Sprayberry Education Center is Annie’s school. It is the special education facility for the Tuscaloosa County School System. In October of 2010, the library was dedicated in “recognition and appreciation of his love of Elle and Annie and the Sprayberry Center.”
Every time I walk by “The Giving Tree” outside the library and see the dedication plaque and article, I am reminded of how Daddy’s legacy lives on in the lives of these precious children served by Sprayberry, Annie and her friends.
So thankful today for the beautiful fall weather! Without a doubt fall is my favorite time of the year!
Fall brings on new beginnings – a new school year! The weather gets cooler – sweatshirt weather! Football games and tailgating! All things pumpkin – Pumpkin Spice Latte at Starbucks!
Halloween for Fun and Thanksgiving for counting our many blessings!
Changing seasons are a blessing – as we get tired of one, here comes another! And I am so thankful today that it is my favorite!! Happy Fall to You! Enjoy the season!
For the past few weeks, I have been following the story of Andrew, a precious first grader who became ill with meningitis and encephalitis during the first week of the school year. Andrew’s Mom and I worked together at the hospital several years ago. Long story short – 3 weeks ago tonight, Andrew was in critical condition and today he is home! He celebrated his 7th birthday this week and has already been discharged from one therapy! Whoo Hoo!
Throughout these 3 weeks, I followed Andrew through Facebook and Caring Bridge and I can say, without a doubt, that is has been a most inspiring experience to see the community rally around Andrew at a prayer meeting at his school, to read of Ashley and Daniel’s amazing faith, to read SO many posts of encouragement to this family, to read the scripture that Ashley so consistently shared, to read Ashley’s very honest accounts of all that Andrew was going through and feeling the power of prayer, to see the love of family and friends and to see the healing power of our Lord!
I would like to share an excerpt from Caring Bridge posted by Ashley on the day before they were discharged from Children’s Hospital.
Dr. Gerald Eure, Associate Professor Emeritus,
The University of Alabama School of Social Work
Dr. Eure received his MSW from Tulane University in 1959. He worked in child welfare and family counseling for several years before joining the faculty at the University of Alabama in 1968. He received the EdD from the University in 1975. During his tenure with the School of Social Work, he served as director of field education and BSW program chair. He retired in 1996. Dr. Eure devoted his career to the practice of social work and the quality education of future social workers.
Founded by the Social Work Society at The University of Alabama School of Social Work, the state of Alabama Social Work Hall of Fame honors the accomplishments of some of the state’s most distinguished leaders in the field of social work.
Inductees into the Hall of Fame are acclaimed by their peers and colleagues for their professional status and exemplary leadership. They are also recognized for their creativity and contributions to the knowledge base and practice of social work. All inductees have influenced communities throughout the state.
Social Work (Insert Dr. Gerald Eure) a professional and academic discipline that seeks to improve the quality of life and well being of an individual, group, or community by intervening through research, policy, community organizing, direct practice, and teaching on behalf of those afflicted with poverty or any real or perceived social injustices and violations of their human rights.
Jerry Eure is the epitome of this definition of a social worker – he may have retired from teaching but he has never retired from “improving the quality of life” of any individual, group or community with which he is associated. Jerry and Jane have “been there” for me more times than I can count – in good times and bad – loving and caring for me and my family.
I may not have known exactly what to call Jerry in those early years of our friendship but one thing is for sure – now I can call him my “Hall of Fame” Friend because if there was a “Hall of Fame” for Friends, he would be there, too!