Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Gold Cord

"The Dohnavur Fellowship is a group of Indian and European men and women who work together in the South of India. Its friends wanted to know how it began and they asked for something that would link up the stories already written; the beads should be strung on some sort of cord, they said. Others asked for another kind of cord. "What holds you together?" they asked; and we answered, "A gold cord."

Thus came the inspiration for Amy Carmichael's book, Gold Cord. This book, originally published in 1932 in the middle of Amy Carmichael's ministry, has been republished by Christian Literature Crusade and is available through many Christian book catalogues.

This book recounts the beginning and the growth of the Dohnavur Fellowship of India. It's foundation was "gold, silver, and precious stones" (chapter 1). God used that verse and many others to encourage Amy to commit her life to service for the Lord. An encounter with a runaway temple girl named Pearleyes made Amy and her fellow workers aware of the atrocities done to children in the Hindu temples of India, and launched their mission to rescue children from the temples and dramas of Southern India. As the fellowship struggled to grow, the Lord brought them through deep lessons to teach them to trust Him completely, and over and over again He showed them His power and grace in amazing ways.

Gold Cord is much more than such a collection of stories. It is a display of the grace of God and an amazing challenge to the readers to seek God with their whole hearts. In Miss Carmichael's words, "we are not here...for trivial purposes. We are here to prove to angels and to men

That life is not as idle ore,
But iron dug from central gloom,
And heated hot with burning fears
And dipped in baths of hissing tears,
And battered with the shocks of doom
To shape and use.

"We are not here to be overcome, but to rise unvanquished after every knockout blow, and laugh the laugh of faith, not fear." She also reminds us, in the words of another author, "It matters nothing at all what we are, provided we are entirely willing to be made the instruments of His will, His agents in this world. I do not think we know the meaning of the word strength until we have fathomed our utter weakness." Through recounts of times that God intervened and answered prayers and blessed, Miss Carmichael shows to us the struggles and yet the subsequent joys of Christian life, the blessing of knowing Christ, and the importance of reaching others for Him, to give as Jesus gave, "holding nothing back".

This is no lazy read. It took me several months to read through it, as I preferred to take only one or two chapters at a time to let her words sink in. I must say, as I have read, I have been so challenged and encouraged to not live a complaisant life. Our time on earth is too short and too trivial to live for, but that which is done for Christ will last, the "gold, silver, and precious stones"-- those are the works that will abide.

If you are seeking a deeper relationship with Jesus and desiring to "climb" in your walk with Him, read Gold Cord! If you are happy with the way you are and aren't interested in being told to move forward in your walk with Christ, well, you might not be interested.

Saturday, February 20, 2010

Poem by Amy Carmichael

From the love that like a screen
Sheltered from the Might-have-been;
For that fire could never burn us,
Deeps could never drown or turn us,
For our daily blessings, Lord,
Be Thy name adored.

For the gentle joys that pass
Like the dew upon the grass,
New each morning, lighting duty,
With a radiance and a beauty,
For our daily blessings, Lord,
Be Thy name adored.

Many a storm has threatened loud
And then melted like a cloud,
Seeking to distress, confound us,
Met Thy great wings folded round us,
For our daily blessings, Lord,
Be Thy name adored.

~Amy Carmichael
Note: I never cease to love Amy Carmichael's writings. I am nearing the end of her book, Gold Cord, and don't know what I'll do when I'm done with it! :-o Amy words things in such a way that few can do, and her writing is really encouraging me to surrender all to the Lord, to not live for trivial matters and temporal things but to live for God's Kingdom. I'd post a bunch of other quotes and lines of poetry, as there are so many good ones, but I won't overwhelm you. :-)

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Good Blogs to Read, Part 5

Ana's Corner

I happened upon this corner two summers ago when I googled the name of Betty Stam to try to find some quotes by her. One of the results came up as a post on this blog called Ana's Corner. I decided to check it out, and having copied the quote, decided to check out this girl's blog some more. As I did so, I found that she was a Christian girl-- not just a "Christian" by name, but a real, sincere, beautiful Christian girl with a passion to honor the Lord in all that she does. This is awesome, I thought! And I left her a comment. Since then, I've not only followed her and her sister's blogs but have gotten to know them quite well! :-)

Ana doesn't post very much anymore, but her blog is full of wonderful posts ever since November of 2006. Ana definitely has an eye for beauty and captures the sweet and simple moments delightfully. She shares things that she does with her family and her little niece Greta. My favorite posts of hers are her thoughts on what the Lord has been teaching her, and her encouragement, especially for other single young ladies. She wrote a particularly good series called "Single for Valentine's Day?" which will definitely encourage those of you who find Valentine's Day a more depressing holiday than anything else! I highly encourage you to swing by Ana's blog. You will be blessed, as I have!

Monday, February 15, 2010

While I'm Waiting

This song is performed by John Waller on the film "Fireproof". If you're thinking about the words below, they don't get monotonous. The key word is "wait"!

While I'm Waitin

I'm waiting.
I'm waiting on You, Lord,
And I am hopeful.
I'm waiting on You, Lord,
Though it is painful,
But patiently, I will wait.
I will move ahead, bold and confident,
Taking every step in obedience

While I'm waiting.
I will serve You
While I'm waiting.
I will worship
While I'm waiting.
I will not faint;
I'll be running the race
Even while I wait.

I'm waiting.
I'm waiting on You, Lord
And I am peaceful.
I'm waiting on You, Lord,
Though it's not easy,
But faithfully, I will wait, yes, I will wait.

I will worship while I'm waiting on You, Lord.

"Wait on the Lord: be of good courage,
and He shall strengthen thine heart:
wait, I say, on the Lord."
(Psalm 27:14)

Saturday, February 13, 2010

"Ologies" Tag, Picked Up from Amanda


Are you right-handed or left-handed? Right

Have you ever had anything removed from your body? no

What is the last heavy item you lifted? Well, I just moved the couch forward to get to an outlet behind it...


What is your salad dressing of choice? depends on the kind of salad. I like Poppyseed, Ranch, Caesar, Bob Evans Wildfire...

What is your favorite sit-down restaurant? maybe Cracker Barrell

What food could you eat for 2 weeks straight and not get sick of it? uh...I'm sure nothing! :-) I even got tired of Italian food after having it several meals in a row once...

What are your pizza toppings of choice? Pepperoni, cheese, olives

What do you like to put on your toast? honey!! (thanks to the Hadleys :-) )


If it were possible, would you want to know the day you were going to die? Probably not.

If you could change your name, what would you change it to? I am fine with my name at present. If I had to change it (which I might for some short stories about my family) I might change it to Emmie or Elizabeth. :-)

Would you drink an entire bottle of hot sauce for $1000? Haha-- "see if I can do it under 20!" No, those money questions don't sway me. No hot sauce, thanks. :-)

How many pairs of flip flops do you own? Two I think.

Last time you had a run-in with the cops? never

Last person you talked to in person? someone from the Villa asking if Amanda had left yet...

Favorite Month? MAY!!! Or June :-)

Mood? entertained... watching "Emma" :-) also kind of like sewing :-)

What are you listening to? John Knightly complaining: "I knew it! It's snowing, and falling heavily!" (watching "Emma" :-) )

Watching? "EMMA"!!!! I already said! :-)

Worrying about? getting all the outfits I want to make ready before we head out on our trip

What’s the last movie you watched? before the one I'm watching now? "101 Dalmatians"

Do you smile often? yes

Do you always answer your phone? I don't have my own phone, and I avoid answering our phone like the plague; I hate answering the phone and not knowing who the person is and having to take a message :-)

If you could change your eye color what would it be? I like the color it is, though if I had to change it, I'd have it even darker brown :-)

What flavor do you add to your drink at Sonic? Sonic? what's Sonic?

Do you own a digital camera? no

Have you ever had a pet fish? our family has

Favorite Christmas song? Why is this question in every tag/survey? :-P I can never remember. Oh yeah! "Beneath His Father's Heaven"! Duh!

What’s on your wish list for your birthday? well, my birthday just passed, but my wish was for JoAnn's gift cards and that's what I got! YAY! :-)

Can you do push-ups? I don't know...

Can you do a chin up? I don't know that either, but I highly doubt it...

Do you have any saved texts? no

Ever been in a car wreck? a small one

Do you have an accent? that is a very silly question. Everyone has an accent! I have a mid-Western accent, occasionally mixed with a southern English accent :-)

What is the last song to make you cry? um.... I can't remember! maybe the title song in "Emma"? :-P

Plans tonight? getting a shower and putting my hair in curlers :-)

Have you ever felt like you hit rock bottom? yes

Name 2 things you bought yesterday: nothing and nothing :-)

You ever been given roses? yes

Current hate right now? "Monsters vs. Aliens" :-)

Met someone who changed your life? you bet!! Jesus Christ!

What were you doing 12 AM last night? just getting my light out :-)

What was the first thing you thought of when you woke up? "oh no, I slept in again! When will I ever break this habit?" :-P


How many televisions are in your house? one

What color cell phone do you have? invisible :-)

What does the first text message in your inbox say and who sent it? I don't have any text messages! I don't have a phone!

Who was the last person to call you? Daniel Hadley. :-) I had called him for his birthday the other day and he wanted to call me back to tell me what he got in the big box he had mentioned... (for those of you who don't know, Daniel is 6 years old and I went to visit his family last year.)

All who wish may do this tag! :-)

Friday, February 12, 2010

It's a Control Issue

There are few things (some, but not too many) that are actually evil in themselves until a person allows them to control him/her instead of controlling them, and being, in turn, controlled by God. A television set is just a box with wires, and can be used for God's glory: watching a Bible class, an uplifting/spiritually encouraging movie, etc. But when you start sitting in front of it all the time or using it to feed your mind with unbiblical or ungodly philosophies or pictures, then it does become evil. The same can be said for food, music, hobbies, anything!

With that said, I am going to confess something to you. I'm not going to confess a sin, just a fact. :-)

I got a facebook account! Yes, I did. After all I've said about how terrible it is and how I'd never get one... And here is what Mrs. Havener said on my first status about starting it: "Use it for God's glory and you will not be disappointed!"

It's true. We are to do all for God's glory, even if it is a facebook account. I can use a facebook account to share what the Lord is doing in my life and encourage others spiritually. On the side, I can also keep in touch with my distant (miles) family and friends that I don't get to see/talk to often, and hopefully promote my books when they get published. The key is: I must control it, not let it control me; I must let God control me, not facebook! And so it is with everything else in life.

"Whether therefore ye eat, or drink, or whatsoever ye do, do all to the glory of God" (1 Corinthians 10:31). May it be true of all of us!

Tuesday, February 9, 2010

Writing Pains...

They say every author has them. Moments of frustration. Moments of breaking down crying (if the author is a girl.) Moments of wanting to throw in the towel. Moments of wanting to print off one's manuscript and tear it into pieces just for the sake of tearing it into pieces.

Well, maybe not that bad.

But in any case, I got 'em! Or had 'em. This morning.

An acquaintance of mine, Maggie Woychik, referred me to a most wonderful Christian Writer's forum so that I could glean from published writers, have people critique my work, et cetera. She also recommended me to a particular lady on there who would be able to give me some good tips.

So I got a hold of this lady, told her about Airborne, and sent the first chapter. This is what came back.


Melanie, I just got through the opening paragraph this evening. Please don't be discouraged by all the suggestions, they are ONLY suggestions! I know the first time I had something come back all marked up my heart dropped to my seat, but I learned so much from it. I hope you will too.

Read just the highlighted areas first, straight through.

red = out, blue = in, suggestions/comments in green
Jeff Scharlacken stared dismally out the window of the fast-moving, high-flying airplane. (I would remove these because you don't want to “tell” dismally, you want to show it, and all airplanes are fast moving and high flying. I'd probably rewrite the sentence to “Jeff Scharlacken stared out the airplane window.) Below him for miles and miles spread the brown-green, or sometimes snow-laden and snow peaked, terrain of the Andes. (I'm breaking this long sentence up because long sentences, before the reader is hooked, can be off-putting. Don't make the reader work too hard until you have them in your hand.) The mountains climbed higher and higher, looking like a blanket that had been dropped haphazardly on the earth by a child. (This is simpler imagery to get the point across and set the stage for the reader. I'm a minimalist for words, sometime.) Occasionally the plane passed over a snaking river or a deep, wide canyon. The plane passed over rivers and canyons that creased the jagged landscape. Whenever (Always be specific if possible, “three times” or “a dozen times”, avoid the vagueness of “whenever”, you can even leave it out entirely, as I would in this case.) Jeff saw what looked like the lights of a city up ahead., He felt His stomach stirred with a mix of hope and dread. that it might Could that be their destination: Bogotá? (Short sentences and turning this into a question raises the tension a little bit. Tension perks interest.) Then The plane would pass passed over the a small city and continue the airborne trek over the endless mountains—whether to Jeff’s relief or to his distress, he could not tell. (I know this looks like I slaughtered your opening and please don't be discouraged. Remember, these are ONLY suggestions on my part. In my opinion, you bogged the opening down too much in detail. The reader doesn't need that type of picky detail at this point in your story. Trust that your reader knows about how planes fly, what mountains look like, etc. Too much “purple prose” slows the reader down and you don't want him/her going to sleep before getting interested in your story! The reader doesn't know your character or why they should feel anything towards him. You added a nice emotional bit there at the end and tightening up the sentences brings that out. I think rewording the end of the very last sentence could add even more emotion, but I'll leave that up to you. I'm off to bed for tonight, I'll look at this more tomorrow.)


Oh dear. Well, that wasn't really that bad. I need critiquing, I want critiquing, and saying "fast-moving , high-flying airplane" really is just plain dumb! :-P Okay, so I need help, and P. is going to help me. I can do this.

Then I got this today:



I glanced through the rest of your chapter this morning and I have a suggestion I think will help you out. You have a good solid story idea and a good grasp of language. What you lack are the skills to put those together in a format acceptable to publishing. (Trust me, I know because I was there myself.) Writing for publication is nothing like writing a paper or a short story for school. It has more rules and restrictions than I ever imagined when I got started.

Two books helped clarify this for me and I highly recommend you read them before posting your work to the forum.

Self-Editing for Fiction Writers
by Renni Browne and Dave King
The Plot Thickens by Noah Lukeman

Both books are worth the purchase price, but I'm sure you can get them through your local library as well.

In my opinion, after reading both these books, you'll see more clearly what type of writing publishers are looking for. You'll learn what to remove, what to leave in and how to tighten up the tension/drama of your story.

If you post this as is, you're going to get a lot of feedback that may not direct your story exactly where YOU want it to go. It needs a lot of changes and you can make these by yourself once you understand the concepts in the books above. Trust me! It's not hard, it's just different than the way teachers taught you to write.

Once you do that revision, then it's time to post to the forum. Then people are seeing your best work, and will give comments that only fine tune, and not completely rewrite your work. I hope I'm making sense with this. I don't want to discourage you at all because your writing does show a lot of promise as a rough draft. Rough drafts, however, are not what you want to post to the forums. . . .

Until you get the books, go read through the forums at the critiques given to the works people have posted there. Pay attention to any criticism you see repetitively given. Learning from the mistakes of others is less painful, if more difficult to remember. :)


I might have taken it better earlier that morning, but I had just had some stressful things happen and I was already upset at a person, and getting this critique was just a little much for me! I closed my computer, bundled up, went outside, tracked through the snow to the woods, sat down on a [very wet, snowy] log, and cried! I was so upset. Rewrite Airborne? AGAIN??? The very thought was daunting. I have gotten so far in re-writing, and now to go back and do it all over again?

But I knew-- and know-- that God does not want us to get into the dumps about these things, but to look to Him for strength and help. So I looked up at the tangled mass of apparently dead branches networking across the cloudy sky above me and whispered, "God, please help me. I am so discouraged-- please help me." Then I picked myself up, realized my seat was quite damp from the snow I had been sitting on, and went back inside. When I shared with Mommy a while later, she encouraged me to just put aside Airborne today and not work on it until my brain had cleared a little.

So this evening I googled the books on P.'s list and found Self-Editing for Fiction Writers online at Google Books (with some pages missing). That was exciting.... So I read the first chapter. As I read, my mind cleared and my heart grew more encouraged. Finally...

THAT'S IT!!! *tumbles backwards Peanuts-style*

I saw what I needed to do; I saw how I could stop "telling" and start "showing".

There's no need for me to start with Jeff on the plane to Colombia and then go back into a long narrative history of his life, just because that's how it was when I first started writing this book when I was fourteen. I suddenly began to picture it: Jeff packing some last-minute items, coming across the photo album of his parents and thinking about them, then stuffing it in his bag hurriedly when he hears his aunt enter the room; his aunt talks to him some more about why she made the decision she did, revealing some of his history through their conversation and thoughts rather than a narrative; then Jeff and Jerry ride to the airport, and then begin Jerry's annoyingness.

That's just a rough idea, but that's what came to my mind. Suddenly the thought of re-writing didn't seem quite as daunting as it did before. I have an idea of where to start, and now just need to read a little further in that book to see more of what I can do.

Critiquing is a hard and scary thing. No matter how much I may want to make my book the best it can be before it is published for all the world to read, it is still hard to have someone point out a major area that I can improve. I would not ask P. to take back her words for the world, because they helped me to see something I needed to learn! (Many thanks to her!!) It is hard at first, but "joy cometh in the morning". ;-)

How this can be applied to all aspects of life! It is easy for us to think that we are moving along just fine, and then when someone points out something to us, or God's Word sheds light on a hidden area of our hearts.... OUCH!! It hurts!!! But hurt is sometimes good. It helps us to know the underlying problem. And it helps us to know to get help or start taking the write medications or whatever we need to do to change that underlying problem. I am glad that God does this in our lives. Wouldn't it be terrible if He just left us to ourselves and did not tell us what we so desperately need to know? But He doesn't leave us to ourselves, but graciously teaches us, corrects us, points things out to us, shows us what to do, and best of all, helps us to pick ourselves up, dust ourselves off, and move ahead! THANK YOU, LORD!!!

Before I close, I might just tell you what I wrote P. and what she wrote back. ;-)

ME: Hm, your email hit a chord. At first, I was overwhelmed with the idea of rewriting/editing again. However, I was able to find the "Self-Editing" book... [and then I told her about what I got from the first chapter, and my ideas for improving Airborne; then I thanked her.]

She wrote back: "Melanie, I'm so glad I didn't step all over your feelings. I'm not the most tactful person on earth (understatement of the year there), so I'm glad you waded through what I wrote and came out unbruised."

:-) Well, I wasn't going to tell her I cried after I got her email! :-P (I should add, she then gave some good encouragement that helped me to be even less scared of re-writing...)

Hope you are all having a wonderful week so far! Thanks for letting me ramble! God bless! :-D

(Sorry about the messed-up font...don't know how to fix that.)

"Now no chastening for the present seemeth to be joyous, but grievous:
nevertheless afterward it yieldeth the peaceable fruit of righteousness
unto them which are exercised thereby."
(Hebrews 12:11)

Saturday, February 6, 2010

Friends, Sisters, Blessings

More and more, I am blessed and amazed by all the dear friends that the Lord has put in my life. I didn't even have enough room (or pictures ;-) ) on the above collage to feature all those friends. In the last couple years, God has brought so many people into my life that have encouraged me in my walk with Him and inspired me in so many ways! I can truly say that they have been the kind that "build up", and that I love them all SO MUCH and do not take a single one of them for granted.

Wait a minute. Why am I saying "them"? It's you! You'ns. Y'all. Whatever your dialect may be. English is severely defective for it's lack of a plural "you"! :-)

"Iron sharpeneth iron; so a man sharpeneth the countenance of his friend." (Proverbs 27:17)

"And the Lord make you to increase and abound in love one toward another, and toward all men, even as we do toward you: to the end He may establish your hearts unblameable in holiness before God, even our Father, at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ with all his saints." (1 Thessalonians 3:13)

Thursday, February 4, 2010


Rebecca Tatiana Androvich!
No, that is not her name according to the book. I wanted to give her my own name to keep her separate from the other Rebeccas I know, so I gave her a Russian middle name and a Russian surname, which is similar to Anderson. (If I remember correctly, names ending with vich (Petrovich, Androvich, etc.) mean "son of...so and so".) I don't know if Androvich is a real Russian last name but it will do me! :-)

I am feeling extremely impressed!! I called on Tuesday to request a replacement, and they said she would arrive in four to six business days! This is Thursday!!! She came in two days!!! Talk about prompt!! I am very impressed with American Girl's Costumer Service!!

Tatiana is now sitting with her new sister (Kirsten) and cousin (Samantha) on my bed and as soon as I get my return slip, I will be sending the other Rebecca back. I am SO EXCITED! :-D

Oh yeah, and her head is on centered this time! :-D

Wednesday, February 3, 2010

Looking Backwards and Ahead

Last night and today I have been blessed as I have taken time to reflect on the eighteen years of God's goodness to me! Eighteen years! How can it be? And God has been faithful every step of the way...

This year, especially, I have been able to record many of those instances of His goodness and faithfulness. Last night I took the time to read nearly all my journal entries from February to July, I believe it was, and I was encouraged to read things that the Lord taught me this year, blessings He has bestowed, prayers He has answered, difficult times that He has brought me through, surprises He has set before me! He is so good!

I noticed that last year in my journal I said that I wanted two things for my 17th year:
1) "To go and stay at Hadleys for a little while and help them"
2) "To finish a book and have it at least on the way to publication"

I had to smile at that! The Lord granted the first in early May by working it out for me to go and stay at my dear friends' house for a week and a half-- one of the most wonderful weeks-and-a-half that I have ever had! :-D

The lack of fulfillment of the second is my fault... ;-) I have not finished a book yet, BUT I may have a publisher for The Marquis' Daughter! I have been in contact with a small-scale publisher who is interested in looking into it when I finish it! The Lord is good!

I am feeling like eighteen is a very "big" age. A person is granted a lot more at age 18 and is practically an adult. Not only am I now 18, but I am also nearly done with grade school. More and more, I am thinking about what I want to do with my life, what the Lord would have me to do with it, rather. As a child of God, my heart's desire is, above all, to glorify God and continually be changed into his image. As for specific things to do, I am not so sure. Writing is the one thing I feel like I actually know. Further than that, I have no clue! My heart is to work with some kind of children's ministry. My overactive, imaginative, adventurous mind thinks that it would be awesome to maybe go on a missions trip and help at an orphanage or something in Eastern Europe or someplace! But at the same time, I want to be here and be able to visit the Hadleys again, and just be available for whatever comes my way! I do not want to go to college or get married this year! So you see, I am doing a lot of thinking, but I really don't know what to do. Can you all please continue to pray for me as I seek to know and do God's will in my life?

Meanwhile, here is a quote that I found copied in my journal sometime back that I may have copied here, but it is lost in the jumble of posts over the long months... ;-) This is with thoughts of each day consecrating my life to my Lord:

"One does not surrender a life in an instant-- that which is lifelong can only be surrendered in a lifetime." -Jim Elliot

For fun, here is a picture from my birthday. I am SO grateful to the Lord for blessing me so richly with so many dear friends, and thank you to Megan, the Reynolds, and my own dear family for making my day so special!

Tuesday, February 2, 2010

Meet Rebecca

With the purchase of my Rebecca doll came the first book of her series. It is a children's book, but I decided to read it anyway!

Meet Rebecca introduces American Girl's newest character, Rebecca Rubin, who, according to American Girl's description, is "a lively girl with dramatic flair growing up in New York City" in 1914. Rebecca's parents and grandparents are Russian Jews who immigrated to America before she was born, but Rebecca's aunt, uncle, and cousins are still behind in Russia, where World War I is already underway.

Rebecca is the second to the youngest in her family, and often feels left out by her older siblings, who often treat her as though she is too young to include. Rebecca wants to prove herself to her family so she can be included in the more "grown-up" things as well. She comes up with a plan to earn money in order to buy her own candlesticks to light on Shabbos, to prove she is not so little and incapable.

However, when she finds out that her aunt, uncle, and cousins in Russia need money to escape to America, she begins to reevaluate her motives. Will she make the right choice between proving herself and helping her family? Will she find her rightful place in her family?

Meet Rebecca is a fun, well-written book carrying the flavor of the original American Girl books. At first I wasn't happy with Rebecca at all because she seemed so selfish, and I was annoyed by the typical "snobby older sisters" and "parents who don't understand" scenario. However, as the story moved along, I was glad to see Rebecca coming to realize the things that are more important in life.

The historical aspect of the story was also very interesting. Set in 1914, the book talks about the young days of the moving picture and also sheds some light on the difficulties the Jews faced in Russia during World War I. The Rubin family is Jewish, and the book talks a lot about their customs, particularly their observation of the Sabbath, though it doesn't get into the doctrine. I was pleased to read, in the "Looking Back" section, a mention of the Creation week (talking about God resting on the seventh day.) The theme of the story is also one that we should incorporate in our daily lives: looking beyond ourselves to do acts of kindness for others.

Overall, I was pretty pleased with the first book of the Rebecca Rubin series, and I am sure many young girls will enjoy reading them. It is only five chapters long and the writing style is very basic, so it will only take an hour or two to read through!

Monday, February 1, 2010

I Could Cry... :-(

With each order one makes, there is usually one thing that is misshapen, misformed, mistaken, or in need of a refund. :-(

A box...


The long-awaited...


But as the sisters/cousins were getting to know each other...

I realized Rebecca has one major defect.
See how her head is off-kilter and her one shoulder is lumpy, as though she had scholiosis? (Not to mention her shoes look battered, worse than my Kirsten shoes that I've had for 10 plus years, and her dress looked very poorly before I refastened it and straightened it out, and one side of her hair is losing its curl already! :-o)

Because Rebecca is for modeling for my shop, I need a perfectly formed body. I even tried on my newest Etsy item to see if she could get away with it, but it just doesn't work!
So I wrote in to American Girl to ask about either a refund or getting a new body for her.
I am SO sad! :-( I would hate to send her back, 'cause she and Kirsty were already getting to know each other and all! But I need a perfectly shaped doll for my shop! So I am waiting to hear back from American Girl. I'll let you know what I hear.