So many people ask what we’d like to receive in a care package or for birthdays and Christmas — thank you! We feel blessed by your love. Here are ideas we put together from time to time.

Care Package Ideas
the link is a list on amazon just for the convenience of showing pictures; I’m sure you can find generic normal-sized versions at a supermarket
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other ideas:
* photos of you! or newspaper clippings, comics you found funny, etc.
* used books or magazines (gardening, parenting, Christian, historical fiction, sewing/knitting)
* fabrics like old Goodwill finds (LA’s current craft projects need 100% cotton sheets or t-shirts and 80-100% wool sweaters)
* 1/2 – 2 yards of cotton print fabric that would be cute to sew something for Hope
* any kind of dark chocolate
* toddler art & craft activities (coloring books, big crayons, travel activities)
When mailing to us in China, please use the Post Office — we live in a rural area and cannot receive packages from any of the shipping companies. Small packages under 4lbs are most affordable to ship; the post office has Small Flat Rate Box and Small Flat Rate Padded Envelope options for $13.95. You can find other shipping rates to China here — scroll down for First Class Mail International – Packages (Small Packets) rates, another more affordable option (from $7.81 for 1lb to $25.71 for 3lbs). International shipping can be really expensive and even the smallest of packages or an envelope with a letter and photos are so uplifting for us, so don’t feel the need to go big! My aunt and one other friend send us a few packages each year, using the smaller weight & size options, and this ends up being much less expensive than one large package.

Tigger’s Amazon Wishlist
in case you don’t read MamaWit, Tigger is the online name I use for our daughter

Lori Ann’s Wishlist

Paul’s Wishlist (warning: he rarely updates it unless I nudge him to do so)