Even Miracles Take a Little Time…

Fairy GodmotherThat famous line was delivered by non other than Cinderella’s Fairy Godmother. We all know it well. Perhaps it has been a while since we’ve seen this famous Disney movie. Maybe its time we watch it again. I know I need to. Its been way to long. Plus, I love Disney movies! Anyway, the Fairy Godmother tells Cinderella this as she wishes to go to the grand ball. How many times do we feel defeated? How many times do we get down because of it? Rejection is hard and knowing that “Even miracles take a little time” helps. Our miracle, our dreams weren’t built in a day. They grew as we grew and continue to bloom we continue to grow and learn.

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Today was the day that so many Child life students waited for. Internship offer day! This day is full of nerves, anxiety, pacing around the room and wondering…wondering if CL students will receive the phone call. The call that every CL student wants to hear “Congratulations, we have selected you for our intern.” If you don’t receive an offer this time. Its okay to feel sad (heck go out and buy you a thing of ice cream), but than pull yourself up by your bootstraps and keep going. “Even miracles take a little time.” God is still working out your perfect placement. Take a deep breath and keep going. If this was an easy process everyone would be doing it.

The small, but powerful saying does not just go for those waiting to hear from an internship placement. It also goes for those who are waiting to hear from practicum placements and job applications/interviews. So many times, we face rejection and so many times we feel sad, upset, angry. Rightfully so. Nobody likes rejection. But it is like I said earlier keep going. Your miracle is coming. It may take a lot of waiting, but it is worth it. Someday you are going to get that miracle.

If Cinderella gave up hope do you think she would have met the prince and lived happilyInsidiousComplicatedBoa-max-1mb ever after? No, she would still be living with her wicked stepmother and stepsisters doing all the house work and being miserable. I know this is a hard time and all seems lost, but it isn’t. I know easier said than done. But remember, I have been right where you are now (and currently looking for a job so I feel your pain). Many have been where you are now and we all have lived to tell about it. So, keep holding on, because “Even miracles take a little time.” Hang in there. ❤
Until next time!

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Gumdrops and Lollipops the Story Behind Candy Land…

candy-landThe famous and classic children’s board game is a hit with millions worldwide. How many times can you say that you have played Candy Land? Whether it be with a child, sibling, grandparent(s) or parent(s). We all have played Candy Land at least once in our lives. And let’s not forget we also know someone (or maybe ourselves) who got mad when they lost the game. Especially a child or even a grown adult, who knows.

From the brightly colored board to the memorable characters and the fictitious candy landmarks, the story behind Candy Land, is remarkable. Just how it became such an iconic game is just as sweet as the gumdrop mountains (original game).

Back in the 1940s when the dreaded disease known as Polio struck thousands of downloadAmericans, young and old is when the famous game came to be. During this outbreak Eleanor Abbott, a retired school teacher had contracted the illness. After developing the disease Eleanor spent weeks convalescing in the hospital. During her time in the hospital, she discovered that there was nothing to do which made a hospital stay boring and long. Those around her were children also recovering from the illness (along with other forms of sickness). While she spent time with the children she came up with a game for them to enjoy while they recovered—Candy Land!

The game was perfect for children. No reading or counting. All the children had to do was know their colors and follow the directions on each card i.e. 2 purple squares meant move two spaces. Whomever made it to the end of the game first won.

In creating this game, the children found joy in the game and allowed them to recover from their ailments faster.  Instead of the children being bored they were now enjoying a fun, hands on game. In 1948, Eleanor took her game idea to Milton Bradley (Hasbro Games bought Milton Bradley in 1984) and in 1949 Candy Land was released. It was only 1469019359-0to be a temporary fill in for Milton Bradley’s main product game, School Supply. However, the new game was a huge success and has been a best seller for more than 70 years and sold more than 40 million copies. In 2005 the game was introduced into the National Toy Hall of Fame.

What game did you enjoy growing up? Or if you are a CLS what is a favorite game you play with the patients? Is it Candy Land? If so share this fun fact with them.

Until next time!

Finding Peace in Your Waiting Season….

 

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Happy (belated) new year everyone! I know I am a little late with that, but I have a good reason. My brother is in town until tomorrow. He was here for the holidays. So, I wanted to spend as much time as I could with him before he heads back to Germany. No, he isn’t in the military he works over there.

As we all know a new year means a new start, a new beginning. We all want things to go our way in the new year, but that isn’t how it is done. We must wait and be patient. Which is easier said than done. We want what we want, and we want it right now. No if ands or buts about it.

Which brings me to my topic. Finding peace in your waiting season….

As of Jan. 5th, the summer internship applications were due. This means those who turned in applications are now sitting by their phones waiting for it to ring or for their email to ding with an interview. While it is okay to be excited and nervous (I mean who isn’t? I know I was when doing this) you will literally drive yourself crazy if all you do is sit there staring at your phone. What’s that old saying? A watched pot never boils. In other words, STOP looking at your phone and email! You will get a call or email when you are supposed to.

While we are all in a waiting season, it is important to try to find peace in the season and be productive just the same. During your waiting season do something you enjoy. For me, I love to work out and work on my WW2 book series (3 books in total). These activities give me solace and peace during my waiting seasons. Now do I write for hours on end and tune everything else out? You bet I do (I jokingly tell people you can see smoke coming from my keyboard. Lol). Do I still think about my situation during this time of peace while I am writing? Sure, I do. I would be lying if I said I didn’t. Its normal. Its normal to still think about your current situation. Just not as much when you are doing something you love.

Maybe the way you find peace is cooking, reading or a manicure or a pedicure. Something that brings you peace and joy in the mist of your waiting. Or maybe you want to try something new. Painting, crocheting or maybe starting a devotional. Something that takes your mind off your current situation (in a healthy way).

Waiting stinks, and while we cannot determine how long our waiting season is (only God can do that), you can determine how you respond and act during this time. For Christmas I received a book titled “When God Says Wait.” By Elizabeth Laing Thompson. Elizabeth shines the light on different characters of the Bible and how they waited and what they were waiting on. Each chapter is dedicated to someone different. While I am just little less than halfway I have enjoyed it so far and recommend it to anyone in a waiting season. Even if you aren’t a believer, I highly recommend the book.

In closing I hope this post finds you peace and hope in your waiting season. Know that what you are doing does not go unnoticed and that you are doing everything possible. If you receive an interview be thankful, because another person did not.

Good luck everyone and remember: F.A.I. L= First attempt in learning. E.N.D = Effort never Dies and no= next opportunity. Keeping going you are closer than what you think.

 

A Year End Wrap Up—2018

 

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2018 has been a year. It was the best of times. It was the worst of times and everything else in between. As this year ends and a new one begins, I wanted to take the time to look back on the year. Which I might add wasn’t always sunshine and rainbows. Occasionally, it rained—poured and things were bad/upsetting (but it happens to everyone…right? After all we are all human). Anyways on to the exciting things…

 

Child Life Internship—FINALLY!

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For those of you who have been following me for a while now know that I received my child life internship offer last Oct. To me that was the best Halloween treat! Believe me I talked about it for days and was on cloud nine for that same amount of time. Can you blame me? The field of child life is very competitive, so you can imagine my excitement at receiving an offer!

On April 2, I began my long-awaited journey into my child life internship up in New York! I traveled close to 800 miles to my internship (several of those I met during the three months couldn’t believe I traveled all that way for an internship). During the three and a half months, I learned so much. Not only about educating, distracting and advocating for patients and families, but also about myself.

In those few months, I learned that I am indeed meant to be a child life specialist. It may have taken me a while to get my child life internship, but I stuck with it, kept up the fight and my determination never wavered. (Nor will it during my fight for a child life job. Which is a league and battle all its own).

 

IT’S GRADUATION DAY!

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As I wrapped up my internship in early July, I graduated later that month with my B.S. Degree in Family and Consumer Sciences with concentrations in: Child Development, Child Life Specialist, Family Studies and a minor in Psychology. After three internships (in each of the given areas), after blood, sweat and tears were shed (okay, blood, but you get the picture), I finally graduated with my coveted degree.

While it may not be a MA degree (it’s not always about the MA degree and experience) I worked just as long and hard for my degree as did someone receiving a MA degree (I wish people would learn this). Receiving this degree allowed me the opportunity to finally close the door on my Ball State journey and continue with my life. After a couple of years, it was amazing to finally close that chapter and start a new one. *Little did I know this new chapter would be a little bumpy and a few potholes along the way, but I am putting my nose to the grindstone and getting through it.

With my new degree, I am so thankful for my family, friends and God. Without each one of these I wouldn’t have made it. I wouldn’t have hung on for as long as I did. Without the grace of God, I wouldn’t have graduated with all THREE of my degree. Without the support of my family, I would have given up a long time ago. I knew students who were in my area of study who changed majors or dropped out of college all together (It was all because the child life track was hard. It would be if you got no help from your university). Which is why I am blessed for my family, friends and God.

With this new degree, I look forward in what the next year brings. I pray that I become a CCLS and receive a child life job. Both have been a struggle over the past couple of months. I pray that they can be achieved with ease (or at least with little headache as possible) in the coming year.

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There you have it. My year. Yes, I know it isn’t much, but really that is it. Other than helping at a haunted house in Oct. (which was so much fun! I haven’t seen people run so fast in my life. Not to mention their faces. It was so funny. I couldn’t help but laugh) that was my year. Working hard at my internship and graduating from college. Two VERY big accomplishments. Which I am very grateful for.

As this year ends look back on your year. What have you accomplished? Did you graduate from college? Get your dream job? Married? Bought a house? We all have done something we are proud of. Or maybe you overcame something? Or maybe you are still struggling with something or someone. Know that you are not alone, and that God is always with you. He will carry you through whatever you are going through.

I look forward in the new year and sharing this next year with all of you.

 

Until next time!

Those in Need—Giving A Helping Hand…

 

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This time of year, we are thankful for so many things. Our health, a roof over our heads, families, friends, job. So many things to be grateful for, but for some this time of year is hard and they are not able to provide Christmas for their families. Let alone putting food on the table during their children’s school break.

Every year my church provides Christmas to families in need within the community. My mom and I oversee this fellowship and it is a long, but fun process. We start by delivering Christmas Assistance forms to the three different schools within the community. The forms are given to the families that are in need. These forms provide an idea what the children want for Christmas, their sizes for clothes and favorite color. We than disperse the completed forms to three churches and different organizations within the community. (we are a small community, so this is a big deal).

While the families that we received are “adopted” and those who shop become Santa for these boys and girls by providing their toys and clothes, a second group at my church goes to Walmart and picks up the food that the establishment donates each year.

The families are given food for the duration of their child’s Christmas break, a Christmas meal (which includes a ham), snacks (what child doesn’t like little Debbie cakes?), and many other delectable and healthy foods.

On distribution day, the gifts are tucked in bags with tags, bows and many surprises. The food is sacked and ready to be picked up. Once the families arrive we meet with each and while their cars and trucks are being packed up the families can look through the gently used clothes and toys that are donated(all free). Before leaving we pray with the families hoping for a bright and happy new year.

Tomorrow, December 15 marks 15 years that my family and I have helped with this cause. Without the families within each church and those within the community we wouldn’t be able to do what we do and be able to provide for these families in need.

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Being able to spread joy and some Christmas magic is a blessing. Having the means to surprise a child with their top toy on their small list is amazing. Knowing that when that child opens that gift they are going to be so excited and overjoyed! I often wish I could be a fly on the wall on Christmas morning while the children open their gifts. Be able to see the pure joy on those children’s faces when they know that Santa had been there and provided what he or she asked for.

Since we started aiding this fellowship, my mom has always told my twin brother and I “This could be anyone tomorrow. Even our own family. One hospital bill could put families in this situation.” One just never knows what the next day will bring. In helping with this it really makes your apricate what you have.

This year we helped roughly 80 families—100 children with Christmas and spread some Christmas joy.

Merry Christmas everyone and a happy new year! I hope to spread more awareness to different organizations, provide insight into different distractions and activities in the up and coming year.

***Remember it isn’t what we receive or even what we give, but about the birth of Christ and how he saved all of us.

Until Next Time!