What’s On Your Fridge? Mine Has Compassion

November 9, 2011

Charity/Giving

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Kim of Dirty Diaper Laundry prompted fellow bloggers with the question What’s on Your Fridge?

Before we moved this Memorial Day I had a fridge covered with stuff. Lots of it.

But, now that I am living in my dream home with a dream kitchen, I keep the fridge clean.  Think I’m mean?

You better not.  I homeschool remember? We have a school room with tons of artwork everywhere.  I’d like to say that it all remains there but I’m constantly picking up drawings all over the house.

The fridge is clean but it’s not empty.

In the top left corner on the freezer rests the pictures of our family’s two Compassion International children.

I love them.

Frederick is from Kenya, he’s 11.  Selina is 8 and lives in Tanzania.

They are a part of our daily prayers.  We send them gifts. We write them letters (oh, how I’ve been neglectful of this lately) and are giddy when we receive one from them.

I can’t think of a better way to spend $38 (x2) a month.  What a valuable lesson this is to my children.

They never get away with saying they are “starving” and they are always corrected when they get a bit greedy..I’m sure your children don’t suffer from that ;)

Does your family support a child living in poverty? Do your Christmas plans include blessing someone less fortunate than us?


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About Autumn Beck

Autumn is a wife, mother, homeschool teacher, friend and most important a follower of Christ. She began cloth diapering in 2005 and has experienced many joys and trials throughout the years. You can read more from Autumn over at https://www.facebook.com/beautifullyblessedlashes.

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17 Responses to “What’s On Your Fridge? Mine Has Compassion”

  1. Amanda Says:

    Was wondering how to find out about getting help with switching over to cloth diapers. We are a large family with a spouse going back to school(no extra money) I read some of the post for charity in making/giving diapers, I have a sewing maching no sewing skill. Cheapest way to get started. Thank you,

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    • Autumn Beck Says:

      Amanda, with Christmas coming up it is a great time to ask family and friends for cloth diapers! Econobum is a very affordable system. Right now there is a Buy One Get One Free sale! I would also look into the sewing kits available at JoAnns. There will be Black Friday sales making supplies affordable.

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  2. Sarah B Says:

    Compassion is a great organization! We sponsor a child through Holt International, a similar organization.

    A cloth diaper question: I have always heard that line drying can extend the life of your pocket diapers, but I need to simplify my wash routine. Will machine-drying my diapers damage them in any way other than causing the elastic to give out? ‘Cause elastic is easily replaceable in BGs and FBs. Thoughts?

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  3. Morgan Says:

    We have ‘adopted’ a child from Nicaragua (similar to Compassion) and we are taking care of gifts for a pregnant teen and her baby this Christmas. It’s important to our family to give back, we believe every person is capable of giving at least 5% of their hard earned funds to help others, and we try to live by that. :) It’s kind of like saving, if you set it aside before you budget or if you have it automatically removed from your checking account you won’t even know it’s missing after a few months.

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  4. Jenny Says:

    PS-
    I LOVE your cabinets. Looks like it might be my dream kitchen, too. haha

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  5. Jenny Says:

    So glad you wrote this. If every family could spend the $38 a month to sponsor a child, think of what a difference it could make!

    We sponsor a little girl named Bereket from Ethiopia. She’s still pretty young (5), so our letters don’t have much to them yet! It is so cool seeing them evolve, though.

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  6. Calley Says:

    We have a child in Ghana from Compassion. I love the program and my son tells all his friends that he has a brother that doesn’t live with us. It’s kind of sweet when he tries to defend himself as his friends tell him he’s crazy. XO!

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  7. Beth @ Sweetbottoms Says:

    Our fridge has a picture of our Compassion child on it, too!! We’ve been supporting a little girl (and family) in Chile for 5 years now. It is very much a good reminder of just how blessed we are. ;) Right now, I think there may be an “all green” painting by my 3 year old over top of her picture and possibly a few alphabet letter magnets as well. :)

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  8. Melissa Says:

    Thank you, Autumn, for promoting such a wonderful organization! We sponsor a girl, Ester, from Tanzania who shares a birthday with our daughter. It’s a great reminder to all of us! It should be noted that more than 80% of the funds that come in go directly into the programs for the kids. You can read about their Charity Navigator Rating here: http://www.charitynavigator.org/index.cfm?bay=search.summary&orgid=3555

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  9. Lisa Says:

    Hey Autumn! I love your blog and it has helped me so much prepare for our little guy who is making a December appearance! I’ll be a newbie to CD-ing.

    Anyway, quick question… it looks like Muttaqins is ceasing production! Have you heard anything? I was hoping to get some… guess I’ll weed through the used diapers.

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  10. Cyndel Jones Says:

    I’ll be blogging on this in about an hour…Mine however is interesting, busy, and very full!

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  11. Cathy Says:

    While our fridge is covered with various magnets, comic strips and memorabilia, it also has on it a photo of Novia, our Compassion child for the last 6 years. Thanks, Autumn, for promoting this wonderful organization.

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  12. Jennifer Says:

    I think that it an excellent idea! When the fridge has nothing but one or two things on it, those things stand out instead of getting lost in the clutter.

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  13. Cindi @ Rustique Art Says:

    Fingerprints and pictures from my babies. I stand convicted, there is room on my fridge, in my heart and in my pocketbook, for compassion and a few photos of some precious faces. Thank you for reminding me that God has blessed abundantly so we can share abundantly. ((hugs))

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  14. Kelsey aka Rural Mama Says:

    I’m inspired! Thank you for sharing and God Bless you and your family!

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  15. B Says:

    We started sponsoring a child through Compassion when our oldest was about 2yrs old. We chose a child from Haiti who’s birthday is less than a month after our son’s. They are now both 9 years old. It’s been really neat for our son to be able to think about a child- his age and gender- living in poverty in another country. The boy is not quite ready to write his own letters yet- something I am definitely looking forward to!- but we do enjoy hearing about his life, his family, etc., through his mom or the compassion worker who writes the letters for him. It has been a great blessing for our family!

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