child sponsorship. and mate selection.


Yesterday Afternoon’s Texts:

Him: Do we have anything tonight?

Me: NO!!! Holla! (sidenote: I’m very, very mature)

Him: Good, then I’m calling a family meeting. It’s time we started sponsoring kids through Compassion International. We’ll pick them tonight.

So that’s just what we did.

Sarah chose Neema. She’s four years old, just like our Pi’bears and lives in Tanzania. Sarah put a lot of thought into who she chose. And when she landed on Neema she was sure. The little heart in the corner of her picture that indicated she had been waiting for a sponsor for more than 6 months was the icing on the cake for our girl. She has her daddy’s heart.

B-Ro chose Abner. He’s 7 years old and shares Ephraim’s birthday. He lives in Guatemala and had also been waiting for a sponsor for more than 6 months. We’re thrilled he’s waiting no longer.

To be honest, I’m still learning about Compassion International and all the ways they’re involved all over the globe. But child sponsorship has been on our minds for a while and it was time we stopped just talking about it and actually made it happen. I’m excited that we’ve started this journey with Neema and Abner.

After our family meeting (the first of it’s kind, lest you think we’re some sort of highly ordered family unit) the kiddos taped their new friend’s picture and information on a wall in their bedrooms.

I’m so excited to get our information packet in the mail! And even more excited to start communicating with our precious new boy and girl.

We’ll send them each this picture straight away so they know our family is thinking of and praying for them.

In the meantime, if child sponsorship is on your heart as well, there are many, many children still waiting.


In college I took a class called “Mate Selection”. Besides being a guaranteed “A” it was supposed to serve as a primer for choosing a partner. It was also known for being better than a bar for finding a date but that’s beside the point. The class pointed out all the usual characteristics one might look for when choosing a spouse – personality, sense of humor, attractiveness, yada, yada, yada.

I’ll ask my daughter to skip the class and look at her Daddy instead. Everything she’ll need to look for is right inside his heart. And hers.

Emily HSeptember 16, 2010 - 6:48 pm

How sweet!! Literally gave me chill bumps!

AngelaSeptember 16, 2010 - 6:58 pm

So cool! I can’t wait til I have kids so I can let them pick their own kids to sponsor. I think it is such a great thing for children. It is so sweet how cute they are with their papers. Just wait til they get a letter!!!

Kelly W.September 16, 2010 - 7:38 pm

Erin, this summer we started sponsoring a little girl- Honeyda. It is so much fun, and my two girls enjoy drawing her pictures. What a great thing to do as a family! 🙂

ElizabethSeptember 16, 2010 - 7:51 pm

It’s wonderful to see your kids excited about this! My husband was already involved with sponsoring kids through Compassion before we got married. He has solely written them for years now, so I decided to “adopt” some Compassion kids for myself a couple weeks ago. One of the boys I chose because he has the same birthday as my 10 month old, which I figure will be interesting to him in a few years. Yeah for changing children’s lives! You will be impressed the more you learn about the organization!

Debbie LSeptember 16, 2010 - 8:10 pm

Hi Erin,

We sponsor a child in Guatemala through Compassion. I agree that it is a wonderful organization. Read here about a recent Compassion Blogger tour in Guatemala (and be prepared to cry). I can see Emily in the eyes of those children and imagine what her life might have been like.

ShannonSeptember 16, 2010 - 8:16 pm

Erin – Thanks to you, I am now the proud sponsor of a beautiful young lady from India. She’s 11 and has been waiting more than 6 months for a sponsor.

Thank you for inspiring me to give help to this gorgeous little girl.

MichelleSeptember 17, 2010 - 2:08 am

Of all the sweet posts lately, this one really got to me. What a wonderful way to get children involved in the greater world. I am already looking forward to my son becoming old enough to understand and appreciate this so we can do it with him (though, please don’t get too old too fast).

ShariSeptember 17, 2010 - 5:28 am

What a super story (an pictures). Congratulations on your “new” children!

StacySeptember 17, 2010 - 6:14 am

Erin, this is a great post and very eye opening. We are going to be having our own family meeting soon to sponsor a child. Thanks for posting about this.

StephanieSeptember 17, 2010 - 6:21 am

That Cobb family is just Fab! What a wonderful thing to do! And bless you both for getting the kids involved and raising them with a sense of giving back. Hope only good things come back to you!

martha hernandezSeptember 17, 2010 - 7:20 am

Wow. If I thought I couldn’t like you and your family any more, I was wrong. You have such a wonderful giving heart and it totally shows.

Aw, the mate reference is awesome. Sarah’s significant other has huge shoes to fill!

P.C.September 17, 2010 - 7:59 am

Love that! We too have been wanting to do that too, but we never could decide on which organization to trust. We’ll do as you did!

Tammy WaidaSeptember 17, 2010 - 8:24 am

We sponsor a four year old little girl named Angie from Colombia through CFCA (Christian Foundation for Children and Aging). We chose her because she is the same age as our oldest daughter. I have tried to explain how Angie lives and why we are helping her to my daughter but she doesn’t quite grasp the concept. It’s great that Sarah and Ephraim are so excited.

KristinSeptember 17, 2010 - 8:41 am

You guys are awesome!

debSeptember 17, 2010 - 8:41 am

We sponsor through them and are super happy with the organization! On their blog there was a fabulous story about how to do a better job w/ keeping in touch (which I need to increase our letter writing).

We actually found a girl my daughters age who was born just 2 days after her so it is super exciting for her. We have the divided piggie bank for our daughter one so the “donate” she always mentions our sponsor child and says “I am putting money in here to by Gloria “x”” super cute. She gets a weekly allowance so it is great to see that each week she wants to donate.

JoeySeptember 17, 2010 - 9:13 am

Good for you all! I love how Sarah & E had such involvement in the whole selection process. Kevin and I have sponsored children in Haiti since the first year of our marriage. Since we selected our little guys so long ago, Katrlyn & Kennedy didn’t get to be part of the selection process. On a sidenote, Kevin did a week-long mission trip in Haiti and actually fell in love with our first little guy…that’s how we knew we just had to sponsor him:) We have never met the second little guy that we sponsor, but we do get pictures and letters/updates. Congrats on adding two more special children to your wonderful family!

Lorena MoraSeptember 17, 2010 - 9:20 am

I’ve played with the idea before but never sat down to do my research of what company to pick and sponsor a child. But you have totally nudged me and it’s so sweet how your kids are so into it and choosing and I’m sure understanding to some degree what it all entails. How do you explain it to Ephraim? My son Tristan is 2 1/2. I will be having a family meeting this weekend when we are all together. Thanks for reminding us to do something for someone in need, especially a child. I will be having a meeting with my co workers see how many I can get involved.

MelanieSeptember 17, 2010 - 9:29 am

That is so great that you are doing this. I’ve wanted to do this for years. I will have to check this organization out and have a family meeting too. Thanks for sharing this with all of us!

TammySeptember 17, 2010 - 10:15 am

My oldest (20) passed by as I was looking at your post and said, “Oh my gosh! What gorgeous children!” We read the post together and love what you are doing. (Emily sponsors her own child through Compassion, too.) Then I read the “Mate Selection” part to her and we both went, “Awww …”

KellySeptember 17, 2010 - 10:33 am

Everytime I read something about Compassion I always think that we need to do that. You’ve inspired me to quit delaying and do it! Thank you! And…(nudge, nudge) we’re still waiting to read your “love story”! 😉 As well as Brent’s side of things too! Great seeing you today, btw!

DebsSeptember 17, 2010 - 11:17 am

Precious. All of it. Just precious.

AmandaSeptember 17, 2010 - 12:36 pm

Compassion is a great organization! Sidenote: Mate Selection?! Where did you go to school? 🙂

Melissa HunnicuttSeptember 17, 2010 - 12:43 pm

This post made me cry. What a wonderful gift to give your children- the lesson of compassion. I’m going to look into this tonight. Thanks, Erin!

LisaSeptember 17, 2010 - 12:52 pm

Okay, eating my lunch and crying. So sweet. I love that you guys are sponsoring children. So special. We do so through World Vision and it’s amazing. But the part about your hubby did me in. I am a sucker for that kind of amazing love displayed so sincerely and with such passion. I think he did pretty great, too!

CandySeptember 17, 2010 - 3:08 pm

We love Compassion International! Best part, you can write letters to them online! We have a little boy in Tanzania too! 🙂

Aunt LuSeptember 17, 2010 - 7:20 pm

Thank you, we all can learn from the four of you 🙂 Can’t for Sarah and Ephraim to tell me all about their new friends.

PennySeptember 18, 2010 - 1:28 pm

Aw, you guys are the sweetest. Looking forward to following the kids journey with the children they sponsored.

Michelle WrightSeptember 18, 2010 - 3:03 pm

Oh, what a fabulous journey your family has started! You will be so blessed by this decision! 😀

ellen pattonSeptember 18, 2010 - 6:21 pm

you cobbs are an inspiration!

Katie RasmussenSeptember 18, 2010 - 7:35 pm

That’s really awesome! We’re going to let Riley pick out a child to sponsor this weekend…and when Sully gets a little older we’ll let him pick one too!

ValerieSeptember 19, 2010 - 4:33 pm

I love, love how sweet, caring and excited your children are while looking at their new friends on paper. So very cool….for all of you!

JenniferSeptember 20, 2010 - 9:30 am

WOW – what a wonderful thing you have done. And such caring children you’re raising. You guys are awesome!

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