Today my new "model"/AG doll arrived!
Her name is Sonali; technically she is one of the "best friends" of last year's "Girl of the Year", Chrissa. As she is retired/archived, it was a long search for one of her that didn't cost $130 or more, but I finally was able to purchase her from a board member on the American Girl Fans page at about the same price as I could have bought her from the catalog plus shipping. I'm so excited! :-D
In the AG book, Chrissa, Sonali starts out as a bully in school, but throughout the story realizes how wrong she was and begins to stand up against bullying instead.
But that's not my Sonali.
My Sonali is a sweet ten-year-old girl and is, at first, quiet and shy (in contrast to Rebecca's extremely excited and enthusiastic nature and Kirsten's "oldest-sister" outgoing personality). And yet, despite being shy, she has a huge heart for others and longs to reach out to people with the Gospel of Christ. Just as her dark skin, deep brown eyes, and gorgeous black hair reflect her Indian/Tamil heritage, so does her passion for winning souls reflect her Christian heritage. Her grandmother's life was impacted by the ministry of Amy Carmichael in India; now Sonali wishes to impact others the same way. One of the ways she'd like to do that is by writing. We'll have to see what she comes up with! :-)
Sonali's new family is making her feel very welcome. Kirsten, especially, as oldest sister, is helping her to get acquainted with things and people in her new home, and Rebecca is ever so excited to have a younger sister and teach her all she knows.
Sonali loves her new family and is also excited about her new job with the Dashwood Sisters Etsy Shop. She has already modeled an adorable, plaid corduroy "back-to-school" jumper!
|Sonali with her sisters, Kirsten and Rebecca!|