Friday, 22 April 2016

Surprise e-mail and photo

Look what I was sent today. A photo of the the children receiving the pencil cases I made. The red and blue ones are mine and I think the pink one as well. Apparently the children were thrilled with them which choked me up a bit, especially when I think of everything my two have got. The children live in Sonrise Children's Home in Jinja, Uganda and another lady had also made some which meant there was enough for every child to have one. A request for more, if possible, was made, so I'll be getting the machine out again soon.

Mark was out today, so I spent a good hour on the computer and phone this morning arranging things for his birthday. It's not until June and I can't really go into any details yet as he sometimes reads this, but I think he'll be happy with what I've organised.

Lunch was a panini with salad left over from tea last night and some slices of smoked cheese. I love salad, but I'm not that keen on assembling it, so to just go to the fridge and pull out some leftovers made lunch easy today. 
And if Amy sees this she'll kill me, but this is my diary and I have to put it in. It's the photo of her that school used for the awards evening last night. It was taken during a food tech lesson which is why she's holding her folder up instead of anything to do with English Lit.
I've just been outside to bring the washing in and there's a definite chill in the air. I was sunbathing (sort of) yesterday, I really hope I'm not snow boarding tomorrow!

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22 comments:

  1. What a great post, brilliant photo top and bottom!

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    1. I was really touched Jacqui went to the trouble of sending me a photo. I've made dresses before but she receives so many it would be impossible for her to remember where they went and forward photos. I do occasionally look at their facebook page but have never seen one of mine, so this was definitely a lovely surprise. xx

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  2. That is so great that they sent a picture of the children receiving their pencil cases that you made! I wonder if there is a similar program here. I must look into it.

    And that is a lovely picture of your daughter! I am glad you included it. :)

    A nice, colorful salad, too.

    I do hope it won't get too cold. We are supposed to "cool down" to the mid to upper 70s (F). It's all so relative, isn't it?

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    1. Hi Bless. Are you in the USA? Because they have the same charity 'Dress A Girl Around the World'. From what I can gather Sonrise is just one of the Children's homes they support in Uganda but they also send parcels out to Cambodia, Nepal, in fact anywhere that needs them I think.

      The photos is good isn't it, although I'm biased! I think she looks really natural. Good grief cooling down to the 70's how hot has it been? No snow as yet. In fact it's really warm and the sun is shining! xx

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    2. Thank you, I found their website and took a quick look. I didn't see the pencil cases but there were two dress patterns, one of strong cotton fabric and one using t-shirts to make dresses. The website states that they don't use pillowcases anymore. Also one has to get their logo labels to attach to the items. I shall look into it a bit more.

      We were in the upper 80s earlier. Still later in the summer, we'll be in the 90s and 100s. I'm in Southern California.

      Glad it turned out to be a warm and sunny day for you.

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    3. Actually Bless now you mention it, the USA have different rules than the UK one. I think they only allow 100% cotton material now and there is something about a logo being attached in the USA as well.

      We seem to be more relaxed in the UK and Jacqui is happy to accept bags, teddies, pencil cases etc. Pillowcase dresses are still allowed and our material has to be mainly cotton but not necessarily 100%.

      I wouldn't be able to move if it was 90/100. It would leave me feeling completely wiped out, but I suppose you must be used to it. Have a lovely weekend. xx

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  3. Aww beautiful photos. Amy is so gorgeous. The top one brought a lump to my throat too! How fabulous that you made a few children's day! It is very humbling.
    Right it's 6.18 am and I'm off for a shower as we are setting off to see Miss 21 at 7!

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    1. Aww thanks Rachel. I think she's lovely but she's mine so I would wouldn't I haha. Humbling is exactly the right word. When I think of everything ours have plus the right to an education, and then how a pencil bag and a couple of bits of stationery is a big thing to some children it puts it all in perspective doesn't it.

      Enjoy your visit to Miss 21, bet you can't wait to see her can you. xx

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  4. Such a gift to receive a picture of your work being used.
    Lovely picture of a lovely girl. A mother has to show off a daughter like that, its in the Mom handbook!!!

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    1. It was lovely to receive the photo. And very good of Jacqui to take the time out to send it to me. Totally unexpected, so when I opened it and saw the children holding up the bags it really touched me.

      Yes indeed, it's definitely a Mum's right to be proud, as much as our kids find it embarrassing haha. xx

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  5. Lovely photos. How great to know your pencil cases were received and are in use.

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    1. It is nice to know they're being put to use and it was worth keep re-threading the shuttle and machine for lol. I've said before, I have a bit of thing about money/donations but no problem at all spending on things like stationery and material to actually make something that I know will go directly to the people who need it. I can't imagine any Director siphoning off one of the pencil bags or a pillowcase dress! xx

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  6. what a lovely photo! You must have felt quite emotional when you saw it :O) You are a kind hearted person to make the cases for them.

    Amy, that photo is lovely and you are beautiful. So don't give your mum a hard time!

    Have a gorgeous weekend xx

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    1. I did get a lump in my throat as I wasn't expecting a photo and to see the children holding what I'd sent all the way from Number 38 was quite something.

      I don't think Amy has seen the photo, in fact I'm convinced she hasn't because she's still being nice to me haha. She's up to her neck in revision so probably hasn't been on the blog for a while. I should really take this opportunity to post lots of pictures of her.

      Sun is shining here and it's warm. Mark is making me a bacon butty then we're off to Middleton for a few bits. Hope you all have a lovely weekend. Any bouncing planned? xx

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  7. Love those pictures. How great to see the recipients of your makes. And well done to Amy. She's looking so grown up these days.

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    1. It is a great photo and I shall definitely be making some more to send. Funny old life isn't it. Ours want the next Xbox game, tablet or phone. These children are thrilled with a notebook and a couple of pencils.

      Amy is growing up fast, there's no doubt about it. I used to wish I'd had Thomas sooner, but now I'm quite happy there's quite a gap between them because it feels like I've still got one left. I'm not even sure that makes sense, but I know what I mean lol. xx

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  8. Aw that's lovely, such a great photo to receive. You must be thrilled. Sun is shining here although there was a walloping big frost last night. White wash is on the line though xx

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    1. Hi Jo, it was a lovely surprise and totally unexpected. Weather has been good here today as well, although it got a bit chilly this afternoon. Haha, yes white wash on line here as well. Mainly towels so only a quick iron needed which is even better. xx

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  9. How lovely. What a great photograph and such a privilege to receive it. Thank you for sharing. A great picture of Amy too. Another one to treasure. X

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    1. Yes, both pictures are lovely aren't they and both special in their own way. I was thinking their situations are poles apart. The children in Uganda are happy with a pencil and notebook, Amy's award evening was held in Middleton Arena, was full of technology, music, presentations, photographs and gift vouchers. Worlds apart from each other. xx

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  10. I've really enjoyed reading your blog and will bookmark it to visit again. Well done to Amy on her award.

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    1. Hello Fat Dormouse, welcome to Number 38. Thank you for your comment about the blog and Amy's award. It's just a bit of everything that happens here in our day to day life. Nothing overly exciting but always something going on!xx

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