A to Z Theme - Circle of Hope:
A serial story (written in six-sentence segments) involving twenty-six women living in the small Midwest town of Cottonwood Creek, their lives connected by the Women's Circle of the town's protestant church, Hope Christian Fellowship, to which they all belong.
Patti, 35, is a skilled pottery artisan, and sells her art online and at shows all over the country; she has won many awards for her beautiful designs.
While helping Alyssa make decorations and party favors for Denise's baby shower they talked about how sad it was that Denise's mother-in-law Opal didn't seem to appreciate what a sweet and caring person she was, nor offer her any emotional support during the pregnancy.
"Wouldn't it be fun if we could surprise Denise at the shower by having her Mom come?" Patti said, "it's been over a year since Denise has seen her."
"That would be so awesome," Alyssa replied, "but she lives in Arizona and I don't think they have a lot of money; it would probably be too expensive for her to fly here."
"Let's find out how much it would cost," Patti said, "I've got a bunch of frequent flyer miles saved up from attending art shows, probably enough to cover it!"
In no time at all Patti and Alyssa were on the phone with Denise's mom, chatting excitedly as they made arrangements for what would surely be the best shower gift of all.
Read the stories of all the Circle of Hope women here.
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