When I moved to the little town there were only about fourteen octagenarians and septarians members in our Sunday School class. We were the only family with children under 18, and at that time we had four at home and often two or six extras with us on weekends. Virginia wasn’t there that first Sunday, her lungs weak after losing one to cancer, so her best friend, Julia Faye, another spunky can-do-anything farm wife, came to our yellow farmhouse after church with a frozen banana split pie with a handwritten note saying “I know we’ll be the BEST of friends Hugs! Virginia ” and her own loaf of lemon bread Well I don’t know about you, but that’s a great first step for opening my heart to a new community and friendship. Little did I know this note would lead to one of the greatest friendships of my life. Over the next few weeks or maybe years, for it may take that long to share all that she taught me, I’ll share glimpses of Virginia Turner Smith, a Southern lady who taught me so much through her selfless giving, spitfire spunk, and joyful encouraging heart. She ran a program with her friends and cronies in crime called Marvelous Mondays, that simply made life happen in our small town for children. Mondays are always marvelous to me now, and that makes me smile to know that when we gather as a community, miracles happen. Virginia left us this summer, and one of our very last conversations which we had weekly for over seven years, she was so happen to hear of my heart to begin in my new town, the heart of Marvelous Monday activities…and so we begin, join us for #15miutemiracles, a FB event on the walls of http://www.facebook.com/sweetieland starting at 10 am cst each Monday.