Serendipity: On Dec 31, the day before Lea Clark took doll fans on a year-long journey to Brazil, we got our first letter from the Brazilian child we sponsor through Compassion International!
In our life of instantaneous communication, it was so thrilling to get a letter we had been waiting for for months. Every little detail was interesting. Eliane drew us a picture, and we learned, again, that she likes to play with dolls (the word for doll in Portugese is boneca). Her best friend is Maria.
Sweet Thing: Her message to us is: “You are very important for God and for me.”
Our Melody American Girl book “No Ordinary Sound” arrived today… She beat Lea’s books here which Amazon hasn’t shipped yet. Brianna and I started reading it in tandem. We won’t spoil the book for you, but one shareable detail is that Melody’s family calls her Dee-Dee!
If your library won’t stock the book for a while and you want to get in the mood of the early 60s, I can recommend the young adult book, “The Watsons Go to Birmingham, 1963” by Christopher Paul Curtis. He worked in an auto factory in Michigan prior to becoming a writer. Most of his books are award-winning.
Have any readers started Melody or Lea’s books yet? Maryellen’s?
We have been so busy talking about Brianna’s new dolls that I haven’t had time to tell you about my Christmas presents 😉
This year I asked for items for Addy that I would wish to have if she does retire this year. Addy’s Christmas dress was at the top of the list. It is such a special part of the Addy books when Mrs. Ford gives Addy the returned dress just in time for Christmas, and Addy takes her gift and generates a gift for Momma in the form of a scarf when the dress is hemmed.
What’s that below the tree? It is way too big to be another dress for Addy!
It’s Addy’s bed! Brianna’s response was, “Where are you going to put THAT?” Hey, I thought you were on my side!
Addy’s bed is strung underneath with heavy string/cord. This is the probable origin of “Good Night, Sleep Tight” as the rope under an old fashioned bed could be tightened.
The cording under the bed seems like it could be destroyed by a smaller kid. The bed is assembled with screws and washers that can be undone for storage.
Addy tried it right out!
And here is the bed with the quilt. One slight disappointment is the quilt’s stiffness… it sort of defies gravity rather than draping softly over the sides. Another issue is the massive American Girl tags which cover every piece and make it hard to arrange the bed without a tag sticking out.
Still, I am thrilled to have this special item, and you can never have enough beds for dolls! Merry Christmas Addy!