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Thursday, February 24, 2011

New Beginnings

For the past several weeks, our Young Women have been preparing for New Beginnings. So, you might ask, "what is New Beginnings?" New Beginnings is an activity, where we invite the upcoming girls who will be turning 12 in the next year and entering the Young Women's Program. All parents and family members are invited, and we explain the program, including Personal Progress.

Personal Progress is a goal centered program. Please see my blog on goals http://tappingflamingo.blogspot.com/2011/02/goals.html
In addition to explaining the Personal Progress, we also highlight those young women who have finished and received the Young Womanhood Recognition Medallion. We were blessed to have two of our ladies earn them this year. They have worked very hard on these goals, and continue to work on them. It is our hope that once they finish their Personal Progress, they will continue to work on similar activities throughout their lives.

This is the Young Women theme

Our night was based on the scripture found in Proverbs 31:10-31. I made gold beaded butterflies with red "ruby" centers representing a virtuous woman. Each of our girls went home with one of these and a book mark.

Beaded butterfly mobile representing the Young Women colors: Faith=white, Divine Nature=blue, Individual Worth=red, Knowledge=green, Choice and Accountability=orange, Good Works=yellow, Integrity=purple, and Virtue=gold

Our refreshments--dirty cake. YUM and so very easy!

I made a huge batch, so you can half the recipe

2 instant vanilla pudding made according to package directions (you can use chocolate)
2, 8 oz soft cream cheese
2 BIG containers of whip topping

Mix together (there might be some cream cheese lumps, but that's ok).

In food processor, process two bags of oreo cookies til very fine--like dirt. In clean flower pot, layer pudding mixture and cookies, starting and ending with cookies. I added gummy worms on top of the top layer of "dirt." For the finishing touch add flowers.

This was a very fun activity, and we had a great turn out. Thank you to all who attended!

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