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Shelley Says...

Wow.

Just wow.

Yesterday I was privileged to take Caroline to the Change the Story-A Compassion Experience. This is a new tour that Compassion International is bringing to church and event parking lots all over the country.

Have you ever wished you could take your child on a mission trip to actually "see" how much of the world lives? Have you ever wished that you could get to the heart of your child where gratitude and stewardship are concerned?

Wish no more. This is SUCH a cool concept and even if you don't have kids, you will be moved to get involved. We sponsored another child yesterday because I just couldn't not. And that's the point. Every child that gets sponsored is one less child that needs sponsored. And we can chip away at that number- one child at a time.

What is the "experience"? It is a life like replica that you walk through, guided by an iPod with a narrator, of a real child's life and surroundings- before Compassion, and after.

3100 square feet (housed in two semi-trucks) of opportunity to learn, and to teach.

Here is Caroline outside of the exhibit. She wanted her picture made here because our friend Keely took the photo of the pretty girl on the truck. And that's just super cool.

You can't say they didn't warn you…

Here we are about to go in to the tour with our headphones and iPods.

This is a photo of Caroline inside, but I really didn't take any other pics of the inside of the tour because I was too involved in the story and forgot! You can't really see anything in this one…and I'm kinda glad, because I don't want to ruin anything for you.

Here is the link with a listing of the cities where this exhibit will travel this year, so far.

http://www.forms-compassion.com/MobileExperience/Events.php

I would love for ya'll to check it out if they're close to you.

Now, we have to go write our new Compassion child, Andrea…from Honduras. We picked a relatively close country, in the hopes that we could visit the real thing one day. But for now, Change the Story-The Compassion Experience, is about as close as you can get.

Love ya'll,
Have a good one,
Shelley

Summer, Football, and Approval

Happy Tuesday!

I'm sitting in my car while Spence is doing some Math tutoring listening to Scott Krippayne sing "Go Tell It On The Mountain". Lol. My iPod is on shuffle. But seriously he sounds so good on that song that it should be year round!

We are finally home for the rest of the summer. I'm glad. Although I thought my days would be slower than they are but that's ok.

Super excited about tonight and a little nervous. Spence will have his first scrimmage as a high school football player. Ahhh!!! Not that he will probably play much, but just the fact that he is out there with highschoolers.

Okay, so this Sunday our church's sermon was a little different from the usual. Most of the sermon was an actual skit. I found myself so often just like this woman. I know I know I know that Jesus paid the penalty for my sin, but I still find myself working and working for God's approval. Whether its through my kids or my own performance I try to look and be my best. (like he's going to love me more because of it.) If you have 30 minutes to sit and watch this, I highly recommend it. Go to fellowshipnashville.org. Then go to teaching series on Luke and watch this past weekend. I promise it will bless you.

Whatever you do today, I hope you know you are loved.
Denise

Encore!!!

This is the week Darby has looked forward to for many months now. Encore is a week long camp held at her school each year. There is a reason it is called Encore - the kids ALWAYS want to come back! The wonderful teachers, volunteers and curriculum make this week extremely FABULOUS and FUN!!! This year Darby signed up for Pamper Palace - she learned how to make soaps, lotions, spa treatments as well as learning how to paint her nails. (I am thinking, this will save me lot's of $$$$).

Another class she signed up for was Icing on the Cake - the motto is "We don't make mistake's, we EAT them!" I LOVE that!!!! Darby learned cake decorating skills. She wants to make the baby cake for the baby shower now -SWEET!!! Great work, and delicious too!! Take a look...

My favorite class she took was Sew What? I would like to think this one was inspired by my sister, Reide. Reide has taught Darby many things on the sewing machine. In this class she made a skirt, a purse pouch and several other things. She is begging us for a sewing machine... she wants to make clothes for the baby. ( Guess where Daddy and Darby are now? Yep, Target, to look for a sewing machine). At least this is not a "toy" instead it could possibly benefit us all - I hope!

Her last class was So You Think You Can Dance?...This was a favorite of most of the girls at camp this year. They learn two dances to popular pop songs and get to perform them the last day of camp. We just returned from the Encore Show and everyone did a marvelous job!!

Sorry, this pic is so blurry, but she is dancing... hee hee.

We are so proud of Darby, her awesome school and the enormous blessing this camp brings to our community!!! Thanks again to ALL those involved... Encore, Encore!!!!

Blessings, leigh

Camp & Culver's

Only one more day!!!!! I'm so ready to see my baby boy. Price has been gone for almost 2 weeks and I miss him terribly. By the end of last week, I thought that I was possibly going go have to to get him because he was so homesick, but he has conquered his sickness and has had a great time.

Here he is doing a little fly fishing. I'm just amazed that he would actually touch the bait to put it on a hook. I'm impressed already. Here is the big wall that they have to help each other over. I almost look at it as a symbol of other obstacles that he has overcome. I have a feeling that the Lord has helped him overcome some things he thought he would not be able to this year at camp.

Anyway, I cannot wait to see his sweet face in person and squeeze him to death. I've missed him a lot.

OHHHHHHH i forgot to tell you. Culver's has opened it's doors here in Franklin, TN. I'm sooooo happy! For those of you who don't know about Culver's. It is the home of the Butter burger. YUM!!! and the crinkle fries, AND the Frozen Custard. It is soooo delicious. This could be a very dangerous thing for me. I am very upset though. I was out of town on their opening day and the first 100 people received a certificate for a free pint of Custard every week for the next year. Isn't that awesome? Well, I must be going because I have to load up the car to head towards Camp Rockmont. I can't pick him up til tomorrow, but I told him in a letter I would try to be the first car there. HEHE I cannot wait. Hope you have a blessed day.

Denise