I’m a Star!

Star of the Region Award - “Star of the Region,” that is.


Let me start at the beginning…

Several weeks ago I received a plain, brown envelope in the mail. It was from WFCCA, (Wisconsin Family Child Care Association) and I figured it was a reminder to renew my membership, or information about a special event they were sponsoring.

Inside the envelope was a conference brochure, and a letter addressed to me. The letter said I had been chosen as the “Star of the Region” for Region 9.

Say what??!!


I was so surprised I had to read the letter twice.

It was the same the second time: I was the chosen recipient of the Star of the Region Award for Region 9.

Wow! I had no idea I was even being considered. I was honored, flattered, surprised, and thankful to whomever had suggested me.


The awards for all 17 regions were being presented at the WFCCA conference in Wisconsin Dells. Unfortunately it was the same Friday night as Teacher’s play, so he couldn’t go with me. Teacher was recently in a community theater production of “Cheaper by the Dozen,” but that’s another post.

I really didn’t want to go alone and thought about asking Dee to come with me, but since it was just a week before her wedding to Uncle Jay I figured she’d be a little bit busy.


Dorothy and Nicole to the rescue!

They agreed to come along, even though it meant leaving work early maybe not such a hardship, and driving 5 hours round-trip on a Friday night.


Star of the Region Award - Me with the Regional RepresentativeNot long after the reception began the awards were presented, beginning with Region 1. Each regional representative presented the award to their Star.


Star of the Region Award - Of course we had to stop at Starbucks before heading home. Not only is Starbucks one of my favorite places, it’s Dorothy’s second home; our local Starbucks know what to make when she orders a “Dorothy.” Venti seven-pump sugar-free vanilla Americano. I think; she rattles it off so fast I can’t catch it all.


Star of the Region Award - Nicole despises coffee, but loves strawberry frappes. This was her lucky day night; the barista over-poured when making Nicole’s frappe so she got the leftovers for free!


Not many friends will give up a Friday night to drive 2 1/2 hours, sit around at a reception for an hour, then drive 2 1/2 hours back home again. I’m truly blessed to have Dorothy and Nicole in my life.

Thanks ladies, you’re the best!
Amy Sue


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  1. Congrats! That is quite an honor!!! What awesome friends you have!!! 🙂

    • A. Marie,

      Thank you! I felt very honored to be chosen, and you’re right that my friends are awesome. 🙂

      Thanks for commenting!
      ~Amy Sue

  2. Congratulations!

    Don’t you love those little bonuses from Starbucks? The other day I stopped to get what is becoming our usual (Greek yogurt – for Mad, Cherry yogurt and a tall vanilla steamer no whip – for me). The barista cut in and finished my order for me, so maybe we’ve already crossed that bridge. When I pulled up, they gave us the order, but threw in two samples of some double chocolate something or other with no coffee. I’m just glad I didn’t catch the name so I don’t have to wrestle with myself about ordering it in the future. The barista said they were for the kids. But Fynn’s nine months old (today), so I enjoyed it for her. I’ll tell her about it when she’s older.

    By the way, I did end up posting pics of our daughter’s birthday cupcakes. The ducks came out great. Because I didn’t attempt the ones from your post. You can check out the photos here: http://counterfeitfake.blogspot.com/2011/04/celebrate-good-times-cmon.html

    • Shan,

      I definitely love those little bonuses! It doesn’t take a lot to make a customer feel special, does it.

      Thanks for sharing your blog post – the frog cupcakes were cute, even if they weren’t exactly what you’d expected. What a sad way to end the day though; I hope everything is OK with your daughter – she’s sooooo cute!

      ~Amy Sue

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