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I don't really know what to blog about today. I feel like there is nothing really that exciting going on or funny to tell you about, but here I go...

We started football yesterday. Two extremes. My oldest started pads and got in the car after practice along with 2 other boys and it was like they had all had a shot of testosterone. They were pumped up like they could take on the world. We rolled the windows down and cranked up the song "Go Hard" from the cd "Rebel" by LECRAE. I'm not sure my ears are ever going to recover much less my speakers. BUT, they were cute trying to dance all cool in the car as we are swaying back and forth at the stoplight.

Then last night I head back up to school to take my youngest son Price to his first football practice ever. It's like a rite of passage when a Mom let's them get out of the car and knows that they are going to teach them how to hit each other as hard as they can. I'm not sure yet how he will like it. You know when you send them out there that they are going to get yelled at in a way they never have before. He goes to full pads tomorrow. I've been thankful to Spence for getting outside with his younger brother and pushing him around a little to get used to it. Something in me LOVES it all so much. The other day I was out running passing routes. I told my boys that I am probably one of the few 42 year old moms that will get out in 100 degree heat and do this. I suppose this is why I love "Friday NIght Lights" so much. I'm still sad that it's over. Last night I made Price's favorite dessert as a celebration of his first football practice. It's the Glazed Tea Cake recipe from our cookbook. Here is a picture. Now, I did take half of it to some of my friends this morning. But I just leave the cake knife in the pan and we all just keep coming up and cutting little pieces at a time. That way I don't feel like I ate so much. haha!!!

I do want to tell you about an incredible book that our family is doing together at night preparing us for fall sports. If you have a child in any kind of sport I would HIGHLY recommend it. No matter what different personalities you have in your family. it has led to great conversations and new challenges for me as I apply it to my own life. It's an easy read and give wonderful practical advice. It's called "Scripture and Sport Psychology" by Derek de la Pena, Ph.D.

Football says to me that it's time to get back to school. Are you ready? I've got complete mixed emotions. I don't want to go back to homework and schedules every day, but then on the other hand I feel like I'm in major need of some routine. Every day is so different that I can't seem to get anything accomplished. Some things I've gotten really lazy about. Do any of you feel the same way?? The other thing that tells me it's time to get back to school is tax-free weekend. YAY!! Of course we then usually end up buying something that we really didn't need just because it was "TAX FREE" . So, I hope you take advantage of some of the sales on the things you actually do need. I'm going go now and get another slice of tea-cake, then head to the football field to pick up tired and hungry boys.

Have a wonderful day and great weekend.

Denise

Shelley Says...

Happy Thursday my friends!

Well my little girl is growing up...sigh...

Last night marked a milestone in her life...she spent the night away from home!!! With a friend. Caroline is ALMOST 9, and I realize a lot of little girls have been doing this with friends for awhile, but she is a homebody in every sense of the word. That said, the spending the night with friends thing has been a little delayed. I AM NOT COMPLAINING. I am not a fan of spend the night parties to be honest. Unless I REALLY know the parents.

I mean, LIKE REALLY know the parents...

Now, she has spent the night a time or two with this one...

Sarah.

But that doesn't really count...

Because they live a literal stone's throw away. And Caroline has logged about half of her life's hours at this house.

This shot seems like yesterday...it really does...

I can't even take it.

ANYWAY, the first time she made it through the night over there was a big deal. I have met Sarah's mom Kirsten on the driveway many a night at around 11:30pm for the kid return.

And I fully expected to be driving south on I-65 last night at midnight to pick her up from this one's house.

Darby Mae. aka Diddles. aka Darby Dids

But like I said, she's growing up.

She loves this girl. They spent much of their young lives together on a tour bus.
I love that pic taken yesterday.

I love it and I hate it.

They are so DANG big.

LOOK at this....

WAAAAAAAAAAH!!!!!!! Kill me now.

Never mind. I'm so old I'm almost dead anyway.

So Caroline spent the WHOLE night away at Darby Mae's. Like really away. Like 10 miles.

I'm so proud.

Apparently there were Point of Grace Christmas shows performed.

Complete with red and green dresses. Sorry I missed that. But good to know our legacy will continue through the ages.

Hi, I'm Shelley. I hate the passing of time.

Does anyone know how to stop growth in children??

Lemme know.

Shelley

Reflecting God's Image

 

Colossians 3:9-10   "You have taken off your old self with its practices and have put on the new self, which is being renewed in knowledge in the image of its Creator."

Try the rest of this week to step out to become more like God in ONE particular area of your life.

Let's see how God's power will strengthen us in our weakness in order to be more like Him - a Christ follower.

With Love,

Shelley, Leigh and Denise

Lovin My Laundry

I absolutely love going to the flea market!!! It is the 4th weekend of every month in Nashville. It normally takes about 3 to 4 hours to walk the grounds which I think makes it very doable. As a matter of fact, if I know exactly what I am looking for, I can getter done in about 2 & 1/2 hours (including walking to my car). Nashville flea market never fails me - I ALWAYS find a treasure!!

My friend Jessie (who loves to craft as much as I do), Capri the "rookie" and I were off to the flea market a few weeks back to see what jewels were for the taking. I was on a hunt for my dining room table that this wonderful man from Kentucky made for me out of old church pews. I couldn't wait to see it. At my request, I had him paint it green on top (my favorite color) and to leave the legs black.

I got to his booth and he took us back to his trailer for the unveiling - IT WAS HUGE AND GORGEOUS and GREEN!! I couldn't wait to get it home. Next stop was the area of miscellaneous Chandelier links. I found a fantastic zinc/metal chandelier in Texas a few months back with holes in the metal all the way around it. I felt it was missing a little bling so I thought I could (over time) add hundreds of crystal links to it. It was my "lucky" day... I found so many beautiful links - each one different from the next. I am really proud of my chandelier.

My two tasks were accomplished so I wasn't necessarily looking for anything else... but then I picked up this old red metal object. I wasn't sure what it was. It looked like a pencil sharpener with a string inside the case. The man selling the object told me what it was - it was an antique clothes line. He showed me how you nail one side into a thick tree and put a hook where you want the string to hang. I was enamored by it and thought I could do my laundry room around this precious treasure. So I began decorating my laundry room...with the help of my friend Capri as well as a few treasures I had tucked away for such an occasion, we gave my laundry room a face lift. I love being in there. It is so clean and organized!

My favorite things are my antique clothes line thingamabob, my homemade curtains (Capri and I made those) and my "lost socks" plaque (Jessie made me that for my bday). The paint color is perfect, the window brings in so much light and everything is in it's proper place. Thanks to my friends I CAN get everything done and still have time for "lovin my laundry" room.

What's next? You will have to wait till the 4th week of each month to find out.

Have a great week, leigh capp

Back To School: Week Three- $7.97 CD Sale

Week three of "Back To School" is here and this week only get $7.97 CDs in the online store. Start off the school year with some new music by picking up that CD you may be missing for $7.97 just this week!

CLICK HERE to go to the online store.

*Offer valid 08/01/11-08/07/11. Valid on individual CDs only, no bundles. Discount automatically taken at check-out. Cannot be combined with other offers, promotions, or coupon codes.