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September Update:

It was a Viva Fiesta kind of day at our Chicktime September workshop!
We learned to make homemade tortillas and had genuine fellowship at a Taco party!
We had lots of new girls . We pray they felt our love for them.

August Update:

Well we had a slight change of plans this past weekend for our monthly workshop. Chicktime Nashville volunteers always step up to the plate and know how to pivot! Since Suzette couldn’t attend, Anna stepped in and led our workshop. With some fun and eat craftiness. We made THE cutest paper craft with tissue paper and glue. Soooo easy but filled the two hour time block.
Anna said it best, “When you give them something mindless to do with their hands they start talking. It allows them to open up about hard and often traumatic things that they’d otherwise shoulder alone.”
She is so right. It gives them a chance to be heard and a chance to be seen. Topics ranged from death of parents, to abuse, even to miscarriages. Yeah you read that right. Some have lives hard lives. Our home has dropped in number due to age outs, transitioning back to homes, and sadly being removed and placed back in behavioral care. My heart breaks each time we lose one back to west Tn. I want to shake my fists in anger and cry how unfair it is. One of our girls said, “I’ve pretty much given up on being adopted and having a family to call my own.” she’s about to age out into Independent Living program. I wanted so badly to say, ”I’ll take you and call you mine.” But it doesn’t work that way.
We had a great time even when the lulls of sadness floated in the air after hard things were spoken. Selene regaled us with her fascinating career of being a former police officer and we had a NEW volunteer named Sarah! We are so blessed that we have been able to expand our volunteer base and bring more women into the fold to share their gifts and love on our girls.
 
 
 
 
 
 

July Update:

Y’all! I can’t say enough about Chicktime July. I’m STILL smiling from ear to ear. Picnic Day for Chicktime Nashville was a blast; literally. We started off with having our picnic moved indoors due to threat of rain and thunder. Mrs. Renee brought turkey, ham and all the fixins for a good sandwich. We had chips, veggies, fruit, cookies, Gatorade, and popsicles to round out our meal. Miss Anna brought some adult coloring books and we passed the time coloring and chatting to wait out the weather.
Then we took this wild crazy party outside. It was on as the girls teamed up against our volunteers with water balloon fight🎈 and busted out the water guns. Miss Abby and Miss Anna were under attack and took the brunt of water. It was good to cool off though because it was hot and muggy! Mrs. Heidi did not let them get away with it cause she targeted them from behind the tree with her full water gun 🔫. 😂
We played with bubbles 🫧 and even did jump rope! Miss Anna taught us all how to be so very “extra” with our beautiful fancy fans to keep us cool. Miss Abby even taught us some dances. You’ll have to see the next few posts for those and her sweet jump rope skills. We think she and Mrs. Heidi had the most fun. 🤣 As you can see, it was a wet day!

 

June Update:

Ball chain art, lots of fun! We discussed making and claiming positive affirmations..
A beautiful time together. You should join us one month!

May Update:

Our May workshop was jammed packed with lots of fun!! Here are some pictures of just part of what we did- painting pots and planting flowers!
Stay tuned for the other activity pictures !
We can hardly wait for our June workshop! It’s such an honor to be on these precious girls journey to healing.

April 2022:

Oh how good it is to be with our girls of Wallace House again! Our April workshop was so fun and refreshing. Our leader of the month was Anna and she brought all our supplies for making fancy journals out of regular composition notebooks.
We crafted our best and blingiest beauts. I love how the girls seem to open up while their hands are busy making something cool. We had way more open space to move around now that the house has been remodeled and it was in dire need of it. Thank yous to whom ever did that.
We talked about hobbies, birthdays, boyfriends, school, and all their favorite things while we ate homemade pizzas made by Danielle’s husband. Then Heidi brought out sweet Easter treats and baskets for each girl.
I gotta say the hugs I received just did my heart and soul good. I even got an “I missed you too” from our toughest cookie. Those moments alone are what makes it worthwhile. The house had a happy and easy going vibe to it which is definitely not the norm in foster care group homes.
We’ve had a few more volunteers sign up via our website and I gotta say Holly was right. God is moving in Middle Tennessee y’all.

March Update:

Well we finally got to see our girls! Sadly Renée couldn’t join us as she was having her own girls getaway!
Selene brought totes for everyone to decorate! Some girls would start something, not like it and scribble over it but then they would just change the plan and paint something different over it. I thought that was so beautiful. Mistakes into masterpieces.
Next they had Donuts and Gatorade and watched TV, talked about spring break plans, played with puzzles Danielle donated and just hung out and mingled. The workers even painted a tote

 

February Update:

 

Our February workshop just couldn’t happen! The agency remodeling project and just life “stuff” got in the way. We are saving the supplies to do the workshop later in the year.
We can’t wait to see the girls at our March workshop. We know where we are called to be…..so today we stay focused.

 

January Update:

We had to cancel our original day and then cancel the rescheduled day….
We remain focused and will be flexible until Covid is behind us. We care about the girls that much.
 

 

December Update:

Huge shoutout to Holly Stewart Suzette Bordonaro Johnson and Anna Scott for shifting their plans to reschedule our monthly visit with the Girls of Wallace House for December.

Cookies and ornaments were decorated and they looked so good!

Time for a new year and new ideas for workshops and monthly visits. I hate I had to miss this month. It always brightens my days when I get to visit

 

November Update:

Breaking bread with the girls of Wallace House is always a good idea. Our volunteers always show up and show out! Mrs Renee and Miss Abby brought turkey, a giant pan of homemade cornbread dressing, goblet gravy, French bread, and Mac and cheese from scratch. Ms. Anna brought fruit salad, homemade peanut butter fudge, mashed potatoes, cranberry sauce, napkins, plates, and cutlery. Mrs Holly had a temp so sent her food by Mr. Eric which includes green bean casserole, rolls, apple pie, peach pie, and sweet potato casserole. Mrs. Suzette couldn’t make it but sent some deviled eggs.
We had a great time! Many girls talked about what they were thankful for and some talked about who or what they missed. It was a bit of a somber conversation and caused me to reflect on the things I missed as well. People that were gone on to heaven or those who are far away. But one thing they all agreed on was how yummy all the food was! Afterward our volunteers helped the staff clean up the tiny kitchen so they could enjoy the rest of the afternoon.
We are already planning on December.

October Update:

October workshop was so much fun!
Our leader for the month was Juanita. She brought her sister along to show and assist the girls with making tortillas from scratch and teach us about Dia de Los muertos. We tag teamed and while 2 girls made their own batch of tortillas the others hung outside with us to decorate styrofoam sugar skulls and wood masks.
Did you know that Dia de Los Muertos is a holiday that celebrates the dead? Typically called Day of the Dead. Not in some weird creepy way but on November 1st as a Mexican heritage they celebrate the life and death of the children. They make beautiful sugar skulls, hang bright colored cutouts, have a photo of the person and make their favorite food. Then they do the same on November 2nd for the adults who’ve passed on. It’s really beautiful tribute. Much like Americans celebrate the dead by placing beautiful sets of flowers on the gravestones at graveyards each year.
Mrs. Rachel Beechboard and her sweet girl Chloe made some yummy mummy Oreos for the girls to munch on while they craft. They ate them all! Juanita taught them how to say Dia de Los Muertos and they did really good!
As we sat outside, some girls talked about what’s been going on in their lives and others opened up about what it’s like being an orphan without the ability of ever seeing your 3 siblings again. What it’s like to be a former self-harmer and then having your adopted family un-adopt you after 6 years because they couldn’t take it. Give them back?!? How?!? Why?!? 6 years?!?
The facts like they have been treated as a second class citizen in their own adopted home and then dropped off and discarded like the Wednesday garbage makes your Mama Bear soul roar in indignation.
The way they talk about it so matter of fact is like a true gut punch. Don’t get me wrong, these girls are anything but “woe is me pity party”. They just long to be heard; truly heard. It’s why we are here. Oftentimes you’ll see us listening more than you will see us talking.
You’ll hear them talk about you taking them home. Granted if we could we’d tuck them in our pockets and take them with us. As one joked about it, Suzette said we can’t do that it’s a kidnapping charge! The girl said yeah but then I’d have a home. And a mom; we’d be a family. Insert ugly cry right now. Gosh how they long to be WANTED! Renee Smith said “Look around you right now. You see these women here? Chicktime will ALWAYS be your family. No matter where you are or where you go.” Suzette Bordonaro Johnson said, “Yeah baby girl. You got lots of mommas here!”
“True”, she said. “I’m glad for that.”
I’ve seen them write the words, ‘It gets better’, over and over. Yes it will get better. May not be right away but you’ll get there. Emotions run high in a girls group home. Some act tough but you know they long for those mama hugs and prayers. I always come out of there wiped!
Abby really connects with some of them because of the age closeness. They argue over who sits next to her and that’s in itself beautiful. Holly Stewart and Anna Scott right in and craft with the girls, helping them to not feel so guarded and tense. They let their creativity flow honey! Many put those jewel stickers on their glasses and face just to strive for difference and individuality. Some end up being loners and after so much you’ll see them find a corner to hide in. It’s always an ebb and flow.
We had one of our very first original girls back this time. She ages out in a few weeks. Did you know that if a child in care turns 18 in the middle of the school year they have 45 days to be placed elsewhere?! WHAT?!?!? They haven’t even graduated yet and they as a rule must be removed from the home. Granted they find a place for them if they don’t have family or any place to go but I don’t get it. The system seems broken doesn’t it? That is how so many end up in the street and in bad situations.
I know this post is long but I want others to understand. I NEED you to understand what we’re up against. We have limited time with them and that time is precious. We need your help. We need your talents and time.
WE JUST NEED YOU!
 

September Update:

Wow is all I can say. What a great workshop we had! This past Saturday our girls from Wallace worked on their service project. For September we chose a give back workshop that allows the young women to be the giver instead of the receiver. Since they are always on the receiving end the workshop allows them to feel empowered that they themselves have something to give. It sends a message we strive for them to hear; that they are valuable, especially in the eyes of Chicktime and of God.
Renee spoke to the girls about the elderly that are living in nursing homes as she used to work in one for many years. Many of them either no longer have family around or are quarantined away from loved ones since they are some of the worlds most vulnerable when it comes to the pandemic. She was able to explain that although they live together they can sometimes feel very alone. Much like a group home. And some of the girls can relate by knowing those feelings of loneliness all too well.
Some of us used Renee’s extensive collection of stamps to create our cards while others used the Cricut cutouts that had special messages of hope and love. There were fun bright stickers washi tape and lots of sweet notes and sentiments about keep on going and not giving up.
The girls were so animated and talked up a storm while we made cards. You could tell they were having fun and really enjoyed it. They tell us each time how they like to create things. Lucky for us, that is right up Renee’s alley! 😂
Abby, Renee’s daughter is now able to be there for workshops since changing jobs. She’s 22 but looks 16. The girls seem to gravitate towards her because she has such a bubbly personality, is 1000% genuine and just has a way with people. She makes them feel at ease and you can tell she got her mommas love of service.
The girls love Suzette and her sassiness! She gets right in there and gets them talking. Being an avid hugger, she doles them out every single time. There a some that are a bit prickly but she is wearing them down! She wants them to know love and that they are safe with her.
Anna always brings the fun when she comes and always has food! She made cards right alongside the girls. We can depend on Anna for awesome ideas on workshops and snacks. We missed both her and Holly last month during our workshop.
Holly, our fearless leader, helps keep us all in line and stays up to date on what’s going on at the house. She’s our main line to the volunteer coordinator that helps us keep our workshops on the calendar.
We have a terrific group of volunteers!
I read some of the notes in the cards and oh my heart these girls are so sweet. One young woman even mentioned to give her card to the one that’s hurting the most. She looked me dead in the eye and said with such conviction and seriousness that she wants them to know that someone loves them. I wondered later what trauma and horrors her heart has known. Did someone love her like that? And it broke me to pieces.
I know the residents will adore these as much as I do. We plan to drop them off this week to one of the local homes. They will feel a little bit of love from an unexpected place and sometimes that’s the best kind.

August Update:

August event in the books!! Paint with Feet was interesting to say the least. Did you know studies have shown that painting with your feet makes you use different parts of your brain? 🧐
Some gave up and used their hands cause it is definitely challenging! It was also very HOT 🥵. Renee painted a flower. Selene painted so capped mount with a sunset. Suzette painted her cat Mr. Tinks. Abby painted a beautiful fall scene complete with apple tree and pumpkin patch! One of our girls painted an cute abstract full of dots and splatters.
We sat in the shade and talked about school, getting jobs, and what crafts they’d like to do next. All in all it was a good day even if we were covered in paint and sweat!

July Update;

Our Summer BBQ at Youth Villages was perfect!

We are already busy planning our next workshop and we hope it includes YOU!

June Update:

We had to improvise our workshop as there was some scheduling conflicts.

Movie nights ahead for the girls with summertime snacks!

May Update:

Well even our rescheduled date turned out to be a conflict with he campus.

We are hoping that as they lift volunteer restrictions all around their schedule will get set like pre-covid and no other conflicts will happen.

April Update:

Can you believe it rained again on our attempt to play volleyball with the girls? 😒
We improvised and found these fabulous games for them to play year round! So our volleyball workshop turned into a game drop off workshop! It all works, but oh how we were looking forward to hanging out with them! Maybe next month!

March Update:

Well Boo!
Our March (outdoor )Volleyball Workshop was canceled due to rain. We rescheduled it and wouldn’t you know it… it rained again! We will try again in April as it’s a favorite of the girls!!

February Update:

We had a Zoom workshop this month and made Vision Boards. So fun. If the house sends us pictures we will post them. Miss Anna sent precut no sew blankets for the girls to make too!

We have the best volunteers.

January Update:

November Update:

Our December Movie Night workshop will for sure be a hit!

November Update:

We got a last minute notice that volunteer restrictions are back in place at Youth Villages. Actually the night before our workshop was scheduled. The house we serve was put under quarantine for a couple weeks therefore we could not have our Thanksgiving workshop. 

October Update:

Rain prevented us from having our Halloween Celebration outside so the Pumpkin Fun was moved inside!

September Update:

Our September workshop was in person and let us tell you…our hearts are full.

We planned fun outdoor activities for the girls at Youth Villages and got so wrapped up in the day and all it meant we didn’t take a ton of pics! Getting lost in the loving and serving  is what Chicktime Nashville is all about ….you should join us one month!

August Update:

Oh the fun things you can make with arts and crafts supplies!!

Even though we weren’t able to visit with our Wallace girls in person this month,
we were able to show some Chicktime love and put together
spa gift baskets for all the girls, and send one of our graduates off to
MTSU with a giant box full of college essentials.
Thank you sooo much to all who contributed! Y’all are amazing.

Congratulations to Holly Stewart, Jeanette George, and Stephanie Mullenax
for Chicktime Nashville being nominated for the 2020 Strobel Award!
This award recognizes volunteer organizations that have made a
significant impact in their community. Way to go ladies!!
 
#makeanimpact #serveyourcommunity

February Update

Chicktime Nashville sends a special thanks to
 
Anna Peterman for such a great Valentine’s craft day!

 

January Update

Chicktime Nashville was hosted by Mrs. Mary Tuck today!
Thank you so much for sharing your talents.

Today we painted on Canvas.
Our girls love expressing themselves with art and they did not disappoint.

November Update

This year we cooked and served the young ladies of Youth Villages. YouthVillage.
The food was amazing.
After dinner we did karaoke Christmas songs.

 

October Update

The girls loved the goat farm.
They received and gave love to the goats.
Each goat had its own personal story.

 

September Update

In September we talked about the power of words and
learned about two different kinds of poetry.
Holly brought some personal blackout poetry to share
and we made bracelets by choosing colors that represented us as individuals.

August Update

The kids won the water wars. They enjoyed getting the leaders drenched.

We had a great time playing Dodge the Water Balls, badminton, and volleyball.

The gifts were greatly appreciated. Thanks for all of you that donated.
We would also like to thank our volunteers that barbecued our yummy lunch.

We ended our day with ice cream sundaes.

This event was one of our favorites.
Each person is touching the lives of these young ladies by donating gifts,
donating items or volunteering.
And for that, we can’t Thank You enough.

 

July Update

“We should not teach children the sciences
but give them a taste for them.” -Jean Jacques Rosseau

We had a great time at our science workshop with the girls!
They learned about DNA strands and extracting DNA!
Big thanks to Youth Villages for having us and
Chelsea Cash for a great time with the girls! – Holly

 

June Update

NASHVILLE CHICKTIME had a GREAT DAY TODAY!!!!
We met and learned about sugar gliders from Australia
and spent the afternoon singing karaoke and eating sweet treats.
Everyone was there and engaged, it was fantastic!

 

 

May Update

The ladies enjoyed sports day. It rained so we moved it inside and played table tennis.
Our tournament was one for the books.

After Renee Smith taught us how to make flower crowns.
The perseverance paid off and we finally finished the crowns.
The finished product was beautiful.

We then proceeded to our first Chicktime birthday party.
Each girl received a pink bag with coloring books, pencils, and journals.
The house received towels and art supplies.
Leader Stephanie made the cupcake cake. It was perfectly moist and delicious.

We loved seeing Renee, meeting Anna and Jackie. Thanks for all your help and love.

We hope to see you at next month’s sing along.

 

April Update

This morning Chicktime was a fun and creative event.
We love getting to know the young ladies. We had two volunteers today.
We love our volunteers! Thanks again!

Miss Stephanie built these garden boxes by hand.
The painted rocks are markers to remind the ladies which plants are which.

March Update:

We had so much fun today with the youth at Youth Villages.

The girls loved making pizzas and showing their creative side. We can’t wait for next month!