I've taught piano (though not to my own children), took a puppy to puppy class, and been to a funeral. It has felt like an emotional roller coaster type of day. I'm not up for writing much, so I'll give you some links and let others write for me.
First off, because I see stats for this blog, I can see which topics get put into search engines and consequently visit my blog. Surprisingly, there are a lot of people out there who want to make wolf and pig masks. Who knew? I bet I see variations of those search terms several times a week. So, for those people who really need to know how to make wolf and pig masks, M. has made a tutorial for you. But you have to head to her Tumblr account (Flying Tadpole Creations) to see them. Here is part one and here is part two. If you click on the photos, it will take you to the written instructions. Even if you don't want to make a mask, you should still head over there because she has put up pictures of a lot of her artwork.
Next, I want you to take a look at No Greater Joy Mom's blog. Well, actually I want you to look at a specific post. You may remember when I shared about little Katie who was adopted from an orphanage in Pleven, Bulgaria. At the age of 11, she was only about 12 pounds. She was neglected and abused all because she was born with an extra chromosome. Katie is growing and thriving in her new family (you can read about her and her family at The Blessing of Verity), but there were other children like her in the orphanage. Children who were warehoused and forgotten. As more people learn about the plight of these children, more and more families are stepping forward to adopting them, but there are still more children who wait to be rescued out of their nightmare. Adeye has listed some of them on her post, For the Sake of Saving One. Please go look at these children. Even if you can't be the one to bring one of them home, you can still pray and advocate for them.
Last, there is something that nearly everyone can do and all it takes is spending a little money every month. Go take a look at Compassion International's sponsor a child listing. (Or you can click the link in my sidebar.) These are children who are living in poverty, but with your help can receive an education and stay in their family and community of origin. They are real children in real need and it is so easy to help. Plus you get something in return... you can have a relationship with one of these children. You can write them letters, send stickers, and enable the Compassion staff to help purchase birthday and Christmas gifts and you will get letters back. If the child is really young, sometimes you will get a drawing from them, like we did from one of our sponsor children when he was little. This is something that takes very little time, money, and effort, but is also something that can have a big impact.
Go look at all these faces, both the ones in dire, horrible conditions who need a family and those in impoverished ones who would like to stay with their families. Pray for them and help as much as you are able.