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Shelley Says...

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…


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!!!

Love, Shelley

This Week On Graceful Living

What are the rules for dating a co-worker?

Shelley, Leigh, and Denise talk about the pros and cons about starting a relationship with someone at work, from having things in common to awkward encounters after a breakup. They eventually decided that as long as the pros outweigh the cons, go for it!

Listen to their conversation about it, and share your view!

This Week On Graceful Living

Do we get warts from toads? Does it really take 7 years for chewing gum to digest?

This week, the girls discussed these and other commonly believed myths, busting some old wives' tales you never would have suspected of being untrue!

Listen to the clip and tell us if you've ever fallen prey to these misconceptions!

Point Of Grace On The WOW Spotify App

Hey everyone! We have great news-- we’re excited to be a part of the FIRST Christian music app on Spotify! Spotify is a FREE streaming service on your computer and now you can find the best in Christian music all in one place in Spotify. You’ll find playlists from Point Of Grace and your other favorite artists, tours, radio hits, and even all the WOW albums.

1. Get Spotify HERE (select “It’s Free” option)
2. Get the WOW app HERE
3. Add the app to your Favorites
4. Listen to great Christian music
5. Subscribe to your favorite playlists
6. Share the app & playlists with your friends

Shower of Blessings

I mentioned in my last blog I would have two parts - here is the second part. My visit to Belton was two fold - To see Brody's football game, and fellowship with friends and family for a local baby shower!! So many highlights: I will let my pictures speak louder than words. The theme of the Belton shower was "Toy Story" (Since the baby's name is Andy, Darby's idea was to do his nursery with the "Toy Story" theme in mind). WE loved the idea so much my hostesses ( Mom, Dana, Reide, Aunt Lark, Aunt Wren - not in picture, Cindy, and Aunt Billie Jo) used it for the theme of the shower too. The rest of the pictures celebrate some family, friends and great prizes for Andy. Take a look!! (p.s. - before the shower got started, Brody came in from a morning of hunting duck, I think. He looks so profess in his camo!)

Great friends and family give FABULOUS gifts. This apple with a worm inside was one of my favorites!!! Thanks Mildred!!! My Aunt Billie Jo knitted this hat for Andy, how sweet!!! Cousin Tracy and Katy came - they are responsible for the Ivester reunion every year in August. I promised them I would be there next year - since it is now INSIDE with AC - AMEN!!!

Cousin Suzanne gave me the Nemo bath towel hoodie - I loved the story behind why - her son Taylor (my cousin) is quite the baseball pitcher but he was born with one arm shorter than the other just like Nemo with his fin. Is that not the best story ever? And now overtime I wrap Andy up in that towel I will think of that and be reminded - our children (when encouraged) can accomplish anything they put their mind too. Thanks Suzanne!! One of my sorority sister gave Andy his first cape and mask and yellow Tonka truck. You can tell the Mom's of boys know the perfect gift... Cousin Cookie and Kathie and my best friend from kindergarten, Kris and her two beautiful daughters, it was a treat to see each one.

Great friend Lucretia and her Mom and daughters, sorority sisters from Charleston Southern, cousin Avari, my beautiful niece Bryant, and my sissy's, Dana and Reide...xoxo!!!

Thanks to my wonderful family for showering me beyond my imagination!!! My sister's, Aunt Lark, Mom and bff Cindy made me feel so special - The hostess' with the most!!! The last picture is cousin Kim. Her son Will is a huge POG fan and I loved catching up with her!

I pray you receive "shower's of God's goodness" on you today!!! God always wants to lavish on us!!! Sincerely, Leigh