Soon a special friend of mine and her fiancé will have aSurprise Wedding!!
You never know when you're about to meet a person who will become your friend.
An interesting woman appeared out of nowhere last summer at a car dealership (of all places), while we waited for our cars to be serviced. Isn't that a crazy place to meet?
We discussed many interesting topics that day, including meaningful gift giving and we both agreed, that if you trulylisten ......you will discover something special about the person, something to inspire you, so that you can give a gift that will truly delight the recipient! I just knew there was something exceptional about this woman!
Another thing we spoke about, was how she and her partner will soon celebrate their wedding (but the guests will be surprised)! Hah!! Adore that too, as I'm a big fan of surprises and it seems perfect for them! I remembered from our conversation that this woman liked poetry, so I asked that she choose a verse for a wedding scroll.
And here's the brides selection!! Perfect for their party fave, don't you think?!!
Hope that you enjoy seeing these wedding scrolls and that perhaps they will inspire you too?!
A new school year has delivered with it a fresh crop of sweet little girls who are now part of our localAmerican Girl Book Club. So many signed up, we divided the group into two. Now forth graders meet one day and the third graders come the next.
As girls arive to the meeting, they're greeted and given a necklace to wear and to keep. Something the character that they have just read about might have worn.
Our meetings officially comes to order as we "sign" American Girl.
Next, it's Circle Time where Michele leads a discussion about the book the girls have just read.
This week we talked about Kaya, a brave and courageous Indian girl who lives in the Pacific Northwest during the 1700's.
Next, girls then move to tables and get to look in their goody bags, where they find the book they will read next, but discover other surprises relating to the chacter they just read about. The girls above are holding Dream Catchers.
The younger girls were given plastic horses like Steps High, (Kaya's beloved horse), among other trinkets.
The girls always partake in an artistic craft, something to keep.
Finally, a meal is served.
This photo above makes me tear up....I just adore it!
Many of these girls don't have much, so being part of the American Girls Book Club, means a lot to them. At the end of this year, each member will have eleven books to keep, ones they can start a personal book collection with. It is an expensive endeavour, run completely by donations and when I think of all the people who have donated their money and time, from all over the United States for the past three years, that makes me tear up too!
I think about how just ONE tiny action can make such a profound difference in another persons life and consider how a smile or word of encouragement can really change a persons destiny. I want this to be a safe and fun place where these little girls feel valued and loved, so they will grow into strong & successful women with good manners!
(Above: my friend Deborah with one of our newest American Girls)
Make something by hand---it will be a dwelling place for your spirit for all time. And as you work, know that you are joining with all before you and all that will come after you, when all that may be left behind of your walk through life is this testimony....made by your hands.
By:Carol Endler Sternbenz
These words were a gift from my friend Flo. Perhaps they will speak to you today, I hope!