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First Day Of School

Is it possible for me to have a Freshman in High School?????? Surely not!!! I'm way too young for that. However I dropped my boys off this morning at school and yes, my oldest is walking into the High School. I was really doing okay today. I've cried almost every day this week, but this morning I woke up with excitement and confidence. Only when I pulled up did I almost start crying. I said to the boys, "OH, I think I'm going to start crying". They both responded with a loud "MOM!!! PLEASE WAIT TIL WE GET OUT OF THE CAR". Which made me laugh for the moment. Here they are... I think they've both grown 3 inches over the summer.

Yes, you see an arm brace on my oldest. It was quite devastating at first. We've grieved and are now moving toward focusing on the healing. For those who know us, you know how much Spence LOVES football. He has been working soooo hard to be ready to begin High School football. So, when he broke the growth plate in his throwing arm last week, it was tough to swallow. I KNOW, things could be much worse, but when you see your kid so disappointed and sad, it breaks your heart. He will be out more than likely 8 weeks, but we pray mostly that he just has a full recovery.

Price is going into 6th this year. I think it's going to be a great year for him. He's decided not to play football and focus on baseball this fall. He's really grown and changed a lot this summer which is allowing him to walk into the school doors with more confidence. I'm happy for him and can't wait to find out how his first day was.

Anyway, I'm excited to see what God is going to do in the life of my boys. New teachers, new friends, new experiences. We get to experience new every day if we just look around.

"I am still confident of this: I will see the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living. Wait for the Lord, be strong and take heart and wait for the Lord" Ps 27:13-14

Let's wait and see what God does:)

Have a blessed day, Denise

The Beautiful Truth

We just returned from our GOG conference in Jackson, Ms. The United Methodist Church and it's volunteers were super great, I can't wait to go back. Jamie Ross, thank you for your love of teenage girls and allowing us to be at your wonderful church to share the Beautiful Truth!!

All of our kids were with us this weekend and TOTALLY enjoyed Chris August and Group 1 Crew!!! Darby was blown away with the cool dancing and how beautiful Blanca is when she sings! I couldn't agree with her more. As a parent, I want my daughter to look up to Godly role models and our conference is full of them. People like Blanca (from Group 1Crew) share their testimony of how a relationship with God changed their perspective on how they see themselves.

If you know a teenage girl, we would LOVE for them to come and be a part of The Beautiful Truth! Check us out to see if we are near you at www.Girlsofgrace.com.

Here is a picture of 3 beautiful girls!! Caroline, Blanca and Darby Mae

We are home for a few more days and then we head back out to Charlotte, N.C. for another GOG event! Come see us!!!!

blessings, leigh

Graceful Living This Week

We all love vacation. But it sometimes ends up feeling more like work, doesn't it?

Here's the solution for that in this week's He Mail: Avoiding stress when traveling. Shelley, Leigh, and Denise all share some insight on their experiences with traveling, giving great tips for avoiding major stress factors. Take a listen, then add your own thoughts!

Back To School - YAY!!!!

Today I dropped Darby off at school for her first day of 4th grade...YIKES!!!! I may share different feelings from most parents but Darby is more than ready to go back to school and I was sharing the same feeling. Darby has had a tremendous summer of theme parks (one more on Sunday in Hot Springs, Ark.), a trip to the beach, tons of activities like skating, swimming and so many play dates I've lost count... So SHE is ready for some structure, earlier bedtimes and a new basketball season.

We are grateful for a summer of safety, fun, fellowship and extraordinary memories!!! I pray for all of our children today as they begin a new chapter this school year, whatever their age may be.

Darby was so excited to see her 4th grade teacher - Mrs. Cortez. Can you tell by that face how happy Darby is? So sweet!!!!

Darby was over me taking pictures but one day she will look back and be so glad I did.

Alright, I will stop my nonsense...

Please send pics of your kids to our Facebook page. We love staying connected with all of you - we are in this together!!!

Also, pray for us this weekend, we are doing our 2nd GOG conference of 2012 - The Beautiful Truth in Jackson, MS on Saturday. I can't express how fantastic these events have become. I am honored to learn from our tremendous speakers as well as joining in on beautiful Worship with Meredith Andrews and so much more!!! Check out Girlsofgrace.com for a location near you!!! An event that could change your daughters life!

Hug all of your kids today if you can and remind them how much you LOVE them!!!! We can never say it enough!!

blessings, leigh