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Happy Harvest!!

Our leaves in Nashville are beginning to turn... the Maple trees always seem to blow me away with the brightest colors!! I recently found out it is because they have the most sugar in their leaves - well YEAH, of course they do... my child seems to be pretty "bright" when she eats her sugar too. Isn't that so interesting?

Speaking of SUGAR - Is your household going all out this year with candy and costumes? It is so hard when Halloween is on a Monday...being on a school night makes it tough. Last year was so incredible. Darby was Dorothy from "Wizard of Oz" and her cousin Leila was visiting from S.C. and she was a "Genie". We had a blast...We went to one of our old subdivisions in Franklin (the houses are closer together) and the girls came back home with a major stash of sugar!!! Good times!!

Another "Harvest" tradition is a trip to downtown Franklin for more candy, games and a Chili cook-off. I had to get this shot with Darby, Leila and the Scarecrow... how cute!

Each year gets better and better - I love living in Franklin!

Whether you are dressing up or handing out candy - I hope you enjoy this "Harvest" weekend with good friends and great fellowship (and maybe a little sugar too). xoxo!!!

blessings, leigh

Shelley Says...

This weekend the kids got to go with us to St.Louis for a show. There really isn't much they would rather do than go anywhere on a tour bus. I remember when Caroline was really young, she asked if we could get a bus for our yard to "play in."

Yes. Let me get right on that.

There was a Starbucks in the parking lot of our hotel. Here is Price and Caroline on their breakfast date.

Breakfast of champions....izze's and lemon pound cake. I think Caroline had an apple fritter in that bag. Actually, I know she did. I finished it off.

Here is Price, Darby, Bella (our sound guy's little girl) and Caroline getting ready create havoc at the hotel pool.

Poor Price with all those girls.

On Sunday, we went to the sweetest Mother Daughter Tea Party for a little girl in Caroline's class. I am so mad at myself for not taking more pictures. I didn't get a single one of the table or the food, and it was AH-MAZING.

Here are the girls in their cute dresses...

Caroline is on the left in the green, Lydia in the stripes, Lily to the right of her, Ruth Anne in the blue flower dress (she was the guest of honor and her grandma was the hostess with the mostest!), on the back row is Grace Anne, kinda hidden behind the tree, Emory and Lettie Jane.

They are all the sweetest girls you would ever want to meet and we are blessed to have them in our class.

Don't you love their headpieces? They got to make "fascinators"- just like Kate Middleton wears. SO ENGLISH! Love it!

This is the only other pic I got of the girls. Caroline picked out her own outfit!

Loved this bedazzled tea pot!! The girls drank hot chocolate made with real chocolate chips and hot milk. Delicious!

Here are a few of the moms....This is Jane Ann, Libby, and Tania....(better known as Mrs. Ford, Caroline's first grade teacher) I really don't remember my teachers looking like that...

And here is the wonderful hostess, Ruth Ann's grandma "Gim Gam" the name....and her daughter Barbara, Ruth Ann's mom. Barbara has been in nursing school the past year, and we all marvel at how she has 3 kids and is going to school, and keeping it all together. I think if I ever had to study for anything again I would die.

Hope you enjoyed a little peak into our weekend! Have a great week!


Your Weekly Encouragement From Point Of Grace...


The pink ladies pledge is to act cool, to look cool, and to be cool. Til death do us part, THINK PINK!!!! Does anyone remember that from Grease 2??? I wanted to be a "Pink Lady". LOL Well, you don't have to look far here in the month of October to see pink. Breast Cancer awareness month. This weekend we had the wonderful opportunity to be a part of a community effort in Shiloh, IL to help bring awareness. Shelley made the comment of how it seems Breast Cancer has played such a big role in bringing our country together. Whether it's football players, businesses, marathon's, whatever else, people are supporting the cause for research. I suppose it's because most of us have been affected by it somehow or another. It's another reason I love America. We care about each other and our struggles.

My Mom actually was diagnosed with it about 7 years ago. I wish at the time I had a better understanding of how she might have felt. After we realized that it was contained and she wasn't in danger of it spreading, I was just grateful she would be okay. I didn't really understand the emotional impact it still had on her. I think I might have responded differently 7 years later. As we sang to a sweet crowd this weekend I looked out at groups of friends that had come to the show. I wasn't sure of their stories, but I did know that they weren't walking life alone. It's a beautiful picture of how God designed us. He made us for relationship and community.

1 Thessalonians 5:11 Therefore encourage one another and build one another up, just as you are doing.

People matter to God. Nothing is more important to him than relationship. He uses us to show one another that we aren't alone. Be that person today that builds someone up. I'm sure you won't have to look around very long to see who that someone is. Maybe it's your husband, child, co-worker, or the lady at the checkout counter:)

Our time in Shiloh was sweet. It was a great event. I love when churches get outside their church walls and get involved in community events. This was very family friendly. They even had jumpy things for kids and the most amazing balloon maker I've ever seen. Our kids came with us as well. Caroline, Darby, and Price along with Bella (our sound man's daughter) So, they were pumped up to have things to do and yummy treats to eat. Although all of the cotton candy made them super hyper for the trip home:)

We had another guest on the road with us as well. Michael Passons' dog "Ollie" . We call him "Olly Bolly".

Seriously he is the cutest thing. He just slept right in the bunk and stayed there all night. Makes me wish we could always travel with pets on the road. They make me so happy! What didn't make me happy was the whole Oklahoma Sooners loss. I was trying to watch it on the bus and they had the huge weather delay and then just didn't play up to par. It was a tough loss:( My family was so upset. You would've thought that someone died! Made me remember that life is never consistent. I cannot place my hope in anything else, but Christ. But I still love you Sooners!

Hope you have a blessed day and that you are a blessing to someone else.
Love ya,

Shelley Says...

Monument Day at School

Caroline's third grade class has been studying our national monuments and symbols. The big finale is "Monument Day." That was today.

She knew right away that she wanted to be a bald eagle. I bought a long sleeve black shirt at Target and had my mom sew the better part of two black boas on the sleeves. (Because I couldn't sew a button, much less a feathery boa, if you put a gun to my head...)
Black leggings, bright yellow soccer socks, a little black tape, and some white feathers later- she was good to go. Oh, I forgot to mention the bird beak...after a trip to Michael's, Party City, the big orange Halloween tent in the mall parking lot, and Wal-Mart...I called a professional costume store (who knew we even had one) and they had a 2.99 bird beak thank goodness. I spent triple that in gas driving to the aforementioned stores.

So here she is...

the eagle has landed.

I'm thinking I'll save the costume and sell it for a hundred bucks to a desperate procrastinating mother of a third grader next year.....bwahahahahahahaha....

I wish I looked like that in leggings....

I'm always scouring these photos for how messy my house might look to you guys....

It's actually a "Crow's Beak", but I forgot to mention that to her...

Have a lovely weekend. And come see us in St.Louis tomorrow. The eagle will be there...