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Carving Up Memories

I LOVE this time of year...we are just beginning to see the leaves change colors and our evening walks of fresh air are so delightful. The color orange is taking over my home. It all began when Darby brought home the first pumpkin... This weekend we went outside, set the table up and carved a larger pumpkin. What is it about taking the pulp and seeds out of the belly of a pumpkin that is so methodical?... Dana and Darby make a great carving team! The Cake boss could use their skills...

As a matter of fact, the Cake Boss is starting it's new season! So between Cake Boss and recording episodes of the Walton's, our evening T.V. time has improved tremendously! POG got to meet Buddy a few years ago in N.Y. We were on the Huckabee show and so was Buddy (the Cake Boss). He had made a cake to surprise and celebrate Huckabee's birthday. The cake was a yellow bass guitar ( if you keep up with Huckabee, you know He plays the bass and is a music buff). You can see the cake in back of us.

We went crazy over Buddy...he was so kind... He invited us to his store in Hoboken, N.J. We made a special trip out there... Buddy invited us in (through the back entrance) to see where they prepare everything. They were actually taping a show at the time ( the one with the Robot cake)... Before we left, He gave us boxes of his famous treats and we felt like kings and queens.

You never know who you might meet and what chain of events will follow...

The Cake Boss show inspires Darby so much... Daddy pretended to be a customer and he needed two different cakes. One was a music theme for our family. The other was for our dog we baby sit, named Ollie. With the help of Playdoh - here is Darby's cakes. She may have a future in this...

What are you "carving up" today?

We hope it will lead to great blessings and sweet treats for all around you to enjoy!!!

Enjoy life, Leigh Cappillino

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Spirit Week

This is spirit week!! Each year we have a fund raiser to help aid in specific needs for our school. It is called "Hoot Scoot and Boogie" ( a clever name for a Nashville suburban school with an Owl as its' mascot - get it?)...Each day the kids dress up with a specific theme in mind. Today was "Sports" day. Here in the Cappillino home, we do love our Titans and Preds BUT "for me and my house, we will cheer for the Yankees" (even though they lost last night to Detroit). Take a look at my little Yankee...

I wanted to show you a few of the fund raiser baskets. We have a silent auction tonight and I always love to see how creative people are... crafty people inspire me!!! Here are a few.

Speaking of inspiring... we were returning a few weeks ago from our Minneapolis GOG...we met and heard one of the most inspirational stories ever in the airport. We were sitting down at Starbucks and here comes this precious dog walking on her back two legs with an adorable military jacket custom made for her body. The dog proceeded to lay down very close to us while the owner went in line to order. I told the girls we have to find out this dogs' story. Dana, my husband says to us, "I just saw that dog on T.V"...

Come to find out this dog is quite famous (one of Oprah's favorite guests'). Her name is Faith. The owner told us Faith was born with only her back legs. Her son gave Faith to them as a gift when she was a puppy. She is a certified registered military dog - a therapy lap dog. Faith sits in the laps of soldiers and allows the soldier to pet her. Unconsciously, the soldier tends to relax, thus being able to talk more openly allowing much needed counseling. I LOVE THAT!!! What God can do with anything or anyone - miraculous!!!

I can't explain to you the reaction Denise and I had while watching this precious animal lie down and then get back up - completely full of humility and grace!!! Faith demonstrates that you don't have to LOOK perfect to have a purpose!!

Here is a picture of Denise and Faith, the other is Faith and her "Mommy".

Check out this link. Your kids will LOVE watching it - absolutely amazing in all aspects! http://faiththedog.info/imag/tid/36

So be on the lookout - God can use whatever He chooses to lift our spirits!!

Many blessings, Leigh Cappillino

Your Weekly Encouragement from Point of Grace

Compassion

The Bible says that God is a "father to the fatherless" and a "defender of the widows" (Psalm 68:5-6). Isn't this a beautiful picture of a loving God? It goes on to say that He "places the lonely in families" and "sets the prisoner free and gives them joy." When we feel lonely, isn't that what we want - to be part of a family, to belong? And have you ever felt like a prisoner in your home circumstances?

There are many other places in the Bible that talk about God's special love for the fatherless: Deuteronomy 10:18 says, "He defends the cause of the fatherless and the widow," and Psalm 27:10 says, "Even if my father and mother abandon me, the Lord will hold me close."

Do you get the feeling that God has a special place in His heart for those who are without a father or mother? Can't you hear His compassion and protection ringing loudly from those scriptures?

I've always thought that God has something extra- special in mind for those who grow up without an earthly father or mother. Following His examples, shouldn't we be showing compassion to them as well?

As we get closer to the Holidays, I am reminded of those that would love an invitation to "sit at our table"... during these weeks ahead (before the chaos of the Holiday Season) consider who God would want you to invite for a time of fellowship - showing compassion and extending a hand of love.

Many blessings, POG!!!

Shelley Says...

Happy October 5th!!

We have been enjoying the most awesome weather here in Nashville lately. Fall in Nashville is just the best!

Three random things for today in my world....

First, my daughter has recently become completely obsessed with Monopoly.

She loves to play it, and I found out my friend Keely is obsessed as well. ( I continue to find out random facts about Keely who I swear has lived 9 lives already...) So tonight, at Caroline's invitation, there will be a big Monopoly game at the Breen house. She called Keely and invited her over to play, and she is already worried that we won't finish the game. I agreed with her that we wouldn't, as Monopoly takes a long time, but Keely has a plan to photograph the board so we can continue at a later date.

Secondly,

I am SO SO SO excited to be traveling to Little Rock this weekend for my 20 year college Homecoming at Ouachita Baptist University.

I am actually receiving an "Alumni Acheivement Award" at halftime, and I have NO idea what I'm going to wear. Oh, and I'm singing the national anthem as well. I'm so scared I'm gonna go all Christina Aguilera on it...I'm going to write cheat words on my hand just in case. She spooked me at the Super Bowl.

OBU holds such sweet memories for me, and I'm excited to show Caroline (and David) the beautiful campus.

Then, next weekend, we are heading to Florida for Girls of Grace. If you live anywhere remotely close to Jacksonville, Florida, and have a 6th through 12th grade girl, you CANNOT afford to miss this opportunity.

Click here for ticket info and all the deets.....

I hope you all have wonderful fall day...I'll try to take lots of pics from Homecoming!

Shelley