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Last fall, inspired by a week-long United Way focus at work, I began the process of becoming a part of the Big Brother Big Sister program. I officially became a Big Sister in mid-December, and have enjoyed getting to know my 10-year-old Little. She’s a precious fourth grader who loves art and volleyball.

So far, I’ve had her over to our house where we baked chocolate chip cookies, made Christmas cards for her family, and walked Fulton around our neighborhood. Kevin and I took her out to Applebee’s for dinner one night, and then we went to Target and let her pick out a Christmas gift. I took her to lunch at Mellow Mushroom last weekend, and today we got lunch and Chick-fil-A and then came back to our house and decorated cookies for Valentine’s Day.

Each time we hang out, she comes out of her shell more, and I love watching her become more and more comfortable with me.

I’m looking forward to coming weeks and months, and would love suggestions of activities for us to do together. Does anyone have craft ideas that are good for 10-year-olds? What about two-player games we might enjoy? I want to have a list of things on hand (since I’m a planner and all) to make our time together varied and fun. Please send suggestions my way!

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