Monday, January 7, 2013

A Great Day at the Office.....

I am truly blessed to have a really great job. Every once in a while I get to have great days at the "office." You see, I don't really have an office. Yellow Ribbon Fund has an office and I have a desk in it, but my co-workers will tell you I am rarely there. I am always out and about meeting with families, hosting events and things along those lines.

A few weeks ago our cuties asked me for one last DC American Girl Store trip. I needed a kid's event for my YRF calendar. I thought what the heck, maybe I could work a YRF/American Girl event together. I called the American Girl 1800 number and they connected me to the DC store. Once I told the DC store what I wanted to do, they got on it. Our contacts and have been so extremely helpful. I promise you they were as excited to set this all up as the girls were on the receiving end today.

We have a big problem finding events for little girls here. The boys have it made. The hockey, baseball, basketball and football teams are always there to welcome those who are into sports. However the really girly things have to be sought out and I enjoy challenges.So there you go...

I like to go big or go home, so I recruited a few friends to help. The Aleethia Foundation, Operation Second Chance and Operation Ward 57 all happily joined in to help me make this day amazing for the girls. We provided American Girl with a budget and they made today a day this girls will not forget any time soon.

We all arrived before our noon reservation. We were escorted back to the personal shopping room and each girl was given their own Saige doll. She is the 2013 Girl of the Year. They were ecstatic.Their faces say it all. You can just see all of their excitement.
With our dolls in tow, we ventured to our seats in the bistro. As we waited for our food, our cuties were able to do some Saige themed activities. As you can see their dolls were able to join them at the table.

We enjoyed our lunch which included a yummy appetizer, entree and dessert. Here's some of the food. Isn't it cute?!

After lunch the cuties' dolls were treated to a little salon time. They each got to have their doll's hair styled. Here they are showing off the dolls' new do's.
Last the staff took our cuties on a tour of the store. I am not sure if the girls heard one word that Katie, our tour guide, said because they were too excited as this point. It was girly girl overload and it was fabulous!

Days like today remind me why I love my job with YRF so much. Putting a smile on a child, is such a great gift to receive. Hearing a 4 year old tell you, "Thank you so very much." Getting a text and being told it was the best event that they have ever attended. Having cuties insist on giving you a big hug before they leave because you made them feel special that day. Having great people from other non-profits love teaming up with you so together you do more for our littlest warriors. Yup, those are great reasons to love your job! Or as I put it, it's just another great day at the office! ;)


  1. So glad the girls were able to have such a good time!
    Know that you're in my thoughts and prayers!
    Isaiah 43:1-3a But now thus saith the LORD that created thee, O Jacob, and he that formed thee, O Israel, Fear not: for I have redeemed thee, I have called thee by thy name; thou art mine. When thou passest through the waters, I will be with thee; and through the rivers, they shall not overflow thee: when thou walkest through the fire, thou shalt not be burned; neither shall the flame kindle upon thee. For I am the LORD thy God, the Holy One of Israel...
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  2. Continuing to pray so very hard!
    Psalms 28:1-2 Unto thee will I cry, O LORD my rock; be not silent to me: lest, if thou be silent to me, I become like them that go down into the pit. Hear the voice of my supplications, when I cry unto thee, when I lift up my hands toward thy holy oracle.
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  3. Praying in Seattle!
    Psalms 28:6-7 Blessed be the LORD, because he hath heard the voice of my supplications. The LORD is my strength and my shield; my heart trusted in him, and I am helped: therefore my heart greatly rejoiceth; and with my song will I praise him.
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  4. Lifting up prayers right now!
    Psalms 28:8-9 The LORD is their strength, and he is the saving strength of his anointed. Save thy people, and bless thine inheritance: feed them also, and lift them up for ever.
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  5. Know that I'm still here praying!
    Revelation 21:1-4 And I saw a new heaven and a new earth: for the first heaven and the first earth were passed away; and there was no more sea. And I John saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down from God out of heaven, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband. And I heard a great voice out of heaven saying, Behold, the tabernacle of God is with men, and he will dwell with them, and they shall be his people, and God himself shall be with them, and be their God. And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away.
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