Spotlight on Friends

Who better to shine the spotlight on this week than my friends?  Better yet, how about Kathy Friend?  Yep, that's really her name, and she's really my friend.

A few weeks ago she spent her afternoon at Goodwill.  She was there to offer her services as a personal assistant/shopper to the customers at Goodwill.   "Miss Kathy" as my girls call her is sincerely gifted in all things wardrobe.  You've seen the show "What Not To Wear".  That's what Kathy does, but she doesn't make you cry or make fun of your clothes. 

Well, I saw something beautiful at Goodwill.  Yep.  Goodwill.  No, I'm not talking about the clothes, although you wouldn't believe some of the stuff I have found there.  What I did see was Kathy helping someone I once knew from a long time ago.  She is a financially poor woman that I knew from my days of working at Ivy Tech college bookstore.  The woman was alone and overwhelmed with her two kids, but I watched Kathy lead her around the store and hand her items.  But, it wasn't just clothes.  Kathy was giving this woman vision, hope, encouragement, self-confidence.  It was amazing, and I was in awe.  The smile that lit up this woman's face lit up the whole store.

I watched Kathy do this for over an hour with woman after woman.  Not only is she to be commended for her help with the regular customers at Goodwill, but she put up with my kids who adore her, want to touch her, feel her clothes, her hair, play with her necklaces, etc. 

I saw Jesus shining through Kathy that day. 

And…my little mini-fashionistas found some pretty amazing deals at Goodwill.

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What Not to Wear: Barbie Edition

I have spent a lot of time this week on the couch.  I hurt my knee, and walking hasn't really been an option.  These are the days that Isabelle LOVES.  She knows I can't get up, so I am cornered on the couch as she paces back and forth wringing her little hands discussing all the things we can do together while I am stuck there.

Yesterday she had a brilliant idea.  I have mentioned before that the girls love the show What Not To Wear.  So, our one male Barbie was transformed into Clinton, and we dressed up a dark haired Barbie in the Best Barbie clothes and She was Stacy.  The ugly and naked girls were the ones getting makeovers.  We had to dress up the hair designer as well as the make-up designer ( I forget their names, and the hair designer is really a guy, so we had to improvise.)

This went on for a while.  A long while. 

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Stacy And Clinton

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The Cast

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The "Made-Over" Girl