Tuesday, January 15, 2008

Sept.1993-Precious Moments Chapel

I had become very close with some of my classmates at Tulsa Tech. There were several ladies that I was in class with who were older and had grown kids already. I was friends with all of them and enjoyed there wisdom! One of the ladies named Edith was one of my favorite friends from there. A couple of years before I started going there I began collecting Precious Moments figurines…

For those of you who are not familiar with what they are, here is a picture of the very first PM figurine I received in October 1991 when I got homecoming queen. It was given to me from a former homecoming queen named Courtney. The figurine was titled, "Congratulations Princess!" I liked them even before that, but did not have one. But one was all it took for me to start getting bunches. I was not only getting figurines but anything and everything that had to do with PM’s. I was even in the collectors club. For Christmas my parents decided to give me a really pretty curio cabinet to display all of my PM's. It did not take long to fill that sucker up. We ended up having to move the cabinet into the spare bedroom for I was not able to keep it with all my junk in my room. I still love the figurines, but have not gotten one in quite a while. I stopped being in the collectors club about five years ago. My friend Jen is always giving me a PM ornament every year for Christmas. I thank her so much for keeping the PM collection alive for me. PM figurines are created by the artist Samuel J. Butcher. In 1978 Sam began making and selling the figurines to convey the message of God's love to everyone…

Back to the story... Edith and I both had a love and collection for PMs. In 1989 Sam made another dream of his come true by building the Precious Moments Chapel in Carthage Missouri. I had told Edith how I would really love to go there sometime. Edith had been there a couple of times. She told me that she wanted to take me there as a graduation gift! She wanted to go back anyway, and wanted to share the experience of going there with me. That was very thoughtful of her. I was so excited. So we picked a Saturday to drive, and got there okay in her little two-seater truck. (I have no pics:( ) We started off at a welcome building where we signed up for the tour of the chapel (from stained-glass windows to painted ceilings the detail was amazing!), and museum (showing us step-by-step how the figurines are made). They even had a garden area with big statues of PM's. It was breathtaking and undescribable to see it all. They have added so many different things since I have been there last. I would love to go there again, and if you haven't been there it is something to see. I highly recommend it! Just thinking about it gives me goosebumps! It is very wheelchair accessible! They also have a wedding chapel, and I have always said I would love to get married there. So if you are out there man of my dreams, LOL!

For more info about PMs u can go to http://www.preciousmoments.com/ Do you have a collection that you would like to share? Thank you for taking the time to read, MISS S

3 comments:

UntPawGal02 said...

I never knew they had a PM chapel but thats' real neat! I'm so happy you got to go there and hope that you and the man of your dreams are able to tie the knot there one day :)

~*Magnificent Mel*~ said...

Oh I love PM!!!! I collect them too. My collection isn't as big as yours -- Holy cow! -- but I have a few. Some that I have were given to me by my grandma and I even have some that I got from a friends parents when she (my friend) passed away. Those mean a lot to me. I have also been to the chapel and it is gorgeous! When we went they were renovating/adding some things and I would love to go back to see what became of it. I don't remember the museum, but maybe I just forgot. It was years ago! I never thought about getting married there, but I love the idea. You better invite me when you do!! :) I loved reading this post. It was fun to read and find out we have yet another thing in common!

Theo Trollbeads said...

Edith and I both had a love and collection for PMs. In 1989 Sam made another dream of his come true by building the Precious Moments Chapel in Carthage Missouri. I had told Edith how I would really love to go there sometime. Edith had been there a couple of times. She told me that she wanted to take me there as a graduation gift! She wanted to go back anyway, and wanted to share the experience of going there with me. That was very thoughtful of her. I was so excited. So we picked a Saturday to drive, and got there okay in her little two-seater truck. (I have no pics:( ) We started off at a welcome building where we signed up for the tour of the chapel (from stained-glass windows to painted ceilings the detail was amazing!), and museum (showing us step-by-step how the figurines are made). They even had a garden area with big statues of PM's. It was breathtaking and undescribable to see it all. They have added so many different things since I have been there last.