Samantha Anderson @samanderson

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As we gear up for a season of giving, please remember that our dollars can do more than simply secure goods. They can impact change. Here's a way to participate in Giving Tuesday, and get a "rad" sticker. 
1) Go to www.ucakc.org to make your pledge
2) We send you some rad UCA crest stickers
3) On November 28th (#GivingTuesday) wear your crest sticker with pride
4) Post a picture to social media of you wearing your crest sticker using #StickUpForScholars
5) UCA gets $10 for every picture posted...you get to spread the word about UCA...in the end scholars benefit.
6) Everyone wins
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As we gear up for a season of giving, please remember that our dollars can do more than simply secure goods. They can impact change. Here's a way to participate in Giving Tuesday, and get a "rad" sticker. 1) Go to www.ucakc.org to make your pledge 2) We send you some rad UCA crest stickers 3) On November 28th (#GivingTuesday) wear your crest sticker with pride 4) Post a picture to social media of you wearing your crest sticker using #StickUpForScholars 5) UCA gets $10 for every picture posted...you get to spread the word about UCA...in the end scholars benefit. 6) Everyone wins

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E's artwork was displayed at The Diversity Festival tonight at LNHS. I was really impressed with her piece and asked her to get in the picture with it. She gave me a 👍🏻. 😒
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E's artwork was displayed at The Diversity Festival tonight at LNHS. I was really impressed with her piece and asked her to get in the picture with it. She gave me a 👍🏻. 😒

*Update: Found a spot for them.* Looking for someone to hang with the girls this Friday night starting at 6. Not sure the exact time we'll be home, but it won't be late. You'd still have plenty of time to get back out in KC and have fun.
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*Update: Found a spot for them.* Looking for someone to hang with the girls this Friday night starting at 6. Not sure the exact time we'll be home, but it won't be late. You'd still have plenty of time to get back out in KC and have fun.

Rory dressed up for a friend's Halloween party over the weekend. Sully from Monsters Inc. She didn't dress up last night. Last night she invited a group over to sit around the fire pit and be middle schoolers. Which, from the little bits I overheard, involves saying, "Where's my phone," a lot and calling dibs on your chair. (And being pretty great. It's a fun group.) We ordered 7 pizzas, 4 more pizzas, made a lot of hot cocoa and tested the limits of our trampoline. I think they had fun. At least I heard laughter. Brad and I sat on the front steps giving out candy and listening to their energy fill the night. I reminded him about what he said years ago, "I just want my kids to want to invite their friends to our house...and for their friends to feel welcome." It was a nice moment. But he rolled his eyes at me since I was mostly just saying it so he'd forgive my gross overestimation of how much pizza we'd need. 🤷🏼‍♀️
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Rory dressed up for a friend's Halloween party over the weekend. Sully from Monsters Inc. She didn't dress up last night. Last night she invited a group over to sit around the fire pit and be middle schoolers. Which, from the little bits I overheard, involves saying, "Where's my phone," a lot and calling dibs on your chair. (And being pretty great. It's a fun group.) We ordered 7 pizzas, 4 more pizzas, made a lot of hot cocoa and tested the limits of our trampoline. I think they had fun. At least I heard laughter. Brad and I sat on the front steps giving out candy and listening to their energy fill the night. I reminded him about what he said years ago, "I just want my kids to want to invite their friends to our house...and for their friends to feel welcome." It was a nice moment. But he rolled his eyes at me since I was mostly just saying it so he'd forgive my gross overestimation of how much pizza we'd need. 🤷🏼‍♀️

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Emme's year to dress up Pond.
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Emme's year to dress up Pond.

Shamelessly fishing for all the "wows!" with this post.  School nurse perks include the annual Trunk or Treat.
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Shamelessly fishing for all the "wows!" with this post. School nurse perks include the annual Trunk or Treat.

Been thinking about doing a better job of telling my family how important they are. Regardless of accomplishment or how they make me feel. Just because they are...unique and worthwhile...without any expectation.  Wanting to be a safe place for them to land. From days filled with comparison, and people who aren't great at shouting positivity in their direction, let me be the person that consistently smiles because being near them makes the moment better. Let me make it a point to open my mouth to speak love into their world. To notice what is great about them and give those observations life. Let my voice trigger a happy thought in their heart. 
This is not a strength. I fail often. But it's a nice goal to work toward. If you see me around, ask me about it. I could use the accountability. (Thanks to @hannahscootsalong who decorated our chalkboard with a portion of our family mission statement.)
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Been thinking about doing a better job of telling my family how important they are. Regardless of accomplishment or how they make me feel. Just because they are...unique and worthwhile...without any expectation. Wanting to be a safe place for them to land. From days filled with comparison, and people who aren't great at shouting positivity in their direction, let me be the person that consistently smiles because being near them makes the moment better. Let me make it a point to open my mouth to speak love into their world. To notice what is great about them and give those observations life. Let my voice trigger a happy thought in their heart. This is not a strength. I fail often. But it's a nice goal to work toward. If you see me around, ask me about it. I could use the accountability. (Thanks to @hannahscootsalong who decorated our chalkboard with a portion of our family mission statement.)

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Yesterday this gal got her final dose of the HPV vaccine. Feels good to have that done. If you have questions about this vaccination please talk to your provider, or feel free to ask me why I choose this for my most important people.
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Yesterday this gal got her final dose of the HPV vaccine. Feels good to have that done. If you have questions about this vaccination please talk to your provider, or feel free to ask me why I choose this for my most important people.

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@tinkercrate you guys are THE BEST! We are amazed every single time we finish a project.
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@tinkercrate you guys are THE BEST! We are amazed every single time we finish a project.

I'm just waiting for the announcement from organizations like Veterans Community Project telling us, "Enough with the money already, we don't know what to do with it all!" With all the talk I've been hearing about respect and appreciation for veterans I assume donations must be pouring in. Surely all those people are putting their righteous outrage to good use, right? No? There are still veterans struggling with homelessness. That seems odd...considering how much we obviously appreciate our troops. 
Standing during the anthem is a visual representation of respect. But it does diddly squat in terms of actually improving outcomes for veterans. I expect that your, "I stand because I am thankful..." is coupled with tangible means of support. Otherwise the act of standing is more about your pride and less about actual respect for others. 
Go donate. And then give room for people with valid viewpoints to peacefully protest...one of the rights veterans fought for.
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I'm just waiting for the announcement from organizations like Veterans Community Project telling us, "Enough with the money already, we don't know what to do with it all!" With all the talk I've been hearing about respect and appreciation for veterans I assume donations must be pouring in. Surely all those people are putting their righteous outrage to good use, right? No? There are still veterans struggling with homelessness. That seems odd...considering how much we obviously appreciate our troops. Standing during the anthem is a visual representation of respect. But it does diddly squat in terms of actually improving outcomes for veterans. I expect that your, "I stand because I am thankful..." is coupled with tangible means of support. Otherwise the act of standing is more about your pride and less about actual respect for others. Go donate. And then give room for people with valid viewpoints to peacefully protest...one of the rights veterans fought for.

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