Monday, November 24, 2014

What has been happening around the Home....

LGH Residents’ November Checklist:

Surprise Graduation party, with cap and gown ceremony, cake and pizza, good wishes and congrats! Many smiles and laughter and applause. Confidence boosted. Maturity and good work ethic gained.  Diploma framed. Hat toss!!

Thanksgiving Feast with all staff and residents. Get stuffed, happy, and thankful. Talk and laugh with friends. Deliriously consume leftovers, especially pie.

Knit baby bear infant hats in cheerful yellow yarn. Carry Reality Works doll everywhere while wearing it, improving the cute factor by leaps and bounds. Don’t get annoyed when people ask. Just grin and say politely, “It’s plastic.”

 Use sidewalk chalk for fun time in the sun, adding color to both entrances, making folks smile when they come and go. Try to draw my friend.

Attend Parent Support Group. Share from the heart. Encourage and support all the other single Moms. Get good advice. Problem solve. Laugh, Cry. Play with 1, 3 and 4 year olds. Keep confidentiality.

Skype with friends and family. Just go ahead and let myself be homesick. Be firm in planning. Set boundaries. Love generously. Smile. Watch family carry laptop around to show everyone and everything. Try to be patient.

Volunteer at church banquet. Serve and work hard. Accept compliments and warm gratitude. Eat amazing food. Go to bed with a sore back but with a feeling of great accomplishment and satisfaction for helping others.

Study more for SAT’s. Read two more chapters in my book. Return University library book.  Put new batteries in scientific calculator.

Exercise and swim in the pool. Do aerobics, yoga, stretch and relax. Feel baby move and wiggle. Giggle and see if others can see the movement.

Go for lengthy walks in the crisp air and get sunshine therapy. Breathe deeply. Think about upcoming labor and delivery. Ask a lot of questions. Share fears. Slowly increase heart rate and release endorphins to fight off depression.

Attend counseling. Prepare heart. Weep. Laugh. Feel safe. Experience some healing. Learn to forgive a little. Learn to let go.

Meet with caseworker. Complete assignments. Vent frustrations. Share goals. Make phone calls. Get things more in order.  Get a Plan A, Plan B, Plan C.

 Pray more. Use my new highlighters in my Bible.

Have a good Dr. appointment. Don’t gain too much weight. Keep blood pressure low. Eat healthier.  Cut back on sweet tea!

Throw softball around with friend. Get outside more. Get better at catching.

Write more letters. Send thank you notes for the clothes, shampoo, toothpaste, and gloves and scarf that I really needed.

Look up that Pinterest Recipe and add to grocery list. Make my meal awesome so everyone will want the recipe. Get good at it so I can make it on my own.

Do my laundry twice a week to keep it under control.

Eat out at LaCarretta this weekend. And then grab personal stuff I need at Dollar Store.  Try to get little gifts for my family.

Make my Christmas list!!! Try not to get too excited! Look online for things I need and want! Find that perfume I love. Get prices for Mary-Kay makeup. Find winter boots.

 Change my bedroom dry erase board for my weeks of pregnancy. Stick to the baby names I have picked out!

Pack for the weekend. Don’t listen to Christmas music ‘til after my Thanksgiving break!  Relax and have a good visit! Sleep in!!!!

I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me. Philippians 4:13

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

What is happening at LGH this week?

 We are adjusting, shuffling and settling in with a few new residents. With new faces come new personalities and the dynamics of the group change every time. We enjoy making room for those who God has brought our way, and welcome them warmly!

As we get to know each girl better, we continue on with our daily schedules. We also incorporate each young lady into school, evaluating her to find out where she’s at, educationally. Transcripts and test scores are also sent to us.

Medical insurance and the first Dr. appointments are set up, and the complete handbook is reviewed with each new resident. Training begins for chores, and we get to know their love language and a few of their unique spiritual gifts, as well as their favorites or dislikes when it comes to school subjects, food, colors, activities, movies, personal goals, career goals, etc. She gets assigned specific spaces, laundry times, counseling appointments, and begins to assist with cooking.

They acclimate to exercise, new friends, staff and church as they work through their initial 21 days. This is time for them to begin new habits, to feel safe and be healthier.  Most young ladies write a lot of letters during this period, too.

Weekend outings help with this adjustment in a relaxed way. Our residents recently went to a Fall festival, carved and painted pumpkins, and went trick or treating.  They also attended a women’s Blush Conference on another weekend.

Hands-On Parenting offers our young ladies occasional time with a family, where they assist in caring for infants, toddlers and children, while being supervised by our staff. This is something they really enjoyed this last week. They also price shopped and budgeted for baby expenses in the local department stores.

One young lady was able to vote on Election Day, and then she closely monitored the political results on the news.

Another resident had a job interview and is preparing diligently for independent living in her future, which includes researching apartments, the bus lines and securing a high-quality day care.

We celebrate with the one who just graduated with honors with her GED! And thank you to all who sent cards to her via our Facebook request!

Staying motivated, one individual is looking at online writing jobs, while continuing to prepare for her SAT in December.  

As you can see, these young ladies are continuing to make changes, adjust, stabilize and prepare for their futures. Please keep them, and us, in your prayers.

~Jen for the LGH Team