So, Brent told me tonight, that blogs are supposed to be short! Remember, I said this was all new to me. I did not know that rule! I will try to do better this time. It has been a busy week, but a good week.
I have had an amazing opportunity to volunteer at a youth workshop for teens who are in foster care or in difficult living situations. There are nine amazing kids in the group who have been so brave and vulnerable to share their lives with strangers. I have truly enjoyed every minute of it and will be sad when it ends tomorrow. I am hoping that I will be able to continue to have a relationship with one of the girls by mentoring her. What is really incredible is that this workshop is conducted by a social service agency that was actually started by a church! The church was doing so many incredible things in the community that they decided to start a separate agency, but it is in the same building as the church and everything. While we have no goals of starting a social service agency, we sure hope that we can make a significant impact on the community and can learn a lot from this church. I have enjoyed being able to utilize my social work skills. I am glad I am not working full time, but when I am in those meetings, I realize that God made me to help people.
Tonight we had a family over for dinner who is interested in helping us with the church. It was so fun to enjoy a new friendship. For those of you who don't know, Sarah is not a super friendly child, like my boys are. It takes her quite a while to warm up. We have seen this change some since our move, but she still has been standoffish to other little girls. This family, the Morrison's, have a daughter who is just a little older than Sarah named Holly. Well, Holly arrived tonight, and Sarah actually told me (in front of everyone) that she did not like Holly and did not like friends. She would have nothing to do with her. I apologized for her behavior tried to encourage her to act more nicely but then just let her go on with life. What can you do? She's two! They were here for a few hours, and by the end of the night, she was playing so nicely with Holly and did not want Hollly to leave! I am so excited! Maybe Sarah finally has a friend! I told her mother, Jill, that we would definitely have to get the kids together again soon!
Well, I don't think I'm sticking to the short thing real well again. Plus, I need to get to sleep. Goodnight.