Wednesday, February 06, 2008

Let your light so shine...

Tuesday was baking day at the George house....and I mean ALL DAY! Wednesday night we had young women's and it was a special night with the theme of "Let your light so shine" I remembered seeing a lemon sunshine cookie in a little cookie bought I bought years ago so I decided to make those. They are far from perfect, but since nobody but me saw the pretty picture in the book of the "perfect" cookies, there was nothing to compare to. How can one not be happy when you look at all those smiling faces? Not only did I make these cute little things, I made 2 lemon pineapple sheet cakes and the yummiest slush punch. I'm weird about having my refreshments fit the theme. It's all in the details, ya know. :o) If anyone is interested in any of the recipies, let me know and I 'll post them when I'm not so tired.

I decorated the table with pretty things gathered from around my house as well as some sparkly yellow tulle and silky yellow sheer fabric with white twinkle lights strung in through. It looked beautiful!

Tara and Brooke decorated the front table. So sorry the picture is blurry. Don't know what happened, but I had to share it anyways because it was so pretty! I had a couple of the young women come over a few weeks ago to make the invitations, while we were at it we made the tags that are hanging from the branches. Tara attached a mini flashlight to each one and we gave them to all the girls at the end of the night. The quote says...
"Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate, our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our LIGHT, not our darkness that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, 'Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented and fabulous?' Actually, who are you not to be?"
-- Marianne Williamson
One sweet girl named Jodi planned the whole night as one of her 10 hour projects. She did an amazing job. The program was beautiful. All of the girls had parts. You could feel the spirit so strong as they each shared their knowledge and testimonies of the young women values. There was also a lot of focus on seeking the light of Christ as well as the inner beauty that grows as you live a life of love and service. I do know that each one of these girls are amazing and they truly do have a inner light that shines. It gets brighter and brighter the more I get to know them and the more they desire to choose the right. I love each and every one of them dearly.
(spell check is not working on blogger so excuse any typos...nevermind...ya'll know I have errors all the time, even when it's working. I'm going with "it's part of my charm." hee...hee...)

27 comments:

bs honey said...

Everything is so beautiful. I want to join your young women's group, and come to your house, and you be my leader. But; there are a couple of problems. See, I'm not a young woman and I live nowhere near you.
So, I guess I'll have to continue to enjoy all of it through your blogging.
Jolene, you are so wonderful and a great inspiration for all of those girls. Bless you.
Yep, you know that we want those receipts.

bs honey said...

NOPE, WE DO NOT WANT THOSE RECEIPTS. WE JUST WANT THE RECIPES.

Nikki *Ü* said...

Love your ideas!! Such cute cookies!! Looks like another successful YW activity!! And I didn't know blogger had a spellcheck. Hmmmm... LOL

~Telah said...

Jolene, you are just so awesome! I bet those girls love you just as much as you do them!

Marilyn said...

Oh for cuteness sake! Love those cookies and the decs are over the top. Definitely want the recipes. Those are a bunch of lucky young women. (I'm sure the other leaders are thrilled to have you too)

Briana said...

You are so much fun! I want to be your friend! Pretty please? Come live by me!

Everything looked great!

Kim said...

What a great evening. Please share the recipes. I see that you even dressed in your yellow along with the theme.

Kim said...

What a great evening. Please share the recipes. I see that you even dressed in your yellow along with the theme.

Cindi said...

How adorable those cookies are! Yes, please share the recipes!

Kimberly said...

Everything looked so great..the cookies and the decorated tables..just beautiful. Have a blessed day.

Pam said...

How cute are those cookies! And Yum, that cake sounds delish! Your decor is just beautiful! You are so dang talented!

And thank you for all your sweet words recently, they are so helpful! HUGS!

Anonymous said...

YES!!! Please share the recipe for the SLUSH PUNCH!!! Thanks!! Love your BLOG, by the way!!!! I look forward to it everyday!!!

Andi said...

And you are delightfully charming my dear Jolene!!! I love how you keep everything with a theme...and it all looks so pretty. Your cookies are too cute...I'm sure the young women were thrilled. You all look so beautiful in the picture.

Chickenbells said...

Living in service does help your light shine! I love that saying and I love all those cookies...these girls are so very lucky to have you!!!

Colors of Me said...

jolene, please share the recipes - the cookies are adorable and would make a great valentine treat for a's class and the pineapple cakes and slush punch sound - and look - so yummy - you truly are an amazing woman miss jolene!

Jen said...

I'd enjoy knowing how to make the cookies. So cute! Thanks!

Patti said...

You always have everything so well put together Jolene! I LOVE the cookies! "perfect"... pfftttt. sheer myth.

Maren said...

You put on the most amazing events. I always wish that I could come and be a part of your life and the things that you do. Your young women are sure lucky to have you. You are an inspiration.

velvet brick said...

.....and you were worried about being an effective and inspirational mentor for these young ladies......???!!?????

It's absolutely beautiful and so very meaningful, Jolene! My dear friend... I do believe that YOUR light is shining, as well!! :)

xox
VB

~LisaLou~ said...

Wow Jolene, You are so talented and put your heart into all that you do. I heard your husband gushing about you and now I can see that he was acutally being modest! Thanks for sharing!

robin c. said...

Looks like everyone had a great time! Please post your recipes.

1RadChick said...

Cute cute cookies... and the decorations look so lovely! Great job!

:)

Brenda said...

it is all beautiful and the cookies are so cute!

Suzie said...

yes please on the recipes.
Love the efforts made on details. It always makes a gathering more delightful for me and especially when it involves a church activity.
Those YW are lucky to have a leader as devoted as you!

blessings to you!

Anonymous said...

What a special night out for the girls! I love your ideas and the quote is amazing. Thanks for sharing with us. :)

angieinpink said...

How lucky are these girls? I read your blogs about your calling & first word that comes to mind: MAGNIFY. You are such an example of magnifying your calling! Look at how awesome that night looks! Way to be sister!

Marcy said...

wonderful...LOVE the cookies.