Friday, May 22, 2009

An evening for a princess!



Last night Shane and I attended A Touch of Elegance Finishing School (aka Manners and More ) graduation celebration! For those of you who are maybe new to my blog and don't know, I have been an instructor with Manners and More Finishing School for the past ten years.

I had the privilege of teaching the preteen girls this year. Our class met every other Tuesday afternoon for nine months. Each class covered a new topic and the girls are instructed in a wide variety of skills. These classes include table manners, social conversation skills, modest and proper attire, public speaking, and how to choose and be a good friend--- just to name a few. All skills taught are from a Biblical perspective! The end of the year celebration is a formal event, held at a lovely country club. The evening provides an opportunity for the girls to "show off" some of the skills they have learned over the past nine months. During the evening, each graduate is required to deliver a short (2-3 minute) speech about their favorite bible verse and why. It is always so impressive to see these precious 9, 10, 11, and 12 year old girls get up in front of a crowd and deliver a speech with such confidence, grace, and poise! Most adults have a hard time doing that!!!! I am always so proud of them!!!

Here is a picture of my girls from our photo posing class!

Shane and I dressed up for the evening!

My girls at the finale-- - a beautiful candle light presentation!
It truly is a night fit for a princess!



12 comments:

Brittany and Charlie said...

Wow, I love that. I kinda did something like that when I was a kid but not necessarily christian based. I wish it had been. Very coo!

T Sharee said...

Ummmmm didn't you just have a baby? I am looking at you in that beautiful dress and thinking that there is no way you just had a baby!!! You look amazing!

Kristin @ Blue Skies said...

I love your dress! So gorgeous!

I need a photo posing class! You should post some tips :)

Katie Spinks said...

wow that sounds like such a cool thing to be a part of - Congrats to your "graduates" you look really good noway you look like you just had a baby!!

Aishlea & Brandon said...

I love your dress! You look amazing--so much so that I can't believe you have had a baby so recently!

Jessica K. said...

WOW that sounds like a wonderful thing for kids to do!! I am sure those girls were sooo proud of themselves!!

And you look great! You cant even tell that you had a baby a couple of weeks ago! That is amazing!!

Have a blessed weekend!!!

G & H said...

What a beautiful thing!!!!

Terri said...

I just love that you had to say, "for those of you who may be new to my blog"!!! You are developing quite a following!! Good for you, my sweet friend!! I would love for Abbie to do this... she is almost 10. What a wonderful program. You must really get to know the girls over such a long period of time. So special!! Blessings!!!

Melanie said...

I agree with Terri, I'm so excited for my girls to be able to do this one day! What age do the classes start? I know that you are such an excellent teacher & role model for these young girls!

And I agree with everyone else, YOU LOOK AMAZING! Gorgeous dress on a gorgeous gal!

Courtney said...

Just stopping by to let you know I have opened my blog. Feel free to stop by!

Caleb and Erin said...

Wow, memories!! So great that you can still be involved! You look great, by the way! Erin

Mary Ann said...

How wonderful! You certainly do not look like you just had a baby! You look lovely!