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.
Raine, 40, ended up sitting next to Erica at the surprise baby shower for Denise being hosted by Hope Christian's Women's Circle, and it didn't take long for Erica to start with her typical line of conversation. "Well this should be interesting," she whispered to Raine, "you know that Denise's mother-in-law is none too excited about this baby, so I wonder how she's going to act today."
Like most members of the Circle, Raine was weary of Erica's never-ending gossip. She gave Erica a direct look and responded "Well I certainly hope she'll put any of that aside and make this a really happy day for Denise, that's what we're here for!"
Just then Alyssa arrived with Denise, who she'd convinced to go to lunch with her and then "drop by the church to pick up some table linens that needed washing." Denise's eyes brimmed over with tears as she entered the dining room and encountered baby blue decorations, a host of warm greetings, a pile of wrapped gifts, and a beautifully decorated cake on a table near the door.
Read the stories of all the Circle of Hope women here.
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