Shelly and her mom had moved to Myrtle Creek last year. I don't know what time of the year Jenna had been invited to her birthday party, but I know we were already living in Tri City at the time. It was the first time I had dropped Jenna off at a friend's house without meeting a parent first. Shelly was attending the same middle school as Jenna but did not return. She has decided to do her schooling online instead.
I believe that Jenna and Shelly have hung out together four times since December 2nd. We even did a sleep over at our house. Shelly and her mom had gone to an afternoon tea party at the grange where the ward had our Christmas party that same evening. As Shelly was already there, I had invited her to attend the ward Christmas party and hang out with Jenna. Roland had volunteered to pick up some neighbors and drive them home and the amount of passengers became more than our car could hold - thus we made two trips and allowed Jenna and Shelly to play together.
I have tried to remain faithful to the positive challenge and had read each day prior but had forgotten the challenge for day 11. It was before I had taken the girls caroling that I had texted Shelly's mother to ask if they would like to come for Christmas dinner. I hadn't realized that was the challenge - to do something unexpectedly.
After I brought the girls back to our house, we received the following message from a ward member:
Shelly and her mom did come to have dinner with us on Christmas day. I had on my tacky cat sweater and was just about to pull it off when they showed up. Shelly's mom seemed to like it but I was hot and don't do well with long sleeves and food. Shelly and her mom are always cold. Before we ate, the girls exchanged gifts. After dinner Shelly and her mom play games with us. Shelly's mother really did enjoy herself.
I ended up giving my Christmas sweater to them. Perhaps I should have asked Jenna first as she said that she liked it. But I think it will get more use being at Shelly's house. Roland was okay with it as he hadn't particularly liked the sweater either but had purchased it believing that I really did like it. I wish I had shown the same gratitude that they had.