Wow! We are already at 10 packages. Praying we don’t get to 20, and still hoping that we won’t reach 15….. As each month goes on, I gather stuff all month long and add it to our cabinet above the computer. That way I can pull stuff down and put together a package and have stuff ready.
I was glad I did that this past month because we had about 15 hours notice to get a package ready to be sent with a family that was traveling.
I had kind of realized the past few months I had sent a bunch of clothes and such but not that many toys and so I tried to find a few things that would fit in a gallon baggie to go. I ordered a set of tools a month or so ago, they all wouldn’t fit in this package, but we pulled out the hammer and put it in. I figure we’ll send a tool or two each month and he’ll eventually get the whole set. I added some toddler crayons and a set of blocks that each side has a different animal painted on them that he can stack up or put together as a puzzle.
I of course sent a couple things of clothes, but just a little onsie and set of sports pjs. We did get his photos from his August visit and he was wearing the yellow monkey socks from package 8 that we had sent him! Foster mom always makes sure he is dressed very nice for his visits and photos each month, this month he had a button up sailor shirt with a little white tie.
I saw a coupon for recordable story books and so we ordered a couple last week and luckily they came it. They are normally 25-29$ a piece and we got them for 5$ a piece which was awesome! Clint and I took turns reading the different pages and recording it with this book for this package. The books are fairly big, I was a little worried that it wouldn’t fit in the bag, but we managed to get it. (Granted we had to tape the top of the bag closed, but at least they all kind of fit!)
I found a flower necklace and little thing of lotion to send to foster mom to include as well. Not pictured is the picture that Leighton drew Edric of him and Edric playing or the photos that I had printed off to include in. Like I said, I only had a few hours to get the package ready, and so I ordered the photos to be printed and then on the way to the post office Clint stopped and picked them up and put them in before he taped it all shut.
And so there’s package #10. I am so thankful for the families that have taken packages for us. It helps knowing that even though we are an ocean apart, hopefully the things we are sending are helping start make that connection and building the bridge between us.