snowflake patterns Winter is not my favorite season. I am a summer person, most definitely! By the time most of you read this post, I will be on my first sponsor tour…in Mexico, enjoying some tropical, summer-like weather!

But as I look forward to wearing summer clothes and being in a warmer climate, I realize that most of our sponsored children have never seen snow. They have never seen the beauty of a snow-filled forest or a snow-capped mountain. They have never held a delicate snowflake in a mitten covered hand.

children playing in snow

Most of our work is in tropical countries, so our children seldom get to play in the snow. But in the highlands of Bolivia at an elevation of more than 14,000 feet children at BO-446 “frolic” in the remains of an overnight snowfall.

As much as I dislike winter, I love snowflakes. You see, no two snowflakes are alike. Just as God created each one of us as unique individuals, he also created each one of our sponsored children to be unique individuals.

A couple of years ago, my children and I found a book called Snowflake Bentley. This gentleman photographed snowflakes back in the late 1800’s. His photographs are amazing and show the intricate details of a snowflake. This ended up being a great theme for letters to our sponsored child!

build a snowmanWe sent images of some of the photographs of snowflakes from Mr. Bentley. But coffee filters make great snowflakes too.

You and your kids can even ‘build’ a snowman for your sponsored child! Be sure to include extras so your sponsored child can build one too!

Here are a few questions you can ask your sponsored child this month.

  • What is unique about winter where you live?
  • Have you ever seen snow?
  • What is your favorite thing about winter?
  • What is your favorite winter holiday?

Now it is your turn to help us find some great winter ideas for our Pinterest Second Friday Letter Writing Club board! Not a member of the board yet? Be sure to follow us on Pinterest and leave a comment below with your Pinterest URL so I know to add you to our growing group of “pinners”.

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  1. Beth Ann
    Jan 6, 2014
    at 4:41 pm

    pinterest.com/baw92/

    • Tere C.
      Jan 6, 2014
      at 7:07 pm

      is this SPAM ON THE site?????

  2. Jan 7, 2014
    at 7:13 am

    Hi Beth Ann, just sent your invite! :)

  3. Jan 7, 2014
    at 11:47 am

    pinterest.com/janeestedman

    • Jan 20, 2014
      at 10:41 am

      Hi Jane! Be sure to follow us on Pinterest, then we can add you to the group board :)

  4. Jan 7, 2014
    at 6:13 pm

    beachgirlvb

  5. Jan 7, 2014
    at 11:35 pm

    How fun! Praying for your trip, Yvonne. Pinterest: @iamjoymoy

    • Jan 20, 2014
      at 10:43 am

      Hi Joyce! Thank you for your prayers! The trip was incredible, can’t wait to go on another one now! Oh, and I just sent your Pinterest invite :)

  6. Jan 11, 2014
    at 11:26 pm

    I’m new to Pinterest and still finding my feet, but please add me too: http://www.pinterest.com/pgfe/

    I also have some fun ideas for a snowflake theme that I have done for my kids on my blog:

    http://papergiftsforestefany.wordpress.com/2013/11/28/winter-snow-rain-links/

    • Jan 20, 2014
      at 10:48 am

      Pinterest is being stubborn this morning. Can you send us an e-mail at compassionpinterest@gmail.com? This way I can add you to the group board.

      Your link has some great ideas to go with our theme! Thank you for sharing with us!

  7. Judy Dubiel
    Jan 18, 2014
    at 5:38 pm
    • Jan 21, 2014
      at 11:06 am

      Judy, be sure to follow us on Pinterest. Then we can add you to the group board :)

  8. Oct 21, 2014
    at 5:30 pm

    Like to join the groupl
    Question: I see a lot of things to print to send the kids, but they are all in english. How do we get them in our kids language?
    Diane
    http://www.pinterest.com/dianestgeorge7/

    • Susan Sayler
      Oct 22, 2014
      at 10:13 am

      Hi Diane! I just sent you an email invite to the group board on Pinterest. Happy Pinning! Our translators will translate everything on the coloring page, greeting card, etc. into your child’s language. If there is no room on the item itself for the translation, our translators will attach another sheet of paper with the translation.

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