Tuesday, February 24, 2015

LGH Update

Hello Fear
Before you sit down there's something I need to explain
Since you're here
I think I should tell you since we last talked things have changed
See I'm tired of being broken-hearted
So I made a list and you're on it
All my hopes and my dreams You took from me
I want those back before you leave

These are words by Kirk Franklin, vocal artist, who performed last weekend at LU. The LGH girls were there. This verse is one girl’s favorite.

Not only did they get to hear Kirk in concert, but Tasha Cobbs performed too. They loved it!

So what ministers to you?  Teaching? Serving? Music? Prayer?

We are all designed differently and we feel close to God in a variety of ways. For a lot of girls it’s through music. This current group of ladies is especially encouraged by it. They love their music devotions, cd’s, and concerts. We often hear them singing throughout the house and let me just say- there are definitely certain rooms that echo more than others !

Once I walked into our recreation room in the morning to find a young lady on the couch, with a Youtube music video on. The lyrics were on the screen, and her hands were outstretched as she sang, tears pouring down her face. I quietly gave her privacy, yet that scene has often played itself over again in my mind. We are thankful she felt safe enough to have such beautiful worship time with God.

Kari Jobe is another favorite musician of the girls, and she led worship when Christine Cain spoke at L.U. Another great experience they had!

The Bachelor, Sean Lowe, also came to speak. He is married now, and had great advice for students. The girls were guests in the Presidents box this month in convocation, and they were tickled to have an awesome view and be in comfortable seats. They were especially happy with a little more privacy than usual.

And then back to the regular LGH schedule: the ladies have attended many parenting classes and have begun the hard work of obtaining a GED, as well as a driver’s license. Every young woman needs to understand Professionalism and Communication in the Work Place, and in preparation they attended a presentation on this subject. 

The Reality Works doll was named Joseph this time around, and his young ‘mother’ worked diligently to complete the assignment, which included getting up all hours through the night and taking her ‘baby’ everywhere we went. She was continually open to insight from staff on caring for an infant and she finished well.

Parenting Support Group, Women’s Bible Study and visits from the Gideon Society and HumanKind workers went as planned. Our residents also worked on Life Projects, in which they retold their stories in book or poster form, using pictures as visual aides. This is an assignment they really enjoy. They also look forward to Prenatal and Lamaze Classes. Pregnant women can just never have enough pregnancy information! It’s something they all want!

Crocheting, Knitting, Scrapbooking and a few movies from Red Box got them through some snowy days. (BTW, they could use any yarn donations- even leftovers!)

They warmed up one evening at the White Hart CafĂ© with live music and flavored hot chocolate. Then, despite cold weather, Monday had them pulling a few carrots and scallions at the L.U. garden domes. There’s nothing like fresh veggies in your dinner recipe!
Snow made it’s way in though, as evidenced by our freezer contents- we found mini-snowmen in there from our big snowstorm day. J

We have also had many folks helping us out with our pantry and our groceries lately! God’s people have rallied around us.
The ladies appreciated the flowers, red and pink slippers, chocolates, nail polish, and scented lotions that came for Valentines Day too. So thank you to all who gave.
Please keep praying for them. Their conversations lately were about how they will teach their little ones about God, and about wanting to leave in a better overall condition than when they came. Amen to that!

Sing to the Lord a new song, sing to the Lord, all the earth…Psalm 91:1

Friday, February 20, 2015

LGH Resource Day..... March 27

The Liberty Godparent Home will be hosting a ‘Resource Day’ on Friday, March 27th from 9:00am-5:30pm. This event will be held on Liberty University's campus and is geared towards students who may be interested in making an impact in others lives through non-profits, human services, ministry, etc in their future careers. Anyone interested in hearing more about the Liberty Godparent Home, the work that we do and ways to get involved, is encouraged to attend. Various workshops will be held throughout the day including; guest panels, various sessions regarding adoption, how to keep calm in crisis situations, family dynamics and more. 
Contact info@godparent.org or check out our Facebook page for more information. Click HERE to register for various workshops. Refreshments and door prizes will be offered!

Monday, February 9, 2015

A Simple Way to Help

Did you know that you can make a donation without giving us a penny?  
Yes, it is as simple as swiping your Kroger Plus card at the check-out line and we will receive a donation through their Kroger Community Rewards program.

Below are instructions on how to register and link your Kroger card to the Liberty Godparent Foundation… please help us by telling your friends, family members, etc. 
Thanks in advance!
  Simply register online at Krogercommunityrewards.com
o   Be sure to have your Kroger Plus card handy 
o   Click on Sign In/Register
o   Most participants are new online customers, so click on SIGN UP TODAY in the ‘New Customer?’ box.
o   Sign up for a Kroger Rewards Account by entering zip code, clicking on favorite store, entering your email address and creating a password, agreeing to the terms and conditions
o   You will then get a message to check your email inbox and click on the link within the body of the email.
o   Click on My Account and use your email address and password to proceed to the next step.
o   Click on Edit Kroger Community Rewards information and input your Kroger Plus card number.
o   Update or confirm your information.
o   Enter name of organization (Liberty Godparent Foundation), select organization from list and click on confirm.
o   REMEMBER, purchases will not count for LGF until after you register your card(s).
·      If a someone does not yet have a Kroger Plus card, pick on up at the customer service desk at any Kroger.
  Members must swipe their registered Kroger Plus card or use the phone number that is related to their registered Kroger Plus card when shopping for each purchase to count.

Monday, February 2, 2015

Her own journey

If you missed my post last week, take a moment to browse through it.  Below are the words of someone very special to me... someone that is loved by many... my oldest daughter.  After all of these years, she has a place to share her view-point on things-- and as you will soon see, she has a story to share.  Learn from her perspective, struggles and persevering spirit!

I never imagined my life would take such a drastic and life-changing turn at the young age of nineteen. I never expected or planned for that single moment in time where my life would be forever changed and that the person I once was could never be again.
            Now let me take a moment to introduce myself; my name is Katherine. I was adopted through Family Life Services and as you may be aware, my birth mother is Janelle Basham. People would often ask me, “So what’s it like to be adopted?” And to me it’s no different than anyone else. Maybe its because I met my birth mother and her family at such a young age that I can hardly recall NOT knowing her. I was always vocal about the fact I was adopted and have never been shy or embarrassed to answer questions about adoption or my many families.
            I grew up in a loving and Christian home. I have an older sister and a younger brother, so yes that makes me the head-strong middle child. And believe it or not I wore that title proudly. One interesting fact about my family is that all of my siblings were adopted through FLS so we all share that commonality. As a young child I loved spending time outdoors, playing and watching sports, and annoying my parents and siblings. I could easily be classified as a huge tomboy and I would never back down from anyone bigger than me (and most people WERE bigger than me.) In middle school I took up saxophone, soccer and basketball, soon quitting the saxophone but sticking with sports. Every year I was involved in multiple sports but later on in High School I settled on basketball. I kept the same mentality that  “I may not be the biggest but I will play like I am.” And I did, even though I’m closer to 5’ I never let that stop me. I ended up having a very successful basketball career and earned conference and state honors. Some other activities that I was involved in included student government, choir and writing for our school’s newspaper. All in all my teens years were pretty normal and I expected the coming years to be the same. But now looking back, I was so wrong.
            I was raised in a Christian church. Every Sunday my family would attend Sunday School and then the church service. I knew all the songs, scriptures and ideologues. Not only did my family attend a Christian church I attended a private Christian middle and high school. I loved music and sang with the worship team and was involved in Bible Quizzing and youth group. At school I helped with chapels and led class discussions on religion and beliefs. I was exceptionally grounded and knowledgeable when it came to the Bible and religion. But what I lacked was an unshakeable and undeniable belief in God.

            After graduating from high school I decided to “take a year off,” and work, live independently, and “figure out my next steps” whenever I arrived at “those next steps.” Honestly, I lacked any type of life direction. So I continued to work, forgot about church (because the alternative of sleep was incredibly enticing), and I typically spent my weekends partying and hanging out with my friends. I fought with my parents, struggled to pay rent with my part-time waitressing job and I even experienced my first “heartbreak”. I was a pretty average 18 year old who I thought did typical “18 year old things.” What I failed to realize was these “normal 18 year old things to do,” would very soon lead me down a similar path as someone who came before me. It led me to the same place, literally the same home, that my birth mother Janelle had been almost 22 years ago. It was time for me to face reality and the exact decisions (and consequences) she once had too. Now as my journey is unfolding I’m constantly relying on my competitive outlook, my new faith, and my family to help decipher the unknowns and champion the roadblocks I find myself running into. Every day is a new struggle, joy, and situation to overcome and learn from. Yet at the end of each day I’m left wondering what tomorrow may bring.