And I missed the Blogging World. I kept telling myself that there is no point starting again, it's just one more thing "to do" and I'm already busy (who isn't?). I semi-convinced myself many times over that I shouldn't start a new one.
But then my best friend told me she was thinking of starting a blog too and asked if I'd like to create one with her and we could be co-bloggers and that just sounded like an amazingly fun project to work on with her, so here I am again!
And so, this blog is run by the two of us: Teresa Dawn (me) and Svenja (my best friend). It's going to be a very international blog; I live in Canada, Svenja lives in Germany, and the sole focus of our blog will be something we are both very passionate about: writing to children who live in poverty around the world.
Between the two of us, we sponsor/correspond with children in the following countries: Mexico, Haiti, Colombia, Ecuador, Peru, Dominican Republic, Bolivia, Honduras, Brazil, Burkina Faso, Guatemala, Tanzania, Thailand, Togo, Uganda, Kenya, Rwanda, Ethiopia, Ghana, Democratic Republic of Congo, Sri Lanka, Indonesia, India and the Philippines. *Disclaimer: When I say sponsor "kids/children", I'm including some young adults. I have a few teenagers and even a 23-year-old that I write to who is sponsored through Compassion's LDP (Leadership Development Program which I'll talk about in a different post another time.)
But back to the topic of this post: Why I'm Blogging...Again. Besides missing it, I've come up with a few other reasons, so here's my list, in point form, because I'm told that people like reading stuff in point form.
- I love to write, and blogging is relaxing for me, usually.
- Sponsoring children has been such a blessing to me, I wish to share that with others.
- I want to encourage people to write to their sponsored children. I also want to give them ideas on how to do that, what to write about, and share with them just how much the letters mean to the children.
- To make memories for my children. When my grandparents passed away, I came across letters that I'd written to them that they'd saved. It was fun to re-read these letters that I'd written as a child, to remember things that had happened and it's my secret (not-so-secret-since-I'm-posting-it-here) hope that one day my sponsored children will discover this blog and enjoy reliving their childhood by reading quotes from some of the letters that they wrote to me.
- And who knows... maybe one day after my children have graduated, I'll be able to connect with some of them still here and they'll see just how special to me they each were. (Another not-so-secret-hope!)