Happy September!

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So, I took a break from blogging in August, and was also able take bits of the month off, away from my regular routine. I am very grateful for the rest and the adventures, and also happy to be back at The Dale!

Erinn and I marveled this week that we are nearing our 2 year anniversary as co-workers! Part of me can’t believe that I’ve already been at PNC/The Dale for 2 years, and part of me feels like I’ve been here much longer 🙂 In September 2012, I began working 20 hours/week at what was known as PNC, and 20 hours/week at Alternative Grounds (a cafe nearby). I am now up to 30 hours/week at what is now known as The Dale, and working as a nanny one day/week for a wonderful family. I feel very blessed to be surrounded by such a phenomenal group of financial and prayer supporters. Thank you for helping these past two years happen for us at The Dale! I look forward to seeing what God has in store for us all, as we continue the journey.

This first week back has been an encouraging one. Last July, a woman from the community gave birth to a beautiful baby girl, who was taken by the CAS a week later. Erinn wrote about this journey on her blog:

https://erinnoxford.wordpress.com/2013/07/17/a-new-baby/

and then

https://erinnoxford.wordpress.com/2013/07/23/heartache-and-hope-for-baby/

This woman has acted very courageously, working with the CAS to regain access to her daughter, Katie. Yesterday we received a visit from Katie (now 13 months) and her mom at our drop-in at the Salvation Army Thrift Store, and learned that they have been reunited! It was beautiful to see the hope in our friend’s eyes, and the heartfelt joy expressed by the community, including folks who are estranged from their own children. Please join us in praying for this little family as they start this new chapter together.

Another encouraging moment came yesterday as well, when a friend was finally able to contact a family member after trying for many months. He explained his current situation, and we were able to work together to assist him in taking some very practical next steps on his journey. So great.

So once again, Happy September! May these stories encourage you as they have encouraged me this week.

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