Hey everyone, POG is on Mackinac Island for the next 4 days. We are having a blast with over 3000 women! Here is what I get to look at outside my hotel room:
Here is another shot outside the Grand Hotel where we are staying. How I wish everyone could hear and see the INCREDIBLE messages of Paul Young, author of The Shack... One of the most powerful messages I have heard in years!
Also, Gracia Burnham... She and her husband Martin, served with the New Tribes Mission in the Philippines. They were both kidnapped by the Abu Sayyaf group, a militant group of Muslims. In captivity for 376 days...Martin was killed and Gracia injured... Her testimony is heart wrenching and extremely challenging. Check her book out, The Presence Of My Enemies.
We are also enjoying the very talented theater group called, Friends of the Groom.
This has been a nice little get away for me and Dana too especially before Andy comes.
A powerful week for each of us. My cup runneth over!!!!
So, please forgive the short blog but I have to go and sing now.
This blog will be super short as I am writing it from my iPhone. We are spending the week at 3 back to back women's conferences at Mackinac Island in Michigan. We have a blast so far getting to know the women who run the conference, eating lots of fudge (a Mackinac specialty) and wandering the island! Below are the only 3 pics (shame on me) that I've taken- One of our hotel with Denise and Michael in the distance, one of the view out my window, and one of where we are afraid little Andy might be born! Hahahha! Seriously - Leigh is hanging in there but it's good to know we have options!
I'm actually typing this on the plane headed to Mackinac island, MI. I've never been, but have heard great things about it. Shelley and I are going to rent bicycles and ride around the island. Maybe they will have a bicycle built for 2:). I can honestly say my mind is ready for a reset. Maybe this will be a good time for it. We are there all week.
Last week wore me out!!! Although it was all fun, I'm exhausted. It was Homecoming. Every day but one had themes to dress up etc. Then there was the game, Spence's birthday, first high school dance festivities. My parents came in for the weekend. We had to build a volcano etc. lots of fun, but ready to rest. Basically today's blog will consist of some pics from the week.
This was famous people day. Price and his buddies dressed up like One Direction. All the girls wanted their autographs. Hehe.
This was twin day with Spence and his buddies Rob and George. I can't say the name of the group because I didn't know it stood for something not so nice. Ooops. I just thought the costume was funny. I was impressed that Spence wasn't embarrassed to dress that way being a freshman in the high school halls.
The theme for homecoming this year due to the Olympics and elections. Was Red, White, and Big Blue. Here was patriotic day.
Happy 15th bday Spence!!!!
Best bday present ever. Spence got to play in his first Varsity football game. The Senior QB Matt Hiissong helped the team to get way up in the first half allowing Spence to play the whole second half. Here is Spence about to go in. #4. Coach talking to both of them.
After game dinner and late movie of opening night "Here comes the Boom". Boys said it was hilarious. I did not go. Stu drew the late movie shift.
Homecoming dance. Spence and his friend Anna. My my girls sure look grown up these days:). He had fun with his friends. If you ask me though, what happened to just a dance after the game. These festivities have turned into such a big deal. It almost seemed like another prom.
Well that was my week. Thanks for letting me give you a peek into it. Have a blessed day.
Hi everyone! Happy Friday to you - I write you with a full heart today!
Last night we hosted a 30th Birthday Celebration for one of the sweetest, greatest, most awesome-est girls in the world…
KEELY MARIE SCOTT!!
Born when I was 13. Awesome.
It was a 100% perfect fall night - made even more perfect by the 50 something people that all came to celebrate Keely. Some celebrations in life are true memory makers - and 10/11/12 was definitely one of them…
Here is a little photo album of the big par-tay…
First off - the hostesses with mostesses….(my spell correct just went crazy)…
Christie Bragg, Kierstin Casella, Jill Tomalty and Brandi Lester - you girls are the BOMB. My house has never looked more Martha Stewart - and never will again. (Sorry Keely. I will be in a wheelchair by the time you turn 40 - so I won't be hosting that.)
This is Keely's husband Gabe. I LOVE THIS PICTURE. In his mind he is thinking "Dear Lord, Please don't let me drop this cake. It cost 1 million dollars."
I mean seriously - isn't it the cutest?? It was Chocolate Truffle on the bottom, and sour cream pound cake on the top. This morning I wanted to kick myself for not saving a piece to have with my coffee. So instead I got a birthday cake flavored cake pop from the Starbucks drive- thru. You know, to keep the party going...
Keely's parents, Tommy and Kathy Orr flew in from Houston for the celebration. Even though it looks like Miss Kathy is holding a cigarette. I assure you, she is not. I believe that is an ink pen. We were so glad to have them - it made everything extra special.
This little get up was Jill's idea�of course we need a S'mores Bar. HELLO?? What's a party without it? Do yourself a favor a make a s'more with a Reese's Cup next time. Unless you have a peanut allergy, then don't.
Kierstin made all these cool burlap banners to hang everywhere and they were so cute. I should really think about getting a glue gun. But then I would just look at it and feel bad about myself. So we'll leave this kind of thing to Krafty Kritter Kierstin.
I just thought this was cool picture from behind the house. Brandi thought of putting out all those glass cylinders for floating candles. Have you ever tried to find floating candles in October? Let me save you some time - only at Hobby Lobby, only in the bridal section, and only cheesy pearlescent white. Only recommended for far away displays.
I just like this picture because it makes my patio look clean - which it is not. Especially right now.
This was at the front door. Again, Kierstin's writing. I couldn't do that even if I had a stencil.
This little (actually big) creation was the brainchild of Christie and Todd Bragg. It was SO COOL, and everyone loved seeing Keely's pictures. I really want to keep it in my living room. Maybe not with the Keely pictures�
Again, who the heck thinks of stuff like this�Krafty Kritter Kierstin�that's who. My husband wasn't happy that these were on the tv table blocking the Titan's game. They spent the week leading up to the party on the floor.
Really cool flowers�.I picked these from my flower garden and arranged them.
And last but not least, the food table�.I will be eating pulled pork and strawberries for 2 years, just so you know.
Happy 30th Keely!!!