Sunday, May 9, 2010
A small crowd in church for Mother’s Day. A few homes were away on a trip to Rapid City, but many of the students were checked out to be with their families.
Sadly, we have a lot of kids whose mothers are absent in their lives. About a third of our students are being raised by the grandparents or other relatives for a variety of reasons.
Some of the students also live many hours from home and weren’t able to be with their moms.
It’s on days like these when kids might feel especially lonely or hurt; as always, our houseparents, counselors and support staff do all they can to nurture and support our children in positive ways.
I wrote out congratulatory cards for our six high school students who will be confirmed at St. James in Chamberlain next week.
I also started on the graduation cards to our 8th graders, trying to make them personal, especially since I’ll be gone for surgery at that time.
For Mother’s Day, I – of course – called home. Mom said that this blog has been a good way to keep up with me, and if nobody else reads it, at least she does. So HI MOM! LOVE YOU! Happy Mother’s Day to all the moms out there.