Monday, November 9, 2009

Our weekend travels....

Happy Monday Everyone!!

We were so blessed to be invited down to the Show Hope Banquet this weekend! Lori and I left Friday evening around 5:30 pm on the six hour drive to Franklin, TN. The Lord blessed us with safe travels, and I must say that we were pretty giggly and slap happy by the time we arrived! Since we drove down in the dark it was awesome to wake up Saturday morning and take a look around...I have no word to describe the area other than BEAUTIFUL!!

Saturday morning we spent time reading in Proverbs, praying and just enjoying fellowship time together. We made prior arrangements to meet Mary Beth around 11:45 to deliver the lamb bundles. We arrived at the Marriott Hotel there in Franklin to to meet up with her after a meeting she was attending. Everyone was so friendly!! Everyone you met had a smile on their face and a kind word coming from their lips! It was refreshing! We walked in the conference room and were like two little wall flowers... =) The meeting was over and everyone was visiting with each other, so we waited our turn and finally met Mary Beth!

We left the bundles in my vehicle so in true Baby be Blessed tradition it seems...we went out and had our parking lot exchange! This makes me smile because when we delivered the lambs for the compassion trip it was also a parking lot, out of the back of my suburban doll deal! =) I wish we would have gotten a picture that time, but I made sure we grabbed one this time! Here is Lori, Mary Beth and myself with the lamb bundles that will be heading to China...



I praise God and give Him all the glory for this opportunity! May He use these lambs mightily to show His love, compassion and truth to others!

After we made our delivery, we wanted to find The factory where the Show Hope Banquet was being held later that evening. When we arrived there was a farmers market outside...yum! Lori over heard someone say..."Man you could eat your way right through this place!" Lori and I did with some delicious double chocolate chip bread! Did I mention Yum!! We then went to take a peek inside...I was so surprised to find what was in there!!

We are walking up the side entrance looking for the Banquet Hall....

WOW...it was like a little shopping mall inside!

Here is the Antique Mall there...

Many Artists! I took this picture for my Natalie, she loves horses!


We also found some really nice people! This sweet gentleman though was trying to whisper sweet nothings into my ear...By the look of the picture it was working! =) But no worries Keith!!

Lori kept us in line! Here she is telling this gentleman that it is a sin to try to pick up married women!! =) Sorry, we were still giggly!


Lori and myself!

Oh, and Show Hope has their offices here!!

Miss Lori...


They have a second hand store! Lori found some pants that matched her shoes she wore to the Banquet! Love it!!


Here is a little shop in which you can pick out and paint your own piece of pottery and they will fire it for you! My kids would have LOVED that!!

So after running around and having fun all afternoon, we went back and got ready for the Banquet. We arrived PLENTY early, since honestly Lori and I do not know how to read a fancy invitation...seriously. But better early than late! I had a little trouble with my camera due to the lighting, but here are some photo's.



Here we are!

The tables, oh and check out the centerpieces.
Took my breath away!
We sat at table #57.
Real butterflies!
It was so beautiful!

Here is a picture of the International Children's Choir...they were so awesome! I could watch them all day!

Lori and I again...
The whole evening was wonderful! To hear them share what work God is doing through Show Hope is simply amazing! Thank you Lord!!

On a final note....we each found a little treat on our chair! What a blessing to receive Steven's new Beauty Will Rise CD!!!! Around it is tied a little butterfly seed paper which you can plant in dirt and wait for little sprouts to appear!!

But guess what?!

I'm going to give my copy away to one of you!!!
Are you excited?! I am!!
So leave your contact information under this post and on Friday, I will pick the lucky winner!!

Thank you so much for all your prayers this weekend for Show Hope and also for Baby be Blessed! Hope you enjoyed the little snidbit of our weekend travels!!

Have a wonderful and blessed week!!
Tina



























33 comments:

Jenn said...

Looks like a fun trip! I would have spent HOURS in that antique shop. And the zebra pants?!? Too much!!! :)

Thank you, again, for blessing others with your talents!

jennlyons77@yahoo.com

Divine Mrs D said...

That looks like a wonderful trip! God is doing great things through you :) And I know the children will love those lambs!!

gillian said...

incredible what y'all are doing, such a blessing! would love to win your copy of SCC new cd, how kind of you to give it away!

gratefulsoul at hotmail.com

Kate Davis said...

How wonderful! It looks like you had a great time and I love the doll exchange. :) I know the children who will receive them will be blessed.

I would love to be entered in the CD giveaway.

kkpdavis@yahoo.com

Nikki said...

So awesome! You guys are a blessing to so many.

brynikstarr@aol.com

Jessica said...

Looks like a fun time! Thanks for the wonderful give away. God bless!

Lori said...

Thanks for sharing the zebra pant picture, Tina. I'll get you on that. LOL!!! Just to let everyone know...I did NOT buy the pants...we were a bit slap happy. On the serious side, I have to say, it was an awesome trip. It is always wonderful to see that God is doing many things ALL OVER THE WORLD.
Thank you, Tina, for stepping out in Faith & allowing God to use you for His Glory. I am so blessed to be a part of BbB.

Marcy said...

Looks like you had a great time!

Amber said...

Looks like you had a blast! I am so excited to give my little boy his BBB doll for Christmas!

nicevillegirl@yahoo.com

Dakota3 said...

What a blessing the Lamb bundles will be to the children in China!
Thank you for sharing about your trip and for the giveaway. Cindy

Anonymous said...

Looks like you had a great time! Would love to win the cd! So sweet of you to pass along your cd to someone else. You are such a sweetheart!

Blessings,
Jennifer
jen26@bellsouth.net

Sally said...

Sounds like it was fun! Can't wait to hear his new cd!

sallyjo03@hotmail.com

Lori13 said...

You guys are such an inspiration to us other mommy's. Love everything you do. God Bless

Lori
TpaStylist04@verizon.net

Mum of 4 said...

Looks like a great trip.
Thank you for your commitment to serving our Great God. God Bless you!

adoptionroad said...

That is very nice of you! I love the centerpieces and now understand why Grace posted a photo of grass on her front porch. -Andrea

Katrina said...

It looks like you had such an AMAZING weekend! You guys are SUCH a blessing to lots of people everywhere. I really would love that give-away!

Lynn said...

Tina, I enjoyed helping with the lamb bundles (tracing and cutting and then stuffing them). Glad you were able to get them all done and glad you & Lori had a safe and enjoyable trip.

Thank you again for your ministery!!

Lynn
lrwalls96@yahoo.com

mom said...

Looks like you both had an awsome trip. What a blessing the dolls will be to the children in China. Keep up the good work. Love to win the cd. MOM

rebekah said...

I get emotional looking at the babies you bless, God be with you all. I am inspired to the call to give and to Bless when I read this blog!

I love the butterflies and the decoration of the place- Gives me ideas for an outreach event we are hoping to hold for our community ;0)

Rebekah @ beddyboodles@gmail.com

Angie said...

Looks like you had tons of fun. Wonderful centerpieces.

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jenniferporter said...

You girls rock! Your doll ministry is such a blessing to many, many babies. Love it!! ~Jenn

jenn@alleganycomputer.net

Cathy said...

Thank you for the post and the pictures. I know BbB will be as much a blessing as you were blessed in getting to make the trip!!

mamamacathy@comcast.net

Michelle said...

Looks like you guys had a great trip and I hope to hear more about it and the work God is doing! So exciting!

Lisa said...

It sure would be nice to have that CD!!!

Mom to two China Dolls,
Lisa
lnpeeples@yahoo.com

Mattie said...

I'm sure you were blessed in TN, and what a blessing you are being!

mattie.wells@yahoo.com

God is making beauty from ashes in my life this week and I am so greatful for the Chapman's ministry!

Anonymous said...

You are so sweet and looks like you had tons of laughs and fun!
May God keep blessing you.
Julie

handbags*n*pigtails said...

Thank you for sharing your freebie with us. Id love to be entered to win it. May the Lord richly bless you gals!
Sarah
esgutierrez4@msn.com

Kelly said...

I would love to enter the contest for the CD...I love your dolls and lambs! Looks like you had a great time....loved seeing the pics!
my husband and I are leaving today for a few days for the ocean (Pacific) for our 21st wedding anniversary! Yay!!

shirley said...

So happy that you all had a safe road trip to Tenn. and a wonderful evening at Show Hope. The babies at Maria's House in China will be so blessed to have those bundles to love on! Great job!
Blessings,
Shirley
greenmom2b at yahoo.com

Anonymous said...

What a wonderful trip you guys had... Blessings for all that you do. Would love to win the CD!! Love the Chapman family. How sweet of you to give yours away. Hugs.
Debbie

dkennedy206@cfl.rr.com

Anonymous said...

Jean said....
Would love to win the CD you so unselfishly are giving away. You guys are incredible and have touched so many lives in so many ways.

pkennedy@cfl.rr.com

Melissa Craig Photography said...

I would love, love, love to win the cd. Thanks so Much for sharing.

Megan and Ryan Reed said...

by the Chapman's and Steven's music :)

rprmsr (at) gmail (dot) com