Fund Raising

Cook Book Activity

This summer my church had its 50th Holy Convocation. There was excitement in the air and great expectations.

To celebrate it, I along with a group of sisters and brothers created a cookbook using recipes from the saints in the church. It was a lot of hard work but worth it. The second week of the convocation, we sold the books along with other memorabilia to fund raise for the church.

Here Bishop Green is visiting our table. If you look closely, you will see he is holding a button, another item we were selling. My dad helped us make the art and taught us how to use a button machine.

Sitting next to me is Brother Junior Crawford. He helped me sell most of the buttons and once Sheranda left, took her spot. Caleb never left me.

My Garden Hat


In 2009 when my friend went back home to Ecuador, she came back with something for me. She didn’t tell me what it was. I was surprised when I pulled out a wide brim hat.

I remember  complaining to another friend that I got a hat that I was never, ever going to wear. I did not see the beauty in the hat and never wore it until, Heidi, my supervisor,  assigned me garden duty for the summer. I finally got an opportunity to wear the hat.

It quickly drew compliments out of people. Strangers, family and friends a like. Most of all, the kids adored the hat saying it is the best hat I have in my collection.

The only thing I tell them is about my friend from Ecuador who has great taste.

African Woman

I was in Island Lunchbox eating some good curry chicken, rice and beans, cabbage and drinking sweet carrot juice (that costs 3.75 a bottle!) when I took this photo. I was not about to get up and go outside and take a close up.

I know you didn’t ask for all of that but the food at Island Lunchbox is GOOD!



Like many of the people I took photos of today, I took a picture of Keith while I was at church, during the bake/ dinner sale.

I think his jean vest is awesome (look at the next blog post to see a close up of it).

Actually, I didn’t even know that jean vest were in this season until one of the little boys in my church ask me to get him one as a birthday gift. That’s when I realized that a lot of people are wearing them. (A lot of men not little boys are wearing them, I think the kid in my church is ahead of his times). The kid in my church even told me how he was going to wear it- with buttons and other accessories. I hope he keeps dreaming about it because I can’t even find denim vest for kids his age. He’s 12 now. (Help!)

Heidi & Daughter

This is the director of the Mary Mitchell Center  -wearing her garden hat- smiling with her lovely daughter. She is the strong force that holds down the “No Junk Food” policy at the center.

It is only fitting that I include a photo of her for my Hats or Hats Not Project while wearing a garden hat.

24 Hour Car Repair Center LTD

This is Mike and Adil. Arabic cousins. I thought they were Italian at first…actually they could have passed for anything since we all are so mixed up.

When I put the camera to my face, Mike ran in to get his shades. So much for the candid shot I was aiming for!

They’ve been working in this business for seven years and counting.

Their location is 1831 East Tremont Ave.