Not only does Sparkling Tiara find itself blessed with the best friends and customers around; we can turn the spotlight inward to our amazing staff. This month, we’re highlighting an employee who truly is a blessing in every sense of the word – Mary Faith Fallin!
Faith lives up to her name in every way. Her mother informed us that she was named “Mary” after several family members and “Faith” because the family knew that “God was going to teach [them] great things through this baby.” It’s no wonder, then, that Faith has such a generous spirit. She’s returned the blessings from God, her family, and her community tenfold with her own generous spirit, abundant laughter, and artistic skill.
In 1998, Faith’s father transferred his ministry from First Baptist Church in Kissimmee, FL to First Baptist Mount Juliet, TN. Faith was in 2nd grade when she entered Mount Juliet Christian Academy. That year, she began taking art lessons. Her work has been exhibited in many places including county fairs, art shows, and the Alzheimer’s unit of the local Adult Rehab Center. The Sparkling Tiara staff has also benefited from Faith’s artistic skills: she is an outstanding photographer whose talent really shines when she photographs the young ladies during princess parties.
Faith has athletic and leadership abilities as well. She played soccer throughout her school days and was part of her high school team, which won many awards. Her mother shared some of Faith’s leadership experiences with us: “She held many positions of leadership in their MJCA student council and student body. She volunteered on the yearbook staff and was the editor her senior year along with being ‘Miss MJCA.’ Faith was a leader in the youth council at First Baptist Mt. Juliet and went on many church and youth mission trips.”
Another special talent of Faith’s is her ability to work with all types of children, particularly those with illnesses and other special needs. Through the mentorship of a family friend, Faith has discovered that her calling is to be a Child Life Specialist. In an effort to realize this dream she is currently majoring in Child Development and Family Relations at Lipscomb University, where she is a Junior.
Faith has already taken advantage of many opportunities to use her skills with children who are stricken with illness or emotional strife. During a recent mission trip to Guatemala, Faith “was part of a medical team who cared for homebound medical patients. Faith helped refocus a sweet girl, Anyuli, while she was on kidney dialysis. ”
Faith also used her skills and position at Sparkling Tiara to fulfill a lifelong dream for a young girl named Angelica. Angelica was in need of a lifesaving facial surgery, so the Shalom foundation flew her from her home in Guatemala to Nashville, TN so that she could receive the medical care that she needed. Angelica possesses the heart of a princess, and Faith helped make her royal dreams a reality by working with Sparkling Tiara to host a very special princess party.
We at Sparkling Tiara count ourselves lucky to have Faith as part of our family. She always comes to work with a smile on her face, and you can hear her laughter throughout the store. She frequently makes our day by leaving positive notes in the store for other employees to find. In addition to standing out as an excellent party attendant, Faith serves as a great role model and is loved by all. We’re happy to count Faith as one of our truest blessings!