Our Christmas party for the girls is next week! We have decorated the house and made scrumptious Christmas breakfast plans. Just like your family, our young ladies wear their new pajamas, open stockings and laugh a lot that morning. Then they have great food and open gifts that are under the tree. We are blessed to see the way God’s people give to them, and look forward to letting them soak up some love in celebration of our Savior’s birth.
Many of our young ladies have never experienced a full Christmas before, and so many traditions are new to them- even the smallest things, such as baking cookies or going to see Christmas lights, or the Christmas parade, are all new.
This year they made gingerbread houses, listened to carols, and visited with other high school students who came to encourage them. They also baked sugar cookies to give to some of our volunteers.
They were treated to the Virginia Christmas Spectacular and also the LU Christmas Choral Concert. It has been a special holiday, so far, indeed!
Yet in between the festivities, there is a lot of serious thinking and decision making going on. Many of the girls are very quiet, lost in their feelings of being away from family this time of year, or envisioning their futures and the future of their baby. It is not an easy time.
Many are facing an upcoming adoption process, and many are facing single parenting. These thoughts weave in and out of all the classes, preparations, education, appointments and work.
Classes at Virginia Baptist Hospital the last few weeks have included Baby Care, Infant Safety, and also Breastfeeding. Prenatal, Parenting and Adoption classes are on track.
GED and high school classes continue and the SAT’s are done for this semester. The residents work diligently through our Level System to attain rewards, responsibilities and more freedoms.
Quite a few of the ladies just earned their Spa and Salon Day and Maternity Photo Shoot. “I felt like a princess,” one girl laughed, “I had one stylist doing my hair and a person on each side, giving my hands a treatment.” Another added with teary eyes, “It was just what I needed after such an emotionally hard morning.” Thank you Sage Tryall Salon for treating our ladies with such great care!
We look forward to sharing Christmas with these brave women, and as always, look ahead to a New Year to see what more God will do in their lives and in the lives of those yet to find us!
Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice! Phillipians 4:4
Jen for all the LGH Team