In November, we (meaning the Jedi and Sweetling with no real involvement from me) cleaned and reorganized Sweetling's room. We (Jedi and Sweetling, not me) thinned out quite a few of her toys in the process.
(For the record, I wasn't even in town. I had gone on a women's retreat held at Clifty Falls. Technically, I wasn't even in the same state. I came back from my weekend and not only had Sweetling's room been totally cleaned and organized, but so had the downstairs rec room, the shelves in the living room, the laundry room, our master bedroom...pretty much the whole house was amazingly decluttered, clean, and neat. Other women came back to find their husbands and children had destroyed all order in the kitchens and left laundry and dishes everywhere. So....who's the messy one in our family, hmmmm?)
Sweetling decided that she didn't really use her doll house anymore and was trying to think of someone to give it to. In the church bulletin, there had been a notice about collected for holiday food baskets. I (yes, i really did get involved at this point) suggested that we could call the secretary/office manager at church and ask her if she knew of a family in need that would appreciate the doll house. Sweetling agreed.
Sweetling helped me wrap the furniture and put a large bow on the dollhouse. The Jedi took it to church. Here was the email the secretary sent to us today:
Just wanted to let you know that the doll house went to a single mom that didn’t know how she was going to buy something for her daughter for Christmas. She started crying when I took the house and furniture back to her.
Be blessed through your blessing of others.
I called Sweetling in to share the email with her. I'm so, so proud of her.