Introducing Wilhelmina Angel Fairfield!
After such success in the shop, we gathered around and just felt like something or someone was missing. After many heartfelt conversations, we determined that it was time to adopt a young lady and bring her into the shop and give her a new life with us at Fairfield Flowers. We have so many gifts to share with her and many opportunities to introduce her to our community.
With this being said, Beth set out to find us a young lady to adopt and found her in Chambersburg, Pennsylvania! Beth was shopping in a consignment shop and saw this beautiful young woman sitting on top of a display cabinet and just fell in love with her face. Upon asking the store owner if she could adopt her and take her back to Virginia, Beth was told that she wasn’t available for adoption but that she had a twin sister who was.
Beth was so excited to hear this news! However, this sister was not in Chambersburg but in Lancaster, Pennsylvania almost two hours away. So Beth, picked up her 84 year old mother-in-law, Betty, and off they went to locate this long lost twin sister. They were told to go to the local Mall because she was last seen in the old Sears store that had been converted into an antique market. Beth and Betty started the search. First they stopped at Auntie Ann’s and had a fresh, hot cinnamon and sugar pretzel, and stopped into the Rack Room for new shoes. They wanted to look and feel their best for the adoption.
After searching through row after row of dusty shelves, there she was! It was love at first sight. No price tag was discussed no amount of money could have prevented the adoption! It was completed with the swipe of a card. Our newest addition to the family was on her way to her new home in Virginia. Beth safely strapped her into her grandson’s car seat,thanked and kissed Betty goodbye and off to Virginia they traveled.
At first, the girls in the shop were cautious to fall in love with her. She was so beautiful and shy. She didn’t speak much but her eyes said it all. She was placed in the back room on a shelf all alone. Day after day she would sit ever so patiently on the shelf just waiting to be accepted and to be loved. She was waiting for her purpose to be revealed to all.
So, then it happened. Fairfield Flowers had an event at Kempsville High School to participate in career days and talk to the students about the floral industry. This was Beth’s first event and she was a bit nervous about going alone. So she spoke with our new friend and that’s when the story was told.
She introduced herself as Wilhelmina and that she had traveled far. She shared that she had been born in Germany and that the day her mother had given her away she had been given the name Wilhelmina because it means “willing to protect”!
We then gave her the name Angel because we believe she was sent to America on the wings of an Angel to protect and inspire us . With no more to be said, she was given the last name of Fairfield to officially claim her as our own! So to honor her adoption day, we made a beautiful floral headpiece for her to proudly wear on display!
Wilhelmina has worn her floral headpieces to the Farmer’s Market in Virginia Beach and to both Paws for Cause fundraising events in Virginia Beach and Portsmouth!
She is now getting her semi-formal attire together to proudly display a floral crown at the Hounds for Heroes Fundraising Gala in Portsmouth on April the 29th.
We would love to invite you to the shop to meet our new love. She’s got a story or two to tell.
It’s a Beautiful Day at Fairfield Flowers