Granting Wishes Upon a Star Today

January 2, 2008 at 3:08 pm Leave a comment

My daughter asked that for her next gift time, I name a star after her.  {Ahem}.  I WHAT?  I mean, I’ve heard of that, but I’ve never known a child to ASK for it.  Doesn’t she want a Webkinz or something?  Something TANGIBLE?

Nope, turns out a girlfriend of hers got one before Christmas, she thought it was cool, and that’s on her wish list.  I told her I’d “check into it”.  Meaning, I really hope you forget about that because it sounds expensive and extravagent.

Well, I just had to return some earrings I’d gotten for Christmas because they weighed A TON, and I looked and looked at the jewelry to find something else and nothing really hit me.  So, I wandered around the store, all the way to the back corner.  What did I find but some “star naming stuffed bears” on sale for 10.99. 

Now, I still think it’s extravagent, but at 10.99, I can grant a wish for a star!  You log on, pick the location and name of your star, and have a bear with a metal star on his foot to remind you and a tag to keep the information on.  Now, God is just cool to help me with THAT!  They are called “Shining Stars” and you can go online and also give your stuffed animals personality characteristics and play games.  HERE is the Shining Star website, and you can interact with other members, but like with Webkinz.  Looks cool!

Entry filed under: Family, Thankful.

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