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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

Blast From The Past

Re-live Point of Grace's QVC visit and the experiences that went along with it in this "Blast From The Past"!

A Great Weekend!!

Happy Monday everyone! We literally just got home off the bus from a great weekend run. The bus rolled in at 6:00 a.m. I woke Spence up and we headed home for a quick shower and to pick up Price. Then hopped back in the car and headed to school. Caroline, Darby, and Spence got to travel with us this weekend, but Price had to stay home due to football. By the way, I'm really sad..... Football season is over for Spence and Price only has one game left:( It's been a good season for both boys. I can't believe that next year Spence will be on the High School football team!!!! STOP IT!!!!! i hope he can get some meat on his bones before then. Sure wish he could have some of mine. LOL!

We started the weekend off, by heading out Friday night to Marlboro, MD (DC Area) for Girls of Grace. As always, it was a fun and fulfilling day of spending time with these precious teenage girls and their Moms. Chris Wheeler was incredible, as always, along with everyone else. I'm so amazed at what God continues to do with this ministry.

However, this picture has nothing to do with the spiritual side of the day.. Mike Alley the wonderful promoter for the event brought us the famous "BERGER" cookies. Made in Baltimore if I'm correct. No joke, the assembly line for dipping the cookies in the chocolate is still done by the hands of two sweet little ladies. And you can tell it!!! Leigh was beside herself on how good they were.

After we finished the day, we got on the bus to head out. We were all excited because Jason Castro rode with us to our next show. Here's a picture of Jason and Spence. Yes, Spence of course had to put it on facebook:) He's a really sweet and talented young man. Shelley had to bombard him with the inner scoop of "American Idol". NO worries!! He shared nothing but good experiences:)

The next morning we woke up to the "cold" weather in Meadville, PA. What a beautiful city though. Did you know that the "Zipper" was invented in Meadville, PA? Pretty impressive stuff huh? We did a matinee show which always scares me because I feel like everyone is taking their Sunday nap in the concert, but we were pleasantly surprised. The crowd was fantastic. AND we got to see some of very special friends/fans after the show. We didn't even know they were coming. All of them have faithfully followed and encouraged us for years. Here is a picture of some of them.

From left to right between us. There is Erica, Jennifer, and Heather. Also Kenny and Renee were there, but didn't get in the photo. We appreciate ya'll so much. You are always a blessing to see:) After the show we headed back to Nashville. It is a first for us, but one that we were really excited about. Our bus driver had a "hot dog" machine on the bus. It's the little things that make you happy sometimes. Any way, we had to try it, so we made Dana run over to the store and by hotdogs and buns. I don't know what it is, but these hotdogs were amazing!

Our driver Chris said that you can buy your own at Rite Aid. FYI! We might have to make a stop this week. We also helped ourselves to some of Shelley's Mom's Salsa that was leftover from the Girls of Grace cooking segment. It's sooooo good!

It was a good weekend. As always, I'm glad to be home, but thankful that God lets me do this job:) Have a blessed week and be a blessing to others.

Love,
Denise