So I found my perfect Valentines gift. I have been reading along with my favorite ,Boomama, as she and some other bloggers are on a trip with Compassion international in Uganda. If you can read her blog and not cry - then come see me because you are super human. I am just overwhelmed with how blessed we are. I ask God a lot of days why He chose me to live in America, in a Christian home and have so much freedom and prosperity when others live in such terrible conditions. All I know is that God has said "to whom much is given - much is required" and I take that seriously. (But not seriously enough sometimes).
After reading this - I was extremely convicted. So I told Scott I wanted one of these precious kids for Valentines. I told him I would give up Sonic Drinks (gasp!) in exchange. It's only $32 a month and this gives a child meals and school. It gives them a chance at life. I don't even have to totally give up Sonic drinks. I could still have one a week and sponsor a child. It's really not much of a sacrifice for me - and it gives a sweet child in Africa so much.
I've been to a lot of Christian concerts where they talked about Compassion and always wanted to sign up but never did. Maybe it's because I want a child to love so badly and I know when we do have one - he/she will have SO much. The one thing I want our children to know in life (outside of our love for them and Christ's love) is how blessed they are and that the majority of the children in the world do not live like that. I want to raise them to not say "give me" but to say "let's give".We are going to pick out our child tonight and I can't wait!
Update: We decided to pick a child from Nicaragua because my parents go there every year on mission trips and hopefully they can take him a care package from us and meet him. And maybe we'll go with them one day and meet him as well. His name is Richard - he is 4 - and he is PRECIOUS!