Monday, January 9, 2012

Moderated


We have set our comments to be moderated. It kinda sucks - it's not something we wanted to do - but circumstances kinda forced our hand.

While I was in Africa I got a text from Laura that she had been crying all day about a terribly ugly and racist comment somebody anonymously posted on our blog. To make matters worse, it was directed at a 4 year old girl - not me or Laura. And it was from somebody who has been following along for a while.

What started as a way to keep our close friends and family updated on our life has slowly turned into a little bit of our ministry. And it saddens me that after 1,432 posts and 3,570 comments - we have had to set our comments to be moderated.

But I am going to choose to see the positive in it. With me being emailed to approve any comments I will be more in touch with people who choose to say "hi." And that will be a good thing.

Thanks for visiting. And keep on commenting. 99.99% of the time I'll just hit "approve" and the other .01% of anonymous negativity will just be deleted...

17 comments:

Ginny said...

Thank you for sharing your life with those of us who love to follow along in your journey. I so admire your wonderful family; I've even called my husband in to share a few of these posts with him. We're in the process of adopting a baby from Africa. In reading these little snippets, we see the love and faith that has made such a difference for your family.

Carol G said...

Negative comments are just so rude. And it's so much worse when children are targeted. Both of our sons are in their 40's, and I would much rather be the target than for them to be. And, as a parent, I'm upset for you and Laura.
I think you're handling this the right way. Let God take care of this, and you two continue as before with those beautiful girls!
Love to you all!

fuzzandfuzzlet said...

You guys have been so generous to share your beautiful family with "us". I am sorry that someone is so terribly insecure about their own life that they had to take it out on a sweet 4 year old.

jahkamakura said...

I'm sorry you have to do that. I just don't get rudeness. I follow your blog (from Japan) because your comments and your girls make me smile. The joy your family has for life is fantastic! Thanks for making my day.

Anonymous said...

I found your blog several years ago and love reading it almost every day! I have never commented before, but I just wanted to stop by and say hi and to tell you that you have a beautiful family. I don't know you, but the love and faith in your family shines.

I'm sorry that ya'll received some hateful and hurtful comments.

~Val

Janie said...

It is a ministry that so many of us love - you make me smile, and shed a tear, on a regular basis. As I have said before, you are a beautiful family. May God forgive those with the negative words and heal their hearts.....

Janie

gbeam said...

I am so sorry for this to happen to your family. Satan will use anything he can when someone is doing the Lord's work. I'm sorry though, that it was directed at your girls. No excuse for that. I follow you through the Alexander's blog. I love, love, love your heart for the Lord and your sweet girls. May God continue to bless you as you bless them and the rest of us.

Anonymous said...

Why do people do that? I don't get it. Pick on someone your own age would ya.
I have never seen you say anything mean. I have said it before, you are good people. I am sorry it hurt you. Love you and your sweet girls.

Renate

Anonymous said...

I'm so sorry! I read your blog as we are in process to adopt from Ethiopia too & it is so encouraging. Just know that Satan knows you are encouraging others & he wants to discourage you. Don't let him do it! Blessings!
Holly from Calif

Anonymous said...

Hi Hoffman camp - just keep remembering the 99.9% of your readers love your family and your blog. Keep writing and sorry for the hurtful comment. Until we get to heaven and I'm assuming they allow blogs up there, we will have hateful people reading blogs and commenting nasty things. Shame on them. Don't ever stop shining!!

Lensa

GFamily said...

We are in the midst of a very long second adoption from Ethiopia. Through its ups and downs, we often find ourselves turning to your blog. Thank you for pointing us over and over to joy and to delighting in the child we are privileged to parent. And thank you for pointing us to the love of Christ. For us. For the orphan. I am sorry people are mean. But my husband and I are perpetually grateful for your blog. It's a great encouragement.

Stacie said...

SHAME on them!!! BUT- I try to remember that if I was NOT doing anything to shake this world and help people know HIM and HIS goodness... then I would not be a threat to that siily ole devil and his "minions"! Keep on keeping on Hoffman family!!!!! WE think you ROCK!

Zoe and John said...

OK, can I say I am furious? For it to be anonymous is pathetic. I love your girls as if they were mine. Mi casa et su casa. Taking on a 4 year old? Take me on. With oodles of love for both your girls, you and Laura, Zoe

waitingarms said...

I am so sorry that a pathetic "adult" would decide to be mean to an innocent child.

I love your blog - it is so uplifting and encouraging and your love for your girls and son shine through.

Blessings to you and your family.

Bethany Freede said...

My entire family reads your blog DAILY! My sister who is adopting from Ethiopia introduced us to the blog a couple months ago, and we love following your sweet family. I truly cannot imagine ANYBODY being able to say anything mean or rude about your precious 4 year old.

You guys are such wonderful parents, and thank you so much for sharing with us! Keep the posts coming!

Bethany
bethanyandcody.blogspot.com

Keiara said...

Wow Tymm, that is terrible. I've always admired your spirit though you guys handled the situation well. Kudos! Be blessed :-)

NaCole said...

Seriously...what is wrong with people? I saw a bumper sticker a few years ago that (unfortunately) can be right on point; it said: "The more people I meet, the more I like my dog". The sign the girls are holding is true. Sadly, some people are just plain mean. So sorry you were hurt.