Girlfriend:  Mom, I’ll be the king and you be the queen.

Mad:  Okay.

Girlfriend:  Hello, Big Queen.

Mad:  Hello, King.

Girlfriend:  I call you Big Queen because you’re taller than me.

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Girlfriend (looking at her mittens):  Mom, these are made out of string!

Mad:  Yes.  Yes, they are.

GF:  Who made these for me?

Mad:  Uh…someone in China, probably.

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Elvis:  Mommy doesn’t have a loose tooth.

Mad:  No.  No, I hope not.

Elvis:  Mommy wears big teeth all the time.

Mad:  Yes.  Yes, I do.

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Speaking of kids, my BCC co-blogger mmiles has posted an interview with Brad Walker, co-founder of the Liahona Children’s Education & Nutrition Foundation, a non-profit organization that works to solve the problem of malnutrition and illiteracy in the LDS community in Ecuador and Guatemala.

A group of BYU and UVU students went down in 2008/2009 under the direction of the founders, a group of about seven of us, to assess the height and weight of kids. If they were malnourished, they were invited to participate in a nutrition program, receiving nutritional supplements for free. […]

Right now we have around 1,000 children in the program. Our local workers have to decide who starves and who receives help. Sometimes a child will be on the program for six months, and then get kicked off and another child added. It’s kind of a rotating system. The local bishop’s warehouses do something similar, but on a faster rotation. They may have a family receiving help with meat, milk, beans and oil for three months, and then kick them off and add another family, although they’re helping only a very small percentage of those affected at any given time, given their funding limitations.

We have groups of students out of the universities that would like to go down and screen more stakes. The problem is we don’t have the money to support the stakes after they are screened. We don’t want to go down and weigh and measure the children and then say, “You’re malnourished. Oh well.”

Read the whole thing here.  For about $50 you can provide a child with supplements for a year; $150 will feed the child and send her to school.  I know there are a million worthy causes out there, and we can’t donate to all of them, but this one really got to me today.

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And what do you say after that?  Nothing, I guess.  To continue with the kid theme, mine will be out of school tomorrow.  Wish me luck.

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