Dear Family and friends,
Has it been two weeks already? My, how time flies! I’m sure at times that’s how the residents feel also.
To help keep track of time, the young ladies keep a countdown for their due dates. Beautiful baby bellies are growing. Everyone has their weeks of pregnancy posted on their doors, with potential baby names. Our senior resident gets some recognition as well, for all her time she’s completed so far. She gets to choose many of the outings, groceries, meals and also gets to ride ‘shotgun’ – in the front seat of the minivan. J Her opinions are sought out, she’s asked to handle other responsibilities, and helps gently lead the others with such simple acts as choosing the verse for the week that gets written on the big mirror. She’s earned some extra privileges as well.
Support group met this month here at LGH and our residents participated. Ms. Freda leads this awesome group of women who are working hard and raising children. Many previous residents, who are now single moms, attend and childcare is provided. This is a way to learn from others about the realities of parenting, and to see how this group supports each other. Everyone had dinner together and then several topics were covered and discussions followed.
There was a pink cake in the house…which can only mean one thing - One young lady found out she’s having a GIRL!
Our teacher, Ms. Stacy, also had her little baby boy, and she is out on maternity leave. Jenna (houseparent) and Beth (volunteer) are working with the students during class time now. Online classes are not easy, but everyone is working with good attitudes and effort. Despite the fact that it’s summer, the residents have continued to make progress!
We’ve had some guests in to teach Devotions, as well as our Director, and a young missionary from Africa shared about her life in Senegal.
Summertime has brought more fun and the girls have been on a few outings: to have a cookout, play in the creek, and enjoy fireworks; to play some pool, shoot darts and watch a movie on a big screen; to the water Spray Park and walking on some wooded trails; and also to the lake, to sit on the sand, swim and use sidewalk chalk on the steps. Of course, there’s the annual Dress Like a Cow day at Chik-Fil-A, and our ladies stuck their spots, noses, ears and tails on for a free meal.
Group Counseling is going great, and has been very timely for issues within the home between the ladies. Getting along with those you live with is a good place to start learning about resolving conflict, trust, communication and friendship.
The Level system is also in place, and goals are being attained. These include emotional maturity, self-control, communication and personal accountability, as well as good grades and healthy program participation.
We look forward to the rest of summer, as we know you do!
For the LORD God is a sun and shield: the LORD will give grace and glory: no good thing will he withhold from them that walk uprightly. Psalm 84:11
Jen and LGH staff