Unexpected Returns

by This is Carrie on February 9, 2011

Receiving these handmade necklaces from Andrea at Asayo’s Wish, the organization that delivered our t-shirt dresses to an orphanage in Uganda, was such an amazing surprise.  The hand-rolled, paper beads were made by a woman from the village where the orphanage was located. The small gift prompted me to take a browse through Asayo’s Wish gallery of photos. It was fun to see the t-shirt dresses being worn with such happy faces.

The very next day, Princess recieved two large envelopes from Loma Linda Children’s Hospital.  Each envelope was filled with cards from kids and parents thanking her for all the arts & crafts supplies she donated to the hospital.  As we sat on the couch reading them together, tears filled our eyes.  While she never expected anything back, it was nice to really see how much these arts and crafts meant to the kids and parents.

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Brooke Anna February 9, 2011 at 12:24 pm

This is so sweet. I’m sure your heart was touched. Unexpected, yet great all the same.

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Emily February 9, 2011 at 2:24 pm

This little post brought back a lot of memories! My grandma used to make paper beads like that! I can remember watching her roll up all those strips and letting them dry on toothpicks stuck in styrofoam!

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Sarai February 9, 2011 at 6:00 pm

I spent the last 15 or 20 minutes reading all about Princess’s 7 month plan and all of the neat things you guys have done to help others. I think it’s so amazing that you’re being so purposeful about teaching giving to your children- and I’ve gotten some great ideas from you that I can’t wait to use once my little ones (a 16 month old and 1 still in-utero!) get a bit older. Thanks for the inspiration!!

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Sara February 10, 2011 at 9:57 am

I love that Princess got to see the full circle of her giving and receiving. What a beautiful experience for her – she will never forget it.

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Chels February 12, 2011 at 9:00 pm

What a cute post. I think you are SO amazing for how charitable you are and how you teach your children to do the same. I’ll always look up to you for it.

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