I have had the honor of working in the field of adoption for 17 years. Ok, that makes me feel old! Anyway, I have learned so much and feel the best teachers are adoptive families, birth families, and adoptees. One family has shared a poem with me that was written by their daughter. It is written from the sibling of the adoptee, sharing her experience as her parents were in the process of adopting her little sister. Read the rest of this entry »
That’s right, it was Cardiac and Hernia in the same week…. and I LOVED IT! No, it wasn’t health issues, although it certainly could have led there were I not in at least the middling shape that I am. No, Cardiac and Hernia are two particular hiking trails at our local Boy Scout Camp. Covering about ¼ mile distance, they also cover 200 feet of elevation change. And my son and I covered it up to 4 times a day as a part of the Webelos Camp that we attended together.
Have you looked at the cost of attending camp lately? For the two of us to attend a three-night camp was $170 plus time off, gas to get there and back, meals along the way, and of course ice cream after one particularly brutal day of activity. Perhaps that cost is where the cardiac and hernia come in. But the frugal person (miser) that I am, I don’t feel bad at all about the cost of the camp. It all comes down to opportunity cost. Read the rest of this entry »
Stacy Walters and Emma have been meeting for nearly two years through the LSS USucceed Mentoring Program. Emma has enjoyed her time in the program and gave one of the best student quotes about what a mentor means: “Having a mentor is good because I don’t always want to talk to someone about issues and it’s easier to talk to Stacy. Friends can judge, but a mentor can talk.”
Stacy, who has mentored a few different students through LSS, pours into the students she has the opportunity to get to know. “There needs to be as many adults around teenagers as we can get,” said Stacy. “They are trying to figure out who they are, so it’s good to have as many adults for support as possible.”
Stacy still stays in touch with a student that she mentored through LSS, and is currently helping this student plan her wedding! Stacy said that her role in the wedding is the “Bonus Mother of the Bride” and she has enjoyed being part of the process.
While it is fun to continue to be part of a mentoring relationship beyond high school graduation, Stacy sees the value of the program and wants to continue to impact young people. She enjoys participating in the LSS USucceed program, which allows for meetings outside of school (this program is only open to students in high school). Her and Emma usually get together to eat, hang out and talk. “It is a great program and I hope a lot more people choose to mentor,” said Stacy. “The structure makes it easier and a great way to get used to each other.”
If you are interested in mentoring, please visit here for more information.
I have a problem. It’s nothing new. It’s been that way for a long, long time. It definitely impacts my life daily. At first glance, most would only see it as a definite positive. But it does create some fallout as well. And now, it appears that it may not entirely be my fault. It may be, at least in part, due to my surroundings and what I have been exposed to. You see, my problem is that I have a very hard time saying “No”.
And I’ll follow that with “But it’s not my fault!” Or…… at least…… maybe not entirely my fault. Read the rest of this entry »
Michelle and Nancy have been matched for a little over a year in the LSS Better Together program. Both are relatively familiar with the Sioux Falls area, but are newcomers. Michelle has been living in the Sioux Falls area for about two years. She moved here, with her family, from Madison, SD. Nancy moved back to Sioux Falls two years ago from Arizona. Prior to living in Arizona, she was living in Sioux Falls.
Both Nancy and Michelle wanted someone to spend time with when they joined Better Together. One day at coffee, Nancy was complaining about being bored, so one of her neighbors suggested she join Better Together. Michelle decided to volunteer in Better Together because her parents and grandparents are no longer around and she was really missing that type of relationship.
Together, Nancy and Michelle have attended LSS Bingo, shopped for groceries and have attended some medical appointments. However, their favorite activities are simply visiting with one another and working through a Bible study. Nancy and Michelle discovered they both had interest in the Bible so they decided to embark on an audio Bible study which focuses on the book of Colossians. They are 20 weeks in and have eight CDs left!
Nancy enjoys Better Together because it helps break up her week but more importantly, she has grown to cherish the friendship she and Michelle have developed. Because Nancy and Michelle have been through similar life experiences, Michelle really values their weekly visits. Both have come to count on their time together and look forward to continue meeting this summer.
If you are interested in volunteering with Better Together, please apply today! There are older adults in the Sioux Falls area who are waiting for someone like you.
Post by Amy Feterl, LSS Better Together Coordinator
Death and taxes – the only two things that are guaranteed in life. Or so the saying goes. I’m no expert on what happens around the world, but I do keep a bit of awareness on how it works here in the good old US of A. Did you know that if your home gets foreclosed, tax debt jumps to the front of the line to get paid from the sheriff’s sale? Did you know that most tax debt won’t go away in bankruptcy?
If you live within the boundaries of the Sioux Falls School district, did you know they just approved a property tax increase for the next budget year? It went up an astonishing .011 mil for non-agricultural owner-occupied property! Can you believe it?!? .011 MIL!!!!
Wait. What’s a mil? No, it’s not a million. Or even a mill, like where you grind grain into flour. Read the rest of this entry »