Saturday, December 16, 2017

Alisson in Ecuador

Alisson 
in Ecuador


March 8, 2009

We began sponsoring Alisson in March of 2017 and so far have received 4 letters. She lives with her mother, Kerly, and her father, Byron (who is often gone working). Her siblings are Edisson, Joshue and Byron. At home she helps with child care, cleaning and running errands. They live in Manta, a coastal region of Ecuador. In one letter Alisson mentioned her father goes out to sea. 

favorites:
  • food - chicken
  • color - fuscia
  • subject - math, science
  • hobby - reading, art
  • sport - soccer
Miscellaneous:
  • brown skin, curly hair, brown eyes
  • learning about God's Words and likes to sing praises
  • learning to take shower, brush teeth and comb hair
  • likes to travel to Aunt's home in Montanita during school breaks
Lives in Manta - a coastal region of Ecuador




Thursday, December 14, 2017

Keeping it Simple



I'm participating in Dressember this month - a campaign to raise awareness and funds in the fight against modern day slavery. I've worn a dress every single day so far, and to be quite honest, I've realized just how much I love wearing dresses. It's actually been a wonderful experiment and challenge for me.

This week I decided to challenge myself a bit more and wear the same dress every day, but styled differently each day. I'm trying to stay away from the obvious (different scarf or necklace each day) and am stretching myself to get creative. 

I'll take a break from this dress over the weekend, but I'm willing to go another 5 days if I get donations and support. So far I've raised $170... just under half way to my goal of $350. If I have $190 by Monday morning, I'll wear the dress again. My goal is to get $20 each day. If I do, I'll find a new way to wear this dress. 

You can donate to this wonderful cause right HERE. Thank you!

Wednesday, December 6, 2017

It's Bigger Than a Dress


I'm one week into Dressember and so far the challenge of wearing a dress every day has been fun. I've rediscovered my love of wearing dresses regularly. I really wish this was just a silly fashion challenge. It started out that way. Blythe Hill, founder of Dressember, was a bored college student interested in fashion. She decided to wear a dress every day for the month of December, and called it her Dressember challenge. She got through it, had fun and thought that was the end of it.

But the next year, some of her friends asked if they could join her in wearing dresses every day of December. Blythe and her friends wore dresses every day, and again Blythe thought that was the end of it. But the next year, friends of friends were asking to join in. By the 4th or 5th year, Blythe thought maybe she should connect this interest and forward movement to a cause.

She had an interest in fighting human trafficking and decided to name International Justice Mission as the recipient of all funds raised. Since then, the movement continues to grow each year and new ministry partners have been added.

Did you know that human trafficking is a $32 billion industry? 20% of cases are labor involved and the other 80% are sex trafficking cases. This is appalling and must be stopped. We can be part of ending slavery, just as we can be part of ending extreme poverty. But it takes funds and people who are willing to speak up.

I set a goal to raise $350. I'm about 1/3 of the way there. I'd love to not only reach that goal, but completely blow that goal out of the water by surpassing it. Every time a new donation comes in it gives me a burst of encouragement to keep fighting.

Will you take a minute and donate any amount to my campaign? You can find my fundraising page HERE.

If you want to know more about the Dressember movement, this is an interesting TED talk with Blythe Hill

Friday, December 1, 2017

Learning About Central America

Over the past few weeks we studied the Middle East! As usual, most of our books were recommended from Give Your Child the World by Jamie C Martin.


Here is our booklist:

  • Sopa de Frijoles by Jorge Argueta
  • Mango, Abuela and Me by Meg Medina
  • Abuela's Weave by Omar Castaneda
  • Alfombras de Aserrín by Amelia Lau Carling
  • La tienda de Mamá y Papá by by Amelia Lau Carling
  • Los músicos de Bremen by Rose Ros
  • Uncle Nacho's Hat by Harriet Rohmer
  • The Gold Coin by Alma Flor Ada
  • Fernando's Gift by Douglas Keister
  • The Umbrella by Jan Brett
  • The Forest in the Clouds by Sneed Collard III
  • The Little Painter of Sabana Grande by Patricia Markun
  • New Shoes for Silvia by Johanna Hurwitz
  • Guatemala ABCs by Marcie Aboff

    As usual, Jan Brett's books have amazing illustrations, and The Umbrella followed suit. We also really enjoyed Abuela's Weave and The Little Painter of Sabana Grande, because of beautiful illustrations and glimpses into rural Central American life. Juanito loved The Gold Coin and although it's a bit longer for young kids, it is such a great story. Rosie really liked New Shoes for Silvia, I think because she could identify with Silvia! And we colored some girls in traditional dress, you can find Ana of Costa Rica and Maya of Guatemala via the links.


    Since we write to four Compassion children in Central America, we spent some time praying for them!


    We watched some Compassion videos, and these were our favorites:




    We also watched some of the North America, since it showed some of Costa Rica. And the fun thing was that our science topic, sea turtles, coincided well with Central America since many sea turtles lay their eggs in this part of the world! The kids had fun making sea turtles thanks to the prep of a fellow mom in co-op:


    We did our sea turtle narration in English and our book narrations in Spanish this week. Here are Rosie's:
    We can help sea turtles:
  • We can pick up the trash
  • We can not put balloons outside
  • We can tell people
  • Turn off the lights
  • Obey the signs that protect the sea turtles
  • Tía Rosita envía zapatos rojos a Silvia. Silvia le gusta sus zapatos. Los zapatos were tan grandes. Los bebés de oliva se duermen en los zapatos. Estaban montando en los zapatos porque Silvia estaba fingiendo que zapatos son un tren. Al fin, Silvia crece y puede lleva los zapatos.
    - New Shoes for Silvia

    And Juanito's:
    The leatherback is the biggest reptile in the world. Throw your trash away because it can kill and even hurt sea turtles. Turn your lights off so the sea turtles don't come towards them. The eggs hatch and then they drag themselves to the beach so they can swim in the water. Sea turtles eat jellyfish, clams and plants.
    Juan era un ladrón. Juan ve una mujer con una moneda. Y después ella dice, "Soy la mujer más rica del mundo." Y después el hombre Juan la sigue a todos lugares que la mujer va. Pero estaba cosas para hacer. La mujer estaba ayudando los enfermos y dando una moneda de oro. Al fin, Juan vi la mujer parando al frente de su casa, la mujer pide si necesita una moneda. Juan toma la moneda y la niña estaba parando atrás de la mujer y ella digo, "¡Rápido! Mi mamá está solo y el bebé está hace en una momento." Juan da la moneda a la mujer, "El bebé va a necesitarlo más que mí," dice Juan.
    - The Gold Coin

    We made a few Central American meals, including Costa Rican enchiladas, Nicaraguan egg soup, and of course, rice and black beans, thanks to my favorite cookbook: Extending the Table: A World Community Cookbook by Joetta Handrich Schlabach. Unfortunately, I forgot to take photos... And we made Guatemalan plantains and El Salvadorian cheese muffins for co-op!

    In co-op, we prayed for the Q’anjob’al people group in Guatemala and read about them in the Wycliffe book Around the World with Kate and Mack. To go along with learning about the cloud forests, we used markers to color toucans, butterflies and quetzals on photo paper, which gives such a fun, shiny effect.


    In addition to sponsoring kids via Compassion, we also sponsor a number of Honduran kids with Manna 4 Lempira, so we watched some videos about the Manna program:




    And then we made Easter cards for the Manna 4 Lempira unsponsored children! My kids also made cards for their friends in Honduras, but I wanted to include all of the co-op in the letter writing.


    Next up, we are heading to Europe!

    Here are the previous countries in the series:
  • China
  • Spain
  • Tanzania
  • France
  • Colombia
  • Ghana
  • Italy
  • Thailand
  • Peru
  • India & Pakistan
  • Mexico
  • Brazil
  • Central and Southern Africa
  • The Middle East
  • Japan




    About Hannah Hinojosa...Hannah is a long time Compassion sponsor and writes about her sponsorship journey at Because of Shamim. In addition to being a wife and mother, she is a part-time math professor and loves to read.
  • Wednesday, November 29, 2017

    Dressember


    In December I'll be wearing only dresses. 

    Why?



    I'm so glad you asked. 

    I'm participating in Dressember...a campaign that uses dresses as their uniform to raise awareness and funds in the fight against human trafficking. I first heard about Dressember a couple years ago when one of my online friends participated and posted about it. I was intrigued, but forgot to plan to do it the next year and by the time I heard about it again it had already started. This year I remembered to look into it and am excited to participate. 

    I love advocating for those who cannot speak up for themselves. I also love to wear dresses. Combine the two and you have the perfect combination for Dressember. 

    I'll be posting about my experience throughout the month. In addition to wearing dresses and telling people about the campaign, I'll be reading books, watching documentaries and finding other ways to educate myself and figure out what I can do to fight this atrocity. If you have recommendations for me to read or watch, please let me know in the comments. 

    If you want to learn more about this movement, go HERE.  If you want to donate on my page, go HERE.

    It's not to late to join in if you are so inclined! Or perhaps you want to just commit to wearing a dress one or two days a week and pray for the victims of modern day slavery. 

    Friday, November 24, 2017

    Learning About Japan

    We learned about Japan, and based our booklist off of the recommendations from Give Your Child the World by Jamie C Martin.


    Here is our booklist:

  • The Magic Fan by Keith Baker
  • The Funny Little Woman by Arlene Mosel
  • How My Parents Learned to Eat by Ina Friedman
  • Around the World in a Bathtub by Wade Bradford
  • Crow Boy by Taro Yashima
  • Hachiko by Pamela Turner
  • Grass Sandals by Dawnine Spivak
  • Grandfather's Journey by Allan Say
  • Tea with Milk by Allan Say
  • Kamishibai Man by Allan Say
  • The Boy in the Garden by Allan Say
  • The Bicycle Man by Allan Say
  • Home of the Brave by Allan Say
  • An Ancient Art by Michael Burgan

    We fell in love with Allan Say's books. The writing and illustrations were incredible. Our three favorites were Grandfather's Journey, Tea with Milk and Kamishibai Man, but now I want to find more of his books! The kids loved how The Magic Fan has a fan to open on each page, and they got a kick out of the The Funny Little Woman. I also really enjoyed How My Parents Learned to Eat, and how it shows the blending of two cultures.

    I love our Around the World Coloring Book and we enjoyed the Let's Learn About Japan activity book.


    We made a number of Japanese meals, including sukiyaki (thanks to reading about it in How My Parents Learned to Eat) and a stir-fry from my favorite cookbook, Extending the Table: A World Community Cookbook by Joetta Handrich Schlabach, along with homemade sushi with tuna and imitation crab.


    Rosie narrated The Funny Little Woman:

    The funny little woman, she says, "My dumpling, my dumpling!" She goes to tell somebody. And then the fun little woman laughed and the people say, "Hide behind me because the wicked oni is coming." He put her in the boat and swimmer across the ocean to the weird house, she had to cook rice. She bringed the rice paddle and she goes in the boat, and then she called in the mud. The wicked oni spat all the water out, and then she goes back home, and she got some for the little babies!

    And Juanito narrated The Magic Fan:

    Yoshi found a magic fan. And then he opened the fan and then he build a boat to sail across to touch the moon. Then he built a kite and then a bridge. And then the huracán came. And then all the personas went to the bridge and they stayed there until the huracán was gone. And then when people saw their houses driven away by the huracán, Yoshi said, "We can build houses and fences, wagons and walls." Yoshi didn't need a magic fan because the magic he discovered was his own.

    For co-op, we prayed for Japanese sign language people group and read about them in the Wycliffe book Around the World with Kate and Mack. Then, we read X and X. For snack, we ate pocky.

    We made two crafts, one was mini koi and another was making cherry blossom paintings.


    Next up, Central America!

    Here are the previous countries in the series:
  • China
  • Spain
  • Tanzania
  • France
  • Colombia
  • Ghana
  • Italy
  • Thailand
  • Peru
  • India & Pakistan
  • Mexico
  • Brazil
  • Central & Southern Africa
  • The Middle East




    About Hannah Hinojosa...Hannah is a long time Compassion sponsor and writes about her sponsorship journey at Because of Shamim. In addition to being a wife and mother, she is a part-time math professor and loves to read.
  • Friday, October 20, 2017

    Learning About the Middle East

    Over the past few weeks we studied the Middle East! As usual, most of our books were recommended from Give Your Child the World by Jamie C Martin.


    Here is our booklist:

  • The Librarian of Basra by Jeanette Winter
  • Four Feet, Two Sandals by Karen Lynn Williams
  • Lost and Found Cat by Doug Kuntz
  • Sitti's Secrets by Naomi Shihab Nye
  • Sitti and the Cats by Sally Bahous Allen
  • The Hungry Coat by Demi

    The Librarian of Basra, Four Feet, Two Sandals, and Lost and Found Cat are really good ways to introduce the issues of war and refugees in the Middle East (although, in hindsight, Four Feet, Two Sandals should be on our reading list for Pakistan...I made a note for the future!). Juanito has been motivated to pray for refugees since reading these books, but at the same time, these books did not instill fear of unrest. And, as always, I highly recommend anything by Demi! We loved The Hungry Coat and the lesson shared!


    We watched some about the United Arab Emirates on the Human Planet. (I refer to Wikipedia for the listing of what is shown in each episode.) The kids always love watching Human Planet. We also watched a few short videos on Youtube about rug making! Here's a sample:


    I love our Around the World Coloring Book, which we used for Saudi Arabia and Israel (and Turkey for our co-op).


    We played sidewalk games from Iran and Israel, thanks to Sidewalk Games Around the World. As you'll see, we improvised and used duplos instead of rocks and peach pits.


    We also made two meals, a Turkish veggie bake and Iranian Musaka, thanks to my favorite cookbook: Extending the Table: A World Community Cookbook by Joetta Handrich Schlabach. The kids were excited to try eggplant since we had read about eggplant in The Hungry Coat.


    I am working the kids into narrating in both English and Spanish. Since they each narrated about whales in Spanish, we did English narrations for the Middle East for the book The Hungry Coat. Here is Rosie's:
    He didn't have some food and the people didn't give him food. He took a bath with the donkey. He changed his clothes and he went back. He gave the food to his hungry coat.

    And Juanito's:
    Nasretti liked to help whomever he could, and then he heard a cook scream in the caravansary. And then he went there and put apples on the floor, little pieces of apple, and then the goat nibbled to the last piece and he was able to catch the goat. The cook invited him to eat with the other guests, but he said he was going to a banquet with an old friend. And then he decided he didn't have time to change his coat, and then he sat in the corner with no food. And he tried to talk to the guests by yelling to them across the room. And then he trotted on his little donkey and headed home. And he had an idea. He took off his coat with patches upon patches and smelling of goat. And he took a bath and poured a whole jar of soap until the room was filled with bubbles. And then he put on a shiny new coat. And he hopped onto the donkey and trotted to the banquet hall. And then they served him food and drink. And he picked up a lot of food and put it in his coat and poured a bottle of wine into his coat. And then one person said, "Why are you feeing your coat, my old friend?" And then he said, "Remember, look at the man, not at the coat. You can change the coat but not the man. Even a good man can wear a bad coat, and a good coat can cover a man with the heart of a wolf." And then they celebrated with dancing and fireworks.

    For co-op, we specifically focused on Turkey. We prayed for a missionary couple in Turkey, since our usual book (Around the World with Kate and Mack) didn't have a people group from the Middle East. Then, after reading The Hungry Coat, we colored the flag of Turkey, along with a map of Turkey from the Around the World Coloring Book. And we played a Turkish game that was similar to London Bridge! I found the game from the Turkish Culture Foundation.

    We looked at samples of Ebru art, and then made our own via these instructions from PBS:


    For our snack, the kids started with hummus, which my kids had helped me make earlier in the week!


    While the kids were snacking on hummus, I prepped some orange tea (with apple cider to cool it off) to eat with apricots and date bread! The Turkish tea cups are from my dear friend.


    As you probably know, I am quite passionate about sponsorship...and tying our studies into writing and praying for our sponsored kids. So we turned our Ebru artwork into cards! Here's what I made for our Manna 4 Lempira girls with my test artwork from the night before (I wanted to be sure that the project would work!):


    Next up, Japan!

    Here are the previous countries in the series:
  • China
  • Spain
  • Tanzania
  • France
  • Colombia
  • Ghana
  • Italy
  • Thailand
  • Peru
  • India & Pakistan
  • Mexico
  • Brazil
  • Central & Southern Africa




    About Hannah Hinojosa...Hannah is a long time Compassion sponsor and writes about her sponsorship journey at Because of Shamim. In addition to being a wife and mother, she is a part-time math professor and loves to read.
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