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Shelley says...

The need to be loved is one of our strongest emotional longings. When we're feeling bad about ourselves, or left out and alone, what we crave is affirmation and acceptance. We usually look to other people for this-coworkers, family members, friends at school, or people at church. And often times we do get love and acceptance from these people-but not always, and not always enough. Even those of us who seem super confidant most of the time are insecure. You never know when you're gonna get sucker-punched, and feel betrayed or broken down.

On the road, I meet so many people who feel like they don't quite measure up. Maybe they think they're not smart enough, pretty enough, or funny enough. Whatever they feel is lacking, it's always measured by what other people think and not what God thinks.
I always want to tell them, especially the kids (but it's true for all of us), "Who cares if you're not the most popular or if you don't have the 'right' friends?? You were designed by God, and yes, HE loves you more than anything-and that's enough. When and if you ever truly internalize this truth and live it, it will transform your life.

The good news is this- as God's children, we can hold our heads up high, knowing that our identity comes from Him. He created us just the way we are. On purpose. And there is a good and prosperous plan for each of us!

Romans 15:7- Accept one another, then, just as Christ accepted you, in order to bring praise to God.

Have a great week,
Shelley

School Days - "Good Things And Bad"

Yesterday was our first day of school. I definitely had mixed emotions about them going back. How can they be this old? I have two in Middle School. One is at the top of the food chain in 8th grade and the other is at the bottom of the food chain in 5th. I have threatened my oldest that he and his friends had BETTER be nice to his younger brother.

Do you remember Middle School? UGGH Although I don't get it. The girls don't have "ugly" stages anymore.. When I was looking at the girls at a ballgame the other night I wondered this to myself. Even with braces on they don't look bad. I have buried many of my Middle School pictures because I looked so bad. It was a season of life that I remember not knowing where I fit it. Groups of friends began to change and I didn't know which one I belonged in. All that to say, I would not want to go back.

So I was anxious to pick them up and see how it went. WELL....... Price (my youngest) was picked up first. He gets in the car and says... "DON'T ASK!!!!" Now, you have to understand that Price is so precious, but he is my child who is definitely tends to look at the glass half empty. So, whether it's a birthday party, camp, or school, he usually gives me the negative stuff first. Then I wait and get to hear about what he did enjoy. We go to Sonic for a first day treat (cuz now we are cutting back to only having cokes on weekends). He begins to share a little about this day. He doesn't know where he's going..... doesn't understand the schedule...... yada yada. BUT the worst part happened when all of his magnetic stuff fell off his locker onto the floor and his pencils went EVERYWHERE. Of course he's mad at me because it's MY FAULT that I bought that particular magnetic pencil holder and dry erase board. Thankfully after talking for awhile I did get to hear about some things he did enjoy.

I head back up to school to pick up Spence from football practice. I was fully expecting his day to have been GREAT because that is usually how his day goes. So, he walks up to the car and I say "Hey, how are you?" and he says "NOT GREAT" and gets in the car. You know when you can see it on their face that if you were to keep pushing they might "cry", so I used self control and waited. Eventually the story comes out. Since it was the first day of school, there was an all school assembly. Spence had been asked to lead the Pledge of Allegiance to represent the Middle School. He steps up to the microphone nice and confident. He starts out "I" and his voice cracks huge! So according to him, everyone laughed through the whole Pledge. Thank goodness he was able to laugh it off, but don't you know how it feels on the inside? ( and 8th grade boys are brutal) Maybe ya'll should send me some of your Middle school most embarrassing moments so that I can share with them and laugh.

After dinner everyone seemed in better spirits:) Tonight is first High School football game. We are pumped about that. Nothing like the energy of the evening air under the lights of the stadium.. Gotta love it. Speaking of football.... Spence had his first game on Tuesday night. The POG girls and families came out to support him. So very sweet, since we don't have any family that lives close. He had a first great game. Here are some pics. I just can't believe how much bigger he looks then last year. He's number 23. (strange number for a QB)

Price hasn't had his first game yet. He does have a scrimmage in the morning. Here are some pics of him on his first padded practice.

Learning how to tackle:)

We aren't sure what position he's playing yet, but he's really enjoying it.

The girls and i are in the studio today with Ian Eskelin. We are getting so excited about the songs for this record. Today we are singing a song called "Good Enough". Here is a picture of Ian and Mark busy at work.

Shelley is busy singing so I couldn't open the door and I don't know how to take the flash off. Sorry..

Anyway, I hope you have a wonderful Friday and an awesome weekend.
Love,
Denise

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Break A Leg!

The very day we were in Clarksville, Tn. (see Shelley's blog below)... Darby was having her SOD recital - (School of Dance) in Franklin, Tn. Dana and I got to see the dress rehearsal the day before (thank goodness) and we were just blown away with Darb's rhythmic abilities. She loves to dance but this is the first time Darby has ever taken a hip hop class. Every Monday throughout the summer she learned how to pop, lock and even break dance.

Darby is getting ready - Stretching is very important before each class. This is also very important for us older woman before exercising too.

The hip hop dance team came in ready for action... Darby is in the center, front row. - Rock it out girl!!!

The break dancing part freaked me out... Darby would practice at home standing on her head with the support of her elbow - YEAH right!! Take a look at the attempt... so hilarious!!

The big finale was all of the classes coming out and taking a bow. It was so sweet and a wonderful way to spend our Monday evenings this summer. Darby had a blast and her teacher Holly was soooooooooooooooooooo adorable. Thanks to Holly and Cassidy for a great job!!

We have enjoyed some beautiful evenings here in Franklin, Tn. Believe it or not the last few nights have been cool and perfect for our after dinner walks. Last night was about 70 awesome degrees and Sunday evening was spent outside with friends and some vanilla ice-cream with sprinkles. (That's right... I am now a pro at Homemade ice-cream - I love that machine!!!).

Hope you are enjoying some family walks, some homemade ice-cream, and maybe a dance or two - it's "how you live".

Make it count, leigh cappillino

Shelley Says...

We got to do something really great this past weekend! The three of us girls and Dana, our guitar player drove to Clarksville, TN to sing for a sweet group of ladies. We just love all women audiences! We're all the same! We are just happy to be out of the house and doing something other than laundry, amen??

The event was a Mother/Daughter tea to raise money and awareness for the Hope Pregnancy Center and their Mom2Mom program in Clarksville. These women are making such great strides to give girls that find themselves in a crisis pregnancy situations a REAL choice. Sharing the love of Jesus and teaching these women and girls how to love their children is such an important job. I am grateful for the tireless women in Clarksville who make this center a reality everyday.

Each of the tables at the tea had a theme and were decorated by the women who sponsored the tables. There were so many cute ones-Martha Stewart would have been proud...
I was so mad at myself because I forgot to take photos of the tables, and by the time I remembered, this was the only one still up...

Seems to be a butterfly/insect theme. So cute...

Those tall glasses kinda look like beer glasses from a pub, but I assure you they were not! hahaha

I took photos of the women from the stage and told them all to read my world-wide blog on Tuesday and they would see themselves! So here it goes!

I told them to look excited like we were really rockin' it out. They did a good job. We were one step away from a mosh pit. (Is that how you spell mosh? I have no idea. Lord.)

Here is the second photo...

aaaaaand the last group....I hope I got everyone in. I promised!!!! If you are from Clarksville and are reading this please comment below...I want to know if you guys listened and obeyed! hahaha

We got home right around supper time, so we had a POG family dinner at our local Mexican restaurant with all the kids...so really, couldn't have asked for a better day.

Speaking of the kids...today was Caroline's first day of for school-third grade. She looked SO CUTE. I cannot even take it.

Look at her shoes...aren't they so grown up? No more sparkly Sketchers for her. NO SIR...we are wearing Sperry's my friend. Like the 4TH GRADERS!!
I couldn't believe it when those were what she picked out. Notice the "friendship" ankle bracelet made of thread on the outside of her sock. Awesome!

She's so pretty. Look at that face and those pigtails. SO CUUUUUUUTE.

That's it.

I'm starting her in pageants. Toddlers and Tiaras.

She can play Mario Kart on wii for her talent.

have a great day everyone!
Love and smiles,
shelley

PS kidding about T and Tiaras. Maybe.