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HAPPY BIRTHDAY SPENCE!!!

Fourteen!!!!!! Is it really possible? I can't believe it. My first born is 14! Why does 14 sound so much older than 13? I know..... it's sad, I'm sitting here typing and crying at the same time. My heart is full of joy at what both of my boys bring to my life, but I can't believe that I have less than 5 years with him at home under my roof. It would be God's timing that in my Bible study this week we were studying Abraham and how he was willing to give up Isaac as an offering because God asked him to. When it comes to our kids it sure is hard to "let go and let God" do His work within them. That is what I'm trying to do though. I want to learn how not to parent in fear. I'm so fickle though. One second I will try to take a deep breath and calmly talk about things, then the next minute I blow a fuse because he didn't get the grade I expected him to get. Yuck on me.

Here he is.... the birthday boy. At the 8th grade recognition. I had a better official picture, but couldn't figure out how to make my scanner work.

He had a few friends go bowling the other night after our Homecoming Football Game. Yes, there are a few girls in the picture. Supposedly they are just friends:) Stu says I'm overprotective!!! They are sweet girls though. We call them the A's because all of their names begin with A. Anna, Abby, Allie, and Audrey. I'm still having to get used to the idea. I don't understand why girls aren't ugly in 8th grade. Anyway, it was fun watching them all interact and be silly.

Can't I just keep holding him? No of course not. So what do I do instead? Make his favorite meals. lol

This morning I got up at 5 to pre-cook some of dinner because I don't have time this afternoon. He wants our Creamy Chicken Enchiladas from the Cookbook w/ Spanish rice and of course Shelley's Mom's salsa and chips. So at 5 a.m. I'm sauteing onions and cooking salsa. It didn't really smell that appetizing at the time. Then he wanted cinnamon rolls for breakfast. Thank goodness that he doesn't mean homemade rolls. Pillsbury does just fine:) He ate the whole can besides 2. One for Price and one for Stu. Later on I'll be picking up a big cookie from "Great American Cookie Co". I'm going to have to run a lot of extra miles to participate in today's events. For lunch he wants me to bring him a footlong Meatball Sub from Subway. Can you tell he is on a growth spurt?

Anyway, I say this to Spence. You are so special to me. I'm proud of the young man you are growing into. You love God and it shows by the way you care about your friends, teachers, coaches, parents, and sometimes your little brother. lol. I know that you are going to make some mistakes along the way, but I want you to know that we will love you. Like that book I used to read you says, "I love forever, I like you for always, as long as I'm living my baby you'll be". Happy Birthday my sweet Spence.

Okay, moving along. It's also "Boomer's" Bday as well. He was actually born in August, but we brought him home on Spence's birthday 6 years ago.

Well enough of birthdays, but when I think of birthdays, it makes me think of cake and ice cream, which makes me think of this.....

Have you tried it?uhhhhhh it's sooooo delicious. haha we talked yesterday at our "fun and fit group" about eating clean. Well this isn't on the menu. But is sure is good! I'm loving all of the fall flavors, smells, and decorations. I haven't even come close to carving a pumpkin yet. Good for Leigh!!

Well have a blessed day. Enjoy the moments. They go so fast. (sniff sniff) - still crying.
Love,
Denise

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

There Is Still Time To Vote!

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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!!!