Tuesday, July 9, 2013

Update on Home Happenings..... July 9, 2013

Dear Family and friends,

Wow, it’s been hot! To keep cool we’ve had a lot of ice cream, smoothies, freezie pops and milkshakes. But these treats are much deserved after some great hikes and walks! We’ve also been swimming and the ladies do Pilates to help strengthen their core and be ready for labor and delivery.

While they prepare, Group Counseling recently helped them learn to get along with each other, and to understand the many different ways individuals communicate love. These are only a few of many topics that will be covered in group this year. This class is taught by Stephanie, a LU intern who is completing her Master’s Degree.

In Adoption Class they listened to Rachel read a book, The Gift of Sam, which was written by a young woman in an unplanned pregnancy. The ladies also viewed family portfolio’s. These are examples of  albums couples create to be viewed by prospective birth parents (those who plan to place their child for adoption.)   The residents especially loved looking at the albums because they are also in major scrap-booking mode. Many of their evenings are spent working on their own scrap books, with glue and scissors and decorative paper everywhere!

In Parenting Class they watched a video on interacting and talking to infants, distinguishing their cries and ways to get to know them. In fact, you may actually hear a baby crying here at LGH throughout the day or in the middle of the night. That’s “Pre-J”, our Real Care Doll that is currently in the care of our senior resident.  She is doing great and learning to respond, hold and care for an infant based on this unique doll that grades her parenting.  This can be done by computer chips within the doll. These chips monitor response time, head and neck positions, etc. Even feedings, diaper changes, and rocking motions are all recorded, and a report is printed out by the Caseworker to review with the young lady. These dolls are assigned to all residents later in their pregnancy, and they have them for a week or two.

We’ve been blessed with an abundance of zucchini and squash and green beans from the garden. Our girls are happy to eat fresh veggies and to also share with the shelter downtown!

There happens to be a recent Oreo & Milk craving being passed around. And green olives….and fried corn…..

Budgeting seems to be an issue. It’s tough to space out allowances for the week, but everyone is learning to plan better.

Highlights for the young ladies have been the Fireworks at TRBC’s Celebrate America, (we watched from the hill behind the house), the Hill Cats Baseball Game and movie nights with snacks.

If we can brag a bit, we will! When this group of young ladies first came to LGH they struggled with controlling their behavior when their emotions were very high.  They have all had a lot going on in their lives.  Just lately, they are beginning to learn not to let emotions control them. We have seen them make very decided steps toward thinking about their actions and words when under pressure,  especially when they are hurting, and then maturely showing self-control.  We have also been blessed when they return to talk about what they are thinking or going through and share with us.  We respect each young lady and her own journey, and are honored to walk a little part of the way with them. And be sure of this- we pray for them!
In Christ,

Jen  - Houseparent, and LGH staff 

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