Monthly Archives: January 2014

Giveaway update

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My tracker sent me into a happy dance. It tells me that, very soon, a child will grin, bright teeth flashing. A mother will very likely cry. And a new sponsor will be blessed as much as they are blessed. A child is sponsored, and I am beyond delighted.

But no one claimed a bracelet! And that’s ok. But if my quiet, humble, new-sponsorship reader would still like a letter-writing packet or has any questions about Compassion International, do still email me at truthnsprinkles(at)gmail.com.*

And know that I am thrilled for you and for your new sponsored-child.

So thrilled.

*If anyone ever has questions about Compassion (or my posts or just wants to say hi!), do feel free to comment or email me!

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A favorite sprinkle, an opportunity, and a giveaway!

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Some of my sprinkles are good deals, people. I rarely, if ever, pay full price for anything, and coupons make me incredibly happy. When those good deals ALSO contribute to a good cause, I’m sold. Completely sold.

Enter Everyday Icing Accessory Auctions. From their facebook page: “Everyday Icing offers the sweetest accessories at the sweetest prices. A portion of our proceeds benefit Compassion International.”

Did you see that bit at the end? Compassion International! Now you know why I’m so excited to share about this business today! I found Everyday Icing about a year ago, and they have the loveliest jewelry for great prices and free shipping and I know that part of my purchase (10%–I asked) supports a cause so close to my heart.

Since I’ve discovered them, I’ve picked up pretties for me, for my mom, for my friends…everyone! Necklaces. Scarves. Bracelets. They’re cute and great quality (and in preparing this post, I realized I have no pictures of me in any of it.) I’ve had rave reviews from those I’ve given pieces to as well. I love giving a gift that gives so much more.

Which brings me to the opportunity!

Right now, Everyday Icing is offering two bracelets that will 100% benefit Compassion International. Every penny spent on one of the bracelets will be donated, so…why not? 🙂

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I love the second! I bought their Compassion benefit bracelet last year (ok, I bought three!) and every time I wear it, I think to pray for my Compassion kids, and I can share about the organization whenever someone comments on it! #1 is priced at just $12, and #2 at $14 (and free shipping!). Click over to their facebook page, register, and comment “sold” on the picture of the bracelet you want, and they’ll email you an invoice. It’s that easy!

I am so excited about these bracelets AND about Compassion, that I’m putting together a giveaway for a reader who sponsors a child this week through Compassion International. I will send a bracelet of your choice to the first reader to click through to Compassion’s site through this link and choose to sponsor a child before this coming Saturday, January 18th. I will also send you a letter-writing packet with some stationary and goodies to start you out on your relationship with your child!

So here’s the recap:
~The first reader to sponsor a child through Compassion International by Saturday, January 18th will receive her/his choice of one of the above bracelets and a letter-writing packet.
~Please use one of the links in this post, as it will allow me to track the sponsorships!
~Additional readers beginning a new sponsorship this week will receive a letter-writing packet as well!
~Email me at truthnsprinkles(at)gmail.com to let me know about your sponsorship! First, I’ll celebrate with you. Then I’ll coordinate details!
(added)*Due to shipping costs, the bracelet giveaway is open to US residents only. Sorry!

This is getting long, but I wanted to say something. You don’t sponsor for a bracelet. And that’s good and right. When I first began my sponsorship journey, I’d been thinking and praying about it for a long time. I felt burdened to use what I had to bless someone else; I am merely a steward of God’s resources! This giveaway is an encouragement for that person who has been feeling a nudge toward sponsorship, who desires to, in God’s power, release a child from poverty and give a child, a family, and a community hope. Pray about it. Click a link and look at a few children’s faces. Watch a couple videos as they introduce themselves. Don’t feel pressured or guilt-tripped into a sponsorship, but know that $38 a month isn’t the big thing: the important part is the overflowing love of Christ splashing out of your life and onto a child (and vise versa!).

If sponsorship isn’t for you right now, considering one of the Everyday Icing bracelets or check out their other sales!

Here’s the little girl I’m enamored with right now: Ama, in Ghana (for some reason the linked text/linked photo isn’t working–click here! http://www.compassion.com/sponsor_a_child/child-biography-video.htm?needKey=GH8150109&referrer=133390).
(If one of you sponsors her, I’d be over the moon!)

Also, say a prayer for my little Yvonne in Kenya–yesterday was her sixth birthday!

xo,

Breanne

A puzzle and a word

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My little sister has always talked about growing up and having children. At a very young age, she asked my mother if she would have to go to college to be a mommy. I was skeptical. Perhaps it was an eldest child thing, having younger siblings always around, but the idea of children sounded like an awful lot of work. It wasn’t that I didn’t like kids, but I was young, really a child myself, and I thought that spending my time reading books and taking vacations sounded like more fun. Some days, I didn’t even want a husband. Just give me my books.

I warmed to childcare, babysitting several hours a week through high school, but I was never interested education, as some people suggested when I started looking at colleges. “But you’re so good with kids,” I’d hear. “You’d be a great teacher.”

No thank you. One, maybe two, once I was married and had enjoyed my married life a bit. But a whole classroom-full sounded exhausting.

I loved my writing classes. I felt confident in my choice. I loved my professors. Thrived in the environment of learning and growing. Place me in a room full of word-lovers, and I think I’ve died and gone to paradise.

But I did enjoy children. And I missed them being around when I was on a campus full of young adults.

One summer, I subbed in a children’s church class on a Sunday morning. As I helped a little girl put together a puzzle, talking her through the decision of where to place a piece, the teacher of the class was watching.

“You’re studying Elementary Ed?” she asked. When I said no, she was surprised. “Oh, I thought you were. You’re good with them.”

It was a small thing. A trivial sentence or two, and she’s no doubt forgotten. I forgot, too, for a while. But the word of encouragement stayed with me. When I graduated college, her words encouraged me to plug into my church through serving in the children’s ministry, which I’ve loved. They encouraged me to pursue a position as an elementary education tutor, which has been fulfilling and exciting as I see children’s minds grow and open.

I don’t remember this woman’s name, or really even who it was. She wasn’t the only one to recognize and encourage me in this area, but today, I want to thank her for taking that moment to speak Truth into my heart. Wes Stafford has written two books that I’ve read recently: Too Small to Ignore and Just a Minute (which I wrote about here). In both books, he discusses the idea of how words spoken and time taken to encourage a child shape and form the person they will be. The words of the woman who encouraged me one Sunday morning as a little girl and I put together a puzzle gave me confidence that maybe I could teach a little one. I feel so at home in my role as tutor that no doubt God would have prodded and nudged me here otherwise, but regardless, I’m still grateful for her and for the others who have been placed in my life to encourage me.

And as a side note, in case you’re still wondering, I’ve rather changed my mind about saying, “No thank you” to having children. Now it’s something I long for, in due time. Though I’m still a bit wary of the classroom bit.

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I enjoyed reading Darcy’s thank you note on her blog, Message in a Mason Jar, and I was inspired to join her in a note of thanksgiving to begin the new year. Do check out her post and share in the comments (here or there!) if you have a note of your own!