I've been away from blogland for a while, so there's lots to catch you up on in our world. We are so excited to have provided a mother's day out scholarship through the Olivia Charles Foundation to a little girl from Africa whose parents moved to America for her dad to attend seminary. This scholarship will not only be great for her socially as she adapts to life here in the U.S., but will also help her with her English language skills as she prepares to enter Kindergarten here next year. We are so thankful to our amazing church for finding space for her in one of the 4-year-old classrooms mid-school year. Most of you moms know this is nearly unheard of! Amy, my friend who let me know of their need, says the family is continually in awe of how God is providing for them during this time in their lives. So thank you for all of the support you show for our sweet Olivia's foundation. Many of you have given and continue to give monetarily, you've made us the beneficiaries of countless sales events you have hosted, you've prayed for us, you've given of your time and talents to help us, and we are so thankful. It is because of the help and support of friends and family that Olivia's light is still shining bright! We promise to be good stewards of your gifts. And to help us do that, our website - oliviacharlesantiques.com - is almost live. From this site you'll be able to shop our unique reclaimed furniture and accessories for our cause, learn more about the foundation and how to support it, and let us know of someone you know who has a need for a prayer pager, burial assistance, or mother's day out scholarship.
On Parrish's birthday he talked us into adoptiong a new outdoor kitty. So, we proudly introduce Ava Sammy Prickett. The name has actually changed quite a few times. First it was Fia (the name the humane society had given her), then it was Fiona (my choice), then Ava (we think after a little girl in Parrish's preschool class that he has a secret crush on, but don't tell him I told you that bc he fervently denies it), then Sammy (after Parrish's first kitty that passed away), then back to Ava with Sammy bumped down a notch to the middle name. It's been quite a process as you can see. For the first few weeks Ava lived on our screened porch so she could figure out that this was her home. After 2 weeks we let her out to explore the neighborhood and she didn't come back for 3 DAYS! Cannon and I sent an email to the neighborhood and there was only one sighting. We combed the woods and the porches and yards of our neighbors and still no Ava. Then Monday, by the grace of God, Ava reappeared on our back porch and hasn't ventured far since, even though we've left the screen door open. We are very glad that she is sticking closer to home. At least now she has a collar with our info printed on it. When she was out before the other collar had fallen off, adding to our worry that she might not return.
I think they turned out pretty cute (almost as cute as that grin!)