One of the things we do each morning with our kids is a Community Meeting, and one of the things we ask each person is “How are you feeling?”. This is not a quick “good” or “fine” answer but rather, it is to be answered with an honest emotion—I’m happy, sad, angry, frustrated. We do this for many reasons, but one of the reasons is that we would rather a child TELL us they are angry, than SHOW us they are angry.
Today I am feeling discombobulated. I completely understand the phrase “herding cats” as today I am trying to get things accomplished off of my To Do List, while stopping to answer questions, give directions, answer phone calls, and have had several people just pop in today. Here’s a secret—I LOVE IT. It’s a Mary vs Martha thing in my world. Sometimes, the To Do List needs to wait and I need to spend some time listening to a co-worker that is struggling or spend some time rejoicing with one of our kids who is proud of their grades.
This month, like all months, I have had many, many emotions. Today I am excited that our newly appointed Executive Director will be taking office tomorrow (June 1st). Angela Robertson, who has served as Program Director for the past several years, will be leading this agency forward.
Along with that, I am feeling grateful that we were able to spend this last month with Peter Bumpass, a Board Member, as our Interim Executive Director. He has been a major blessing to the staff as he worked alongside us. He has spent several hours each week at the school helping the kids with their assignments, especially in Math.
Proud is the best word I can use to describe my feelings at the annual Celebration of Strengths Banquet as we watched the kids receive their various awards. Each child is recognized with a strength that the staff sees in them. They also each received an award for their academic achievements.
As the school year ended, we had four of our kids leave our program. I am happy for them, sad for me (going to miss those kids!), and concerned for their future. Please pray that they will continue to use the tools that they know and that they will be successful!
Every day, I am grateful for you. You are the reason we are able to continue ministering to children and families. THANK YOU!!! Thank you for being a part of our community. You are making a difference in the lives of children and families!
For the children,
Beth Frump, Director of Development
Faith. Family. Future.