We’re moved in!

We’re officially moved in! It’ll take a while to get situated but the hard part is over. The washer/dryer was delivered yesterday & we now have Internet. Yay! I love being close to Madilyn’s school. Jeff is closer to his now as well. The house is beautiful & wonderful & big and we’re feeling exceptionally blessed.

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Love Notes

Since the first or second day of school Madilyn has been fast friends with an adorable little boy named Canon in her class. She said, “Canon thinks in his girlfriend.” I said, “Why does he think that?” She said, “because I make him think that.”

We had a good laugh over that but she’s continued her little friendship, as Canon’s mom & I have begun to develop one as well. She texted me a pic she found in his backpack this week. (Top pic) and I found one in Madilyn’s as well (bottom pic).

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Top pic Madilyn wrote the words, “I’m going to kiss you, said Canon” and Canon drew the picture. The bottom Canon wrote but we’re not sure of all the words. We can make out, “I love you, Madilyn. This is why….”

Madilyn says they’re writing a play. It’ll be interesting to see what else these two come up with!

Christmas Party!

Madilyn’s class had a Christmas party yesterday which was so fun. I was thrilled to get to be there & help. They ate fun food and opened gifts from their teacher (a book & candy) and stockings filled with little gifts from all their friends.

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Cara for hire (aka I lost my job!)

The news is finally public that Halogen TV, the company I helped launch & worked for during the past five years, has been sold. I got the call a week before Thanksgiving that my services were no longer needed.

I’m so grateful to have been part of that team, and for the financial blessing the job has been, as it allowed me to set up my freelance services as an LLC & work from home.

So now I’m truly freelance as my main contract is no more… I’m wide open and ready for business! Check out my website CaraDavisCreativeServices.com and forward my info to anyone you know needing someone who’s a pro with online content & publishing.

Thanks! And much love you you this holiday season!

We bought a zoo!

Just kidding. We bought a house! And it does have a lot of wild turkeys roaming the property, so that’s kind of like a zoo. Or wildlife preserve.

So we moved to Nashville in June and signed a 2-year lease on a house in East Nashville. We weren’t planning to buy a house anytime soon.

Jeff kept looking at houses online and telling me about how the prices were really rising in this area. I said I’d start looking just to keep tabs on the market in the event we wanted to buy when our lease was up.

I drove by a few houses just to compare what they looked like online to in person.

Then I saw it.

I turned the corner and entered one of the most beautiful streets I’ve ever seen, and there was this house … I just had this “moment” with it and knew it was going to be our next home … or “forever” home (relatively speaking).

I shouldn’t shake the feeling. I didn’t even think it was going to be possible. I called Jeff at work and said, “I just found our house.”

I fired off an email to our landlord just to test the waters on if it would be feasible at all. She said, “I think we can work something out.”

So we moved forward, using Jeff’s VA loan option. We worked with the landlord to find new renters … which happened in like a week! The sellers accepted our offer Nov. 4. I couldn’t believe it was really happening. Everything went so smoothly – and fast!

Today we close on the house and begin what will be our THIRD move this year! Thankfully it should be the last for a long time.

This is a great house in a great area where we’re beginning to plant some roots. I look forward to living, working and sharing this house and our lives here in East Nashville.

The house is close to Madilyn’s school & Jeff’s work in Inglewood. It was built in 89 and has been owned by one family. It’s been well cared for.


 

 



UPDATE – Spread Some Love – Buy a $5 Polo

UPDATE: Thanks to all who have donated to provide some needs for students at Jeff’s school. Here’s an update after just two days:

We’ve received $274.72 in donations or pledges to be mailed. We’ve spent:

  • ($181.73) 40 shirts
  • ($56.68) 4 jackets

We’ve got $36.31 left to buy some toiletries with … or more jackets. We’ll see how we can best stretch that money.

There’s still time! If you’d like to donate, please do so by Wednesday so we can get the items to the students before Christmas break. Thanks so much! God bless each of you for having giving hearts.


Jeff works at a high needs school just outside downtown Nashville. While East Nashville has certainly diversified its socio-economic demographic over the past 15 years or so, there are still many people in need in the area.

Jeff encounters them every day.

Did you know there are kids who on days they’re expelled from school, will sneak back on campus during lunch so they can eat that day?

They. Sneak. Back. On. Campus. Because. They. Have. No. Food.

How do you look a kid in the eyes and punish him for that?

There are several homeless kids and students in serious need that social workers have identified to the staff at the school. Teachers and admin are “adopting” these students for Christmas. When they were asked what would be on their wish list, many if not most say, “Maybe a shirt or a pair of shoes?”

Jeff & the teachers he oversees at the school’s Freshman Academy are “adopting” a freshman girl. You know what she asked for? Underwear. We’re giving her that, outfitting her in new school clothes, giving her a perfume set and some gift cards.

But I want to do more. And I want to invite you to do it with me.

At Nashville public schools, there is a dress code where students must wear a solid color shirt with a collar … like a polo shirt. At Stratford specifically they must wear a white or black collared shirt. At a school with a majority of kids who qualify for free and reduced lunch, a new shirt is a luxury. Some kids might only have one or two they will wear all year.

So … bargain hunter that I am, I found these discontinued shirts from Men’s Warehouse for less than $5 each. I bought up 34 of them, spending $153.34.

Will you help us cover the cost? $5 buys one shirt for one student. Here are the breakdown in sizes I bought.

  • Small: 2
  • Medium: 14
  • Large: 12
  • XL: 6

Use this PayPal link, or send us a check … however you want to do it. I’m looking for 30 people to send $5/ea. After that, I’ll continue to buy them until they’re all gone, and after that, I’ll look for another good deal until there are no more good deals to be had.

If you aren’t involved in giving back this holiday season yet and are looking for an opportunity, consider giving a shirt to a student where Jeff is working to make a difference in lives every day.

Merry Christmas!