Favorite Things

Favorite Things

A new tradition (started in October) for our Girl’s Week trips is to celebrate our Favorite Things. Our January trip’s event brought me to tears, it was so good. Everyone was thoughtful with what they brought, and everything seemed to work out just perfectly.

For instance, I got pink polka dot socks and Missy got star socks. I got pink Sharpies and a jewel that was shaped like a foot.

Celebrating favorite things with some of my favorite people (even some I just met!) is a true blessing. Everyone should have a “Favorite Things” party some time in your life.

Here’s what you need:

Friends and/or Family to share favorite items with

A spend limit (sure, we all love diamonds and fancy cars, but we’re not about to buy those things for everyone at the party)

Your Favorite Thing – bring one for everyone at the party and be prepared to talk about why it’s your favorite thing

That’s it. So easy and fun. Share, be prepared to laugh, be prepared to cry. I did, and I am not ashamed to admit it.

This time around, I gave everyone 100 calorie chocolate covered pretzels (because I love my healthy lifestyle but still NEED chocolate and salty in my life) and hand sanitizers that clip to a purse (Greg was just fighting pnumonia, so I love to fight germs AND I sell purses and totes that I LOVE). I got…

Favorite Things 2014

 Bath/body goodies – homemade!, homemade chocolate chip cookies/a friendship recipe (tears galore), a Resting Place decal, Sharpies, socks, a prayer box (with an owl!), homemade note pad, spoon with an AMAZING chocolate fudge recipe, pendant. Thank you, ladies, for being such a precious part of my life.

If you had a Favorite Things Party, what would you bring? 

Why She Will Always Live On

A long time ago, I was a first grader and I met the person who would be my best friend forever. No, this isn’t some story of silly elementary school friendship, this is a real life, forever and ever story. Wendy and I met at Pinecreek Elementary school, playing on the playground in muddy puddles. We had that one lone year together as children, then renewed our friendship when I moved back in tenth grade. Our time together was again short, but Wendy was a woman who will always live on through me, through my children, and hopefully through their children.

Today, after twelve long years without her physically here with me, my Wendy memories are burned into my brain. While there are days that I still feel the pain, there are days like today that I am proud of the person knowing her helped me become. Today, twelve years after she took her last breath, I know one big reason why God put my Wendy in my life. Even when she had so many reasons to take and not give, she gave. She gave and she loved. She gave with her whole heart. And she was such an amazing person for that.

It was December 1999. Our youth group had picked an angel to buy clothes and toys for at Christmas. We girls were in charge of getting the gift–boys know nothing about buying clothes for little girls. Wendy was in remission, but she led the charge of us getting our gifts. We packed into my dad’s conversion van and hit the road for DuBois. Warm clothes for the baby girl were a must, and then a fun toy. Wendy made sure we used our budget to the fullest to give our angel child the best gifts we could. Then we shared laughs over dinner, just a bunch of teenage girls making memories. We quickly lost track of time and got home late, but that was ok because our families trusted us girls together.

It didn’t matter what she had been through, she was always giving, always loving. Being the example of what we all should be. That December night was just one of many that I got to witness and learn all about giving with a joyful heart. Everyone needs someone like Wendy in their lives. The lessons she taught me will always live on and I am so thankful.

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Speaking of people who are great examples of giving wholeheartedly, take a look at what some of the peers from my first 2nd Grade class were up to this week. Green Sea Middle School Walk for Glaucoma (from SCNow.com). What great examples of love and lifelong friendship!