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Want less stress? Then listen up!

Leigh shares several tips to make your day less stressful, including saving stamps, keeping things in the same place, and avoiding tight clothing.

Hear what the girls have to say about those...

It's Monday and it's COLD...

I would love to just sit by my fireplace and drink hot chocolate all day. But getting out and getting exercise is good for me, RIGHT? So, I got together with my friends Kelley, Rhonda, and Paige in Kelley's garage and we worked up a sweat at least. My favorite part is the talking with one another. I think it does my body almost as good as the exercise. It's about the only way I can talk myself into doing something.

This past weekend we had a wonderful time in Grand Rapids, MI with Girls of Grace. It was SOLD OUT!!! I can't tell you how thrilled I am with what God is doing in this conference. It was our first time to have Sidewalk Prophets. The girls knew almost every song they sang thanks to great Christian radio, and of course they LOVED Britt Nicole. She always brings the house down. Everyone on the platform has something of value to share. If you are looking for future dates, make sure to check out for when we are coming to a city near you.

Christmas is coming soon along with BABY ANDY:) I tell you Leigh is being a trooper these days. Can't wait to meet this little boy. In Grand Rapids, we saw a touch of snowflakes in the air. It made me want to get the Christmas CD's out. I'm super excited about a special show we are getting to do with Women of Faith. It's going to be a really cool night.

Then we will head out on the bus for our very own Christmas shows. We sure would love to see you there. Our dates are listed on the tour page.

Those are things that I'm thinking ahead on, although I need to be thinking about what I'm going to get at the grocery today and what I'm going to make for dinner. So, I will go on and start writing my list. Don't forget to get out there and vote tomorrow. It's a wonderful privilege that we can't ignore.
Love you and have a great day.

Get Out And Vote!

Shelley, Leigh, and Denise share the importance of voting - even for kids! They talk about how much of a privilege it is and how every vote does indeed count.
Listen to their discussion, and make sure to vote this week!

Happy Harvest!!!

We had a fantastic time with Shelley, David and Caroline yesterday!!! We began with makeup and hair for the girls. Caroline and Darby decided many months ago they were going to be the sweet bff team of "Shake it Up" Darby was Rocky and Caroline was Cece. This is a sweet Disney show of two girls living out dreams plus the ups and downs of being a teenager.

The pressure was on... I had to do hair and makeup while Shelley was preparing a delicious Harvest Stew!!! Yummy!!!!!! The girls looked so much older with makeup and hair done (bittersweet)...They were ready to eat and then get started on having some "shake it up" fun.
And Shelley never disappoints... the Brunswick stew and mexican cornbread was FABULOUS... however, the girls were now uninterested in eating... "Let's go Mom!!" So out the door they went!!!

Here is a few shots of our finished product - Rocky and Cece of "Shake it Up".

They walked a little from house to house and then we all got in the car with the back trunk open and drove around the subdivision. What a blast!!!!

Since we are doing the baby's nursery in a Toy Story theme, we had to get a picture of "Jessie" from Toy Story. She was giving out candy - so cute!!!

After a few hours and a whole bunch of fun we came to Shelley's, the girls counted their stash and then we made smores by the fire pit... a tremendous time with dear friends and cherished fellowship!! Thanks again to Shelley and David - the best hostess EVER!!!

Hope you all had a great time with your family as well!

Blesssings, leigh

Shelley Says...

Autumn Brunswick Stew

Fall is officially upon us here in middle Tennessee. We got off the bus this morning at 7am and it was QUITE BRISK to say the least - quite a change from the sunny and 70 degrees we enjoyed yesterday in Florida. We sang at a church in Fruitland Park, Florida called New Life. They were some of the sweetest and most giving people in the world! We loved being there - and we were so excited to get over 20 kids sponsored for Compassion!! Thank you to all of you who took home a sweet child to sponsor.

Now, on to food. It always goes back to food doesn't it…

Once a year, always in the fall, I make what is probably my favorite homemade soup. I have been making it since 2006 when I found the recipe in Paula Deen's magazine…I carefully save the recipe each year, tucking it back in my recipe box… and I always have a little fear that when I go to get it it will be gone…

This takes a little extra work because you have to cook and shred a Boston butt roast before you get started…. but it makes a huge pot. I'm going to make it for Halloween night. The Cappillinos are coming over to trick or treat, and I know I can count on Dana to make a good dent in it -

Leigh is very very very pregnant at this point, so I'm sure she will enjoy no cooking! :0)
The girls are going to dress up as Rocky and CeCe from Disney's "Shake it Up", and they have had their costumes for months now…

If you make this - let me know how it turns out!!


Autumn Brunswick Stew

3 large split chicken breasts
2 1/2 quarts of water
3 medium potatoes, peeled and coarsely chopped
1 large onion
1/2 cup chopped celery
1 (4 pd.) Boston butt roast, cooked and shredded
2 (15.25ounce) cans white corn, drained
2 (14.75ounce) cans creamed corn
1- 28oz. can crushed tomatoes
1- 26oz bottle of ketchup
1/2 cup Worcestershire sauce
1/2 stick of butter
2 tablespoons of liquid smoke
2 tsp. of hot sauce or to taste

In a large Dutch oven, combine chicken breasts and water. Bring to a boil over medium-high heat; cover, reduce heat, and simmer 35 to 40 minutes, or until chicken is tender.
Remove chicken, reserving broth in a pan. Let chicken cool slightly. Discard bones and skin; cut chicken into bite-size pieces, set aside.
Add potatoes, onion, and celery to reserved broth. Bring to a boil over medium-high heat; reduce heat and simmer, uncovered 25 to 30 minutes, or until vegetables are tender. Stir in chicken, roast, and remaining ingredients. Simmer, uncovered, one hour.

This soup is even better the next day!! I always make it a day ahead then reheat.
Also, it's really good served with Mexican Cornbread. Just sayin'…

Happy Monday!