Finding my voice

June 2, 2011

I don’t think there is much out there as narcissistic as blogging. And by that, I mean blogging mainly about yourself. I’m quite willing to admit that this little blog is all about me. I get to choose what to post, how often, and even moderate the comments. I can talk on and on and on about myself, my feelings, my likes and dislikes – and hope everyone will come read and shower me with comments.

I want to start to blog for a reason. I want to lend my voice to a cause. I want my own little selfish corner of the world to open up and begin to become a passionate place for something other than myself. Not that I want to change everything about how I blog or do a complete overhaul. But I’d like to be known for something bigger than my life and feelings on here. So many brave bloggers are voices for PPD, which I didn’t have. Or big time natural advocates, which I love but isn’t something I want to jump into that heavily.

So where is my niche? What is it that I am so passionate about in life? How can I use my blog, my voice, as something that serves a purpose greater than entertainment or self satisfaction?

Thumb wars with the orphanage boys.

About 8 years ago, I went to India. I lived there with a native family for a month, and worked at an orphanage. I wore their clothing, ate their food, and learned bIts of their language. I traveled along the coast of east India and swam in the Indian ocean.

But it was the children that forever left an imprint on me. The 4 year old boy who had seen his father pour gasoline on his mother and burn her alive in their front yard because her family couldn’t give him more dowry. The 7 year old with a huge scar on her neck from being pushed through a window. The poverty yet, the ability to find happiness in the smallest of things.

Sam and I talk of adopting all the time. We know that when the time is right, God will either open or close that door. Until then, I do a small part to stay connected by sponsoring a child through Compassion International.

I chose an orphan girl of 7, Kanta, from India to send money to each month. She writes me and I write her. The words and translated but I get her original copy – and it’s beautiful. I get to hear all about her life, the family that adopted her, the school she attends and what her dreams are.

Because of these experiences in my life, and my passion for working with children, I’m thrilled to have become a blogger for Compassion International. I plan on becoming an advocate for them, for the work that they do, and for the thousands of children waiting for someone (like you!) to sponsor them. You can choose a child from so many options – from an AIDS infected area, to waiting longer than 6 months for a sponsor, even down to finding one who has the same birthday as you. And it’s only $38 a month to change their whole life – really. This money is used on them, from clothes to food, school supplies to birthday gifts.

 

 

I’m not being paid for this – I get just the knowledge that I’m making a small difference with the blog I’ve come to love so much. My hope is that you will look into sponsoring a child, or being a part of Compassion, or just supporting these posts I will write every so often to raise awareness. I’m excited to be finding my voice and realizing one of my passions – helping children in need.

Please write me if you want to chat, have questions, or would like to find out more about sponsoring a child.

21 Comments

  • chelsea

    June 5, 2011 at 5:32 am

    HEY!
    OK I can breathe I finally found you again.

  • Branson

    June 4, 2011 at 9:07 am

    This is awesome, Diana! I love that you are using your blog to make a difference!

  • Suz @ Suz’s Treats

    June 4, 2011 at 8:49 am

    Very cool & inspiring. I love that y’all do this!

  • Kelly

    June 3, 2011 at 6:40 pm

    What a great cause to lend your voice to!

  • story

    June 3, 2011 at 10:24 am

    What a beautiful post. I, too, struggle with the question of how to make my words matter, but you have found such an amazing way to help kids. Thanks for this.

  • Jen

    June 3, 2011 at 3:21 am

    I think it’s great that you and Sam are involved in something that goes so far beyond your own lives. This is something that is also dear to my heart, I’m so glad you wrote this beautiful post!!

    1. Diana

      June 3, 2011 at 8:06 am

      We should talk then. 🙂 Preggers. :p

  • Tammi

    June 2, 2011 at 8:50 pm

    I love this, Diana!! Thanks for sharing. That picture is worth a thousand words!

    1. Diana

      June 3, 2011 at 8:07 am

      It’s one of my very faves from the 600+ we took. 🙂

  • Cathy

    June 2, 2011 at 4:05 pm

    I will definitly look into this <3

  • Teresa

    June 2, 2011 at 1:41 pm

    What an amazing compassion you have. My mom sponsors an African child and I love reading her letters and seeing pictures. I will think about this. I should be able to find some luxury I can sacrifice to help make a positive difference in child’s life.

    1. Diana

      June 3, 2011 at 8:08 am

      I’ve done it several times over the years. There have been times we simply couldn’t afford it, and I know $38 a month adds up. But even to do it for a year is so worth it. The letters are really neat to get.

  • Mae

    June 2, 2011 at 1:04 pm

    Fantastic. Really. Also inspiring.

    1. Diana

      June 3, 2011 at 8:08 am

      <3 I love when you comment on here.

  • TheNextMartha

    June 2, 2011 at 1:01 pm

    This is fantastic. Thanks for sharing this part of you

  • themanager

    June 2, 2011 at 12:43 pm

    I love that you shared this today! and, I love you! now, let the next blog post be all about you with some funny thrown in 🙂

    1. Diana

      June 3, 2011 at 8:09 am

      Oh don’t worry, it will be. ALL about me. :p

  • kim

    June 2, 2011 at 12:43 pm

    There are so many, many reasons I adore you. And now you’ve added another.

  • Beth

    June 2, 2011 at 12:37 pm

    Very glad you found what moves you…so many of us have a hard time finding where we belong. Blog on!

  • Good Girl Gone Green

    June 2, 2011 at 12:34 pm

    Lovely idea!

  • Amber

    June 2, 2011 at 12:33 pm

    What am amazing cause to lend your voice to. Kudos for using your talent for more than just yourself. 🙂

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