Woo Hoo, I’m Going To Brit Mums Live 2012

WOO HOO, I have fantastic news, I’m going to Brit Mums Live 2012.


I’m so excited and its all down to a fantastic company called The Gift of Words.


As you all know I’m a great lover of words, it’s a running joke in my home that I follow the philosophy of ‘why use one word when four will do’.


Words can cherish, words can inspire, words can uplift. 


A letter is something you can reread over an over again.


What a perfect gift! I know its something I would love to receive. It a simple but magical gift.

So when I asked for sponsorship for Brit Mums Live I was excited to receive an email from Melissa offering me all I needed to attend this event.


So this blog post is about two things.


Firstly a great big thank you to Melissa and all at The Gift of Words for my sponsorship.


Secondly I just wanted to state that while my sponsorship came with no terms attached it is my pleasure to endorse the wonderful company The Gift of Words.


For that special mother’s day gift, the thank you to an inspiring teacher. The love letter to the man of your dreams. Check out the site, I heartily recommend it.


One at a time

I’ve been thinking a lot about mothers losing their children, surprise right. Yet the thing that has been laying on my heart is the unpreventable deaths.

I lost Livvy to the evil known as Rett Syndrome. She lost her battle and she had all medical treatment possible, all medications. Access to clean water, food etc.

Around the world mothers are losing children due to the lack of basics. Children are dying simply because they don’t have access to clean water, food or vaccinations against childhood illness.

The hope for our future is in our children. Let’s not allow the place they were born to be a reason for the death of a child.

How much we take for granted.

How much we could change.


The Starfish Story
Original Story by: Loren Eisley

One day a man was walking along the beach when he noticed
a boy picking something up and gently throwing it into the ocean.

Approaching the boy, he asked,
What are you doing?

The youth replied,
Throwing starfish back into the ocean.
The surf is up and the tide is going out. If I don’t throw them back, they will die.

Son, the man said, don’t you realize there are miles and miles of beach and hundreds of starfish?
You can’t make a difference!

After listening politely, the boy bent down, picked up another starfish,
and threw it back into the surf.

Then, smiling at the man, he said

I made a difference for that one.

Help make a difference for one, please consider sponsoring a child with Compassion UK.


Be a Christmas blessing

Today as I’m sure you have noticed is the 1st day of December. The day we can start opening up our advent calendars and really let the build up for Christmas begin.

I know my children are really excited. Christmas feels like its actually getting here now.

Yet all around the world Christmas isn’t going to be any different to some children. They will wake up Christmas morning to the same things they always have done, poverty and hunger. There will be no presents under the tree, no Christmas dinner to fill their stomachs.

I look at my life and have to give great thanks for the blessings I have.

It’s these blessings I want to share and the reason why I sponsor a child with Compassion Uk.


For the price of a weekly Starbucks I get to bring hope to a child.

Sponsoring with Compassion is something I am incredibly passionate about and this is why as the season of Christmas begins I want to invite my readers to be a blessing this year.

Please consider sponsoring a child with Compassion UK or maybe make a Christmas gift donation.


Within all the sparkle and hype that comes with this festive season let us stay true to the real reason for Christmas and bring hope to the world.

Let’s support Compassion UK in being the HOPE to children in poverty around the world.

You Can Give Hope – Compassion Sunday 2011


Take a look around you, all your possessions ask yourself the question. Are they a need or a want?

Go to your fridge is it full of food, turn on your tap fill a glass with water. Do you realise what a gift that is.

Today is Compassion Sunday a day when I want to ask you how you would feel if you watched your child cry with hunger and not knowing where the next meal will come from.

Had to walk miles for one bucket of water, then as you give your child the water you are not sure if it’s clean or not.

Watching your child die of an illness that can be cured but you cannot afford the medicine or reach the hospital.

Listen to your child talk of his dreams to be a Dr, lawyer, farmer etc but then imagine knowing she will never be going to school. Never stand a chance.

You can be that chance!
For a small monthly donation you can sponsor a child. Your money will provide, food, shelter, education but most of all hope.



Who We Are

Compassion is an international Christian child development and child advocacy ministry. Partnering with local churches, we are committed to the spiritual, economic, social and physical development of children living in extreme poverty in 26 countries, enabling them to become responsible, fulfilled Christian adults.

Our Mission

Releasing children from poverty in Jesus’ name

In response to the Great Commission, Compassion International exists as an advocate for children, to release them from their spiritual, economic, social and physical poverty and enable them to become responsible and fulfilled Christian adults.


As a family we sponsor a child with Compassion UK at first all I thought about was what we could give the child what surprised me was what the child gave us.

Looking through the pictures of children to sponsor was hard, so many caught our eye, so many in need. Our decision was finally made by Brodie who after seeing a photo of a child without shoes and no smile decided that she was the one. When we received more details about our sponsored child it was like getting to know someone who already had your heart. When our first letter came the house was full of tears as we realised how blessed we were to be part of this girls life and extended family.

For a small monthly donation you can feel that joy. As a family we do have a tight budget I mean foster carers don’t get paid a lot let me assure you of that but the truth was this didn’t stop us. By cutting back on take-aways and coffee we were able to sponsor a child. We have got more from this sponsorship then any takeaways or posh coffee that’s for sure.

What is Compassion Sunday?

The purpose of this special, one-day event is to draw the attention of the Church to the needs of the world’s poorest children. It’s a powerful opportunity for God to use you to share with the members of your family His deep love for children – and show how each of us can intervene in the life of at least one child in poverty through sponsorship.


So today I join with thousands of others as we pray that people will find it in their hearts to join the child sponsorship scheme and in doing so give hope.