By Vicki Spriggs
Chief Executive Officer of Texas CASA
I don’t know about you, but I can’t figure out where the year went!
Time is absolutely flying, and before we know it, we’ll be at the start of a new decade. If you’re like me, you’re juggling to keep track of travel plans, gift shopping and more. In busy times like these, it can be such a challenge to pause and give myself a moment to breathe and appreciate all the good things in my life. So, with the Thanksgiving holiday coming up, what better time to do some reflection?
Looking back, here is what I’m most grateful for from this past month.
- The first thing that comes to mind is that I’m thankful for what has been an uncomplicated, smooth recovery from my recent hip replacement surgery – and the cheers from my Texas CASA family as I entered our staff meeting this week and announced I was walking cane-free.
- I’m thankful to be the head of this amazing organization, working with a wonderful staff that has supported me in my recovery, and continues to inspire me with their passion, skill and dedication to the CASA cause.
- I’m beyond thankful for the thousands of CASA volunteers across the state who are working hard on behalf of children and their families, and the program staff who support them.
- I’m grateful for CASA’s continuous work to keep children connected with the people they love, and who love them. Here in Travis County, we’re still coming off the high of our annual Adoption Day earlier this month – every single one of the 11 cases CASA of Travis County volunteers were appointed to involved relatives adopting their family members. If this news wasn’t amazing enough, one of those volunteers celebrating Adoption Day for her CASA case was a member of our staff!
- I’m thankful for all the wonderful relatives who are stepping in and caring for these children in the way that only family can – and for the advocates who are supporting them along the way.
It’s this list that keeps me motivated and excited to get to the office each day. Even with my to-do list growing longer and never seeming to get shorter, I look at these moments and know it is all worth it because Texas children and families are worth it.
I want to keep this short and sweet and wrap up by most importantly encouraging you to make the time to do some reflecting of your own. Wherever you are, whatever you’re doing, whatever is going on around you…
Thank you for all that you do,
If you are not currently involved with CASA, I ask you today to consider how you can play a part in making a difference in the lives of our most vulnerable children. Are you ready to take the first step towards becoming a CASA volunteer? Visit BecomeACASA.org to learn how you can speak up for a child who needs you. You can also support the work of Texas CASA by making a secure online gift that will benefit the local CASA volunteer advocacy programs across the state.