Friday, August 08, 2014

A new soap dispenser - Show and Tell Friday

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Welcome to Show and Tell Friday! 
 Before I get to the little thing I'm sharing this week, I have some good news to share! 
 I mentioned before that I was in training to become a CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocate) and I'm happy to say that after 30 hours of training, I was sworn in by the judge on Tuesday!  For those that don't know...I will explain it as quickly as I can. It's a volunteer opportunity to work with kids in Foster Care.  A CASA is an advocate for the child. You spend time with them (2-3 hours a week) and you also are in contact with their social worker, their teacher, etc. You are a volunteer advocate for the child.  Your write reports to the court about them. You go to court when they have hearing about their case (about every 6 months, up to 18 months). 
A child in Foster Care has many people in their lives that are being paid (social workers, attorneys, etc.) but a CASA is just there because they want to be a volunteer advocate for a child! It's probably the most fulfilling volunteer opportunity out there! If you love kids and have the time I would strongly suggest looking into it! You can really make a difference! 
My next step is to read some cases and pick the child I want to be an advocate for.  That should be happening very soon! I could go on and on but I won't because I'm sure about 90% of you haven't even read this far but if you have...thank you!!!
On to the material things...but these days, even though I like beautiful things, they just aren't as important to me any longer but I did buy a cute little soap dispenser at Marshalls the other day. It has hand soap in it now but I plan on using it my kitchen for dish soap. I've been on the look out for a cute dish soap dispenser for years and I finally found one!  It was only $7.99! 

Since I'm slowly switching to aqua colors it was perfect! 
 Thanks to all of you that join in on Show and Tell Friday every week and thanks to all of you who leave such nice comments! 

 If you are joining in on Show and Tell Friday, please remember that your Show and Tell needs to be something from your home or garden. If you would like to join in, please enter your name and leave your exact Show and Tell blog post link, not just your blog link and as a common courtesy link back to my blog.



Laura Lane said...

I'd never heard of an advocate position like this. This is wonderful! I'm so happy for you and for the child with whom you build this relationship.


Gayle said...

How wonderful! I met an advocate when I was working in a group foster home for medically fragile children. I so admired this. I love the blue!
Blessings on your new work,
Gayle from Behind the Garden Gate

Poppy said...

Amazing work so far, Cindy. So happy for you! Thanks for hosting and have a wonderful weekend!


Karen said...

Congrats on completing your training Cindy. It will be wonderful to make a difference in a childs life. Your soap dispenser is really cute, love that color too. Thanks for hosting and have a great weekend.

Missy George said...

I'm glad that you're willing to help the children. They sure need it. Congratulations on your appointment. Good luck! Love the color of the soap dispenser. Have a great weekend.

Missy George said...

Congratulations Cindy. Good luck with the children. I'm sure you will be a positive influence. Love the color of the soap dispenser. Enjoy your weekend.

Crochet Hooks said...

Congrats Cindy! I know some child will be so happy to have you on their side!

Kimberly Lewis said...

Hello cute lady! Thanks for hosting such a fabulous party! Please come and party with us. We would be so thrilled to have you!
Happy Friday! Lou Lou Girls

Theresa Begin said...

Congratulations, Cindy! And, God Bless you. What a wonderful thing you are doing. Unfortunately, all too necessary to have wonderful people like you willing, and excited, to fill in the gap for these children. It seems rather trivial to just say "thank you for hosting" even though, I do truly appreciate it. But, I, evenmore, appreciate you and the kind of person you are and what you are doing. I hope you have a wonderful weekend with those you love.
Many Blessings,

heather t said...

Thanks Cindy! I'm pretty new to the blog party scene, and yours is certainly a highlight! Thanks for your hospitality!

Heather & Dave
The Heathered Nest

The Charm of Home said...

How wonderful Cindy! Thank you for inspiring me. It is important to care for children.

Susanne Talbot said...

Cindy: Yes I know about CASA. My niece and husband are caring for 2 foster babies in hopes of adopting! What an awesome thing for you to will change your life.
any way.....thanks for light of your post, I am sharing a picture of a tomb in a New Orleans cemetery I took last year.....I think my link is 58..."Destitute Boys"
Best wishes to you, Susanne

Susanne Talbot said... is entry 55....there is a google link to it to read the story on behalf of these children who were destitute.

Victoria said...

Wow Cindy, you have evolved so much since I first started reading your blog 5 years ago! And, in a GOOD way, of course:) This is such a wonderful thing you're doing and so selfless. You never sit around feeling sorry for yourself, you grab life by the horns and live it...that's a wonderful thing:) Love your soap dispenser too!!!

tendrplace said...

Cindy, I think it's wonderful what you're doing for children. You are involving yourself with yet the most beautiful things we have yet....children. <3 tendr

Angela Proper said...

So wonderful of you to volunteer with the CASA program. Ive considered doing it myself! Good for you Cindy!