Many of you may not know that I am the director of a substance abuse prevention center and I serve six counties in Northwest Oklahoma. I truly love my job! I get to have so much fun coordinating all kinds of events and activities and then I get to participate! But the greatest thing I love about my job is the people I meet where ever I go that I have built relationships with and the fact that my work is making a difference in the lives of the children and families we serve. Now I definitely don't do it alone! There are so many wonderful volunteers that have a passion for preventing substance abuse and I couldn't do my job without them!
These are some of my friends that are part of the community coalition in the town where they live. I love each one of them dearly! Our coalition sponsored a "Family Fun Night at the Library" last night. It is held each month in this small community and it is a chance for parents to have positive interaction with their children making crafts, playing games, singing songs, and other kid-friendly activities.
We had a gingerbread theme for our Family Night and the kids played a musical chairs games. They walked around the table and when the music stopped whomever was standing on the gingerbread man on the floor got a prize!
Then the new associate District Judge read the kids a story called "Gingerbread Mouse". She lived in a gingerbread house until Santa brings her one of her own!
Then the kids got supplies to make their own gingerbread houses out of graham crackers, frosting, and candies. It was such sweet fun!
This little guy was so cute and his parents were so sweet and patient with him.
His little house turned out to be pretty cute too! But not nearly as cute as he is!
This brother and sister worked very hard on their gingerbread houses. They were so cute!
Isn't this little one the cutest thing! He did such a good job!
All of the children had such a fun time at our Family Night. I know the parents and volunteers had a great night too. There were about 75 people that showed up to our event and that is the second most of all the Family Nights they have had at the library! That's pretty great for our first try! When we got done that night I was reminded of why I do this work every day. It is because those families that came last night were touched in a positive way. They were given an opportunity to make a wonderful memory together. I helped do that. I feel so honored and blessed!
I Wish Many Blessings and a Merry Christmas to You My Sweet Friends!