Friday, November 30, 2012

Global Interest, Reinforcement, & a boy named Nacho

The spirit of giving is contagious.  We can hardly believe it, but The Sticker Project is turning heads throughout the United States, Canada, England, Brazil, Korea, Malaysia, Germany, Australia, & Switzerland.

Please…take a look at the The Hochstein Family in Germany sending us stickers. Amazing!

We are humbled and completely in awe of your love and participation.

We have received several photos like this one from our dear friend Julie in Connecticut,

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and we even received an e-mail from a retired sticker company owner who has been going through “rolls and rolls.” Unreal.

This incredible amount of support calls for reinforcement.

Juliet (Chu), me, & Matilde:

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Thanks to a few good friends through AnnMarie’s school, I’ve teamed up with the local Catholic church. They are working to provide a list of 100 names for us by next Tuesday.

If you haven’t already sent stickers, it’s not too late! You know you want to, and you still have one more day!

Today Carlie & I found Nacho, a 3 year old boy who has been in & out of the hospital for the past 2 months due to an inflamed internal organ. (His mom told me what organ it was, but it was a word I definitely did not recognize nor do I remember). 

Regardless, we found him, and thanks to you, he’ll be getting Christmas.

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Oh, and please please remember to NOT send stickers directly to our Argentina address unless you live overseas. 

Love, Sharee

 

Thursday, November 29, 2012

Stickers and Unconditional Love

Last night I was so anxious to find a particular family. We have names & ages, but some of the addresses are sketchy and difficult to find.  I had heard about a family with 3 children that I really wanted to meet. Some of the referrals are in pretty rough areas - like makes your heart pound & throat swell up rough. Sometimes I just don’t understand why they were born there and I wasn’t.

I feel comfortable enough now with the whole Argentina situation in general to where I can get around on my own. I didn’t feel that way for quite some time, and even though I still have to be cautious, I feel strong and safe for the most part.

I was having a hard time finding this particular address, and I couldn’t believe some of the ‘homes’ I was seeing. I wanted to stop and take pictures, but I knew I had to keep pushing if I wanted to get out of there before dark. It had been raining all day again, so the dirt roads were questionable.

I ended up finding the place. The mom, Soledad, was hesitant, but I introduced myself unabashed and told her that I was working on a service project. I was afraid to get out of the vehicle on this one. The stray dogs were rampant even though the kids were carefree, completely undisturbed.  

As I was taking the picture of her kids, she started panicking. In that moment I figured she was just pulling away, and I kept pushing to get a picture. I’ve experienced this type of abrupt distance before, I mean, here’s me, the American in a nice vehicle (between me & you, it’s not that nice), what do I know?

But in that moment, I noticed her husband was in sight - coming home on a dirt motorbike, and apparently, this was not good. She was pretty much terrified of him, not me. I got out of there as quickly as possible with a lot to think about.

I don’t know what goes on in their home, nor do I know what goes on in YOURS, but thank you for reaching out and being so kind. The stickers are a simple expression of your GREAT BIG hearts, and oh, how I wish I could somehow bundle up all that unconditional love that’s being sent right along with all those stickers and give THAT to some of these broken homes instead.  At the very least it’s been an inspiration to our family.

So with that, thank you for your donations. We’re trying to make them go as far as possible.

And maybe, just maybe, all that unconditional love you’re sending along with those stickers will mend a few lives along the way.  

Florencia (age 4)

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Rodrigo (age 6), Guandagraciana (2)

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Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Four Days Left!!

For what?! Click HERE.

Four days left, and we are working overtime down here thanks to you and you and YOU! Thank you from the bottom of our hearts for your contributions. The response has been overwhelming and inspiring.

We have been trekking through Venado Tuerto (literally) for the past 4 days finding children in need. This experience has been heart changing for my family.

We also know of a very poor rural school with 23 students in need. We are going there before Christmas to surprise them with gifts – your gifts. I will do my best to describe, document, & capture these beautiful moments.

Yesterday we came across a sweet family including these 3 sisters. 

Bianca (age 9), Martina (5), & Julia (2)

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After I took this picture, I found out that there are more of them - another sister in between Bianca and Martina named Milagros (means miracles) and a brother a little older than Bianca.

Here is a little tease for you, Eric, age 7

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Today the girls & I are going to try to find Nacho, a 3 year old boy who has been having some health problems. 

It’s not too late to send stickers, and thank you so much to everyone who has already sent envelopes. We are so grateful. We’ll keep working hard – our list is growing each day.

You can make a difference.

Love, Sharee

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

More sweet children YOU are helping!

Wait, what’s going on again??  Click HERE and HERE.

Agustín, age 5

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Alina, age 8

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Ariel, age 10

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Question: Would you be able to please post some pics of the kids with the stickers so our kids can see their happy faces? Maybe have the missionaries take pics of the kids receiving them? If it isn't possible, I understand but my kids are so excited about this project!

YES!  We will capture as many happy recipients as we possibly can.  We are so appreciative of all the support this project is receiving so far.  I will continue to post daily. 

Monday, November 26, 2012

Are you still thinking about The Sticker Project??

What’s this all about????  Click HERE.

If you’re participating, THANK YOU a hundred times!  Your heart is big, and your contribution will make a BIG difference, I promise. 

If you’re still deciding, please take a look at a few of the children that you could give Christmas to through a simple envelope of stickers.

Julian, age 8

This boy has one of the most adorable smiles I’ve ever seen.

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Ayana, age 11

I know I said that we’re aiming for kids ages 10 & under, but this girl is incredible; we had to put her on the list.  To say that she LOVES stickers would be an understatement.  She actually owns a few sheets of ‘Hello Kitty’ stickers that have never been opened because they are so valuable to her. 

By the way, these precious kids know NOTHING about The Sticker Project.  I just happened to find out about her humble little sticker collection on Saturday.

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Thomas, age 3

This little guy melts my heart.  I haven’t been able to get a smile out of him yet, but his green plastic hat makes him happy, and he wears it everyday. 

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I’m headed out with the family today to take more photos – it should be an adventure. 

If you live overseas and you’re worried about getting the stickers to us on time, you may send them to us directly:

Jared & Sharee Wolfley

Belgrano 1060, Piso 2A

2600 Venado Tuerto, Santa Fe, Argentina

Please remember to send all stickers out on or before December 1st

If you’d like to personalize your contribution, please don’t hesitate to include the name of the child that you wish to give the stickers to.

You will make moms like Dora very happy.

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Love, Sharee

Friday, November 23, 2012

The Sticker Project

A few years ago, my little family started a tradition. 

Every Christmas Eve, we do a service project.  Afterwards, we come home to a ‘humble feast’ (a beautiful idea that an old visiting teaching companion of mine gave me).

This tradition is something we look forward to.  It brings the true spirit of Christmas into our hearts, and more than anything else, it teaches my children how to serve. 

If I have taught my children to serve, I have taught them happiness.

This year we live in Argentina.  We have an opportunity to help in a big way.  We have a goal to take a Christmas gift to 50 children (ages 10 & under) that will most likely not get anything otherwise.

I have teamed up with a few of Santa’s elves (disguised as LDS missionaries).  Our list is climbing.  Do you want to help us??  You would?!!  Okay, here’s the plan.

We are trying to put together 50 paper bags  - each filled with one mandarin orange and STICKERS!  Stickers are prized possessions here in these parts of Argentina – difficult to find and very expensive.

So will you please send me a few sheets of stickers?  I can get them in a few weeks if you follow these three simple steps.

1.  Get an envelope.  (No larger than a standard 4  1/8”  X 9  1/2”.  You could also use a standard greeting card size envelope.)

2.  Put stickers in it, preferably clean sticker sheets that haven’t been used.  (Keep it simple.  No more than one stamp’s worth.)

3.  Send it to me (the address below) on or before December 1st.

Jared & Sharee Wolfley

139 E. South Temple, Suite 110

Salt Lake City, UT 84111

I know it’s a Utah address, but don’t worry.  All of our standard mail is sent to this address and then forwarded (FedEx) to our Argentina address.  Anything other than standard envelopes will not make it to us, but thank you, thank you anyway if you’re thinking bigger than this.

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Here are a few of the faces on our list so far.

Juan Cruz, age 2                                     

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Geronimo, age 9

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Gabanna, age 3

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Can you feel that little tinge in your heart?  I will be posting pictures each day of more children that need Christmas.  Please help us!  You won’t regret it.

Love, Sharee

Thursday, November 22, 2012

Kim’s very cool ventures w/Jared

Hi everyone!  What are you doing today?  It is a normal day for us, but we will celebrate Thanksgiving on Saturday.  I think all countries should celebrate Thanksgiving, what is the deal?!

When my father-in-law came, he spent the first week touring two of the farms Jared oversees - Los Perales & El Quebracho.  These farms are located in a northeastern province of Argentina called Entre Rios. 

While visiting Los Perales, they went to a little town called La Paz where lies the massive Rio Paraná.  This river runs through Brazil, Paraguay, & Argentina, and is the second largest river in South America next to the Amazon.

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Jared’s fishing line got stuck in this:

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Kim caught a Golden Dorado, one of the greatest sporting fishes in South America.  These babies have sharp teeth.

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Jared caught this creepy looking Surubi, a type of catfish. 

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I love how they still managed to have an Argentine Asado on the bank of the river.  Have I mentioned that Argentines love meat??  They eat red meat all the time. 

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Goodbye La Paz.  Those beautiful purple trees (jacarandas) are everywhere here. 

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Here is a glimpse of Los Perales:

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These Braford beef cattle look intense.

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Then it was on to El Quebracho, the other farm & cattle ranch in Entre Rios.

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I love this next picture of Jared.  Sometimes I can’t believe that my husband is in the middle of nowhere in South America…on a horse!  Notice the horse’s tail – all horse tails are chopped blunt like that. 

Jared, thank you for working so hard & for being such an amazing provider.  This is you living your dream.   Please watch out for poisonous snakes and cacti.  I love you.

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Pretty please check back tomorrow to know how you can give an Argentine child Christmas for less than $3.00.  I’m serious.

I’m up to something big, and I need your help.

Love, Sharee

Tuesday, November 6, 2012

moments I want to remember

Jared’s dad is here, so we’re enjoying lots of Grandpa Wolfley time.  We only have a few days left with him, so we’re soaking it in.  I’m grateful he’s here. 

I’ve been line drying lots of bedding on the roof of our building.  (Bed wetting makes for lots & lots of laundry.  We’re trying to be patient.  My two little nenas have been through a lot of change this past year.)

But…I enjoy a nice view of Venado Tuerto while I hang laundry,

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and a nice view of this happy little face:

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I drive AnnMarie to school every day. 

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Her teacher and classmates are beyond excited to have her back. 

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We decided to keep Carlie home from school upon coming back to Argentina.  Jared & I think she needs more time to adjust to all that’s going on in her life right now, including being a big sister.  It’s been good for her to be the ‘big girl of the house’ while AnnMarie’s away at school.  

My girls talk a lot about Christmas & Santa Clause. 

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I love that AnnMarie is holding a craft book in that picture.  Those two and their crafts, oh my - it’s nonstop.

And last but not least, not that anybody cares, but I spotted a gray hair on my head today.  And yes, I’m sure it was gray.  A little traumatic, but I got through it. ;)  I won’t post a picture of that.