months ago, madison had a fabulous idea–how ’bout we celebrate dad & take everyone to the college football hall of fame for his birthday? we can celebrate trevor’s november birthday all together as well! so she & caroline wrapped up a little football & with his “you da man” card, they explained what our day would hold. well, we had an absolute blast!! the hall of fame opened in atlanta back in august…and it is so awesome!! truth be told, i teared up in the intro movie. seriously. besides getting chills over & over ( what’s bigger than college ball in the south?) all that talk about coaches calling forth the best in their team ( dan coached for years and years) , the players talking about working together, boys sharing how because of their ball playing they were the first in their family to go to college….it was beautiful. for real. the place is uber cool, chock full of facts & trivia, interactive, high tech, and super fun. the gigantic penley painting in the entrance is insane!!
truth be told, back in august ( when the hall of fame opened) i had no idea what our holidays would be like this year. would dan be receiving chemo? would he be sick? i just wanted to pinch myself multiple times yesterday as i was SO thankful he’s well. SO thankful!
one more thing. back in the summer ( i still need to share about this!) we visited savannah a couple times at chicfila corporate where she was interning. talk about an amazing opportunity!! i will. later. but one of the things we saw at corporate is their new innovations for new stores. i was oohing & aahing all over the trendy wood tables in this one particular area when one of the corporate chickfila guys comes over & explains the story behind the tables. read for yourself~
so…underneath these beautiful tables is the story of the artisan who made it. and if you crawl onto the floor ~people may or may not think you’re a weirdo but too bad for them because they’re missing out on THE best thing in chickfila~ you can snap a shot of this story….
“thank god i am truly free.”
love compassion & grace are INDEED powerful tools. so…if you’re in a chickfila ( perhaps up north? i think that’s where some of these newbies are heading) you might wanna look underneath your lovely centerpiece….
everyone wants to just belong right? i pray that yesterday for you was a place of belonging and if not, i pray that in your heart you know you belong to the heavenly father who sees you. who knows every heartache and disappointment and tears you’ve cried…and HE says, come to me all you who are weary and i will give you rest. you belong to him. always.