156th Anniversary of the Battle of Athens

I live in Iowa and therefore experience virtually no Civil War-related local history. However, on August 5th and 6th of 1861 the one and only battle along the Iowa border took place, the Battle of Athens. Athens is a town in Missouri right across the river from Iowa. It was also the northern most battle…

Meet Sarah!

Meet Addy’s best friend, Sarah Moore! Ever since I got Addy, I knew I wanted her to have her best friend Sarah. Sarah is such an important character in Addy’s books. She is the first person Addy meets in Philadelphia and becomes her most loyal friend. Sarah is patient, kind, encouraging, and always wears a…

Addy Observes Memorial Day

Today Addy helped me observe Memorial Day. The origins of Memorial Day go back to Addy’s time, when people decorated the graves of soldiers killed in the Civil War. Before it was called Memorial Day, it was called Decoration Day. Many sources estimate the number of soldiers killed in the Civil War to be around…

Addy’s Patriotic Party Dress

In “Changes for Addy”, Addy is given the honor of reading the Emancipation Proclamation at her church’s special New Year’s Eve service. They were celebrating the anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation which was issued by President Abraham Lincoln on January 1, 1863. That’s 154 years ago tomorrow! Even though slavery was not officially ended until…

Merry Christmas from Daphne and Delaney! 

  “Merry Christmas, Delaney!” “Merry Christmas, Daphne! Look at all these presents!” The girls rushed to open the big, exciting packages under the tree. “Wow!” they both exclaimed as they ripped them open.   “A new guitar,” exclaimed Daphne. “It’s just what I wanted!” “It’s Addy!” cried Delaney. “I’ve wanted Addy for so long!” The…

Addy’s Cape Island Dress

Labor Day always makes me a little sad, because it is generally agreed upon that it is the official end of summer. This past week though I was able to finish up one last summery sewing project, and I share it with you just in time with only a few hours of official summer left!…

Addy’s Vegetable Stand

In the book Addy Saves the Day, Addy and her parents plant a vegetable garden in a rented plot with the hope that they can sell the vegetables to earn money. They plan to use that money to go and search for Addy’s older brother Sam and baby sister Esther, who are not with them in…

Welcome Home, Addy

If you were kind enough to read my long-winded recap of the benefit sale, you know that the beautiful Addy Walker joined my collection. Have you ever just “clicked” with a doll right away, and knew that she would be very special to you? I know that might sound silly, but that is how I…