flowers for friday ~ a bouquet of hope

if we are to teach real peace in this world, and if we are to carry on a real war against war, we shall have to begin with the children
- Mahatma Gandhi

a number of years ago ... actually right after our children were born, we realized how blessed we were to be raising our children here ...

it was a time when we also realized that gift giving between adults at christmas had really gotten out of hand ...

it was then that we began sponsoring a child through world vision ... we began with our whole family doing so, and then my brother and his wife began sponsoring their own child ...



this little boy, our child who lives in a remote area of india, has been with us for years now (this photo is a few years old ~ i am sorry i could not locate the first image when he was oh so small) ...

we have watched him grow and grow and look forward to seeing his progress reports which also tells us how his family and village are doing ...



when we received this, his latest photo of him holding a beautiful, beautiful bouquet of flowers ... well, i weep every time i see it as to me there couldn't really be a more beautiful bouquet in the world ... a bouquet of hope that this young person has blossomed from a young child into a young man ...

it makes me smile so to see him stretch up ... to have that tall, gangly skinny-ness of a teenager, just like our boys here!

i am so happy for him and hope that his life will continue to grow in the best way possible ...

and i hope and pray i can hug him tight someday in person and let him know what a gift he is to us ...

prairiegirl xo

ps. i can't thank everyone enough for all your kind words of support and encouragement for kim's and my new and 'way too much fun' blog at 2bbb ... hugs hugs hugs to all ...

10 comments:

Laura Trevey said...

what joy it must bring you to see his shining face in the photos!!

happy holidays to you ~~
xoxo

Kim Klassen said...

oh pg, thank you for sharing this... i am so touched. what a beautiful image and so absolutely perfect for you and for all of us who visit to see what you will share on flowers for friday! god bless this young man.

xxo, kim

Debra said...

What a wonderful, proud Mother you are- to your own near and far. This is just what holiday giving is all about. I love that you have watched this young man grow. Merry Christmas dear one.

Simply Mel said...

To give the gift of love, peace and support to others is a beautiful thing! You are a very special soul, and the world needs more prairie girls like you.
Happiest of Holidays to you!
~Melissa

Laura K. Aiken said...

Oh how neat! I never knew sponsership was real. Don't tell anyone though. So sweet. Merry Christmas!
Laura.

My name is PJ. said...

Aeleen, This is really special! And to be able to watch him grow year-to-year must make you feel over the moon!

Thank you for sharing your big heart with us. We all take something good away with us today!

Dana Cochran said...

What a blessed young man this is ~ to have you in his life...and he in yours. It is refreshing to hear wonderful stories like this. It reminds us of what the Season is all about.
Happy Holidays to you and yours!

Deidra said...

So special. You are blessed...and a blessing!

Joyce said...

I too hope you will be able to hug him someday too. What a wonderful gift you gave him. A BIG hug to you my sweet friend! xo

Christina said...

i loved reading, such beauty.
peace~