Useful, Nourishing and Needed

I shared this infograph on my Facebook wall a few weeks back. There was no attribution, no link back, no nothin’. One of my friends said, “That’s from Jen Hatmaker’s book ‘Interrupted’.” I’m so thankful she shared that info. I’ve been sucked into reading Interrupted and 7 by Mrs. Hatmaker, and each have been profound…

It’s a ‘being’ trip

I am so happy! Lovely Wesa has written a post about her and hubby Steve’s quickly approaching (two days!) trip to Africa. If you recall I wrote a previous post about the amazing things God is doing there. If your heart is filled with joy, and you’d like to keep updated on what’s happening, check…

It takes a village

They say it takes a village to raise a child and I say, “Amen!” In today’s world, a community might be a better way to say it…and I got to see that first hand today. I spent some time this afternoon looking at apartments with my CASA . One of my friends took time to…

God’s hands at work

I love seeing God at work. Some times you don’t have to look very hard. I’m finding the more I let go of “me” the more I see God at work.

chaos

Chaos, a storm of questions, a barrage of people, a million handouts, more paperwork on the horizon. I felt like I had been put through the ringer after two hours. And guess what? I wasn’t even the one in the middle of the chaos. I was on the periphery as a support person for my…

Be “that person”

Today our local CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocate) program, Sunflower CASA Project honored the 160 abused and neglected children served by their CASA volunteers in 2011. One hundred sixty children were in the Riley, Clay or Pottawatomie County court system last year. One hundred sixty children were served by awesome CASA staff and volunteers who…

Open my eyes

Attention book lovers! I’ve found another book I highly recommend. It’s “The Language of Flowers” by Vanessa Diffenbaugh. I started reading it last night and had to make myself put it down and go to bed.

Can I deal with “normal”?

Yesterday I wrapped up my very first CASA case. There wasn’t any fanfare. No fireworks, no balloons, no music. There was relief in the family. There was happiness in those involved in the case through the court system. The case ended relatively quickly and it ended well (comparatively speaking). I know this wasn’t a “normal”…

I heart CASA

Have I told you how much I love CASA? If not, let me tell you…I love, love, love CASA! Maybe I’m still a newbie. Maybe I’ll get frustrated and jaded and disappointed, but right now I can truly see how important this program is. My CASA is wonderful and funny. She makes me appreciate what…

My first case is here

I messaged on Facebook last week that I finished the last part of my training to become a CASA volunteer which was the final interview. I was nervous as I knew the next step would be certification and eventually a case. This morning, I got “the email.” They said my certification is going out today,…