Tuesday, August 18, 2009

A New Opportunity!


Several weeks ago our case worker came to do our home visit. During our conversation she brought up FSA, which is short for Families Supporting Adoption. For those that aren't familiar with what FSA is here is a little background....Families Supporting Adoption primarily consists of families who have either adopted or are hoping to adopt, birth mothers and adopted children. anEach LDS Family Service has their own chapter of FSA. The case workers at each office select a couple to act as Co-Chairs for their chapter of FSA. The Co-Chairs organize and oversee several sub-committees some of which deal with local media outlets, schools, hospitals and government leaders.


Back to our conversation....out of the blue she asked Dallan and I if we would be interested in becoming the Co-Chairs for the Phoenix Chapter of FSA. She told us to really talk, think, pray about it and let her know when we came to a decision. So after much thinking on my part (let's face it most of the work will be done by me and not by the other part of the "Co") I decided I wanted to do it. So I called Hannah and told her we would do it. We then got a call a few days later from someone else at LDS Family Services. This time it wasn't Hannah but a guy we had never meet ( I think he is the director for the Phoenix office). He thanked us for our willingness to be a part of FSA and then asked if we would be interested in serving on the LDS Family Advisory Board. The board assists LDSFS in approving enews letters, emails, filling volunteer positions, planning focus group discussions to assist local church leaders, etc, etc.


Anyway, I am finding that this is going to be a lot of work, but I am excited to be a part of something that has completely blessed mine and Dallan's lives.
PS - the picture has nothing to do with what this post is about but it was so cute I just had to include it!

10 comments:

Me said...
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Stephanie said...

I cannot think of anyone more suited for the job Mandee. I think you are wonderful and they are very lucky to have you as part of their organization. The picture is GORGEOUS and I love you all. (I can't believe it has been 6 years already)

emma jo said...

Oh your children make my heart feel happy. Thinking of Madelyn's birthday and that really really adorable picture just make me love you guys even more. Just a couple of days ago I was thinking of you mowing your lawn in Charleston looking all cute in your overalls and black mules. I miss you guys. (Just to clarify the overall comment for everyone out there...it was many many years ago...but let's face it, Mandee could TOTALLY pull off overalls now, she is that cute and stylish.)
Good luck with this new position! You guys are perfect for spokespeople and advocates...I would totally follow you!

Neas Nuttiness said...

You and Dallan will be a wonderful asset to FSA.

Yes - that is an adorable photo.

k dogg said...

You guys will do awesome! I cannot think of better people for the job. Cute pic too:).

Tiffany Johnson said...

How EXCITING!! So does this mean that you are serving as Co-Chairs and on the Advisory Board? I always have so much fun at my local FSA (Boise Chapter), you guys will do an amazing job!!

Sherri said...

a lot of work but totally amazing...you will do a gerat job!

Jessica said...

You'll be amazing! And oh my goodness, when did Jackson get so big?!

I miss you tons and just wanted to say "hi!"

Tiffany Jones said...

Such a handsome boy!!!

Stephanie Bainbridge said...

I LOVE this picture of my little Squishy!!