Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Update on Home Happenings.... October 2013


Hi Family!
Hi Friends!

First we want to shout out a big Thank you to Pastor Jonathon Falwell and his wife Shari, for treating the ladies to lunch out and dessert at O’Charley’s. And also for blessing each one of them with a book about Heaven.

We have to thank Janet at the Hibachi Restaurant for treating the ladies to lunch at the all you can eat buffet. too! It’s her hugs as we leave that is the icing on the cake!

Speaking of treats, Jenna, our houseparent, took the girls out for ice cream and let them tour some of the Liberty University residential facilities.  They also went walking on the Blackwater Creek Trail with Ms. Robin and had devotions there. She did weekend scrapbooking at her house too!

We were happy to see a few famous people, and we’ve quite a list to share: We heard Kirk Cameron speak at Liberty University. He produced the recent movie Unstoppable. The residents attended the Premier showing of the movie at the local mall theater and enjoyed it.

Another thrilling experience was meeting Willi Robertson, of the TV series Duck Dynasty. He spoke at LU and our ladies got the special privilege to have their picture taken with him afterwards and meet him.

Pattie Mallette, Justin Bieber’s mother, also spoke at LU convocation, and shared about God in her life. She was also a teen mom and lived in a maternity home while pregnant, so her story resonated with our girls.

Jeff Bethke was great to hear, and funny too!

Overall, the worship at LU is ‘amazing’ as one resident shared. She said the speaker could talk about pineapples and she’d still be thrilled because the music and the singing inspires her so- haha!  Our residents love the band and praise time at Convocation and Campus Church with the college students.

We have done a lot of volunteering, and we have so many people who role model that by showing up at LGH to help. They do cleaning, chores, gardening, errands, bring us baked goods and give us donations constantly. Giving is contagious! Our residents volunteered to help with the Day In the Park, and face painted little ones and handed out information. They collected supplies for Gleaning for the World to assist the flood disaster victims in Colorado by standing in front of Sam’s Club.

Job applications and resume’s continue to be done, and they dressed and interviewed with local business professionals for practice.

For fun we bought a basketball one day and went to the park to shoot some hoops, wade in the creek and walk on the trails. It was a simple break, and very quieting.

Adoption Training weekend went well. Family Life Services held their events with guests and speakers and our residents were able to sit in on some panel discussions. They also had lunch together with the FLS staff and LGH staff and guests.

We did some artwork with canvas and branches and they turned out beautiful!  Pictures will be posted soon on our facebook page!

Ms. Stacy invited us out to her farm and we had a tea party and brunch, and remained quite proper and used the best of manners. Then we went outside and fed the chickens, threw sticks for the dogs and rocked on the front porch, overlooking the countryside. How relaxing! Thanks, Ms. Stacy and baby William, for letting us spend the day.

Football! Yes, on a pretty fall Saturday, our houseparent Candace took them to a LU Flames Football game and they sat in a packed stadium and cheered along.

These are the highlights that came between very regular scheduled days and nights for the past month or so. Schoolwork, class times, counseling, Dr appointments, chores, exercise, preparation and responsibilities continue.

Our resident who next to deliver her baby wrote an awesome verse on the mirror this week:

“The end of a matter is better than its beginning, and patience is better than pride.” Ecc 7:8

Amen!

- Jen for all LGH staff and residents 

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