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Each year when the holiday season comes around, I find myself elated at the prospects of the coming months. My mind is filled with visions of making new memories and continuing old family traditions. Warm memories and traditions that my children will treasure for a lifetime and eventually pass along to their children. We learn from our past and so it only makes sense to nurture our children's present so that they will have a strong foundation to look back upon in hopes that they will pass along what they have learned.

As a parent, the holidays have so much more meaning to me now than ever before. In the past, I found joy in frosty evenings spent at an ice skating rink listening to carolers and enjoying hot cocoa, or choosing the perfect holiday decorating theme and visiting the sights and sounds of a lighted Christmas village with friends. I would spend hours leisurely shopping for the perfect gifts for the important people in my life. I always made it a priority to attend the beautiful and very meaningful church services being sure to keep in mind the reason for the season and spending time with family was always a top priority. But I must say parenthood definitely brings a newer, deeper perspective to this special time of the year.

I am the mother of four beautiful children and with this comes an immense responsibility to teach them well and set them on the right path. So with this in mind, each year I seek to take a deeper look at how my children view the holidays and what they mean to them. I strive to continue our valued family traditions of the past while mingling in new opportunities for us to grow closer as a family and for them to grow individually. This holiday season, we will be focusing more on community outreach. Visiting those who need visitors, giving to those who have less, and really learning what it means to be a part of a community.

The holidays bring people together and bring out a special closeness that isn't always as prevalent as it should be year round. What better time than now to show our children shining examples of love and community so that when they look back, they are filled with that warmth so that they will be moved to carry on such traditions in the future.

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Pouches' Community Corner

Adoptive parents in Fredericksburg now have a new partner on their journey to a healthy family. In 2016, Children’s Home Society was awarded a $125,000 grant from the Virginia Department of Social Services to extend their Richmond area post-adoptive services to the Fredericksburg area.

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Now CHS is looking to find adoptive families in the area who need support before they hit a crisis point. “It doesn’t matter which agency they adopted from, or when that happened,” said Buckheit. “We want to offer a lifetime of support to adoptive families in the Fredericksburg area, especially those who haven’t been aware of our services in the past.”

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