Saturday, November 22, 2008

YW in Excellence

I'm the 2nd Counselor in the YW Presidency in my ward, and this year I was in charge of YW in Excellence. YWIE is a night when the young women get to display and share things they have worked on for their Personal Progress. I was a little nervous about being in charge of this, for two reasons. One, I have been a lot more tired lately, and Matt has been gone a lot more. I wasn't sure if I was going to have the energy to pull it off. And two, I hadn't been to a YWIE since I was in YW, and that was over 10 years ago! Luckily I have a wonderfully smart and talented sister who also serves in the YW Presidency in her ward, and she always gives me great ideas! She told me about a couple of sites to get a ideas, and I found one that went along with what I was already thinking of as a theme.

I decided on a theme called, "Color Me Beautiful". It basically was how each girl is different, but all beautiful, and reaching for the same goals. I got some ideas for decorations, but made a couple of changes that were "me". I worked hard on getting things ready. I really wanted the girls to know how much I love them, and just how important Personal Progress is. When I was in YW, I worked really hard on completing my PP, in order to get my YW Recognition, and I want the young women in my ward to know the feeling of that kind of accomplishment. Mattie was a very good and patient girl while I worked on all of my stuff to get ready. In fact, here's a picture of her after being left alone to watch some TV and eat a couple of Oreos! I just had to laugh when I saw her dirty little face!

That night things went so well. All of the young women did great sharing their experiences.
The Spirit was strong, and I had a wonderful time sharing my thoughts and experiences with them. I really hope that they were able to feel the love that I have for them! And, a big thank you to my awesome husband who made the program on the computer for me while away at work! (I stink at those kinds of things.) Also, a big thanks to my sister and mom for all of their help. I couldn't have pulled it off without you guys!

11 comments:

rebecca said...

What a nice program, Heather! I can't believe Matt helped put that all together. I'm impressed.

Emily said...

I bet that was a lot of work, great job! Mattie needs to rub off a little on her UT cousins over here. I can't turn my back without them making a disaster.

Maria said...

You did great! I am a 100% the girls really enjoyed the program. I really like the pic of Mattie. Haha...she is funny. Hope you had a great Thanksgiving too. We are coming back to the Florida from Dec 24th-Jan7th. I hope we can see each other. Maybe I can meet Mattie, new baby and Stephanie's baby too.

Faith said...

Looks like you did a great job Heather!

Janet said...

You did a great job! Thanks for all of your help and hard work. I really enjoy being in YW with you :)!! PS I enjoyed your talk as well, it was perfect

Teresa Brower Timms said...

What a neat idea - they are so blessed to have you as a leader and example!

Jill and Kevin said...

Looks great! I can't believe just a year ago, I was doing that. Crazy how time flies. Mattie did a good job with those oreos. I love the full goatee thing. Too fun.

katierasmussen said...

awwwww that makes me want to cry. I missed YWIE by a week when I left and I was heartbroken over it. I miss my girls so much, being in YW is the best calling! Wow it looks like you did such an amazing job! How you had the energy to do all that is beyond me. I bet the girls just love you!

Looori said...

Heather, I didn't realize you were not on my list. I just added you! Now I will follow your exciting life!

A and A said...

Sounds like your YW in excellence program turned out great. I loved your color me beautiful theme what a great idea. We are still working on ours but hopefully it should be done soon. The girls are really excited about it, I can’t wait to have ours!

Anonymous said...

So i was just curious what was the program that you put together, and what were the sites your sister suggested? Thanks in advance, could you write to me at sheahglr@yahoo.com
Shannon