Monthly Archives: January 2016

A Letter from Brazil!

Compassion BrazilSerendipity:  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.”

noexif_IMG_6631_privateIf you are a Compassion sponsor, I found these cute seasonal Bible Valentine’s for Kids (free printable)…. in Brazil Valentine’s Day is celebrated June 12!

Thanks for reading… we will return now to our regularly scheduled doll programming!

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Meeting Melody

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?

Addy’s Special Christmas

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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.

Addy Christmas

What’s that below the tree?  It is way too big to be another dress for Addy!

Addy Beforeever Bed

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.

Addy Historical Bed

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.

American Girl Bed

Addy tried it right out!

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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.

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TAGS!!!

Still, I am thrilled to have this special item, and you can never have enough beds for dolls!  Merry Christmas Addy!

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This is our 100th post!  😃

Lea: Born for Adventure App Review

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Video of Lea Actress is a part of the game

Hi everyone! It’s Brianna, and today my post is about the new Lea app, called “Lea Born for Adventure.”  It costs 1.99 at the Apple App Store. Enjoy!

IMG_0242Pro’s

  1. This game is really fun.
  2. You get to take pictures with a camera!
  3. You have your own journal.
  4. You get to watch a video every level of a girl who looks like Lea talking about the next level.
  5. You get to see Lea’s Passport.
  6. As AG stated, this game is “epic.”
  7. You get to run through Brazil collecting different items in every level.
  8. You can see some of Lea’s items that are for sale.
  9. Will probably relate well to Lea’s stories.

IMG_0243Con’s

  1. It’s very hard and challenging for those who aren’t familiar to video games.
  2. It’s kind of frustrating when you fall off something then you have to get back up.
  3. AG should give you 5 hearts [lives] personally. IMG_0246

Though, there are some Con’s to this game it is also super duper fun. So I hope you download this awesome new app! Bye for now!