in the store means more time to see things I probably don’t need and to spend more money I probably don’t need to spend 😀

Speaking of shopping, I remember when I used to hate long checkout lines!  Now I am finding myself standing in long lines doing a happy dance in my head and thanking God for the miracle of my wonderfully awesome and amazing new knees that I can stand on forever and ever and ever! It seems as if my whole perspective on the inconvenience of waiting has changed. I used to hate to wait in line because it hurt to stand but now when I have to wait it gives me time to relax and reflect on where I’ve been and to thank God for all he has done.

This past season of my life has shown me that sometimes even the hard stuff can be a gift and that slowing down and resting is important. Before arthritis wrecked my knees I used to feel like I had to jam pack something into every minute of every day. After being forced to slow down  I realize it’s more about the quality of what I do with the time I’ve been given and who I spend that time with that matters most. I’ve learned to say no, I’ve learned to get rid of those things that were not part of God’s plan and enjoy the things that are.

Today’s Music Monday song Breathe by Jonny Diaz is a good one and also a great reminder of taking some time each day to slow down, relax in God’s love, and just breathe.

“Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. 30 For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.” Matthew 11:28-30

Have a great week!
Terri Siebert

 

Artwork in the Sky

This past week I went on a cruise to the Bahamas.

Each day I was amazed several times a day by God’s amazing artwork in the sky.

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The heavens declare the glory of God;  the skies proclaim the work of his hands. Psalm 19:1

 

Baking Classes to Help Ericka Become a Chef – 12 Days of Giving Christmas Away

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Today was Christmas cookie baking day at my house.

I started with M & M Cookies.

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Then moved on to Peanut Blossoms.

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And then for the big finish and my favorite, Fudge.

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As I was baking I started thinking about my Compassion Sponsor child ‘Ericka’.  This past September I had the opportunity to visit Ericka in El Salvador.

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The Moment we Met… Ericka and Me

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Ericka and Me at the Water Park

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Heraldo our interpretor, Ericka’s Father Salvador, Me, Ericka, and her Teacher

One of the things Ericka shared with me me during our visit is that she wants to be a Chef when she grows up.

The very next day after visiting Ericka we visited a Compassion project in San Salvador that had a baking class.

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Children in Baking Class at a Compassion Project in San Salvador, El Salvador

In the baking class the children were learning how to cook, and that day they were making garlic bread loaves. We were all able to sample them and they were delicious!

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The kids really seemed to enjoy the class and shared with us what they were learning and they told us they wanted to be chefs when they grew up.

By being in Compassion’s sponsorship program they were able to be a part of this class and they were learning a very valuable skill that would not only help them at home to safely prepare meals, but also would help them in the future as a job skill they would be able to use for creating and selling food in the market.

This was something I didn’t realize was available to the children and when I saw this I realized that what Ericka had said the day before about wanting to be a chef someday was actually a possibility and it was something she could learn right in her Compassion project!

How exciting is that?!!

So that brings me to today’s Giving Christmas Away gift the gift of Baking Classes.

As you have just read, learning to cook can be very valuable gift for a child in poverty.

To give the gift of a Baking Class just click the picture below of the little girl in the apron and it will take you to the gifts page

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She is one of the kids I met in the baking class in El Salvador, just look at that smile. She was one very joyful little girl 🙂

Thanks for reading and have a wonderful day!

Terri Siebert

Other Posts in the ‘Twelve Days of Giving Christmas Away’ 

Day 1. A Very Special Music Monday –  Kickoff to Twelve Days of Giving Christmas Away

Day 2. Water of Life – 12 Days of Giving Christmas Away

Day 3. Giving Christmas Away ~ Feed  a Mother and Baby

Day 4. Twelve Days of Giving Christmas Away – Good Tidings of Great Joy and the Gift of the Bible

Day 5. Pigs Chickens and Goats

Day 6. No Time to Write Because I Want to Read a Book and Go to Sleep

Pigs, chickens and Goats! – Twelve Days of Giving Christmas Away

Pigs, chickens and Goats! - Twelve Days of Giving Christmas AwayYesterday I finally managed to get all of my Christmas presents wrapped except for one present for my daughter which I ordered online. I’ve been waiting patiently…. okay make that not so patiently for it to be delivered. I  received and email yesterday telling me it will be here by December 24, so Ugh and thank you Target for leaving me on pins and needles wondering if her gift will get here by Christmas.

I was thinking today about how I spend so much time searching for just the right gift for each person on my list. This gift is something I know she really wants and needs and also one I am excited to give her (I can’t say what it is here just in case she is reading my blog). I will be really disappointed if it doesn’t get here on time.

Finding the right gift for my kids seems a lot harder now that they are adults but shopping for my grand kids is easy. When I shop for them the gifts practically jump off the shelf into my cart and I have to stop myself from buying them too much.

Today I was looking once again through the Compassion Christmas catalog and noticed they have some pretty unique gifts in it.  They are gifts that are not your normal type of Christmas present.  While I am spoiling my grand kids with toys there are kids in the world who are asking for things like chickens, goats, and pigs for Christmas. For a family in poverty, gifts like these are truly needed and wanted, and they can provide food or be a way to generate income.  A goat can provide milk for a family, pigs reproduce very fast and can be sold or used as food.  A chicken can provide eggs to be eaten or sold in the market for income or even hatched into more chickens.

Oh and guess what?… When you purchase a gift from Compassion’s catalog if you would like, you can purchase the gift in honor of a friend or family member and they will receive a card via email or if you would like you can print it and to give it to them as a gift telling them you have purchased a gift in their honor. How cool is that?!

So with that said…. today’s 12 Days of Giving Christmas Away gift is ….

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the gift of pigs, chickens and goats

How cool will it be when your friend or family member opens their gift this year to find out that you have purchased a pig, chicken or goat in honor of them and then to know that you have helped a family in poverty to be more self-sufficient, have more income, and have healthier children!

Who would have ever thought a gift of a pig, chicken or goat could be the perfect gift?

If you would like to help a family by sending a pig, chicken or goat, just click picture of the gift you would like to send below.

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Well thats it for today, hope to see you back here tomorrow.  Have a wonderful day!

Terri Siebert

Other Posts in the ‘Twelve Days of Giving Christmas Away’ 

Day 1. A Very Special Music Monday –  Kickoff to Twelve Days of Giving Christmas Away

Day 2. Water of Life – 12 Days of Giving Christmas Away

Day 3. Giving Christmas Away ~ Feed  a Mother and Baby

Day 4. Twelve Days of Giving Christmas Away – Good Tidings of Great Joy and the Gift of the Bible

Today we are having a link up.  All you have to do is write a post about Christmas, click the blue ‘add your link’ button at the bottom of this post and then put the link to your post in. I put mine in to show you how it will look.

12 Days of Giving Christmas Away ~ Good Tidings of Great Joy and the Gift of the Bible

The following blog post and video was posted in Compassion’s Sponsor e-news


 

This Christmas, we celebrate the 158,030 Compassion-assisted children who accepted Christ in 2015.

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How awesome is that????? Lives are being changed!  Today’s 12 Days of Giving Christmas Away gift, is the gift of The Bible.  When you click the picture of the little girl with the Bible you can purchase a Bible for a child in his or her own language.  What a great gift that a child will read and treasure as they grow closer to Jesus Christ.

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And what a great way for you to give Christmas Away this year 🙂

Terri Siebert

Other Posts in this series, ‘Twelve Days of Giving Christmas Away’

A Very Special Music Monday –  Kickoff to Twelve Days of Giving Christmas Away

Water of Life – 12 Days of Giving Christmas Away

Giving Christmas Away ~ Feed  a Mother and Baby