A Few Things

Hello, Friends. Welcome to Summer! How are you doing today? Ben Blair and I are headed to Las Vegas for the wedding of our niece, Lindsey. I believe this is the first of three weddings this summer for Blair nieces and nephews. Maybe our family will call this the Summer of Love. : )

We’ve also got the usual weekend busy-ness ahead. A photoshoot for work. Play practice and swim team. Plus Betty and Olive will get home from Girls Camp.

How about you, any plans? Any road trips? Any water balloon fights?

I’m going to switch gears for a second. I want to thank you for your comments this week. I really appreciate being able to discuss the headlines with you. I’m so grateful for this community. Please consider this week’s link list a little thank you from me to you. I found some really good stuff!

Here are a few things I’ve wanted to share:

13 excellent links. Click here.

If You Could Change Immigration Policy, What Would You Do?

I’m still overwhelmed with the immigration news. I did not expect to be writing a second post on this topic this week, but here we are. The good news is, the collective outcry we made about families being separated at the border was loud and powerful and pushed the President to reverse course. The bad news is, it’s not as simple as that — the executive order has caused a lot of chaos. Reports say the 2300+ kids who are already in the system are not being reunited with their parents, the zero-tolerance policy is still in place, and innocent kids will continue to be detained for long periods of time.

I’m still reading everything I can, and at this point, if I got to choose, what I would put forth as a plan of action is putting all our efforts into reuniting families, and simultaneously re-implementing a program that doesn’t detain people, and was shown to be successful:

The Family Case Management Program that is being shuttered had 630 families enrolled as of April 19. Essentially a counseling service, it has operated in Chicago, Miami, New York, Los Angeles, and Baltimore/Washington, D.C., since January 2016. Social workers help participants find lawyers, navigate the overburdened immigration court system, get housing and health care, and enroll the kids in school.

“The families have thrived,” wrote Schlarb, president of the GEO Group division that also manages the company’s electronic-monitoring business. She noted that 99 percent of participants “successfully attended their court appearances and ICE check-ins.” That includes more than a dozen families who were ultimately deported, added Brane, a member of a DHS advisory panel on family detention.

The Trump administration shut down this program that focused on helping displaced immigrant families who fear returning to their home countries. How about we reinstate it?

If you’re feeling like me and still trying to get more informed about the current immigration policies, I’ve collected 10 [UPDATE: Actually 12+ ] of the most helpful things I’ve read or listened to over the last couple of days.

Let’s keep reading. Let’s keep learning. Click here.

Living With Kids: Vivien Jones

Living With Kids: Vivien Jones featured by popular lifestyle blogger, Design Mom

Vivien has lived such an interesting and well-traveled life and I am so excited to share her story of living with kids with you. Vivien is a single mother, raising two terrific teenage girls in a small village in North Wales in the UK. Her home is beautiful and sweet and full of meaningful touches from the places she has lived. Plus, Vivien edits a magazine targeted at pre-teen girls, so don’t be surprised if you love the things she has to say about parenting daughters. Welcome, Vivien!

This house is full of light and fun details, and you are not going to want to miss it. Keep reading!

Kids Being Taken From Their Parents: How to Help

Kids Being Taken From Their Parents: How to Help by popular lifestyle blogger, Design Mom

I know I’ve been talking about this and I’ve been sharing related links for the past couple of weeks, so perhaps you’re sick of it, but please stick with me.

Raise your hand if you had a hard time celebrating Father’s Day this weekend, while simultaneously learning more details about kids being taken from their parents at our country’s border. It’s awful stuff. And there’s this dread knowing that reporters have only been allowed to see a glimpse of things, and that in reality it’s bound to be much, much worse.

For those needing to get up to date, I’ve collected some notes.

– There’s a new Zero Tolerance policy, instituted by Trump and his team in May. The policy directs that everyone who comes to our border seeking asylum will be criminalized and detained, and that their children will be taken from them and declared “unaccompanied minors,” and placed in an entirely different detainment system. The children are now being used as a bargaining chip.

This interview in Texas Monthly was published on Friday and will give you a good general overview (and may also make you want to puke). A few lines from the interview:

Please keep reading. Share your thoughts and ideas on how to help.

A Few Things

Hello, Friends. How are you? How has your week been? We are only a few days out of school and already feeling like we’re in the full swing of summer. Oscar and Betty just finished a week long sailing camp this morning, June is in daily swim lessons, and Olive and Betty are headed to a church Girls Camp on Monday.

As for the this weekend? It’s Father’s Day! We’re planning to celebrate at a BBQ with some friends. My own father, Michael Wayne Stanley, passed away when I was pregnant with Ralph (my oldest child). That’s my dad pictured above on a trip to Lake Powell. Sunday will be the perfect time to look through some photo albums and tell my kids a few stories about their Grandpa Stanley. (And I’m sending love to anyone out there who feels sad on Father’s Day. Parental relationships can be so tricky.)

How about you? Anything special you’re doing this weekend? I’m signing off early today to tackle a list of errands, but before I go, here are a few things I’ve wanted to share with you:

13 links. Really good ones.

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