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Happy Birthday Caroline

Shelley says...

Today my baby turns nine. It makes me sad for two reasons. 1. She is getting older and more self-sufficient. 2. My excuse of "I need to lose this baby weight..." is getting REALLY lame.

I am so proud of her. She is a sweet, smart, happy and content kid. She knows her limits, has a small circle of friends, and really loves just being home. I could really learn a few things from her.

Caroline has recently gotten "back into" American Girl Doll stuff. She is funny, she sorta goes from one thing to another...a few months ago, it was Calico Critters, and we were all in. But things change quickly around here. And when we like something, we love something.

We started reading the Addy books this summer from the American Girl Civil War series. Caroline began talking about wanting to go to one of the stores. So my neighbor and I planned a little trip over Labor Day weekend to Atlanta with the girls to visit the store there and to celebrate her birthday early.

Caroline was in heaven. That's all I can say. If a perfect Mother/Daughter trip exists, this is it.

Here they are about to go into the store with their dolls.

They could hardly contain their excitement. I was so excited too. There's something about all that doll stuff that takes me back.

They got their dolls hair done, ears pierced, (Caroline isn't allowed to have hers done until she's 13, so that was little hard to explain why I was ok with her getting her doll's done) and then we had little birthday lunch in the bistro. This was a huge cake for four of us. I ended up tossing half of it...ugh.

Caroline really wanted to get her doll the "flute" set. She has been saying for months that she wants to play the flute. I told her when we could practice piano without complaining for a whole week, we would talk about it. Don't think we'll be taking up the flute anytime soon. Sarah actually plays the violin, so here are their dolls with their instruments.

I just had to show you this because it's creepy on some levels to me. hahahahahaha...

"Hi, we are Nicole and Josefina. At night we come into your room and kill you with our instruments..."

I dunno. Anyone else get that vibe??

On a serious note, we made great memories last weekend. I am so grateful for the downtime with Caroline.

Here she is getting ready to go home....did I mention that they have matching outfits...I mean seriously...

Those are Kirsten's glasses but she couldn't resist looking exactly like Nicole.

Who knows, maybe one day when I'm old and gray, Caroline will read this post...

if so...


Love, Mom

A Mid-Week Update From Denise

Sorry everyone!! Today is a pretty lame blog. I don't have any photos or ANYTHING fun to look at. But don't we all have those days? Just kinda the mundane sort of day? Yesterday I got the dreaded phone call from school that my oldest Spence is sick. GREAT!!! He has his biggest football game yet this week and now he's got fever. It's been going around school. So of course it changes all of the plans for the rest of the day that you thought you had made:) Spent the evening nursing him and pumping him up with Vitamin C and drinking tons of liquids. He's headed to school this morning feeling better. I hope it lasts through the day. Missing a day at school is brutal to catch up on in the 8th grade.

My parents have been here visiting. That's always fun. I thought I took some pics of them with the boys, but it's on their camera and we don't have the cords to transfer them. I wish they lived closer to me. It's so nice to have them come to ballgames etc. We went to see "The Help" this weekend on our rainy Labor Day. Of course I can't complain about the rain because they live in OK and would LOVE to have this rain. The poor farmers in OK have really had it hard this year.

I do want to encourage ya'll to get out to see a new movie called "Seven Days in Utopia" . My friend knows this family and this is what she said about the movie. It is a wonderful family movie about restoring purpose in a life gone astray. A MUST SEE!! It stars Robert Duvall, Lucas Black & Melissa Leo. It is based on the best selling book, Golf's Scared Journey by David Cook. Here is the clip: We hope to go see it this weekend.

Yesterday we started our "FUN AND FIT" workout group. I PROMISE to get some pictures or video, but no one would let me on the first day. One day, I will blog and introduce you to some of my dear friends who are doing it with me. Paige is my trainer. She is coming over with a group of 8 of us at my house one day a week and we are doing a group workout. It really makes working out much more fun. Shelley and Leigh are in it as well. I don't know about them, but I am sooooo sore today. It's hard to sit on the toilet because my legs hurt so bad.

Today I'm pumped up!! My FRA Mom's bible study starts up. We are using Kelly Minter's study "No Other God's". I always look forward to these days. Meeting with women and praying and talking about our struggles. I'm thankful that God calls us to have relationship with one another in the body of Christ. I wish I practiced my guitar more because I would be a much better worship leader, but I'm thankful to my friend Diane who helps me out tremendously.

So, on that note, I really do have to run. I will leave you with the verse I have written on my brand new chalkboard for my kitchen:)

It is good to give thanks to the Lord, to sing praises to Your Name, Oh Most High, to declare Your steadfast love in the morning, and Your faithfulness by night. For you, Oh Lord, have made me glad by your work, at the work of you hands I sing for joy. Ps 92:1-2, 4

Love you,

Point Of Grace Receives ICM Nomination

Point of Grace was nominated for Vocal Group or Band in this year's ICM Faith, Family, & Country Awards! Winners will be announced at the October 28 presentation.

The ICM Faith, Family & Country Awards caps off the annual Inspirational Country Music Week, which runs Oct. 24-28 in Nashville that draws fans and industry alike. Nashville’s Millennium Maxwell House Hotel will host the week’s activities before the Awards.

CLICK HERE for a full list of nominees and more information.

At The Fair

POG had a fantastic time yesterday in Philippi, W. Va at the Barbour County Fair. POG has never been to Philippi, but we certainly hope to return. We seldom get the opportunity to "see" the surrounding area of where we actually play. Often times you go from the bus to the hotel and then hotel to the venue and then back to bus...However, our fun began with a lovely walk in the woods just near the fair grounds... (did I mention the temp was about 80 degrees with NO humidity?) Just a bit of exercise is necessary especially when around fair food (a weakness for each of us girls).

And a lovely walk it was... Michael (our pianist and friend) Shelley and Denise just taking in the fresh air.

We even ran into King and Kate, the horses. The owner is keeping them cool in the woods before all the fair peeps come. So sweet... (I am holding my nose but they really didn't smell).

After our walk, we ran into the most beautiful pink pig we all have ever seen! It looked as pretty as all the pictures you see in books and the movies. We asked the owner what this pig's name was but they informed us the pig didn't have a name. They don't give the pigs they will slaughter a name... what?... That's right, they will eventually have to chop ole "Wilbur" up - it IS the circle of life and I DO love me some bacon!!

Speaking of food, we were now ready for some vittles... would you know our awesome host/driver owned a pizzeria just down the road. This place was no ordinary pizza joint. The dough and pizza sauce are made fresh every morning and the hoagies were a prize too. We would enjoy the pizza's later after the show (and they were fantastic) but for lunch each of us tried something alittle different. I had the Philly steak cheese hoagie and I had them substitute the green peppers for banana peppers - whoa whee!!! It was out of this world delicious. Next time you pass through Philippi, W. Va., stop by the Hometown Pizzeria and enjoy a hoagie or a pizza pie!! You want be sorry!! (Ya'll they even had a Ms. Pac Man arcade game!)

These folks were so hospitable! On our drive back to the venue (after stuffing our faces) the host/driver, Heather, mentions to us the lady that is fixing our dinner is famous for fixing a "Thanksgiving" feast for ALL the fair artists every year. (I can't even think about food right now... and we are leaving for dinner in about 2 1/2 hrs - how is a girl suppose to keep her girlish figure with these temptations?) Boy, did they ever have a feast... turkey, meatballs, ham (Wilbur), stuffing, green beans, sweet potato soufflé, homemade rolls, rigatoni, slaw, strawberry spinach salad and SSSSsssssoooooooooooooooooooooooooo much more. Then the dessert table - German choc. cake, choc. delight, upside down pineapple cake, cheese cake with cherries, cream cheese tart (and that is just what I ate)... Seriously too much to even remember.

That is a hint of the kindness we were shown and are constantly shown everywhere we go! Thank you again to all the wonderful people we met in Philippi we look forward to seeing you again very soon!!!

p.s. thanks to the gentlemen that brought to our signing table some fresh HOT corndogs - the madness never ends!!!

Hope everyone is "stuffed" today with God's blessings and His presence in their life, leigh capp

Your Weekly Encouragement from Point of Grace


Give me a "B"

We can all use a cheerleader in this game of life, because we all need encouragement from time to time. Life can be hard, and we need someone who can cheer us on and pick us up when we fall down. We need someone who can encourage us when we feel defeated. A cheerleader knows how to find the positive in the negativity of life and invites us to take a NEW look.

Barnabas, was the apostle Paul's personal cheerleader. In fact, Barnabas's name means "son of encouragement"! Paul was a formidable persecutor of Christians, costing many of them their lives. When he was converted and became a follower of Christ, the Christians in Jerusalem were afraid of him and wouldn't have anything to do with him. Who could blame them?

Barnabas, however, believed in Paul, took him around to the other believers and convinced them to take him in. His willingness to stand beside Paul resulted in a long-lasting, trusting relationship between the two men.

I have been blessed to have great encouragers in my life as well. As a matter of fact just this morning one of my "cheerleaders" called me and reminded me being broken and crushed can be a great place to be - it causes us to depend on God completely and that is when we grow.

I am uncertain of where you are in your heart or even your mental state of mind but recently I have been privileged to have conversations with some of my cheerleaders and maybe their words of encouragement/wisdom will bless you as it has me. Here are a few of them that I wrote down in my journal:

* "Friends are for a reason, a season, a lifetime."
* "Don't navigate the crooked places - let God make them straight."
* "God took your place of shame and brought YOU to a place of grace."
* "Don't waste your sorrow!"
* "My tears were used more than my words ever did."

Whether you need encouragement or extend encouragement today - we have biblical proof it will reap great benefits - and that does a heart good!!

Acts 9:26 - 15:39

-Leigh, Shelley, & Denise