Wednesday, November 3, 2010

In Honor of…

…an all time high of well over 200 visits to my blog yesterday, I think it might be time for a little About Me post.

  • My name is Michelle and I am in my mid 30’s. We live in a house that is out in the boonies, nestled among the beautiful hills of the Finger Lakes region of NY.

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  • My husband Jay is an amazing carpenter. He was self-employed for many years and specialized in restoring old barns and building new ones like the one below. As of right now, though, he has taken on work as a sub-contractor for a local building company. He’s lost a bit of freedom in this and no longer focuses on barns, but he has a LOT less paperwork and we get a weekly paycheck, now.

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  • I have two beautiful daughters by birth (Kaya is 8, Luna is 4) and one lovely step-daughter, Nico who is 12. It is a long story, but we haven’t seen or heard from Nico in around 6 weeks now, so prayers would be welcome. We are estranged from her Mom currently, and we miss Nico terribly. Jay and I began our relationship 10 years ago, when Nico was two, and I love her like she was my very own.HPIM3189
  • In my former life I was a “recovering Catholic” and then a Pagan. For a while, I even considered myself as a Wiccan. I was a Dead-head, a hippie who lived in a van down by the river.
  • drummin I was a drinker, a smoker and a midnight toker. I am proof that God will reach out *anyone* and the best label I could give myself now is Daughter of the King.
  • We are “baby Christians”. My husband was saved about 3.5 years ago. I was a bit more stubborn, maybe it is the red hair? I came to know and love the Lord about 2.5 years ago and was baptised during the summer of 2009. It has been, in a word, amazing. We go to a great, small church and have a fantastic church family, for which I am constantly grateful.

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  • I am a “stay-at-home” Mom, who rarely stays home for more than one day at a time. I homeschool my girls and feel blessed to be able to do so. Some days are great, some days are a struggle, but I wouldn’t consider sending them to school at this point. I love having them home!
  • We are vegetarians because, once we found out about what goes on in factory farms, we couldn’t bring ourselves to eat meat. If I could raise, slaughter and process my own meat, I might consider eating it, but I just don’t have the heart to kill things. Except big, icky spiders. :shudder:
  • I am a hardcore thrifter and penny-pincher. 95% of our clothing comes from thrifts or hand-me downs. I just don’t have the heart to hand over big money for new clothes.
  • In June 2009, we sponsored Precious in Ghana, our first child from Compassion International, something that has changed our lives in SO many ways. As a penny-pincher, I did a LOT of research about the organization before I even brought it up with my husband. After more than a week of searching and reading, I didn’t find anything about CI that sent up any red flags, in fact I was more inspired to take this step the more I learned. Thankfully, Jay agreed and the rest is history. I love Compassion and what it does. I love how it has changed how I see things and how I think. I love how my children see their blessings for what they are and have giving hearts thanks to knowing these children. In December 2009, I felt God tug at my heart to become an Advocate for Compassion. The training was incredible and I have falling in love with the organization more, as I learn more about it.

I have to run and get some errands done this morning, but I’d love to hear from you! Please leave me a comment and tell me a little about yourself! I hope that you will come back to check out my blog from time to time! If you have any questions, let me know through a comment or by using the Email Me button on the right!

Have a great day!

18 comments:

Amy D said...

WOW! 200 visits! It takes me two days to get that! :) It's all good though.

I love this post. Thank you for sharing it!

Rebecca said...

Slowly making your way to that 50,000 a month! You'll be on a Compassion blogger tour before you know it ;)

Robin said...

God gave you that feisty red hair for a reason, and you are putting it to good use. :-) Good share, I leanred a lot about you!

Jessica said...

Between yours and Shaun Groves posts today, I'm having to get all introspective!

My blog already gives a nutshell "about me". But an even further nutshell reduces it to the same as everybody else's.

God has been faithful to me. :)

The end.

Jessica said...

P.S. Hope I was able to return the favor of sending some traffic your way yesterday. :)

And P.P.S. Because of the area you're in, I figured there would be some great grass-fed co-ops in your area. Have you thought about that for a meat source? When we lived in Maryland we ordered all of our meat and dairy from an amish farm over in Pennsylvania.

P.P.P.S. I <3 those curls of Kaya. And I've been wanting to say for awhile now, I could just eat that Rodrigo with a SPOON, he is so cute!

Michelle ~ Blogging from the Boonies said...

Amy, I have been averaging about 80 hits a day for a looooong time, so I was excited at the prospect of so many new readers!

Rebecca, not that I have given up all hope, but I don't think I have what it takes to get chosen for one of the trips. I think God's plan for my ministry may be just to encourage the letter writing via my blog, though far be it from me to speak for our amazing God when it comes to His plans. We shall see, if it happens I would be ecstatic.

Robin, I added a little more since I first posted. I hope to learn more about you as I read your blog! :D

Jessica, I am so glad I can call you a Sister in Christ. I did get a couple of hits from your blog, so thank you! Kaya inherited my curls, for sure. She is such a sweetie and she teaches me a lot! Doesn't Rodrigo look like such a "little man" in his photo? His tutor says that he is sweet, kind and helpful.

halys said...

Michelle, I always like to hear about your family and compassion children. I have been a sponsor for about 8 years, but your posts always inspire me. Thank you for all the tips and ideas. Because of you, I know that my children are receiving more letters lately!

Heather said...

Michelle, I've known you for years, but I love reading your blog even more now. :) We've sponsored Compassion children for 5 years now, but I have been so inspired by you and your posts. We're writing more letters, sending more pictures and small items, and this year I did birthday and Christmas gifts, instead of letting the time slip away and forgetting about it. Thanks for sharing!

Jill Foley said...

Michelle, what is your email address? Can you email me at fiddlejill@yahoo.com?

HS @ Our Debt Blog said...

Nice Bio! please keep writing!

Doris said...

Your blog has been so helpful to me as a new Compassion sponsor, both in practical ways and in inspirational ways. Thank you for today's post, letting us all get to know you a little better. You are an amazing Daughter of the King!

Jill Foley said...

So here's a little about myself....

I am 36, have been married for 14 years, have two daughters (ages 4 and 5), have lived in 7 states in 14 years, have been a Compassion sponsor for 17 years and an advocate for 15 years, I'm a violinist and I homeschool.

I am addicted to sponsoring children through Compassion!!! We are blessed to be able to sponsor several and I love each and every one.

Jen said...

I just had to leave you a comment and say it's so great to see another Dead-head,recovering catholic, drinker, smoker, midnight toker who has given their life over to the Lord. I too am a baby christian, maybe 2.5 years now. I just started reading your blog because of your comment on Shaun Groves Blog but have you bookmarked and look forward to getting to know you more!

Megan @ Faith Like Mustard said...

I'm with Doris...your blog has been so helpful to me as a new Compassion sponsor. I love all the great tips and I love how passionate you are about Compassion and Christ!

Tabitha said...

Debbie T in OurCompassion.com referred me to your site for great letter writing tips. I loved reading this post and getting to know more about you. My family has sponsored a little girl from Guatemala named Adela for four years. A great experience!

Elizabeth said...

Hi,
I got to your blog the other day when you linked on the Compassion website about sending cards to unsponsered kids. I have now added you to the list of blogs I read as what you write is inspirational. I am from the UK but am currently teaching in India. I have 1 Compassion girl in Guatamala and am always keen to get new ideas for letters.
Thanks for putting across your enthusiasm for Compassion and God in your posts.

Sarah said...

loved reading this post!

Amy said...

Hi! I came across your blog through Compassion's website and have to say THANK YOU for reminding me how precious our letters and love are to our sponsored children. My husband and I sponsor two children and I am so grateful for all the letter writing ideas you've given. I hope to write my children at least once a month now. I suddenly feel after reading your blog that I have so much I want to say to them! Keep up the advocacy. :-)

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