Thursday, June 16, 2016

Throwback Thursday: Happy Father's Day

Happy Father's Day!

To my Father who is a hard worker.
To my Father who is kind and giving.
To my Father who fed us Hot Dogs and Oreos while my Mom was in Russia. 
To my Father who finally got to visit Nashville!
To my Father who taught me the importance of being early.
To my Father who called me, "Juicy Poop." 
To my Father who has read more books about War than any other person I know.
To my Father who followed us around the mall without complaining. 
To my Dad who will talk to anyone, even if they speak English or not!

Love you!

Thursday, May 19, 2016

Throwback Thursday: Riding on boats!

Sarah (Friend), Me, and Dad 

Growing up a couple from our church owned a camp at a nearby lake. They would invite us over for boat rides and clam bakes. Lots of happy childhood memories were make at Harvey's Lake.

Thursday, April 14, 2016

Throwback Thursday: Happy Birthday Mom!

Happy Birthday Mom!

My mother who has always had an incredible sense of style!
My mother who would play paper dolls with me for hours. 
My mother who would make me laugh hysterically at her impression of Santa.
My mother who helped cheer me up by buying me a sweater and taking me to get my hair done.
My mother who  grossed us out by making jiggly tuna loaf. YUCK!
My mother who didn't freak out too much when I told her I wanted to movie to Maryland, California, Ohio, Washington DC and Kentucky.
My mother who always makes my favorite cookies when I come for a visit. 
My mother who is an amazing Grandmother and spoils her Grandchildren!
You are amazing!


Thursday, March 31, 2016

Throwback Thursday: Balloon Prank

My friend Sandy was the health teacher at the High School where I was working. Her students were watching the movie Patch Adams in class.  The next day during chapel, with help from one of the custodians, I snuck into her classroom and covered the floor with balloons. It wasn't as many balloons as in the movie, but it was still a funny prank and we all had a great time with it!

Thursday, February 18, 2016

Throwback Thursday: Joy like licking the beaters!

If baking is any labor at all, it's a labor of love. A love that gets passed down from generation to generation. 

-Regina Brett 

Baking with my mother was always a highlight of my young life, especially when she let me lick the beaters!

Monday, February 8, 2016

Menu Plan Monday: February 8th-February 13th

Monday: Pancakes, Sausage, and Fruit

Tuesday: Grilled Cheese and Soup

Wednesday: Baked Potatoes and Chili

Thursday:  Holy Yum Chicken and Stuffing

Friday: Eat Out

Saturday: Spaghetti, Meatballs, and rolls

Saturday, February 6, 2016

Dear Governor Bevin: Why Family Resource and Youth Service Centers are Important in Kentucky Education

Dear Governor Bevin,

Congratulation on becoming the Governor of Kentucky. You have an immense job ahead of you. I understand that it is a very difficult challenge.

Governor, I know that we can both agree that education is important. Yet, students are much more than statistics on a spreadsheet or a name on a standardized test. They are humans with a story. Many of the students in our state are lacking in basic human needs. They may be worrying about where their next meal is going to come from. They squish their feet into shoes that are two sizes too small because their Mom and Dad can't afford a new pair right now. Students come to school wearing dirty clothes because they need to use less water to  help lower the family water bill. These are concerns that no child should have to worry about.

Students are dealing with many issues outside of the walls of our schools. When basic needs are not being met it would be difficult to expect them to care about algebra, reading, history, or science.

Family Resource and Youth Service Centers do a valued service for the students of Kentucky. A main objective is to help remove barriers in the lives of students so they can become successful. The 9% budget cut for next fiscal year and the 4.5% reductions for the current year will have drastic implications on the services provided in our communities.

The directors of school Family Resource and Youth Service Centers already manage right now to do a lot with very little. Activities and supplies are often subsidized from their own wallets. They do so out of the love for the children and families that they serve.  I have had the opportunity to meet quite few directors from centers across the state. They are some of the kindest, most compassionate and strongest people that I have ever met. They will do anything and everything to provide for "their" kids.

The job of FRYSC goes beyond basic needs. Early learning, tutoring, parent education, after -school programs, summer camps, college and career readiness and substance abuse education all fall under the FRYSC umbrella. Directors are also active in local communities. They serve on boards and form partnerships with community, civic and church organizations. You can find FRYSC staff and directors fixing a student's broken eye glasses, helping a parent fill out forms or providing a few dollars so a student can buy a ticket to the school dance.

These budget cuts will cause the services provided to become severely limited. These cuts demonstrate that the needs of Kentucky children are not highly valued.

I respectfully ask that Family Resource and Youth Service Centers be excluded from funding reductions.


Emily Richter