Extraordinary Moments

14 Feb

What makes your family special? You may eat three meals a day, take the kids to school, and have routine doctors checkups, but is that what makes your family unique? Or is your family is special because of the relationships that exist, the traditions you create, and the everyday moments that are personal to you and the ones you love?

Think of the little “nothings” that you do for your loved ones every day. These moments often come disguised as ordinary because they come and go without even being noticed… they may even seem routine—reading a bedtime story and tucking kids into bed; preparing a PB&J sandwich for lunch; a kiss goodbye; waiting at the bus stop; asking about homework; sitting on the sidelines of a soccer game; etc.

In a loving home environment, these moments are natural, and they happen time and again… every. single. day. However, to many, such moments would in fact be extraordinary.

They would be extraordinary because these “no-big-deal” moments mean:

You are loved. Someone cares for you. Someone looks after you.

These seemingly small acts silently communicate over and over again:

“I love you”

“I’m proud of you”

“You mean something to me”

“You are important.”

Too many kids in this world do not have this.

TFFT is proud to have 82 kids on scholarship. Most importantly, we are proud to personally know the children we support. We aim to provide much more than education, a backpack, food, etc.

A person survives with food, water, and education. A person thrives with love, support, and guidance. We want our TFFT kids to thrive.

We recognize that most of life’s most important lessons are typically modeled in a healthy home environment. Our children suffer from traumatic pasts lacking stable home environments, and Full Circle, TFFT’s after school program, aims to meet the personal and emotional needs of the orphaned and abandoned children we support. This program is custom designed to develop leadership skills and confidence and to provide students with the skills necessary to become independent, responsible, and compassionate adults prepared to live healthy and productive lives.

We make each of our scholarship children a promise:

“We will be there for you. We will support, encourage, and guide you. We will cheer for you and challenge you. We will open your eyes to life’s possibilities, and we will share in your dreams. We will be your family.”

Our team on the ground runs this program and works with the kids daily. We support our scholarships children for an average of 12 years. We attend their graduations, celebrate their achievements, ask them about their dreams, and teach them how to care for themselves. Through Full Circle we strive to provide those extraordinary “everyday” acts.

I hope you will try to be more aware and appreciative of the extraordinary moments hiding throughout your days. Each is a true blessing!

THANK YOU to all who participated in our SHARE the Love Campaign by making Valentines for our kids. We will hand deliver these cards made with so much love and care to our kids in a few weeks, and they will each feel a little more special and loved after receiving them.

We recently read this, and loved the idea of Generosity Day on Valentine’s Day. There is still time to STACK the Love and help the TFFT kiddos thrive by supporting Full Circle! Full Circle costs $265 per child annually… less than a dollar a day can provide a year’s worth of extraordinary moments. We’re closing this page at the end of the day, so head over to donate $10 (the cost of a box of chocolates!) in honor of Generosity Day!

Wishing you Peace, Love, & Hugs,

Kaitlin and TFFT

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3 Responses to “Extraordinary Moments”

  1. tfftafrica February 14, 2012 at 2:21 pm #

    Umm Kaitlin.. I know I live and breathe this daily but you made me cry! Thanks for explaining this so perfectly! Na penda sana dada, asante sana (Meghann)

  2. Moira February 14, 2012 at 4:01 pm #

    Kaitlin,

    You continue to outdo yourself! This is so sincere and beautifully written. I am so proud of you, and all that you continue to accomplish.

    Happy Valentine’s Day to you, and TFFT.

    Love,
    Moira

  3. Adam February 19, 2012 at 5:43 pm #

    Kaitlin, this is absolutely incredible. Thank you for this. And thank you for the endless hours of work you put in to help others understand the meaning of TFFT’s work, not only what we do but why we do it and how we approach it. I’m not sure what’s more beautiful – the photos or the words that go with them :)

    lots of love,
    Adam

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