Today I called Compassion to ask a question, and at the end of my call I thought to ask whether there were any letters on their way to me. I don't often do this, because sometimes I think it makes me feel even more anxious when I check the mail, but for whatever reason I decided to ask today. The representative asked if I had received Pheby's letter, as they processed it 2 weeks ago. I replied that yes, I had, since I had received a letter from Pheby on Friday (and 2 others very recently). She said sorry, that was the last letter in the system and there weren't any others on their way. I was definitely disappointed, since we have 16 children writing letters to our address, but at least it removed all the anxiety I usually feel when I check the mail!
When I got home today, I burst out laughing, because sitting in the mailbox were TWO cream colored envelopes printed with those beautiful words in blue: "MESSAGE FROM YOUR SPONSORED CHILD"! This is the first time in months that I have approached the mailbox with no hopes or expectation, and it was overflowing with blessings.
The first letter was very nice...a response letter from our oldest, Barakael in Tanzania. He was very excited about preparing for Christmas and had wonderful things to say. He is so loving and always tells us that he loves us "so much." It was great to hear from him!
And then, I laughed even harder when I tore open the 2nd envelope to find yet ANOTHER letter from Pheby. No wonder there was a miscommunication...I hadn't received that most recent letter from Pheby, after all! I couldn't believe that after receiving 3 letters in 2 weeks from our precious little girl, there was yet another one for us!
A few days ago I wrote a special post highlighting our dear Pheby. In that post I mentioned that I love how in every letter, we are always greeted with the sentence, "Love to you from your sweet Pheby." Today, that greeting was slightly changed, and it warms my heart so much to read it (over and over again): "Love to you from your sweet daughter Pheby." You may remember that Pheby is our little orphan girl and she lives with foster parents. We really do view Pheby as our daughter, and we tell her so in each letter. I literally can't believe how much I love this little girl!
What a fun and unexpected surprise today!