Monday, January 28, 2013

Meeting Format

It wasn't a hard choice deciding whether or not to have other moms involved in our meetings.  I really didn't want our group to turn into a babysitting service.  Moms attend all meetings with their daughters.  I think the moms get as much out of the meetings as the girls.  We are growing in our faith together, and it has been working out great.

We meet two Mondays a month from 6-7:30 PM.  At the  first Monday meeting, I hand out badges to any girl who has completed the activities from the prior month.  We then go over the new bible verse and song for the month, and start right in on the lesson.  The moms take turns leading the lesson, although with a lot of new girls this year, some of the moms are a little hesitant to sign up.  It hasn't been a problem.  I love running the meetings so I take whatever month needs to be filled.  After the lesson, we do a craft or activity.  Some months,  it's based on the virtue.  Others, it's based on the saint of the month.

Our second meeting of the month is left open.  We are starting to work on stuff for our Spring tea so those meetings be used for working on decorations.  We will also have an etiquette lesson and practice for our modesty fashion show.  It could also be used for a field trip.  I love that it is so flexible.

Sunday, January 27, 2013

The Beginning

I first discovered Little Flowers while browsing the internet.  While the idea of it sounded good, I just never believed that we would ever have one at our parish.  After about a year of dreaming, I was having lunch with some moms from church.  I was telling them about Little Flowers and they thought it sounded wonderful.  They told me that if I wanted to start a group, they would join with their daughters.  I can't tell you how excited I was to be having my dream come true.

I have never started a group of any kind before and I must say I was a little nervous.  Well, we are now in our second year and I'm glad to say that the group is still going strong and I believe it will continue to grow.

Because of wanting to keep the girls in Little Flowers identity safe, I will not be sharing any picutres of the members.  Each mom is so different.  I don't want to make anyone uncomfortable.  I will post pictures of the crafts or activities that we do.

I'm definitely not much of a writer, but I thought this would be a good way to document our group.  Not only will it help me remember what kind of activities and crafts we do, it will help whoever, one day, takes my place. It will be so fun too look back and see how the group changes and grows.