Saturday, January 15, 2011

Delurking Day and a Happy Dance

I found out this morning, while catching up on some blog reading, that yesterday was National De-lurking Day. A “lurker” is someone who reads a blog, message board, etc. but never posts.  Delurking Day is apparently a day to “call out” the lurkers and ask them to comment and de-lurk!  Seeing as I generally get anywhere between 100-200 visitors a day and have about a dozen faithful commenters, there are a whole lot of you out there who could introduce yourself!  Will you?  Maybe just say hello?  Or tell us who you are, what you’re interested in and how you found this little spot in the blog-o-sphere? I would love  to hear from you and check out your blog, if you have one. :)

In other news, I was able to do another Happy Dance at the mailbox yesterday.  Inside one of those treasured tan envelopes, I found our very first letter from Kazihizina in Rwanda.

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I will tell you, every time I look at this sad face, my heart tightens up.  We were assigned to be Kazihizina’s correspondents in October of last year and I contacted Compassion to find out a little more about her history. The information I was given broke my heart to pieces.  Kazihizina used to get letters from her sponsor, but at the time she was assigned to us, it had been YEARS since she had gotten a letter, much less a gift of any kind. I look at her face and I see a girl who can’t help but wonder why her sponsor stopped sending love and letters.  Needless to say, she has been showered with about a dozen letters in the last couple of months and we also sent a gift.

I was happy to get our first letter from her, even though it was written by project staff and basically shared info that was already in our child packet. My husband and I were talking last night and we both know that Rwanda isn’t one of the great letter-writing countries.  We also know that, because of her past and essentially being deserted by her sponsor, Kazihizina may never really open up to us.  We are ok with that.  We know that our ministry to her isn’t dependent on the number of letters she writes to us or the details she shares.  Our ministry is to be a constant source of love, support and encouragement, regardless of what we get out of it.

Kazihizina’s letter shared her birthday and grade in school.  We were told that her parents are farmers and that the recent crops have grown and rainfall was available, which is great.  She wished us a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.  A simple and basic letter, which still caused Happy Dancing because we love this girlie and will take any connection to her that we can get.

I hope you all have a great weekend!  Don’t forget to leave a comment and join in A Day Late National Delurking Day!

~Michelle

19 comments:

Lana said...

Well, I've been commenting since I saw your blog about a week or so ago! I absolutely love reading your blog and have gotten so many great ideas of things to send Emily, my compassion child! So excited you got a letter! I'm hoping I'll get one soon!

Jessica said...

Does that mean us regulars aren't allowed to comment? ;P

I still haven't gotten a single letter since October, but ever since learning that one is on the way from Ana, that has perked me up. It will probably be 2 weeks at the earliest that it arrives, but I'm SO EXCITED!

Cathrine said...

I love, love, love getting letters from our kids. We always post them to the fridge, and then take them down once we've written a letter so we'll know which letters to respond with. I love the happy dance!

Kelly said...

Oh my, Michelle. I just want to hug her! There is no light in her eyes! I pray that not only will she feel the love coming from you, but that it will light a spark in her that will show in her eyes and light up her face.

I am still waiting on the first letter from our little Vira...can't wait to do the happy dance! :)

Living in Taradise said...

I am not a lurker but I wanted to stop in before we head to Uganda and say hey!

Jill Foley said...

At least you have a dozen or so regular commenters. I know my blog is private, but I rarely get comments from anyone other than my mom. I would say I have 3 regular commenters.

Some people are avid commenters - commenting on every post they read. Others are lurkers - never commenting. I find myself somewhere in the middle. I do try to comment on every blog I read - at least every once in a while.

Have a good weekend!

Melissa said...

Hey Michelle, Guess I would be delurked this morning! I just finished reading "My Father Maker of the Trees" about the Rwandan genocide. It is shocking to think that this happened within our lifetime! I love your attitude of just continuing to support Kazihizina no matter what or when she writes. :)
Melissa

Michelle ~ Blogging from the Boonies said...

Jill, I wish I could view your blog through Google Reader! That is how I do all of my blog-readin' but I can't add your because it is private. So, I forget to hop over and check yours out!

Melva Lee said...

I guess I am a lurker.I like reading but most of the time, I might not have anything to add. So here's your Hello!

Jill Foley said...

I know it's annoying to have a private blog, but my husband requested it since we live near such a big city and we put up so many pics of our girls and talk about our daily lives.

PghCathy said...

Hi. I'm a lurker & have been 1 for about a month. I found you by way of the Compassion blog, looking for letter writing ideas. Yes, I picked up a few. I've been writing to Alice in Brazil for about 2 years....1 letter a month. Since she's only 7, I'm only getting periodic letters from her teacher, but Alice always makes sure to draw some pictures for me. When I received my 2nd picture of her, I couldn't believe it was the same girl! She'd gone from very somber-looking to a great big smile...which touched my heart.

Debbie Doughty said...

I don't know if I've commented yet or not. I just recently found your blog through? Maybe Ann Voskamp or Compassion International? I was looking for ideas that would help me be a better sponsor to our two children and found them. Thanks!

Berit said...

Hello! I'm also a Compassion sponsor and try to check in on the blogs of any other sponsors that I find. I enjoy that you share so much about your Compassion kids and love the new winter blog layout. Our girls are in Bangladesh and Peru.

Michelle ~ Blogging from the Boonies said...

Thank you all for participating!! I love hearing from you! I plan to check out your blogs, if you have one, tomorrow!

Teena said...

Michelle, I do not think I am a lurker. Hahahaha. I so enjoy reading here. I watched the clip too... Leland... thank you.

I really appreciate you.

Hugs,
Teena

Bev Sykes said...

I'm a day late de-lurking and I can't remember if I've left a comment before, but I get such inspiration from your tales of how you interact with your Compassion family. Thanks for being so open about it all.

Lydia said...

Hey there. I've contacted you before but never through your blog. My family and I sponsor 2 children- Wilson from Kenya, and Sharon from Uganda. I read your blogs and LOVE them. I've just recently started blogging. You share such wonderful stories and great ideas for those of us who are sponsoring and writing letters. Please know that even though 200 people read your blogs but don't respond...that you're still ministering and helping 200 people, and brightening their days. Thanks for all you do. God bless you and your family. :o)

Michelle ~ Blogging from the Boonies said...

Aw, you all make me smile! I love reading more about you! Your kids words bring a lift to my heart and keep my inner-critic from thinking that I am boring people to death with all of the Compassion talk!

Natshalee said...

Hey Michelle

I am very grateful for your blog. When I have writer's block, I go to your letter writing posts or use the "this and that". God Bless you!

Nasha

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