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Once again on our "Home for the Holidays" Christmas shows this year, we are honored to be working with The American Bible Society and a special initiative they have called "A Soldier's Hope".
Even though many of our troops are coming home from Iraq, there are still hundreds of thousands deployed all over the world who will not be home for the holidays because they are sacrificing for us.
We have learned that many of these young men and women are facing their own mortality for the very first time. As you can imagine, it's a huge opportunity for the chaplains of the armed forces to share Christ with generous souls. The chaplains need OUR help. We can have a huge part in providing Bibles and spiritual care for America's sons and daughters who are sacrificing for us. We can give back in the greatest way possible- sharing God's word with them.
Many people have joined with us on our tour so far in providing 24 soldiers a year (two a month) with Bibles. Thank you so much to those of you who have partnered with us so far. If you are interested in pledging just 10 dollars a month to help us reach our goal ….just CLICK HERE for more information.
We met a guy in Louisiana the other night who had actually received one of the Bibles that went out from our tour last year. It had a personal note from the concert-goer inside the front cover, and he was so so blessed to receive it. They really are getting into the hands of these guys and gals who need comfort and peace more than we can imagine.
Below is a short video that explains a little more about the great need. Please watch then join us and pledge 10 dollars a month to not only say "Thanks" to these heroes at Christmas, but all year through!
Darby is a December baby... and being a December baby with parents on tour makes celebrating very challenging...but we keep pressin' on.
A stop at Build a Bear during Chipmunk mania was Monday evening.
Tuesday was cheerleading cupcakes and a candle with her Nanny, Mallory. Mallory has pictures on her facebook.
Wednesday, she came home after school with loads of presents from the whole family. She LOVED everything!!!
While we were in Greenville, S.C tuesday doing a show, I was able to see my Mom and Dad. One of Darby's bday wishes was a "Rara" cake. Darby was so thrilled that Rara (my Mom) was going to make her cake. Rara is famous for her cakes in our family... a simple sheet cake with toys on top. Darby is so into dogs right now and so the theme was "Darby's dog sitting"... It's in the little things.
When Darby came home on Wednesday she was welcomed with tons of presents and a family celebration - Spaghetti ( her favorite) and Chocolate cake. Here are a few of her favorite treats.
We ended with a trip to the bus to head to Lake Charles, La.
Trinity Bapt. Church in Lake Charles, La. absolutely kept the "party" going. Darby could not believe a church existed like this. Take a look.
This place was Disney for any kid. Everyone was so wonderful!!!! Marie entertained Darby all afternoon. She had a blast!!!
THANK YOU to Marie, Richard, Jan, Peggy, Mandy, Kay and so many more... you blessed POG and our crew immensely!
This church was so accommodating when I walked into the choir room and in the far corner saw the most AWESOME desk in the world they were like, "you can have that"... REALLY? I CAN?... Look at this adorable desk. It is so old with such great character. It was the perfect size! Maybe "Santa" will have that under the tree.
Now, we are on day 5...stay tuned for what may be next.
Christmas at my house looks kinda like this…
I like old things mixed with new things…these are some old ornaments that they sell for lots of moola nowadays at flea markets…but my neighbor Susan was getting rid of an old tree this summer, and she let me take these off her tree for nuthin'! I have them in my guest room for a little pop of color.
Here is the tree that Caroline picked out for this year. I think it's a pretty color and I love the little matching tree skirt. She has it by her bedside and it looks pretty at night with the twinkling colored lights.
This is sitting on my dining room table. It's one of those glass domes with an old plastic vintage reindeer underneath it. I don't know why I loved him so much.
Here is our tree. Sometimes we do two, one real, and this one…but since we are going to Michigan this year, I took it easy on myself. Usually this one is in the other living room and decked out in silver, blue and white ornaments. But Caroline wanted to do it in our "other" ornaments this year…i.e. the ones she has made at church or school, etc. and other ones we have "collected" along the way. So that's what we did!
Here is Elfie…he's such a stinker. He was sitting on my wreath this morning, but yesterday he made a mess with toilet paper in the bathroom. Bad bad elf.
The advent calendar. Caroline loves this. I do not. It's hard to find 25 different little treats that will fit in these spaces…but what Caroline loves….
Here is a little of my mantle. Some more old ornaments I bought at Round Top Antique fair back in the spring…I also got that little picture. I loved it and I'm so glad I got it.
And finally….so at Halloween it was candy corn…now, it's m and m's…they are much harder for me to resist, which isn't good. And a lot more expensive…I have no idea how many bags that ended up being, but I know I'm crazy.
Off to Louisiana for our show tonight….
Hope to see you out here!