I know it's completely redundant for a blogger to open a post with this, but...I love to write. I love it. I love words and their complexity and their secrets and their power. I wish I had more time to write daily other than a furiously jammed to-do list and also a dedicated quiet space to do that writing and...well, who doesn't want those things?
I also really like stories. Stories carry history, they communicate traditions and values, they humor, they connect, they move.
What I really love is to have the opportunity to merge those together, to write about stories that really matter...so it's a great joy to share that I was recently approved as a member of the Compassion Bloggers Network!
I have applied for Compassion Blogger Trips before (these amazingly well developed trips designed to connect writers with the voices of those impoverished people who are impacted by Compassion International's ministry), and The Captain knows that I would really love to get in on one of these trips one day. He sent me the link about a month ago to apply for another because who knows, maybe one day they'll be willing to take a "small potatoes" blogger along with the big metrics boys and girls (oh, you know, just people like Beth Moore's daughter and Ann "Break the Internet With Her Brilliant and Beautiful Viral Posts" Voskamp).
Who am I kidding...why do I even apply?
It's just that to have the opportunity to go on one of those journeys would be intense but a truly beautiful experience for someone who studies and advocates for orphans through adoption, foster care, and sponsorship...and also someone who loves to think and feel and see and experience and then write about all of that. Well, maybe one day, I guess. A girl can dream.
So while applying for that trip, I noticed that there was a link to apply for the Compassion Bloggers Network. I read about it, checked out the resources, knew I trusted this organization because hello, Compassion International, and gave it a go. Pretty soon after, I was delighted to be receiving some initial contacts about finishing that process and preparing for my first posts! There are three specific posts I have already started in my head, so hopefully those will be banged out here and published soon.
We have had relationships with Compassion kids for years now. My readers know I don't show my own personal children's faces here, and definitely will honor our sponsored girls with the same measure, but I can tell you that one sweet precious angel baby is in Tanzania and one is in Uganda. Both girls are of the same age as our Pearl Girl, and one of our girls' birthdays is the same day we received permission to adopt our middlest daughter. We will never forget where we were, the sounds and smells and words on that day, and that means we'll never forget to be thankful for our sponsored friend's life in her native country with her family intact just as we will never forget to be thankful for the fact that God saw fit for our Pearl to join our family through the messy but beautiful experience of adoption.
Be on the lookout for those posts in the coming weeks, but until then...check out Compassion's model and see for yourself just why this is such a sound organization.