Hi! I’m Emily from Blue Corduroy, and I was so excited and honored to be asked to share our experience with the Nature Pal Exchange!
We spend a lot of time exploring outside and collecting natural treasures. When I discovered the Nature Pal Exchange on Instagram I was like “no way! look at all the other families who like to collect nature!”. It took no time at all to decide we needed to sign up and it only cost $5, which actually went to benefit Hope Children’s Home in Uganda, such an awesome thing!
I must admit, that I was a bit nervous that signing up for an extra thing to do was going to be a burden to our schedule, which I purposefully keep simple and free. What I discovered, though, was that we were already going on nature explorations, and we were already collecting treasures from our California coast. Now we were just adding in thinking of others as we collected, rather than ourselves, even better! We also began to see our “ordinary” discoveries through new eyes.
The girls thoroughly enjoyed finding special things to send their new friends in Georgia, and even thought of specific things they wanted to include in the package, like sea glass and tiny shells from our favorite beach. As a homeschooling mom, I’m always tuned in to how and what the girls are learning, and the lessons learned through our experience were countless…names for things we hadn’t thought to look up before, following through in a timely manner, presentation, even geography!
The whole process was such a great experience, and then as a reward, to receive a package in the mail from Georgia full of unknown treasures was a real treat!
We are eagerly looking forward to our next exchange, and so thankful we could help support Hope Children’s Home Ministry in Uganda.