Rachel’s Holiday Shopping Boutique went on as planned, in spite of the first major snowstorm of the season. It just happened to start in the middle of the night and when all was said and done, 1,047 cars had been towed, 14,000 power outages had been reported, and more than 8 inches of snow had fallen.

Regardless, all but one of our vendors made it. Only one volunteer didn’t get to the church. And, in spite of the great numbers of people who couldn’t get out of their driveways or didn’t want to risk the roads, people came. They shopped, ate, seemed to enjoy themselves and helped raise nearly $2,000 for the Michelle Project!

My friend Laura offered to take photos for me and since the day passed in a blur, I was grateful. Last night when I went through the photos, I found many good ones, but these really caught my eye.

Laura, you crack me up.

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The message on our host church’s electronic sign said it all.

Yes, indeed, character is how you meet the demands of reality.

In the end–because reality was what it was–we decided to keep calm and carry on in spite of the weather.

Just as the prints sold by vendor Kim Bercaw at the boutique instructed us to do.

Of course I had to buy one to hang on my office wall, as a reminder of this momentous event.

Thanks to every single one of you–beloved all–who made this day possible.

Keep Calm

The History of “Keep Calm and Carry On”

Millions of copies of the “Keep Calm and Carry On” poster were printed on the eve of World War II, but never displayed. Now the message has taken on a new lease of life in our troubled peacetime.

The simple five-word message is the very model of British restraint and stiff upper lip. Keep calm and carry on.

In 1939, with war against Germany looming, the Government designed three posters to steady the public’s resolve and maintain morale. These featured the crown of King George VI set against a bold red background, and three distinctive slogans – “Freedom is in Peril”, “Your Courage, Your Cheerfulness, Your Resolution Will Bring Us Victory”, and “Keep Calm and Carry On”.

Two-and-a-half million copies of “Keep Calm” were printed, to be distributed in the event of a national catastrophe, but remained in storage throughout the war.