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.
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...
Hope you are enjoying your week. It's been one of those off schedule weeks due to travel and fall break. Last weekend we were out on the road, so my boys (including Stu) went to the beach with our friends the Funks. They have a condo down in Rosemary. So poor poor me had to stay home:(
Here's some pics from their trip.
They said that the weather couldn't have been more perfect.
Actually we were traveling part of the time with our @GOGevent and singing in Pennsylvania. It was beautiful up there on our little drive from Baltimore. We made the most of our drive by entertaining ourselves. Michael Passons was in rare form and had us laughing our heads off. I still laugh out loud when I think about his "hee haw" donkey joke. One of the games we played in the car was that you couldn't speak anything. We had to talk like we were in a musical. So everything had to be sung not spoken. LOL! That is funny stuff. Too bad we didn't have the flip!!! I'm so happy that I have so much fun with the people I travel with:)
We've been in the studio a lot this week. Ian Eskelin is helping us get some amazing tracks and vocals. I'm starting to really get excited about the new record. Well, my boys are out a half day today and tomorrow, so I've got hustle and get some errands run. Hope you have a blessed day.
If you've been to a recent Girls of Grace event, you've probably heard about the upcoming film The Mighty Macs . In case you haven't, this is a new film releasing this Friday, October 21 that follows the story of Cathy Rush as she's about to embark on an adventure for the ages. As the coach of tiny Immaculata College, Cathy’s challenges are as imposing as the big-school teams her Macs will face. While it appears they don’t have a prayer, all hope is not lost!
The Mighty Macs has been an awesome Girls of Grace sponsor and we wanted to make sure you knew about this new inspirational film that you can enjoy with your entire family!
"My family and I watched The Mighty Macs together. It was a wonderful inspiring movie that taught the values of friendship, dedication, and trust. Growing up loving sports, i enjoyed learning some history of girls basketball and was inspired at how one woman's love and perseverance could impact so many people's lives."
Learn more about The Mighty Macs HERE!
Today's post is for me as much as it is for anyone. Many of you know Dana, our band leader, and he is always saying "Words that hurt, words that heal...", to remind us to watch our mouths whenever the conversation turns gossipy. Our words have mighty power-for good and for bad. And we can't use the excuse that we just "can't help" what we say. If we have the power of God's spirit in us, we DO have the ability to choose how we use our words. It's about making the right choice. If we are striving to become more like Christ, we can choose to use our words to help and heal others, instead of to hurt them.
James 1:27 says: "If you claim to be religious but don't control your tongue, you are just fooling yourself, and your religion is worthless." Anyone else feel like their religion is a little "worthless" after reading that?? I do.
These are pretty strong words. James is telling us that even if we are religious in other areas of our lives, if we can't control what we SAY, our religion is worthless. He doesn't say this to discourage us from trying to control our tongues, but to remind us that if we DO, we will most likely have the discipline to control ourselves in every other way. The mouth is the hardest thing to guide, because it's just so easy... think about it today!