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Special Easter blessing

first_img In the mother’s arms was a three-month old “precious little” girl.“We didn’t know her but we knew the person she was with,” Sammy said.“She said she needed somebody to look after her baby while she looked for a job.”Lisa agreed. One day passed and another and, slowly, the days drifted by.“There are times when a mother doesn’t have the means to care for her baby,” Lisa said.“We were just blessed that we were the ones there when she needed someone to do it for her.”Sammy was as “taken” with the blond baby as his wife was.“We had always wanted a little girl,” he said.“Lisa had cared for a friend’s little girl until she started kindergarten. When she did, Lisa was lost. She had gotten so attached to the little girl. We had two boys but we thought it would be nice to have a little girl around the house.”When the opportunity came in the person of Katie Jean, Sammy said there was never any doubt that they wanted her to be a part of their family.“We were excited and we loved her from the start,” he said.Lisa said the little blond, blue-eye baby won her heart the first time she held her.“The thought of her being put in a foster home was something that I couldn’t bear,” she said.“We’re not rich but we knew that we could give her a good home and all the love in the world.”Sammy and Lisa have two sons, Thomas, who was 19 at the time Katie came into their lives, and A.J. then 15.“We had the boys to think about, too,” Lisa said.“We knew that it would be a big change in all our lives.”The boys would not have nine months to prepare to share their parents and their home with a baby. The time was then.“At first it was real different,” A.J. said.“But it didn’t take long before it was just like Katie had always been here.”But there was a lot of paperwork and red tape to contend with before Katie Jean could wear the name Wentland.“There’s a long process and until those final papers are signed, there’s always a chance that something could change,” Lisa said.“There were background checks done on all of us and we had to be fingerprinted and interviewed. The social workers had to make a lot of home visits. It seemed like it would never end.”The weeks turned into months and the months into a year and more.As time went on, Katie became more and more a part of the Wentland family.“Katie was our world and we didn’t know what we would do without her,” Sammy said. “But all we could do was wait.”Lisa knows what it’s like to wait, worry and pray over a child.Thomas has tuberous sclerosis so she’s done her share of worrying and praying but she also has the confidence that things will work out in God’s time.“I knew the adoption would happen. I just didn’t know when,” she said.“But Judge Bill Stone had handled our case and he said he wanted to clear his desk before he retired on March 31. If he didn’t, we might have had to wait another year or two. We really appreciate him doing that for us. I think that was one of the last things he did as Pike County’s probate judge. Our adoption of Katie Jean is final and it will be sealed for 19 years.”The Wentlands will tell Katie Jean that she is adopted when she is old enough to understand.But they know that she is as much a part of their hearts, their family and their home as if she were their biological daughter.“It doesn’t matter who brings you into this world,” Lisa said.“What matters is who loves you and takes care of you and we all love Katie and will do all that we can to take care of her, now and always.” Remember America’s heroes on Memorial Day Plans underway for historic Pike County celebration By Jaine Treadwell Katie Jean Wentland.Those three words bring smiles to the faces of Sammy and Lisa Wentland as big and bright as the sparkling eyes of two-year-old Katie Jean.At long last, the papers have been signed and little Katie Jean is their baby girl. By The Penny Hoarder The Penny Hoarder Issues “Urgent” Alert: 6 Companies… Book Nook to reopen Print Article Published 10:22 pm Saturday, April 11, 2009 Special Easter blessingcenter_img Sponsored Content Troy falls to No. 13 Clemson You Might Like Far away journeys Try to imagine 10 days in Northern Italy and France following in the inspired footsteps of the greats, including Michelangelo,… read more Pike County Sheriff’s Office offering community child ID kits Email the author “On March 31, 2009, the adoption was final and all of the anxiety and worry of the past two years was finally over,” Lisa Wentland said.Lisa’s eyes get a bit misty when she talks about the obstacles that had to be overcome to make the dream of family come true.“It’s been a long time,” she said. “But through it all, I always believed that it would happen. I think God had His hand in this from the beginning.”And it would seem that way.In March 2007, a young mother, unknown to the Wentlands, came into their lives, either by chance or divine plan.Lisa and Sammy believe it was by divine plan. Latest Stories Around the WebMd: Do This Immediately if You Have Acid Reflux (Watch Now)Healthy LifestyleIf You Have Ringing Ears Do This Immediately (Ends Tinnitus)Healthier LivingHave an Enlarged Prostate? Urologist Reveals: Do This Immediately (Watch)Healthier LivingWomen Only: Stretch This Muscle to Stop Bladder Leakage (Watch)Healthier LivingRemoving Moles & Skin Tags Has Never Been This EasyEssential HealthRemember Them? I’m Sure Their New Net Worth Will Leave You SpeechlessbradofoThe content you see here is paid for by the advertiser or content provider whose link you click on, and is recommended to you by Revcontent. 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Student Affairs to cover student event security costs

first_imgEffective this fall, Student Affairs will begin covering security costs for all student events on the grounds that alleviating these costs will help campus organizations improve the quality of the experiences that they provide.Every year, a portion of what students pay in tuition goes to student programming fees, which are used by Undergraduate Student Government special committees to host concerts, shows and other events on campus. When a student organization puts on an event, the organization is also responsible for the security fees, which include paying for DPS, LAPD and CSC, among other entities.According to USG President Rini Sampath, this means that a large percentage of the money that organizations have in their annual budget is going directly to security costs, instead of being allocated to pay for creating better quality events and enhancing students’ experience.Former USG president Andrew Menard and current USG president Rini Sampath met last semester with President C. L. Max Nikias to bring this concern to his attention. This past spring, Menard and Sampath discussed this issue with Vice Provost Michael Quick, who along with Ainsley Carry, vice provost for Student Affairs, approved the petition and accepted security costs into the Student Affairs budget.“Students have complained about the quality of artists that we bring to a concert,” Sampath said. “But that’s one aspect of it … Security costs impact the quality of artists that we bring in, so the more we can take care of costs like these, the more chances we have of signing bigger artists.”Judah Joseph, executive director of Concerts Committee, said that the security costs for Springfest this year totaled more than $16,000 dollars. Concerts Committee is also responsible for the Welcome Back Concert in August and Conquest during the fall semester. Joseph said he felt it was unnecessary for Concerts Committee to have to pay for security costs when they were already dealing with tight budgets.“If our one event cost that much money just for security, then you can imagine what our annual security costs are,” Joseph said. “And now that those costs are alleviated from our own responsibility… that money can be much better used.”Student Affairs officials said since their primary concern is the security of students, they will work hard to build these fees into their next year budget.“Student safety continues to be one of our top priorities,” Monique Allard, assistant provost for Student Affairs said in an email to the Daily Trojan. “Student Affairs will invest in supporting the cost of security costs this year and build those costs into a budget request for next year.”Sampath said she was happy that the administration was so receptive to this idea.  She said that when the administration is informed of student concerns in a diplomatic way, they usually respond positively, and USG is looking forward to another year working together with Student Affairs in the hopes of improving the students’ experience at USC.“I am especially impressed by Provost Quick’s leadership,” Sampath said. “I think that he is really ushering in a new era with how responding and how in touch he is with the students.”last_img read more

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UConn officially returns to Big East with board of trustees vote

first_imgAccording to Alex Putterman of the Hartford (Conn.) Courant, UConn has an agreement to pay a $10 million withdrawal fee from the AAC and $3.5 million entrance fee to the Big East, of which it was a member from 1979-2013. The school is officially expected to begin competition in Big East-sponsored sports on July 1, 2020.It’s a move that makes sense for the UConn men’s and women’s basketball programs, considering their deep-rooted basketball rivalries with many of the Big East’s current teams.“While we all appreciate the AAC, the board has made a decision that is best for the athletic (department),” said interim board chairman Thomas Ritter said (via the Hartford Courant). “At this time I support accepting the Big East’s invitation as the better overall fit that in my opinion is best for our student-athletes.”That said, it does leave questions for its football team, considering the Big East does not sponsor football. Ritter acknowledged those questions after the vote. UConn has officially returned to the Big East after the school’s board of trustees approved a move from the American Athletic Conference on Wednesday. The vote came after Big East presidents voted to extend the university an invitation on Monday.MORE: Weighing UConn’s football options “Make no mistake, we will still be committed to our football program,” Ritter said (via The Hartford Courant). “We will have options for football and decide on a pathway for a successful and exciting football program.”Huskies football coach Randy Edsall, who up until Wednesday declined comment on the situation regarding his team, finally issued a statement once the move was made official.University officials declined comment until a Big East-sponsored news conference on Thursday at Madison Square Garden.last_img read more

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