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Our New Addition For the past several months, our girls have been begging for a pet. They have wanted anything from a dog to a guinea pig. We kept telling them that pets are a lot of work and that we really just do not have time for one. They promised that they would take care of it, feed it, play with it, and take it to the potty. After months of being strong and saying no, we finally gave in. We surprised them with an 8-week-old puppy a few weeks ago. We named him Scout. When Daniel and I picked him up, we totally fell in love with him! He was so soft, cuddly, and just the cutest puppy we had ever seen. At that moment, I knew our lives were about to change forever. We got in the car to come home and surprise the girls. Before we were even out of the driveway, Scout threw up. I thought to myself, �What have we done?� It was like bringing a new baby home! He threw up four times on the way back. We both knew he was probably stressed and just carsick. When Daniel and I arrived back in town, we decided to take Scout to the vet, just to make sure everything was okay and that he was healthy. Everything checked out great and it was then time to go home and surprise the girls. They arrived at the house and were told that we had gotten them a little prize while we were gone. The girls were so excited and wanted to open it right away. We brought out a box and told them to lift it up. They did, and out ran a puppy with a big red bow. Their expressions were priceless! They were so appreciative and thankful for their new puppy. Daniel and I stopped and looked at each other. Even though we knew that Scout was going to be a lot of work, seeing how happy the girls were meant it was going to be worth every minute of it! Now we are a family of five, and we have loved having him. Each day is getting better and he is adjusting well to our routine. The girls have been a lot of help and love him so much! We can not wait for spring and summer so that we can play outside and take him on walks with us. We are thrilled about this issue! It is our largest one yet. We can not thank our advertisers, writers, families, and the community enough... We could not do it without you! We hope you enjoy this issue! Many blessings,



in this issue




Roles Change: How a Working Mom Became a Stay at Home Mom


Who Needs Therapy?


Beyond the Eighth Grade Double Doors


The Oldham Family


The ABC’s of Eating Disorders


Sweet Summer Memories


Making Baby Food: It’s Easier Than You Think!


Have You Been To: Mitchell Creek Marina?


Overcoming Postpartum Depression


More About Our Cover


The Burnett Family


The Mustard Seed Ranch Girls Family


Rachael’s Favorite Things


Said A Kid


Baby Bottle Decay


DIY: Home Decor


What Are You Reading?


The Mustard Seed Ranch Boys Family


The Hill Family


Since Becoming A Mom, I Have Learned...


Why Play?


Is Your 5 Year Old Ready For Kindergarten?


The Houser Family


Summer Camps







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ROLES CHANGE How a working mom became a stay at home mom by laura burgin

hen my daughter was born in July of 2011, the phrase, “stay at home” was not one I thought I would have in my vocabulary. But all that changed a short year after Eloise graced our lives.


July 2, 2012 was supposed to be the day that the moving truck came to our house in Greensboro, North Carolina to pack up all of our belongings. Instead, on July 2, my husband, Chris, and I said goodbye to Chris’ father.




In the weeks after John’s death, Chris and I changed our plans frequently. We went back and forth as to whether or not we would go through with the move. We ultimately decided that we would still venture to TN. John would not have wanted our lives to stop, he would not have wanted his only son to give up what he had worked so hard to achieve. By the time we actually moved to Cookeville, public school had started, I didn’t have a job, Eloise didn’t have a daycare, and all of a sudden “stay at home mom” became a part of my vocabulary. Just like that; Chris and I both

agreed given all the circumstances that I would stay home, at least for the first year. The weeks passed quickly when we got to Cookeville, unpacking and trying to get our house into some sort of order. As Chris began to go into his office on a regular basis I began to be alone with my thoughts. Like a speeding train, questions crashed into one another in my mind. What am I going to do? How can I make the day pass quickly? Am I being a good mother? Is the TV on to much during the day? Why

can’t I call John to talk about this? Is Eloise happy? Should I be teaching her numbers and colors at 13 months? Am I reading to her enough? Is it bad if I have a glass of wine in the middle of the day? What am I going to do? What am I going to do? Those questions kept running through my mind, as I had a stunning realization. It’s just me; just me and Eloise. Just me to entertain her, just me to keep her safe, just me to feed her and just me to help her with anything she needed help with. Just me. It wasn’t just me in North Carolina. I had daycare and Chris during the day. We shared so much of the parenting that I always thought we had the whole parent thing figured out. It took a few weeks of me feeling like this to finally realize that I wasn’t helping myself or my daughter. I soon adopted the attitude of, “it is, what it is, let me make the best of it”. And just like that, as soon as I changed my way of thinking I saw my first Naynoo magazine and everything changed. Oh the things I began to discover about this small town. Not only, did I learn about great local business I also discovered that Cookeville had a Stroller Strides. Stroller Strides lead me to meet many new people, all mothers who were going through similar life events. Wait, there are other moms in the world that feel the same way I do, have the same fears? I soon learned about play groups offered at a church, and an organization known as MOPS. As I joined MOPS I discovered what I had been missing in Cookeville; a sense of support and female friends. As I started to talk to others I soon learned of some many wonderful opportunities that Eloise and I could share together. Peachtree learning center offers mommy and me classes, First United Methodist Church offers music lessons to young children. I joined the YMCA this past winter and have discovered a whole new group of people. There are swim lessons that I can get Eloise involved in. I learned of story time at the Public Library, and the Kiwanis children’s museum was just aching for Eloise to discover its wonder. I soon found the support that was searching for. All it took for me was being brave and getting myself and Eloise out there. I swallowed my fears and have begun to make my Cookeville family. I still have a lot of those same thoughts I had in early August running through my head, but they are a lot less frequent and a lot quieter. What began as a way to get Eloise involved in activities, turned into something so much more meaningful. I have realized that while Eloise was making friends and learning how to interact with other children, I too was learning that the phrase “stay at home mom” was becoming a part of my vocabulary and I couldn’t be happier.

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now living with his wife, Rebecca, in Lubbock, Texas, as they attend graduate school at that other TTU, Texas Tech University. Paden is a senior, finishing his college degree at UTC. Sam enjoys practically any sport, but especially basketball and football. Audrey has jumped right into music, taking violin lessons and singing in the Capshaw Chorus. She also enjoys basketball and tennis whenever time allows. To us, the unlikely nature of our family story is simply a testament to God’s goodness and grace. Kari and I are partners in everything. She is my best friend and the love of my life. No matter where we are or what is going on, as long as we are together, everything seems right in the world. God has truly blessed our family, and we feel blessed even more now to be a part of this wonderful community.

Phil Despite being a very normal southern family in most respects, our story is a bit more unusual. Kari grew up in Red Bay, Alabama, and I was raised in Henderson, Tennessee. We first met in 1997. I was a chemistry professor at Mississippi State University and a single father of two young boys. Kari was teaching school after completing her degree at MSU. As a first generation college graduate, Kari put herself through school as a nontraditional student by working three or four jobs at a time. We met at church and found out later that we were quite the focus of the ladies’ prayer group for several months. With some encouragement from the Christian Student Center minister, we went on our first date. We jokingly now say that was our only date. After that we dated as a family with young Clay and Paden in tow everywhere we went. I proposed to Kari while she was on a six-week mission trip to Poland. I had carefully prepared a series of small packages and envelopes for her trip, all labeled with the appropriate date for her to open. The last envelope, which was to be opened on the flight home, contained a toy ring and the marriage proposal. That is when I discovered that Kari’s Christmas presents never made it to Christmas Day. About halfway through the six weeks, she took a peek inside the final envelope and we began making wedding plans 6,000 miles apart. We were married three weeks after she got home, just in time for Kari to begin her teaching job at a new school. In the last 15 years, our family has been blessed with two more additions: Sam, now a 13-year- old in seventh grade, and Audrey, a nine-year-old third grader. We continued to live in Starkville, Mississippi, where I served as head of the Chemistry Department and subsequently Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at Mississippi State. In 2007, we made the big move to Chattanooga to accept the position of Provost and Senior Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs at the University of Tennessee Chattanooga. In July 2012, we had the honor and privilege of realizing a dream, being named President and First Lady of Tennessee Tech University. We love Tech and are constantly amazed at the quality of the TTU students, faculty, and staff. There is seldom any downtime in the Oldham house, among work, TTU events, youth sports, church, and school activities. Clay is


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What is your favorite FAMILY restaurant in the Upper Cumberland area? Bobby Q’s and Crawdaddy’s

What is your family’s favorite local/community event? Tennessee Tech Sports, of course


Nanny’s Chocolate Pie

Where is your family’s favorite vacation spot? Litchfield Beach, South Carolina

What is your family’s favorite holiday? Thanksgiving and Christmas

What is your family’s favorite meal at home? Chicken Pot Pie (Audrey), BBQ Shrimp (Sam), and Nanny’s Chocolate Pie

Pie Ingredients:

1 nine inch pie crust 1 ½ cups of sugar 3 tablespoons of flour 3 tablespoons of cocoa 1 ½ cups of milk 3 egg yolks ½ stick of butter

Meringue Ingredients:

3 egg whites ½ cup of sugar ½ teaspoon of vanilla 1 tablespoon of cream of tarter


Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Bake pie crust until lightly brown. Combine and stir sugar, flour and cocoa in one bowl. In separate bowl, combine and stir milk and egg yolks. Combine contents of both bowls and mix well. Melt butter in a skillet. Add pie mixture, stirring continuously over low to medium heat until mixture thickens. Pour thickened pie mixture into pie crust. Meringue - Mix ingredients in bowl and beat until fluffy. Top pie with meringue. Bake in oven at 350 degrees until golden brown.


It’s is easier than you think! by cathrine jackson


n a world of over-processed foods, why not make your own baby food? It is healthy, easy, local and half the price of store-bought baby food.

A jar of baby food costs about 53 cents per serving, while the homemade version costs about 23 cents a serving. That means you could save $500 a year by making your baby’s food yourself. You don’t eat from a jar all the time, and your baby doesn’t have to either. All you need is ice cube trays and a blender or food processor, both work well. Pureed sweet potatoes, for about 12 cents a serving, are one of the first things you can feed a baby. The recipe is simple.

your baby. This method works with almost all fruits and vegetables.

HERE ARE SOME TIPS: Thin the sweet potatoes with formula or breast milk. Mix ground oatmeal or plain yogurt with the sweet potatoes.

OTHER EASY BABY FOODS INCLUDE: • Pureed frozen green beans or peas • Pureed cooked apples or pears

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Pureed cooked carrots Mashed bananas or avocados Pureed fresh or frozen berries

You can add ground oatmeal, brown rice or wheat germ to any puree to increase protein and fiber. Plain yogurt and hard-boiled egg yolks are also great to add with the purees. There are many websites and books on how to prepare baby food. I recommend “Super Baby Food” by Ruth Yaron, and

Wash the potatoes thoroughly, and prick with a fork several times before wrapping in aluminum foil. Bake them at 350 degrees until soft. As an alternative, peel, dice, and boil them. I find that roasted or baked fruits and vegetables are more flavorful and nutritious than boiled ones. Process the potatoes in a blender. Add purified water as needed. Babies who are just starting to eat need enough water that the food drips off the spoon. Older ones may prefer less water, but you will probably be amazed at how much you will use. Store the puree in your refrigerator for up to a week. Freeze any extra that you won’t use or make a double batch and freeze it immediately. Divide the food into ice cube trays so it freezes neatly and quickly. Once frozen, pop the cubes out and place them in a resealable freezer bag that has been labeled with the contents and date. Microwave for 30 seconds to one minute, or let them thaw in the refrigerator, when you are ready to feed your child. In about 30 minutes of prep time, you can have a month’s worth of freshly made sweet potatoes for



about our Meet Kit


A few years ago, I met a wonderful lady who was a barista at Sweet Sallie’s Bakery and Cafe. Her name is Liz. I would go in weekly to grab a coffee or sit and work, and I always loved seeing her sweet smile. Since I was going in so often, Liz and I became friends. We would chat about our kids, work, trips she was going on to see her family, and just have casual conversations in general. I enjoyed talking with her and hearing her stories about her daughter Kit. I somehow ran across some pictures of Kit. Thinking that she was just the cutest thing ever, her pictures showed me that she was full of personality! When we started looking for this issue’s cover model, she stuck out in my mind. I was thrilled to contact Kit’s parents, Liz and Mark, to see if they would be up for it. They both agreed and were excited for this fun experience. We started the afternoon off at Jane Rose Salon. Liz told me that Kit was a little nervous, so Callie and I did all we could to make her feel comfortable. To loosen her up, Callie asked Kit to show us her poses that she was going to do for the camera. She showed us her happy face, sad face, excited face, and many more. At this point, Kit was showing her cute personality. Callie curled her hair to give it extra bounce with a natural look. Kit loved her beautiful



curls and was ready to have some fun! We met up with Daniel to start shooting. Daniel and Kit bonded right away... She was a ham in front of the camera. She showed us some of her silly faces and some impressions. We had a blast with her and she was a natural in front of the camera! Kit is five years old and her favorite movie is E.T. Her favorite food is scrambled eggs and her favorite colors are pink and purple. Her favorite places to visit are Minnesota, Colorado, the Great Smoky Mountains, and Dogwood Park. She likes to draw, play dress-up, and be with her friends. “When I grow up, I want to be a college friend, a movie star next, then an astronaut, and then a mommy last.” Kit explained that college friends are the students who come and help out in her classroom. Thank you again to Kit, her mommy and daddy, Liz and Mark, and Callie at Jane Rose Salon!



s ’ l e a h c a Rfavorite things...

Matilda Jane Clothing

Get it from: Emily Carwile (Matilda Jane Trunk Keeper) Larks Lake Ellie Dress $36 Sweet Violet Pants $38 Park Day Ladies Dress $74

Ring Stix

Get them at: Discovery Depot


Candles: Illume

Get them from: Bless Fresh Rain Citronella Candle $22 Desert Tulip Deco Boxed Glass $24 Tangerine Teakwood Large Boho Jar $30

Sandals & Sun Care: Sunuk & Sun Bum

Bracelet/Necklace: Sorrelli Get it from: Cumberland Gold





Get them from: Mitchell Creek Marina Sunuk Sandals $32 Sun Bum Spray Sunscreen $15.99 Sun Bum Cool Down $11.99 Sun Bum Face Stick $9.99

Handcrafted Pendant

Get them from: Dreamcatcher Sterling Silver Pendant (beads can be customized to match you or your child’s birthstone) $45

Lunch Mail & T-Shirt

Get them at: 3 Little Birds Never Forget Your Roots t-shirt $20 Lunch Mail $6

Dress, Necklace & Earrings: Get them at: Sweet Pea Boutique Young Threads Dress $46 Necklace & Earrings $30

Yoga Gear

Necklace & Earrings: The Gracie Fayeth Jewelry Co. Get them at: Bella Boutique Cluster necklace with 3 charms of your choice $30 Interchangeable Earrings $12

Get it from: Outdoor Experience Eco Yoga Mat $48 Raja Yoga Strap $15 Tote Mat Holder $20

Baby Care: J.R. Watkins Naturals

Get it at: Itsy Bitsy Boutique Baby Wash $9.25 Baby Lotion $9.25 Baby Oil $8.25 Soothing Baby Balm $8.25

Vintage Copper Cameo (22�): Frolick Get it at: Just For You


Starter Bracelet: Trollbeads Get it at: The Vault

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Home Decor getting crafty with Sarah by sarah henson

If you are anything like me, when springtime comes, I am always looking for inexpensive ways to spruce up my home. I love to take what is already there (or what can be found at Goodwill) and change it just a bit to make it brighter for spring!

Backed Bookcase

I had a small bookshelf in the corner that I was ready to spruce up. I had already painted it, but I wanted it to “pop” a little more, so I decided to back it with paper to give it a completely different look.


1. Measure the shelf back area where the cardboard or foamboard will go.

Measure a little bit smaller because you will cover each board with paper, and it still needs to fit inside. 2. Wrap the front side of the board with wrapping paper (or even wall paper or fabric) that coordinates with your room. Wrap it just like you would wrap a gift, and secure it with tape. If your shelves are different sizes, it is helpful to number the shelves on the back of each board.

Materials: 1. Bookshelf 2. Cardboard or foam board 3. Wrapping paper or fabric 4. Tape

3. Place the board on the back of each shelf, and you have instantly updated your room!

This is great because it is removable if you want to change it out for the seasons, etc. It can also be used to instantly update those plain shelves you can buy at any wholesale stores. Use it in kid’s rooms, play rooms, or even kitchens or living rooms!




Painted Wood Accents


1. An array of wood products 2. Spray paint or acrylic paint

To spruce up the shelves, I wanted to get some accessories to match, but I didn’t want to spend a lot of money. I went to Goodwill and picked out several wooden candle holders, old jewelry boxes, picture frames, etc. I just looked for anything wooden that I could paint and make match my color scheme.


1. Clean the wood well. If you want to ensure the paint adheres, you can prime it. Then, simply paint the wood with spray paint or acrylic. Spray paint is fastest, but the selection of colors is smaller, so I used acrylic.

2. Let the paint dry, and then give it a few more coats if needed. Once dried, use them in your room as brand new accessories. It is surprising how much a coat of paint can spruce up a worn out trinket!





photos by: Mattography




from us early because He thought they had done enough here and wanted them to come home, it would be those two. Losing your mother is something you think you’ll never heal from. Not even a little bit. I know this because my mom died when I was in seventh grade. After not dealing with it for a while, I finally did manage to find some healing. Stuff happens and we don’t know why. We may never know why, but in the moments and days following the accident, I was able to be thankful and find meaning in my mom’s death. Just the fact that I lived a normal life was evidence to Tatum and her two sisters, Ferran and Mallie, that there was a chance they could feel normal again too. Those two days played a big part in shaping us. It affected us all individually and as a couple. We got married in Livingston in June of 2006. Living in Knoxville the first year of our marriage also shaped us. It was good for us to spend that year there so Tatum didn’t get in the habit of going to her dad’s every time we had an argument! We have stayed involved with Young Life in Knoxville and Cookeville as leaders and helping train leaders.

When Tatum told me our family might be featured in this fancy publication, my first thought was, “If we do it, I want it to be a little different and let’s make sure who we really are comes across.” She’s always thinking. Her suggestion was, “You should write our story! The girl always does it.” Her crafty reply was the perfect response to my concerns, so I gave in. Plus, in her mind, this would keep me from being able to critique her work- not that I would ever do that... We met in high school on a bus on the way to a Young Life camp in Georgia. For me, the main reason to go to Young Life camp was to hang out with pretty girls from other towns. This proved to be an effective strategy. Tatum grew up in Livingston, and I grew up in Sparta. She became instant friends with Sara Vinson and Sara introduced us. We became friends and realized we had some other mutual friends. We inched closer over the next year or so. I hadn’t dated a girl like her before. She was beautiful, fun, pure, and had an awesome family, but I had to go to UT. We called it off for a little while, but I realized pretty quickly that was a dreadful idea. She also headed east after high school, to Carson Newman, and we were 45 minutes apart again. Somehow we managed to date each other while going to two different schools. We both enjoyed great and fulfilling college experiences. There was a point in my life, after we had dated for a few years, that I “manned up” and accepted the fact that I loved Tatum more than I’ll ever love anybody else and that I wanted to marry her and have babies with her. I was a have-fun-all-the-time, spontaneous, no worries guy. How did these grown-up thoughts get in my head and get such a good grip? I decided to tell her how I felt, that I loved her, and share that I wanted to spend our lives together. It was a big step. It was a Saturday night. Earlier that day, Tatum had been to Nashville to see her college roommate Leah’s mom, Sandra Sparkman, who was in her last days of battling cancer. The very next day, Tatum’s mother and her “Nana” were on their way back when a tractor-trailer crossed the median on I-40, killing them both. Sandra passed away the following day. As a neighbor of mine, I had looked up to Sandra my whole life, and she looked out for me. If I’ve ever known two people that God took

After four years of marriage, we had a baby- Oliver Grey. We meant to wait a little longer, but that’s how it goes... and it’s been great! Plus, it meant two great men would have a grandchild. I’ve thought about being a dad for a long time. I love it and I love parenting with a good partner. We try to be intentional and keep each other accountable to do this or not to do that. I think the Upper Cumberland is a great place to raise a family. We try to do a lot of activities as a family, like playing golf, cooking, working outside, and going to the lake. Grey loves to ride his Strider bike, climb trees or dirt piles, swim, and hit me with sticks. My hobbies are working in multifamily construction, playing golf, and spending time wakeboarding or teaching others how. Tatum does more than Grey and I put together. She spends most of her time delivering furniture, picking out fabric, or doing consultations with the interior design business she started a couple years ago. She still does hair one or two days each week and also sells her paintings and makes baby furniture. One of Tatum’s sister’s is getting married; the other has a new baby. It is a very exciting time for us! We all get together any chance we get. I should also mention our life group at The River Community Church. It is a lot of fun and very important to us. Investing in relationships- new or old, near or far, family or new friends- is what makes life good for us.


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What is your favorite FAMILY restaurant in the Upper Cumberland area? Crawdaddy’s or Foglight Foodhouse

What is your family’s favorite local/community event? Cooking on the Square. This has evolved into our favorite. Habitat is a good cause. We enjoy seeing friends, eating Cajun food, and collecting unique bowls.


Shrimp & Grits Ingredients:

We love Christmas because of great family time and fun traditions.

1 cup stone-ground grits salt and pepper 1/4 cup butter 2 cups shredded sharp Cheddar cheese 1 lb. shrimp, peeled and deveined 6 slices bacon, chopped 4 tsp. fresh lemon juice 2 T chopped fresh parsley 1 cup thinly sliced green onions, white and green 1 large garlic clove, minced

What is your family’s favorite meal at home?


Where is your family’s favorite vacation spot? Hilton Head. A lot of good memories there.

What is your family’s favorite holiday?

Shrimp & Grits

Bring 4 cups water to a boil in medium saucepan. Add grits and salt and pepper to taste. Stir well with a whisk. Reduce heat to the lowest setting and cook grits until all the water is absorbed. (about 10-15 min.) Remove from heat and stir in butter and cheese. Keep covered until ready to serve. Rinse shrimp and pat dry. Fry bacon in a large skillet until browned and a little crispy, then place on a paper towel. Add the shrimp to the bacon grease in the skillet and sauté over medium heat just until they turn pink (about 3 min). Immediately add the lemon juice, parsley, green onions, and garlic. Remove from heat. Pour the shrimp mixture over the grits and garnish with bacon bits. Note: Sometimes we like to spice it up by putting a few dashes of Cayenne pepper into the grits or adding freshly roasted green chiles, chopped fine.




Is your 5 year old

READY FOR KINDERGARTEN by shannon bee auberson

ust recently a colleague and I were texting one another in order to catch up. Her daughter is a senior in high school and mine is a kindergartner. She told of the exciting events to come in the final months of senior year. Her final words in the conversation were, “Time passes so fast.” Truer words have never been spoken about kindergarten!


as parents want the first year of school to help boost the final years of public school. Use the following resources to guide you in your choice of what is best for your five year old.

What Kindergarten Teachers Wished Parents Knew

Ready for Kindergarten: Five teachers tell you what preschoolers really need for Kindergarten kindergarten.aspx

Kindergarten English Language Arts Common Core Standards

The kindergarten experience is a joy for most children. Five-year-olds have a natural appetite to learn. With the ever-changing curriculum, the time spent in school goes by faster than we parents think. Gone are the days of building with blocks and socializing in the cooking center. Your child’s first year of school is more like that of first grade years ago. The daily routines are driven by Common Core Standards in order to prepare for standardized testing. Expectations of each student entering kindergarten have been raised drastically in the past few years. All kindergarten teachers applaud letter and number recognition skills, but social and coping skills are recognized as a necessity for daily routines to run smoothly. More and more kindergarten classrooms are becoming results-oriented and less time is allowed for redirecting behavior. The Tennessee Department of Education recognizes the need for more maturation time for students entering kindergarten. For the 2013-2014 school year, all kindergarten students must be 5 by August 31 instead of September 30, which has been the state law for many years. Children enrolled in a public school pre-k program are exempt from this age cutoff for the 2013-2014 school year. The age requirement will change again at the beginning of the 2014-2015 school year, when the cutoff age requirement will be permanently set at August 15. The Tennessee State Legislature passed all the new state law kindergarten age requirements in May of 2012. A term so often associated with sports is now becoming a buzzword in the kindergarten universe. Parents may decide to “red shirt” their child. “Red shirting” a player has always meant extending that player’s eligibility to play and to mature physically. “Red shirting” a five year old from kindergarten is a parent’s right to extend his/her child’s maturing time, socially as well as academically. Time will pass by so quickly for a kindergartener. We


who needs THERAPY? by heidi clopton otr/l

et’s face it, parents wear many hats: nurse, chauffeur, coach, teacher, maid, chef, interior decorator, therapist, CFO, and CEO... Multi-hat EXTRAORDINAIRE! Too often parents are overwhelmed and under qualified to be the only ones caring for their child’s developmental, educational, medical, or emotional needs. Proper development is a complexly interwoven miracle with motor skills, emotions, cognition, nutrition, sensory processing, language, vision, and perceptual abilities, all needing





attention. It often takes the services and many years of knowledge gained from a professional licensed therapist to really help a child develop to their fullest potential. It also takes educational-based therapies, such as TEIS, or school-based AND medical-based therapies to address all of a child’s needs. Medical-based therapy services are much different and more intensive; a child should have both to reach their maximum potential. Several leading pediatric therapists from the Upper Cumberland area give their suggestions below.

When does a child need therapy interventions and which therapy is best for their needs?

Occupational Therapy “O.T. or Occupational Therapy is designed to help an individual reach their maximum potential in any or all of their ‘occupations’ of life...being a happy and healthy baby gaining motor skills, an

exploring toddler, eager to learn preschooler, and attentive school age child. Skills addressed in pediatric OT sessions include treatment for: crawling and creeping skills, feeding, self-help, fine motor, writing, cutting, motor coordination, balance, visual motor skills, ability to accept textures on skin, sensory processing of touch, taste, movement, sounds, and environments, ability to calm, self-regulate, and be ready to learn. Children at any age who are having difficulty with their ‘occupation’ due to delays in these areas of development often qualify for medical-based private therapies under insurance plans. Therapy is fun and engaging for a child and will help speed developmental skills and educate caregivers on how to help a child develop and grow in their skills!” -Heidi Clopton, OTR/L Owner of Center of Development Pediatric Therapies.

Speech & Language Therapy Sarah Allen, SLP-CCC at the Center of Development gives the following description of Speech Therapy. “S.T. is designed to help an individual reach their maximum potential with communication skills. Speech and language therapy is for anyone experiencing delays in forming sounds, words, sentences, poor speech patterns, stuttering, poor language skills (expressive and receptive language), poor oral motor skills (difficulty feeding or eating food textures), and/or difficulty with social speech patterns. Speech therapy can help children learn to express themselves, to decrease frustration and negative behaviors. S.T. can also help a picky eater expand their food choices to include healthier foods. It can also help a child who needs help with social pragmatics and cognitive (receptive) skills.”

Physical Therapy Sheri Brimm, RPT states, “Physical therapy focuses on treatment of orthopedic and structural problems, such as decreased range of movement, stiffness or tightness of muscles or joints, pain, or weakness. Physical therapy also works to improve a child’s ‘gross motor’ skills development, which are the larger movements the body needs to develop properly. These including rolling, creeping, walking, jumping, hopping, skipping, balancing, kicking, catching, and throwing. Clinical physical therapy is very different from that a child can receive in school-based therapy, and some children may need both settings to have optimal functional improvement. Physical therapists in the clinical setting may perform


manual therapies and modalities that cannot be done under the scope of care in a school setting. Physical therapy is beneficial for infants with ‘torticollis’ or stiffness of the neck, as well as for children with scoliosis or curvature of the spine to decrease the likelihood that these conditions will become severe as the child grows. Physical therapy can also help ‘clumsy’ kids who have difficulty with coordination, balance, or physical performance for sports activities. Physical therapists can help with athletic or other injuries in school aged children as well as children with developmental delays or brain injuries from birth.”

Vision Therapy “Vision Therapy of today is much different than that of even 10 years ago. Orthoptics is an old school set of therapy dealing with aligning of the eyes. It comes from ‘ortho,’ meaning ‘straight,’ and ‘optics’ meaning ‘eyes.’ With new technology and a better understanding of the neurological causes of eye turns, we can now straighten the eyes without cosmetic eye muscle surgery. We now have many

good scientific studies to support keeping a child from undergoing surgery to fix eye turns, and, instead, teach the brain to use the weaker eye. Neuro-visual rehabilitation is the science of how the brain processes information from the eyes. This therapy should be used with children who are delayed developmentally, having trouble with learning or reading, and with any child having difficulties with visual processing. It is being used in professional sports by athletes like Larry Fitzgerald of the Arizona Cardinals, Mark Maguire, Apollo Ono, the US Olympic Volleyball team, and many others. Athletes can benefit from this type of therapy and so can children having difficulty with focusing in school, learning, headaches, poor attention and focus, or with a visual diagnosis.” -Dr. Jason Clopton, Fellow College of Vision Development. Psychological testing is recommended if a child continues to have difficulty grasping age-appropriate tasks or concepts, despite receiving assistance in learning the task. Testing is also indicated if a child is delayed in meeting developmental milestones.

Licensed Counselors: Scott Herman LPC, SPE, MA suggests, “Parents should seek the advice of a counselor if a child experiences disturbing emotions that interfere with his or her daily activities. If a behavior problem causes a problem in peer relationships or is disruptive to the functioning of the family, professional services are almost certainly needed. A child who has experienced a traumatic event outside normal childhood experience may require the services of a trauma therapist. Such experiences include witnessing a violent crime or seeing someone seriously injured. Recurrent nightmares of the event and avoiding reminders of the trauma are signs that a therapist’s intervention may be required.”

Play Therapy Play Therapy is another type of counseling therapy for traumatic experiences. Annette Gallardo, Licensed Professional Counselor at Family Care Counseling Services, states the following red flags when a child should be referred to counseling services: traumatic experiences (death of a relative, parents getting divorce) or behavioral changes (long periods of sadness, withdrawn behaviors, cannot concentrate, feeling angry, feeling anxious/ worry, lying, or defiant behavior).

Nutrition Therapy “Nutrition therapy is the science of proper diet, lifestyle strategies, and therapeutic nutrient intervention to correct diet insufficiencies with enzymes, vitamins, or food. It can also help promote optimal health and prevent, manage, and even help correct medical problems. When doing a nutritional assessment it often shows that a nutritional solution will help the underlying cause of a problem. Nutrition affects every way the body and brain function! The body and brain cannot function properly without the right nutrients. That’s why understanding nutrition is extremely important to help improve a child’s attention, behavior, and help to improve his or her health. It truly takes parents, teachers, therapists, and health care practitioners aimed at supporting children in developing a more successful response to this world.” -Beryl Turner, Clinical Nutritionist.





ABC’s of Eating Disorders by alexandra maffett

remember being 12 years old and throwing turkey and bread in my Dad’s face. I refused to eat it because I thought I was fat. I remember not enjoying a slice of cake on my birthday since I was 11. I remember avoiding any meals out to eat with friends or family. I remember spending three to four hours on a treadmill to try and burn as many calories as possible. I remember the life I used to lead, and the day I decided to begin to leave it behind. An eating disorder has affected most of my life, and I am so thankful to finally be down the road of recovery. Please take a moment to read this article and to enlighten yourself about the deadly diseases that affect so many.


You may be wondering, what exactly is an eating disorder? We see them portrayed in our society as many different things. We have a society that is constantly focused on health and weight loss. When does the goal to be healthy go too far though? An eating disorder, generalized, is trying to control your life and emotions through food. You constantly believe that you and/or your life could be better if you could just lose more weight. Every decision you make is based upon food. There are two main types of eating disorders: 1. Anorexia Nervosa- This is the most common type of eating disorder. An anorexic has a very intense fear of being fat. Those who suffer from this type of eating disorder try to restrict calories or burn calories to feel more in control. They will cut as many calories as possible, all the way down to eating nothing. Usually people struggling with Anorexia are trying to cope with a variety of external and internal conflicts, such as stress, anxiety, unhappiness, and feeling like life is out of control. The key thing to remember about anorexia is restriction and an intense fear of being fat. A few warning signs for Anorexia Nervosa are: -Fearing becoming fat and/or gaining weight -Skipping meals/snacks -Making excuses to not eat -Pushing food around on plate to make it look eaten -Increasing exercise habits

-Wanting to wear baggy clothing only -Losing weight -Weighing themselves obsessively -Becoming uninvolved in things that used to interest them -Obsession with nutrition facts -Hair loss, dizziness, headaches, and loss of menstruation -Always feeling cold 2. Bulimia Nervosa- This disease is a little harder to detect than anorexia. Bulimia Nervosa is defined as eating large amounts of food, or even regular amounts of food, and then finding some way to “get rid of it,” whether it is by self-induced vomiting or taking laxatives. Usually people struggling with bulimia are trying to cope with feelings of anger, depression, stress, or anxiety. They will consume large amounts of food in an effort to distract themselves from the emotions and will then feel guilty for eating it. They will then proceed to find a way to “get rid of it.” The key thing to remember about bulimia is that it is about eating but getting the food out of the body as fast as possible, by any means necessary. A few warning signs for bulimia are as follows: -Rushing to the bathroom after meals -Hiding food -Taking laxatives -Eating large amounts of food very quickly -Bloodshot eyes and/or bruised wrists -Vague or secretive eating patterns -Insomnia -Isolation Every eating disorder is different, so warning signs do vary significantly from person to person. If you or someone you know is struggling with an eating disorder, there is hope and help! A great website for more information on eating disorders and eating disorder treatment is:

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Are you looking for a quick getaway that offers the best of nature, relaxation, or a thrill-packed adventure? What if I told you all of this was possible only 25 miles away from the Algood area? I would be telling you about Mitchell Creek Marina on Dale Hollow Lake. Dale Hollow Lake is a 28,000 acre lake that has been hidden from residents of Cookeville and the Upper Cumberland area for years. Did you know that Dale Hollow Lake was voted #4 lake in the nation to “float your boat” by USA Today? Dale Hollow Lake was also voted the #1 Houseboating Lake in 2012 by pickaslip. com. Dale Hollow is a treasure waiting to be discovered by you and your families. Come enjoy pristine water, breathtaking views, and less traffic than other lakes! Mitchell Creek Marina, located on Dale Hollow Lake, with all of its amenities gives you and your family the perfect getaway. The story of Mitchell Creek Marina dates back to the year 2006, when Livingston Boat Dock was sold at auction. The late Mr. Doug Smith purchased this marina with a dream of developing it into a fun filled place for families to come to enjoy the pristine waters of Dale Hollow Lake. Doug often took his family to Dale Hollow Lake for family getaways and realized the importance of family time. Doug began by building new cabins, new slips, and a spectacular floating store




and restaurant in the shape of a steamboat. Doug’s creativity ignited a creative, fun, family atmosphere for all to enjoy. After Doug’s passing in September 2011, his wife Janie, son Shane, and daughter April took over the family businesses. Although Janie, Shane, and April work as a team in all of their businesses, April has taken the reigns of Mitchell Creek Marina and continues her father’s legacy by helping to create a fun filled place for all to enjoy, whether

it be from the marina’s amenities, rentals, relaxation, dining, shopping, or a thrill packed day of jet skiing, tubing, or boating while exploring the lake. Dale Hollow Lake has less traffic than the more populated lakes, such as Center Hill, Percy Priest, etc., allowing plenty of room for skiing, wakeboarding, and exploring. Dale Hollow Lake truly is a hidden jewel in the upper Cumberland area. April’s favorite memories are some in which her family just had the opportunity to go on a boat ride together, eat in the restaurant, and enjoy each other’s company. At Mitchell Creek Marina, you and your family have the opportunity to do just that too. The 2013 season at Mitchell Creek Marina is full of new action packed events, dining opportunities, and so much more. The marina

has the honor of introducing Certified Executive Chef Royse to it’s Galley Restaurant along with the wonderful dining experience, allowing you to dine while floating on the waters of Dale Hollow Lake! Chef Royse gives a new taste of life to Mitchell Creek Marina and the area is fortunate to have such a talented chef! The marina store offers a variety of brands you can’t find for miles! April takes great pride in creating a shopping experience unlike any other in the Upper Cumberland area. April mentions, “Ever since I was a little girl, I dreamed of having my own store someday. Of course, I just hoped to at least make it to a ‘check-out girl’ position, but now have been blessed with an opportunity beyond my wildest imagination. And I use just that, ‘imagination.’ Improving and adding hard-to-find items in our ship’s store absolutely thrills me. We all work hard every year to add something new and exciting to the store. I even have my mom, mother-inlaw, and wonderful husband come in and work countless hours, just to prepare the store to give it that ‘WOW’ factor! We have a blast!” That being said, Mitchell Creek carries a wide variety of Oakley Sunglasses, Oakley apparel and swimwear for men and women, a large variety of Sanuk Footwear for men, women, and children, Sun Bum sun care products, Lily & Laura bracelets (hand-crocheted, glass beaded bracelets made from women of Nepal), O’Brien watersports products, TY Beanie Babies, and much more! If you like to shop, you don’t want to miss the 2-level floating ship’s store at Mitchell Creek Marina! So… If you’re looking for that perfect place for your family reunion, church retreat, or just a

fun family getaway, Mitchell Creek Marina also offers 16 cabins and 10 houseboats available for rent. Overall amenities include: splash pad, beach and swimming area, game room, playground, laundry facilities, beach volleyball court, basketball, bumper boats for kids, swimming area, restaurant, store, and a dozen covered sitting areas to enjoy the view of Dale Hollow Lake. Our marina is a great location for church groups, retreats, family reunions, romantic getaways, or a fun filled family vacation. Make sure to check out Mitchell Creek Marina on Dale Hollow Lake this year, whether it’s to shop, eat, vacation, or just to get away and enjoy

May 27th – Memorial Day Celebration: Enjoy drawings, live music, cornhole tournament, and bumper boats for the kids!!! June 8th – Kids’ Day : All kids will enjoy a fishing adventure, crafts, pirate class and hidden treasure adventure, pirate costume contest, and a family movie night at the beach area! June 15 & October 5 – Nautical Flea Market: NEW!!! Enjoy hunting for bargains? Well, look no further! This year Mitchell Creek Marina is hosting a nautical flea market! All of our houseboat patronages will be having sales on their boats of boating supplies, life vests, and any other nautical necessity you can think of at bargain prices! The store will also have a “flea market” sale going on with sale items and boating supplies from seasons past. These are the only days the store will have sales, so don’t miss out on clearance prices! This is a great chance to find deals on floats, life vests, tubes, apparel, etc. July 3 – Rock the Dock Celebration : Live music, bumper boats, splash pad, games, and fireworks at dusk. 5-9 pm

the pristine waters of Dale Hollow Lake! So what are you waiting for? Come live your adventure at Mitchell Creek Marina on Dale Hollow Lake! Here’s a list of events Mitchell Creek has going on this summer. You’ll be sure to want to check out their events this year… They’re going to be amazing and some things you’ve never seen before! Make sure to check their Facebook page for continued updates on these events!

September 2nd – Labor Day Celebration & Customer Appreciation Day: Midwest Flyboard will be here to perform a show on their jet pack flyboard at 5pm and will be teaching people how to ride the flyboard all day! Live music too! Mitchell Creek Marina 1260 Livingston Boat Dock Rd., Allons, TN 931.823.6666



Burnett F A M I L

photos by: Brittany Ann Photography




basketball, like his dad, he recently decided to return to college to finish his business degree. He is a physical fitness geek and has a body that looks like a Greek god. Bianca was born in the summer of 1989. Our beautiful baby has grown into an independent, intelligent young lady. She played collegiate volleyball while pursuing a nursing degree from Milligan College. She is pursuing a master’s degree in nursing and dreams of becoming a family nurse practitioner. She is working a travel nursing job in St. Croix, in the U.S. Virgin Islands. She says she took the job for the experience, and that it just happened to be in one of the most beautiful places in the U.S. She is also very physically active. She plays volleyball and goes to the gym on her days off. Our story began 39 years ago in Alcoa, Tenn. We met one evening at a middle school basketball game, at the tender ages of 14 and 15. Marc was on the way to the locker room when a friend asked him if he would be interested in going out with Tammie. Marc said yes and the friend came over to where Tammie was sitting to tell her Marc liked her. She told the friend she wanted to go out with Marc, and our friend started yelling her response in front of the crowd. Marc was so embarrassed he doesn’t remember the outcome of the game. But he found love. We grew up in the same community and went to the same church but never really spoke to each other. Marc was shy and words seemed to freeze on his tongue. On the other hand, Tammie was pretty, intelligent and words seemed to flow from her. From the day we met, Marc knew he had the better deal. Every day Marc thought, “Pretty and smart. Wow!” After dating through high school, Marc graduated in 1977 and won a basketball scholarship to Tennessee Tech University. Tammie graduated high school in 1978 and attended TTU as well. We graduated in 1982. Marc took an extra year because he had to sit out one year of his basketball career because of an injury.

Even though we are empty-nesters, our lives are still busy. Marc is the vice president of Student Affairs at TTU and will finish his 30th year as a university employee this year. Marc is pastor of Gainesboro First Baptist Church, which is one of the biggest blessings in his life. The congregation is small in size but large in the love of God. An avid racquetball player, Marc enjoys working out in TTU’s Fitness Center at 6 a.m. every day. Tammie is the nutrition educator for the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children at the Putnam County Health Department. She has worked for the county health department for 22 years. After work, she can often be found jogging the track at TTU’s Fitness Center or in one of the fitness classes offered there. She also enjoys her church and loves her church family. We enjoy the simple things of life - no frills or thrills. We love God, family and friends. Cookeville has been our home for almost 30 years. We have raised our children here, met wonderful friends and enjoyed long tenures in our jobs. For these blessings, Cookeville, we say thank you.

Marc, Tammie, Mario & Bianca

In the summer of 1983 we were married in our home church with family and friends. That year we moved to Cookeville permanently. Marc decided to return to TTU for graduate school but the university soon hired him as an admissions counselor. Tammie worked in the TTU Grill. How time flies. We will celebrate our 30th wedding anniversary in June. We can’t wait to see what the next 30 years have to offer us. We are very blessed to have two beautiful children, Mario and Bianca. Mario was born in the winter of 1985. Holding our son for the first time was such a proud moment for us. We were proud to watch him grow into the young man he has become. After playing college


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What is your favorite FAMILY restaurant in the Upper Cumberland area? Longhorn Steakhouse

What is your family’s favorite local/community event? We love Father/Daughter Date Night. This year was the 19th time Marc and Bianca have attended. Where is your family’s favorite vacation spot? We have always loved Disney World and Myrtle Beach, especially when the children were young. What is your family’s favorite holiday? Christmas

What is your family’s favorite meal at home? Canyon casserole and tossed green salad.


Canyon casserole Ingredients:

1 pound ground beef 1 small onion, diced 1 package taco seasoning 1 14.5-ounce can diced tomatoes, undrained 1 7-ounce can vacuum-packed corn 1 15-ounce can black beans 1/2 cup water 1 large egg 1 cup self-rising cornmeal mix 1/2 cup milk 2 tablespoons canola oil 1 cup shredded cheese (or more if you prefer)


Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Spray 8-inch square baking dish or a shallow, 2-quart casserole. Brown ground beef and onion in large skillet until thoroughly cooked, stirring frequently. Drain. Stir in taco seasoning mix, tomatoes, corn, black beans and water. Bring to a boil, stirring occasionally. Pour into prepared baking dish. Beat egg in small bowl. Stir in cornmeal mix, milk and oil until well blended. Stir in cheese. Pour over ground beef mixture in baking dish. Bake 30-35 minutes or until topping is golden brown. Serve with a tossed salad and enjoy.

Said a Kid by susan ray

Elsie, age 4, ran to her mother crying. “My gum is stuck in my nose.” She was scared because she knew about her older brother getting a grape stuck in his nose. He had made a trip to the doctor’s office, and the story had been told more than once to caution Elsie about never putting anything inside her nose. Her mother pressed against the open nostril and told her to blow hard. The gum came out on the first blow. Mother threw it in the trash. Elsie continued to cry. Mother reassured her. “Honey, it’s out. You’re okay.” Elsie cried louder and said, “I know. But now I can’t chew my guummmm!” Kenan, age 4, was playing upstairs alone when his mother heard him say, “Don’t pee up here because people will slip on the pee.” Mother hoped he was talking to a pretend dog!

Mother: Yes. Kenan: Awesome! Kenan: Does Leah Beth (his new baby sister) start with a ‘g’? Mother: No. Kenan: Oh, I thought it did because she’s a girl. Travis, age 5 and a pre-school student, had repeatedly asked his mother the password for the new family iPad. Mother told him he had to learn the iPad’s password to play games on it. He did. Resudek - the family’s last name. Travis went to school the next day and proudly told his teacher. “I learned how to spell my last name.” “Good for you! Tell me,” she said. Travis stood straight and tall and recited each letter and then said one word, “R E S U D E K enter!”

Travis was engrossed in a television program when his mother told him it was time to turn off the TV. “But it’s a cooking show and it’s not over. Please,” Travis said. Mother shook her head. Travis said, “But I’m learning how to cook.” Mother shook her head. Travis tried one more time. “You should watch too. You might learn how to cook.” Little Annabel, age 3, sat in the floor turning a book page by page and talking non-stop. Since Annabel hadn’t learned to read, Grandmother wanted to hear the story that Annabel was telling by looking at the pictures so she sat in a chair close to her granddaughter to listen. Annabel spoke softly and Grandmother said, “I can’t hear you very well. What did you say?” Annabel looked at Grandmother with a quizzical expression. “I didn’t say anything. I’m reading.”

Kenan was learning the beginning sounds of words. He asked, “Does tea, the drink, start with t, the letter?”

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What Are You

READING? by shannon bee auberson

ooks and I have a long-standing relationship. Our relationship goes way back and has been serious for many years. My mother may testify that books and I go back before I was even born. To that I would say she is correct, since the same is true for the two bibliophiles my husband and I are raising.


Books have been there for me at every emotional turn in my life. Rarely do I have to search for them, as they find me. Be it through articles read in magazines or conversations with dear friends that consider themselves bibliophiles as well, the talk always lands

on the question, “What are you reading?”

that I place books in.

An entirely planned visit with a close friend or a chance encounter may be encompassed with a book talk. Having a conversation about how a writer crafted words to create a story that has touched our hearts or changed our lives has the feeling of warm chocolate chip cookies dipped in a tall glass of cold milk. It is oh so sweet and soothing all at once. “These are the books I tend to dread leaving and wish I had never read just so I may experience them again for the first time,” are the words a dear friend of mine shared and that I have adopted as one of the many categories

Books Just Right and Ripe for Summer Time is a book category I came up with and must say, one of my all time favorites. These books are meant for getting lost in during seasonal breaks in ones lifetime. Growing up in the mountains of Pickett County and spending my summer days on Dale Hollow Lake was far from the experience of life in a suburban setting, but reading every Sweet Valley High and Sweet Valley Twins book that I could get my hands on took me out of my normal summer routine. If only for a few hours I was lost to Jessica and Elizabeth Wakefield and to their way of life in Sweet Valley, California. Of course, the books would end too quickly and I would be left with begging my mother for more, which she was unable to provide with the swiftness I craved since we had not a bookstore within an hour or two’s drive. So began my first book exchange with the friends I was born with, my cousins! Those books came with more than the story between the pages. They came with conversation and memories. They were passed from the hand that turned the page first into the hand that would turn the same pages while trying to find her own experience within them. My cousins and bibliophile friends still swap books with me, but mostly we swap book recommendations. We love a good book list and it is never to early to get one started for those lazy days of summer that seem just perfect for a lounge chair in the sand, or for those that grew up in my old stomping ground, a towel on the back of a pontoon boat or a blanket under an old shade tree. Books will never fail you. Their content grew from an imagination that began in the heart and mind of a storyteller in love with words. That love of words helps to build the content of each reader’s character. Pick up a book, find a nook, and get lost in words!




Books Just Right and Ripe for Summer Time Picture Books: Exclamation Mark by Amy Krouse and Tom Lichtenheld E-MERGENCY by Tom Lichtenheld Cloudette by Tom Lichtenheld From the author/illustrator of Shark vs. Train, Lichtenheld brings letters, punctuation, and even a small cloud’s importance to life. Fun. Fun. Fun. The Three Ninja Pigs by Corey Rosen Schwartz A martial arts twist on an old favorite. A true testament that shows great stories never die- they just get reinvented for a new generation. Bun Bun Button by Patricia Polacco Storytelling at its finest. This is a perfect book to share with a grandparent. Stars by Mary Lyn Ray and Marla Frazee Beautiful bibliotherapy book that shares how we all have shining moments and moments not so shiny, but we must not give up. Daddies Do It Different by Alan Lawrence Sitomer A fun look at a dad’s daily routine with his child. Perfect for Father’s Day!

Rocket Writes A Story by Tad Hills The sequel to How Rocket Learned to Read is a nice step into the world of writing for little ones and how to extract the ideas that already exist in our minds and hearts.

Theodore Boone: Kid Lawyer Series by John Grisham

Night Song by Ari Berk Lovely story that tells of a bat’s reliance of echolocation, all while demonstrating the need for independence, adventure, and the knowledge that you can always come home.

Nancy Clancy, Super Sleuth & Nancy Clancy, Secret Admirer by Jane O’Connor

Daddy Loves His Little Girl by John Carter Cash No doubt about it, Mr. Carter Cash has his parents’ writing genes! His words dance across the page and pull at your heartstrings in this beautiful tale dedicated to his daughter. Andrew Drew and Drew by Barney Saltzberg Great book for those young doodlers that are actually undercover artists.

Middle Grade:

The 13th Sign by Kristin O’Donnell Tubb

Ivy + Bean, Make the Rules by Annie Barrows www.chroniclebooks.comlanding-pages/ivyandbean

Young Adult: Out of the Easy by Ruta Sepetys Period 8 by Chris Crutcher Just One Day by Gayle Forman

Wonder by R.J. Palacio

Dogs Don’t Do Ballet by Anna Kemp If you have a dancer or a dog lover in your life get this book! You will be cheering “Bravo!” for Biff by the end of this tale! This Is Not My Hat by Jon Klassen The 2013 Caldecott Winner Because You Are My Teacher by Sherry North A book for gifting to your favorite teacher. If You Hold A Seed by Elly MacKay Great book for introducing all the wonders of springtime and how patient we must be for some dreams to grow and come true. Meet Me At The Moon by Gianna Marino Another fine book for bibliotherapy use, a tale that demonstrates a mother’s love for her child, even if travel and family needs take her away. Chocolate Me! Taye Diggs A book that demonstrates beautifully how we are all different and fit together because of our differences. Use this one to encourage little ones to love themselves.


SINCE BECOMING A MOM I Have Learned... by kori edgington

ince welcoming our little bundle of joy into the world, we have learned a few things. The hubbs and I are pretty good about laughing ourselves through situations, and, as a case in point, I laughed our child out of my body. The past seven months have left us scratching our heads, rolling our eyes and laughing at ourselves a lot.



Before I buy clothes, I ask myself, “I’m a mom now, can I actually wear this?” We immediately memorized the phone numbers for the emergency nurse, poison control and all trustworthy family members and friends with children.

Ants and mice like Cheerios and Puffs just as much as your baby. I know what pureed peas, green beans, squash, and other vegetables taste like, before and after they’ve been in my baby’s mouth. I have suddenly become very concerned with bodily functions. We often ask each other, “Did Baby Bear go number two? What did it look like? Did it smell normal or worse than normal?” Even though we added a tiny little 6-pound, 8-ounce baby to our pack, our laundry output has increased 150 percent. Bless you, mothers of multiples. I can’t sing the correct words to any song on the radio and I find myself stumbling over nursery rhymes and lullabies, but I can totally rock out to any tune on one of those annoying sing-song toys made by Fisher Price, VTech or toy maker. New mothers silently judge other mothers based on whether or not they used drugs during the birth, their “repair” stories, and how quickly they fit back into skinny jeans after the pregnancy. We have learned to sleep with our eyes open while standing up. This kind of sleeping is not to be confused with actually being awake. I regret very much every harsh word I ever muttered as a know-it-all teenager to my parents. I apologized 36 hours after I gave birth.




Us new mothers think our obstetricians are comedians when the doctor asks about birth control plans at the 6-week postpartum visit. Really? Ain’t nobody got time for another baby right now. New parents develop fears of fingernail clippers. Women should never make snide comments about “Baby on Board” signs and stick family stickers on cars. As soon as you become a mom, your car will probably be covered in them too. My heart no longer resides in my chest, but on the outside of my body in the form of a tiny little human. When their tiny human begins to move without help, new mothers should expect to suffer many mild heart attacks. You will realize how much your parents really do love you, and how they really weren’t the meanest and worst parents on the entire planet. You will realize that everyone has an opinion about why you are the world’s greatest mom, or why you are not the world’s greatest mom. When baby-proofing your home, you begin to think your 4-month old, non-mobile child is really MacGyver or David Blaine and will be able to snake out of any situation you have devised to keep her safe. You will never pee alone again. Ever. Get used to it. Babies belong on shows like “Survivor” and “Fear Factor.” They know no fear, and can survive ingesting just about anything. You immediately realize what love really is and you will never be able to put it in words for anyone else to understand. Welcome to motherhood, ya’ll. Buckle your seat belt and keep hands, feet and all loose articles inside the car. Enjoy the ride.



Houser F A M I L

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had our third precious girl who has a look of her own and a head full of black hair. I was so excited because finally we could use bows at the hospital without a headband. Our oldest, Lukas, is our only boy and our girls will have a tough side because of him. He’s a great big brother, but enjoys his boy time with Daddy. He loves anything to do with superheroes and sports, and will gladly wrestle with any member of the family including our dog, Pumba. Zoie is the oldest girl. She is 100 percent a girly-girl; she loves pageants, LaLaLoopsys and dress up or anything else girl-oriented. She twirls around our house saying she is doing “ballalet,” her name for ballet. Like a true girly-girl, she screams for Lukas at the site of any insect. Trinitee is our next oldest daughter. She is definitely our funny child. She loves baby dolls, clothes and phones, but is willing to play with bugs and dirt too. I think being mischievous comes naturally to her and her curiosity gets her into lots of messes. She is the most independent of our children and likes to dress herself, sometimes in three or more outfits a day. Our story started when I was a junior in high school. Neither of us had been in a relationship that lasted more than a few months, but we got pretty serious about each other. We dated for months, and we made it through a year in no time. We got engaged not long after I graduated and knew we wanted to get married, but didn’t know when. We thought we couldn’t love anyone else, but in late 2007, we were proven wrong. We had a blue-eyed, blonde-haired little boy who made us feel a love that blew us away. We became parents and did a lot of growing up. The year of 2008 was very special for us. June was special because I finally decided to marry the man I love so much. We made a big decision, the best one we’ve ever made, to start living our life a lot differently. We decided to live our lives for God and raise our children in the church I attended in high school. Last but not least, 2008 was special because we had a beautiful little girl with her daddy’s dark features. 2009 passed quickly with Derek working and me dividing my time between classes at Tennessee Tech and staying home with our children. During this time, I started doing photography for friends and crafting. In 2010, we were blessed again with a pretty, blonde-haired little girl who looks like Mommy. People started thinking we were crazy, but we hoped to have four children. We enjoy them so much, and our house is always entertaining.

Lilah is our youngest daughter and the “baby.” She enjoys all the attention her siblings give her. Her favorite person, at least for now, is Mommy. She has no interest in walking yet, and I think she’s going to have a little drama, like Zoie. Derek has worked at the same place since I met him, ABC Inoac Exteriors, although most people know it as Aeroquip. My main job is at home, taking care of our four wonderful little blessings, although I have other things to keep me busy as well. My photography has expanded outside my circle of friends, and is now called Moments To Memories. My crafting got a name also, PeekAbooutique and I sell Origami Owl Jewelry at Derek says I need a craft room because my hobbies are throughout our house. Every Sunday, we can be found at Livingston First United Methodist Church, where we sometimes teach 2-3 year-olds, and we are thankful for our church family. When people ask how we do it, I say God blessed me with lots of patience and another blessing we call Nana. God has blessed us in many ways and He will continue to be what our family relies on. Everything is a blessing, and even bad parts of our lives can be blessings. 1 Corinthians 10:31 James 1:1-2


We bought our first home in 2011. Our little boy was so excited that it was blue, which is his favorite color. In the beginning of 2012, we


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What is your favorite FAMILY restaurant in the Upper Cumberland area? Derek and our kids usually pick Casa Mexicana or Cracker Barrel, but I love variety! Does Ralph’s Donuts count as a restaurant? What is your family’s favorite local/community event? Derek and Carissa love Emmaus of the Cumberlands, and the kids love church events and community parades. Where is your family’s favorite vacation spot? We haven’t been on many vacations, but our trip to Clearwater was our favorite so far. We hope Disney World is our next big trip! What is your family’s favorite holiday? Christmas because our kids enjoy celebrating and baking a cake for Jesus.


Taco Soup


1 can of dark or light red kidney beans 1 can of black beans 1 can of corn (any kind) 1 can of diced tomatoes 1 pack taco seasoning mix 1 pack hidden valley ranch dressing mix 1 pound of ground beef, shredded chicken, or any other meat Approximately 2 cups of water, or enough to make juices cover other ingredients well

What is your family’s favorite meal at home? The girls’ favorite is spaghetti or chicken. If I had to pick, my favorite would be steaks on the grill or chicken enchiladas. Lukas and Derek love pork chops or taco soup.


Cook and drain meat (shred if using chicken) Do not drain the cans of vegetables. Pour everything in a pot or crock pot and stir. Simmer over low heat for about 1.5 to 2 hours in a pot on the stove. With a crock pot on low, cook for about 4 hours. On high, it will take about 2 hours Serve topped with corn chips and cheese, or add sour cream.

the Eighth Grade Double Doors by tess simpson

here is something about walking down that eighth grade hallway, knowing that someday I won’t be walking down it as an eighth grade student anymore. In more than one way that’s a good thing. In other ways, not so much. High school is a scary new journey, a mystery to the middle school world. High school is where we find out who and what we are going to be in this crazy world.


All throughout eighth grade teachers say, “the high school this” and “the high school that.” Our entire middle school career has led us up to high school. Our teachers constantly prepare us for the Big Kahuna of all schools, high school. Especially now that we are more than halfway through the school year, everyone is trying to push information about high school down our throats. To most eighth graders, high school seems to be rushing toward us faster and faster with each step. Many eighth graders, like myself, are excited about getting out of our small middle school and into this new world. There are

so many great adventures waiting just outside those metal double doors. There are many wonderful things about high school to an eighth grader. One great thing is all of the schools merge together into one big melting pot of new people. High school is where you get the chance to take new classes and be in interesting clubs to help you find your passion. High school is the place where we learn how to deal with the world outside of school. In the end, high school sets us up for our future lives. There are also a few downfalls to high school including drama, bad things to get into and the pressure to decide what we want to be when we grow up. The bad thing is the majority of us in the eighth grade class have no idea what we want to be in the very near future. I have a hard enough time trying to decide what to wear in the morning, much less what I want to be when I “grow” up. People with a Christian faith, such as myself, may have a few more difficult things to deal with. As Christians,

we strive for the pure and the just. Sometimes the pure and the just are hard to find in a crowd of teenagers who are subject to say or do anything. Our main goal as Christians is to stay close to God while traveling through this new world. That may be the hardest thing to do. Somehow though, the good points always seem to overtake the bad ones. Many of my freshman and sophomore friends say that at first, the high school looks big and monstrous, but once you get in the swing of things, it’s awesome. Their main piece of advice to all eighth graders has always been to find your “crowd” or your best friend, and stay with them. That is the best thing you could ever do. High school may seem like a big step to take, but in truth I’m sure it will be amazing. I know that most eighth graders can’t wait to get out of the small middle schools, to be part of something bigger than themselves, and to do something amazing and be amazing. Change is good for everyone; it gives us a new outlook on everything around us. I’m sure high school will do that and more.

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SUMMER MEMORIES by sara thomas

ummer mornings were always special to me. For essentially as long as I could remember, I woke up with the kind of enthusiasm that is exclusive to small children. Because both of my parents worked during the day, I got to stay with my grandparents during any breaks from school. Summer was the best because the break was so long. Each day brought some new adventure for my young mind, and I was always so thrilled to begin my fresh start. What would the day’s journey hold for us? Would we go a road trip around


the town or to Kentucky? Visit some of our relatives? Work in the garden? The possibilities were endless. My Grandma Shirley took me to search for treasures, perusing thrift shops and making crafty creations. Sometimes Pepaw Roscoe came with us, serving as the perfect chauffeur. Grandma Shirley occasionally worked part of the time and wasn’t always at home. It was through her watchful eyes that I first learned to crochet, use puff paint, and start the painstaking process of writing in cursive, a skill that I would be

extremely proud of for years to come. Even today, as an adult, I prefer cursive writing to printing, and I can’t help but think it is because of the bond she forged on those muggy summer days. My Pepaw Roscoe had retired before I was born. I consider him to have been my primary babysitter, but, more importantly, my primary friend. Naturally, I had plenty of friends in my life that were my own age, but my grandpa and I had a special bond. I was his second grandchild and the first little girl. While he had a good relationship with all of my cousins, he was the only grandpa that I would have. Though I did have a greatgrandpa, my maternal grandfather passed on before I was born. Whenever I was a baby, Pepaw Roscoe told my mother, “She’s mine. I’m the only grandpa she’s going to have, and she needs me.” He was right, and he worked hard to be for me exactly what I needed him to be: friend, confidante, and companion. I have always been close to my parents as well, but there was something about my Pepaw. He carried a special place for me in his heart, just as I do the same for him in my own heart. Every morning, for years, we walked to my greatgrandpa’s, Grandpa Tolly’s, house. His house was where the horses were. “You ready, sis? Let’s go!” He would say those words while he cuffed the bottoms of his jeans and patted the front pocket of his t-shirt to ensure that the peppermints or butterscotches were there for later. Bubbly excitement barely contained, we traveled the half-mile to the barn, carefully searching the wildflowers on the banks of the road, picking out the perfect blooms to bring back to Grandma Shirley. We eventually scaled the hill to the barn and found the horses impatiently waiting for us. I felt so grownup because Pepaw Roscoe always allowed me to help him. “Be careful. You’ve got it!” We talked through the steps, and he made me feel like I was such an important piece of the morning ritual. Carefully measuring sweet feed in cans and




brushing their hair was my job, and I loved it. We got visit Grandma Connie and Grandpa Tolly when we finished feeding. Some mornings had an even more special surprise. Occasionally, I would get to go on a horse ride. They always seemed so exhilarating, a little scary but thrilling. My favorite horse was named Bob, and he seemed like a giant at the time. Pepaw Roscoe would place the saddle, the blanket, and the riding bridle on the horse, hoist me up, and lead the way. I always felt safe, knowing that he was steering the way, his warm steady voice soothing me as we traveled. Bob was a wily animal, and he would occasionally try to trick my grandpa by holding as much of his breath in his lungs as he could until the saddle was fastened. This meant that the saddle would be too loose. Bob only succeeded one time, but it caused me to flip off of the saddle as it fell to the side. Pepaw Roscoe’s strong, comforting arms were there to catch me just in time. Those same arms were there for me the rest of his life, from the not so serious to the more so. Forgot my school project at home? He brought it to me. Lost my ice cream money? He gave me more. Making me breakfast every day and making sure I made it to the bus? I thought his eggs, oatmeal, or fried bologna sandwiches were gourmet fare. Helping me cope when we learned that my grandmother had cancer? He was able to focus on my feelings. When I look back now, I know that it was the hardest thing he would ever go through; his wife of over 40 years was dying and there was nothing that we could do. Sitting on the bleachers at my high school for graduation? He was there, eyes shining with the same pride I saw on my parents’ faces as I gave my co-valedictorian speech and thanked both my parents and him for the very help and support that enabled me to be standing there to begin with. Though my Pepaw Roscoe has been gone for eight years now, I still think of him whenever I smell hay or sweet feed. Whenever I see horses galloping through a field. Whenever I see another special little girl, walking somewhere with her grandpa on her own adventure. Not a single day goes by that I don’t think of him, and those moments bring a smile to my face and to my heart, because I know that I am lucky to have had the eighteen years with him that I did. Sometimes, if I close my eyes, it’s almost as if it’s somehow summer again. I let my mind wander back to one of my many precious memories, and for a moment, it is.


OPostpartum vercoming Depression by erica rawdon, pharmD

ostpartum depression is the most common complication of childbirth, affecting up to 15% of women. Yet, it is the least understood. In the past, there was shame associated with postpartum depression (PPD). Because so many women suffered in silence, the only time we heard about it was when something negative or tragic happened. With education, the public has come to accept that postpartum depression is a very real syndrome. However, there are still several misconceptions about it. These myths usually portray


women in a negative light, so they avoid seeking treatment. The following are some myths and facts regarding postpartum depression.

Myth #1

All women are tired and depressed after childbirth.


Fatigue and mood swings are very common after giving birth. Lack of sleep, feeling overwhelmed, and getting used to new responsibilities can cause anxiousness. Hormonal shifts may result in weepiness known as the “baby blues.” However, not every woman who experiences these feelings has postpartum depression. If these feelings last for more than 2-3 weeks and/or interfere with daily life, further evaluation and treatment may be warranted.

Myth #2

Women with postpartum depression are bad mothers and want to harm their children.


Nothing could be further from the truth. Most attention surrounding PPD is negative. Cases where mothers have hurt their children are sensationalized by the media. However, most of these women do not have PPD. Instead they have postpartum psychosis. This is a very rare and serious disorder, and it is very different from PPD. Just because someone does not immediately bond with her baby does not mean that she does not want him or her or that she will not be a good mother. After treatment, women with PPD often bond with their children just like women who do not have it.

Myth #3

If it doesn’t happen right after childbirth, it isn’t postpartum depression.


Postpartum depression often occurs in the weeks to months following childbirth. However, women can experience PPD anytime up to a year after giving birth. Many women also find it very hard to pinpoint exactly when their symptoms began, 44



so they may seek treatment after a year has passed. This does not mean that it is not PPD.

Myth #4

If you give it enough time, it will go away on its own.


Like most disorders, PPD will not resolve itself. Therapy, support groups, and medication have all been shown to be very effective treatment options. However, data shows that if women do not seek treatment, their symptoms may worsen and persist for an extended period of time.

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Myth #5

If breastfeeding, medications are not a safe treatment option for PPD.


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Many breastfeeding women do not seek treatment because they are afraid the medications will harm their child. However, some antidepressants are very effective with little or no risk to the baby. As with all medications, the physician should be aware that the patient is breastfeeding so as to make the safest decision for both mother and child. These myths, and others, have persisted through the years. However, education has shed light upon the reality of postpartum depression. Physicians are trained to identify and treat PPD, while patients are screened and encouraged to talk about their symptoms. Early treatment is key to success for both baby and mother. Above all, women who experience PPD should never be made to feel as if it is their fault. Many women feel shame and guilt when they aren’t basking in the glow of motherhood like their friends. However, PPD is not something a person chooses to feel; rather, it is a very real disorder that can’t just be ignored. Although it may not feel like it, there is a light at the end of the tunnel.



Mustard Seed F A M I L


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spirited and gives the best hugs. Jaida is 6 and very playful. She loves to dance and watch princess movies. She also enjoys riding her bike and reading.

We have six children of our own. After they graduated high school and left home, we felt like God was leading us in a new direction. We knew that God was calling us to a different type of ministry, but we weren’t sure what that meant. We started praying about it in January 2010. In November 2010, our daughter brought home her boyfriend, and now husband, Jacob, to meet us. He told us that his sister, Kayla, was working at a children’s home called Mustard Seed Ranch. We were very intrigued and wanted to know more about this ministry. We looked up the website and started praying to see if this was what the Lord was pointing us toward. In January 2011, Albert called the director of Mustard Seed Ranch to pick his brain about how to start and run a children’s home. They met, and he challenged Albert and me to visit the ranch and consider being houseparents. When we stepped foot on the ranch, we knew God was here and He was calling us to this ministry. We accepted the position of girls’ houseparents and moved in June 1, 2011. We have five boys of our own, but this did not prepare us for raising six girls! The rewards have far outweighed the challenges. It is so exciting to know that we are making a difference in each of their lives. When we moved in there were six girls in the home. Soon afterward, the oldest girl graduated. She moved out to start her own life. We then had five girls, ranging in age from 5 to 13. In October, another young girl, Tehya, moved in. In January 2012, one of our 13-year-old girls was reunited with her family and Akeelah moved in her place. Our latest addition was in October 2012 when Lilliana came to live with us. Noelle, 15, is our oldest. She’s organized, caring, and hilarious. She loves playing basketball and is always excited about a new adventure. She can hardly wait to get her driver’s permit this year. Akeelah is 14 and loves playing family games. She’s a great writer and an eloquent speaker. Lilliana is 13 and loves to take care of people. She also loves animals, especially horses. She loves country music and her favorite thing to wear is cowboy boots. Alaina is 10 and very athletic. She just finished her first season of basketball. She has a tender spirit and dreams of becoming a missionary in China. Tehya is 10 and has a sweet spirit. She is kind and loves to dance and sing. She is our “cuddle bug.” Grace is 8 and a great helper. She’s very

On a typical day we have breakfast together, read our devotion, and get ready for the day. Four of our girls go to public school and the other three are homeschooled on the ranch. Each girl has her daily chores and makes sure they are finished before going to school. After school, they come home to a snack and downtime with the family. If there is homework, the girls will finish it while we are cooking supper. After supper, each girl knows her part in the clean up, and the kitchen is cleaned quickly and efficiently. Our girls love routine, so we stick to a schedule with bedtimes. Our job is to love on them and to remind them how precious they are to our Heavenly Father and us. They have all gone through a lot of tough situations in their short lives, but since coming to the ranch they have learned that they are important and valued for the person each is. We have seen the dark, depressed girl turn into the bubbly, excited girl she is now. We have seen the shy little girl become confident enough to dance in front of a room full of people. And when they hug us at night and tell us they love us, our hearts melt. We have an amazing childcare team at Mustard Seed Ranch. We work together to find solutions for each child’s individual situation. Each child has a relief houseparent that takes them for a weekend once a month and spoils them. Without their commitment to our girls, our job would be a lot harder. The girls look forward to these weekends and have a strong, loving relationship with each relief houseparent. We are also indebted to the community. Without their support, we could not continue to give these children the homes and families they deserve. With the support of the community, our girls are able to play basketball, soccer, and take dance lessons. They were each given a beautiful bicycle with a helmet to ride on the ranch at Christmas. We take family outings to swim and picnic at different parks. We are just like any other family. We are so very blessed to be a part of these girls’ lives and this ministry. We all call Mustard Seed Ranch our home.



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What is your favorite FAMILY restaurant in the Upper Cumberland area? We don’t eat out very much but when we have they love to go to Golden Corral. What is your family’s favorite local/community event? The Putnam County Fair

Where is your family’s favorite vacation spot? We are saving our money to go to Disney world in Florida- maybe next year. What is your family’s favorite holiday? Christmas.

What is your family’s favorite meal at home? Chicken and Broccoli Casserole.


Chicken and Broccoli Casserole Ingredients:

2 cans of Cream of Chicken soup 1 cup mayonnaise 1 tsp lemon juice 1/8 tsp curry powder 1 stick of butter 1 bag of frozen broccoli florets 1 lb chicken- cooked and shredded 2 cups shredded cheddar cheese


Combine cream of chicken soup, mayonnaise, lemon juice and curry powder. Add broccoli, chicken and cheese to the mixture. Top with crushed snack crackers and drizzle with 1 stick of melted butter. Bake at 350 degrees until bubbly.




BABY BOTTLE by lg puckett, dds

he amount of early childhood cavities or “baby bottle decay” I see in the office is increasing with each year that I practice. While the baby teeth are not permanent, children need them to chew and speak properly. We try to give them juices made from real fruit or milk loaded with calcium, but the times we choose to give them these drinks are what are hardest on their teeth. Even breast milk while going to sleep can destroy their healthy little teeth. As parents, we naturally want to give our children what they want at night. They sleep so well when their little bellies are full and the bottle or “sippy” cup comforts them when they are fussy. We need to realize we are doing much more harm than good.


Baby bottle decay hallmark signs are cavities in the upper front teeth. The back teeth can be involved as well. The decay usually starts as chalky or brown spots at the gum line or between the front incisors. This decay can sometimes be contained with composite fillings and supportive hygiene practices, if it is found and corrected early enough. Unfortunately, the decay is often too large or so far advanced that we must crown these teeth to protect them and prevent their early loss. In some instances, we do not get to see the little ones until the teeth are so decayed that we must extract those teeth. This can lead to physical and social problems for those children. The main cause of baby bottle decay is consistent and prolonged exposure to drinks containing sugar, either from juice, bottled milk, breast milk, or even soft drinks. This often occurs at night in baby bottles or “sippy” cups. It is a very difficult habit to break. The child then depends on the drink to fall asleep because it is part of his or her normal routine of winding down. Giving children a bottle to pacify them in bed and letting them fall asleep with the drink allows the sugar to pool and stay on the teeth all night. The bacteria in the child’s mouth use the sugars as fuel and produce acid, which eats away at the enamel of the teeth and causes decay.

To stop this process, the goal is to give children the milk or juice before bedtime and nothing except water after brushing their teeth until the morning. Parents need to start the first week of a child’s life by wiping the mouth with a clean, warm washcloth after feeding. Start brushing when the first tooth emerges. Cutting the child off “cold turkey” can break the drinking habit, but I have found that weaning him or her by watering the drink down works well over the course of a week. Start by changing 1/4 of the total drink amount to be water. Add more water each night. At the end of the week you will have watered the drink down to only water.

Do not go back to old habits, even when the child is sick. This is where I am speaking from personal experience. With everyone losing sleep, it is hard to stay strong in these times. Just remember, it is the healthiest thing you can do for your child. Providing only water at bedtime will ensure the child has a fighting chance at staying cavity free and having a beautiful smile during their first years of life. For further information on keeping your child’s teeth strong and healthy, talk to your dentist and make sure to visit him or her every six months for checkups. You can also visit the American Dental Association consumer website for oral health information for all ages.

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Mustard Seed F A M I L

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loves to be involved in, just by looking in their rooms.

Greg and I have been the houseparents for the boys’ home at Mustard Seed Ranch for 4 years now. In that time, we have learned and grown alongside the lives we have had the pleasure of molding and shaping for the glory of Christ. People ask how we got started. Well, God, with his infinite knowledge and wisdom, had been molding and shaping us before we ever knew each other. We are high school sweethearts. We met when Greg was a senior and I was a sophomore. Our first date was a youth Bible study at a friend’s house. We were always committed to doing what Christ gave us the ability to do. Usually that was in the ministry of children and we always did it together. We dated for 5 years and have been married for 20 years. We never, or at least I never, imagined that we would be in full-time ministry. Greg and I both graduated from our hometown college: Tennessee Tech University. Greg was a business major and I was an accounting major. Greg had worked in a factory for over 15 years when it shut down. I have worked, and still do part-time, in the field of accounting at a local CPA office. When God called us to Mustard Seed it was a big step in our lives, but God has blessed us in stepping out in full faith to lead our two biological children and us. Paige and Ryan (Bud) are our biological children. They have been a big part of our ministry at the ranch. We are so proud of them. We are parents of the boys’ home because we let them choose the home we were going to minister at. Because of that decision, God blessed us with more sons. We currently have one 18-year-old, Paige, a senior at CHS and the only girl in our house, one 17-year-old, Randall, who plays the drums at CHS in the band and works part-time at McDonalds, one 16- year old, Bud, who plays football and baseball at CHS and loves to hunt, two 14-year-olds, Ben and Lee, who will be attending CHS next year and will be playing football, one 13-year-old, Kaleb, who loves to sing, act, and dance, and three 12-year-olds, Chase, Sam and Zach, who all have their special gifts and abilities. They all love to hunt and fish. If you come to our house, you would be able to tell what each child

We attend Washington Avenue Baptist Church. Most of the children are in the youth program. They enjoy learning and interacting with children their own age. By next year all of our children will be in youth. We currently have two that are in the youth band and others that enjoy participating in youth skits. We have several that have participated in the annual Easter drama (known as the Cookeville Passion Play) at our church, where Greg (Coach, as the children call him) has played the role of Christ for several years now. We have had the privilege to see most of our boys turn their lives over to Christ and start growing in His grace and goodness. In those times, we know that God has put us in the right spot and we would not want to be anywhere else. Being a houseparent is challenging some days but the blessings outweigh the trials. Just to see the daily changes in the children and how happy they are to be part of this family blesses me. I love to hear the children say they love me and to want me to hug them. I know we are making a difference in their lives. It takes time for the children to open up to us as their parents, but what a blessing it is when they do! Our typical day depends on who is in what sport or event. We have a morning devotion and breakfast before heading our separate ways during school days. At breakfast and devotion, Greg (Coach) asks each child three questions. One question is about cleaning their rooms, one is about doing their chores, and the other is about doing their laundry. They have to have their beds made and rooms straightened before they come to breakfast. Another question from time to time is about hygiene. If we need to address that area, this is the perfect time, and sometimes we do. Twelveyear-old boys are really not concerned with showering, putting deodorant on, or brushing their teeth. This usually becomes more important to them as they start liking girls. Anyway, after school we have a snack and do homework. We fix supper and eat together as a family. Mealtime is the quietest because with nine hungry children (especially growing boys), they enjoy eating and eating and eating. I know when I have cooked something that they love because they don’t start talking until their plates are empty. After dinner, the children help clean up the kitchen and put things away. It is sort of chaotic sometimes with 8 to 10 people in the kitchen at once, but we fall into a routine where everyone picks a job to get the kitchen cleaned as fast as possible. With the kitchen clean, we all either play games downstairs in the man cave, watch TV or a movie, or just visit with each other if we don’t have to be somewhere in town for a game or practice. This part of the day really depends on what season it is and

what sport is going on. On the weekends or during the summer, we have a lot of days we like to call “free days,” where we do whatever we like. For the most part we have few and far between days like that because we are always involved in something. We stay as busy as a typical family but we are just multiplied. These children have experienced a lot here at the Ranch. Some go to public school and others are homeschooled at our educational building here. In the four years we have been here, with help from relief house parents, volunteers, and sponsors, the children have gotten to go on mission trips both here in the US and abroad. We currently have two children raising funds to go on a mission trip to Costa Rica. They also have had the opportunity to go to Disney World and to Dollywood. They have been able to go hunting for different game and learn how to clean what they have hunted. They enjoy riding bikes, swimming, skiing, rafting, fishing, and horseback riding. We are blessed to have relief house parents who teach the children new things and take them to different events. Recently, the boys were able to go to the National Wildlife Turkey Federation function in Nashville, Tennessee, where they saw different TV stars. All of the boys have had the opportunity to go to Tech or UT football or basketball games. Our children here at the ranch and in our home are just that: “our children.” Greg and I want them to have all the experiences and opportunities that our own biological children have had and are getting. We believe we are doing just that and enjoy being able to give that to our boys. The community is a big part of this ministry. Without the financial support, prayers, and volunteers, our ministry would not be what it is today. Believe me when I say that we all are changing the lives of these children. I see it on each of the boys’ faces every day. I hear it in the sound of their laughter and in the compliments we get from their schoolteachers, administrators, the Sunday school teacher, and the owner of a restaurant here in town when they say how well behaved our boys are in the classrooms or in the restaurant. It has been a pleasure working, teaching, and guiding these young men. I am so proud of them. We all face difficulties in our lives, but God had placed these young men here at MSR because He has not forgotten them. He has put them in a safe haven and He is teaching them how to love themselves and serve others like Christ served while he was here on earth. We want our boys and girls here at MSR to not just take but to give back, to know and live what a follower of Christ is in their hearts and lives. God asks that of all of us. Look for your Mustard Seed in your life. God has not forgotten you either.



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What is your favorite FAMILY restaurant in the Upper Cumberland area? Most of the children in the boys’ home said Cheddars is their favorite restaurant. El Tapatio came in 2nd with a close 3rd being Golden Corral. What is your family’s favorite local/community event? The boys enjoy going to CHS football games. Zach enjoyed the Soap Box Derby this year since he participated in it and was very good at it. They all love the Jakes Day we host at MSR alongside our Open House each year. Kaleb and Sam said they like going to the movies.


Where is your family’s favorite vacation spot? Zach, Ben, Sam, and Kaleb all said they liked Disney World the best and would love to go back. Lee and Bud enjoy a tree stand in Cookeville, Tennessee, on their vacation days or if they have to go out of town to someplace close, like Dollywood. They did say they would travel to go hunting

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What is your family’s favorite holiday?


Chocolate Gravy Ingredients: 1/4 cup flour 1/4 cup cocoa 1 1/2 cup sugar 1 1/2 cup milk 1 cup water 1 stick of butter


Combine flour, cocoa & sugar. Add water and stir. Then add milk. low until there are no lumps.

Stir while cooking on

Christmas is the favorite of the children. They love getting up on Christmas morning to see piles of presents under the tree that were not there before that morning.

Bring to a boil. Stir constantly to avoid sticking.

What is your family’s favorite meal at home?

Remove from stove and add a stick of butter. Stir until butter is completely incorporated.

Randall loves stuffed shells (his grandmother gave us the recipe). Just giant shells with hamburger, Italian sausage, spaghetti sauce, and different cheeses mixed together. Bud, Paige, Lee, and Ben love fresh pig sausage with chocolate gravy and biscuits. Chase loves fried pork chops. Sam loves hot wings. Zach loves hot ham and cheese sandwiches made with a special sauce drizzled over the bread. Kaleb couldn’t decide and Coach loves backbone and stewed potatoes...and everyone loves chocolate gravy!

Boil for a few minutes until the mixture begins to darken.

Serve over biscuits.



by kat starr


earning a musical instrument is difficult, takes years of training to master, and is costly. So what benefits could possibly make this endeavor worth it?

Most people are familiar with the basic rewards of learning an instrument. Music hones mental focus by requiring the student to do different things with each hand while reading music and playing with others. Dexterity and fine motor skills are improved in the process. The highly publicized “Mozart Effect” refers to improved spatial relations through the playing of an instrument. Yet some of the most important reasons learning an instrument is important are more difficult to define and test. Since I believe the intangible benefits are often the most crucial, I want to share some of those with you.

thinking improves problem-solving skills and will be of value to an individual throughout his or her life.

There is a community element of learning to play as well. Playing in a group brings people together for a common cause. It requires one to be fully present and expressive. It requires communication. Playing in groups also creates bonds of friendship that make the world a little smaller and kinder. The Cookeville Tennessee Fiddle Orchestra (TFO) is dedicated to performing folk music and is open to members of the community. It, and other organizations like it, encourages musicians to step outside of their comfort zone and work together to create music. Learning an instrument often involves learning the tunes and history associated with that instrument.

Every beginning fiddle student learns “Boil the Cabbage Down,” a tune with roots back to 1765. This connects students with something much older and bigger than themselves. Through tunes and songs, they come to have a more richly defined sense of place and heritage. The performance aspect of music brings its own rewards. All of the focus, dedication, attention to detail, expression, and group rehearsal that went into the preparation come together for an experience that is more than the sum of its parts. Successful performances engender confidence like no other experience. And it’s incredibly enjoyable for the performer as well as the listener! No matter if you are old or young, I encourage you to learn an instrument and reap the rewards!

The dedication required to master a musical instrument requires a slow-burning fire of determination over years. The violin is an unforgiving instrument and there are a million ways to make it squeak! So when I see a child’s face light up because he or she has figured out how to play a tune beautifully, I know he or she has put in some serious time and effort. “We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit.” This quote, attributed to Aristotle, nicely sums up the dedication it takes to become proficient at an instrument. It takes hundreds of repetitions to create a smooth bow stroke or a G chord. This kind of dedication can’t help but affect every aspect of a child’s life, from homework to soccer to just plain sticking with a problem until he or she figures it out. Playing a musical instrument requires attention to detail. If a finger isn’t in exactly the right spot, the violin is out of tune. If the guitar string isn’t held firmly enough, it will buzz. How the bow attacks the string determines the phrasing of the melody. How the guitarist chooses a strum pattern decides the character of a tune. In short, if one doesn’t pay attention to the little things, the desired sound never comes. Often, the students leaving my lessons are actually tired from thinking so much! Detail-oriented


Camp! summer

Ca Overnight Camps Camp Country Lad

Location: Monterey, Tenn. Ages: 8-15 (Boys) Sessions: 8,6,4 & 2 weeks (June 11- August 6) Contact: or 931-839-2354(summer) 931-526-1849(off-season) About: CCL offers boys a unique opportunity to live in pioneer log

cabins, participate in a wide variety of activities and build friendships that last a lifetime.

Camp Monterey

Location: Monterey, Tenn. Ages: 7-16 (Girls) Sessions: 8,6,4 & 2 weeks (June 11- August 6) Contact: or 931-445-3579(summer) 601-437-8171(off-season) About: Camp Monterey is designed especially for girls. The camp

provides a unique opportunity to combine outdoor and creative activities. Activities include horseback riding, sailing, canoeing, cooking, blackberry picking, swimming,and hiking to name a few.

Camp Nakanaw

Location: Crossville, Tenn. Ages: 8-12 (Girls) Sessions: 2 Week (June 16-29) 4 Week (July 1-28) Contact: or 931-277-3711 About: The philosophy of the camp is to build strength of character

and a sense of unselfishness. Nakanawa has four required classes: swimming, tennis, glee club and canoeing. Other elective activities offered include arts and crafts, softball, diving, drama, hand bells, lifeguard training, sailing, dance, fencing, archery, riflery, riding, soccer, climbing wall and zip line.




Cedar Lake Camp (summer resident camp)

Location: Livingston, Tenn. Ages: 8-14 (Coed) Sessions: June 9-15, June 16-22, June 23-29, July 7-13, July 14-20 Contact: or 931-823-5656 About: Campers spend the week together and journey through God’s

word. They will have fun participating in activities such as swimming, canoeing, hiking, archery, shooting, climbing tower, challenge course, making crafts and playing games.

Cedar Lake Camp (canoe camp)

Location: Livingston, Tenn. Ages: 13-21 (Coed) Sessions: June 30-July 6 Contact: or 931-823-5656 About: Campers canoe on beautiful Dale Hollow Lake and then

rest on Geiger Island. This week-long primitive camping adventure sets aside time for Bible study and memorization, and the relaxed schedule encourages great fellowship and fun.

Boxwell Resident Cub and Boy Scout Camp

Location: Lebanon, Tenn. Ages: 9-16 Sessions: June 10-13 Contact: (615) 383-9724 or 1-800-899-7268 About: Boxwell is a wonderful facility for young boys to have a great

camping experience. Your Webelos’ camping experience will be a fun, informative, and safe camping trip that will keep boys excited about Scouting. This year’s theme “Space Exploration, Mission to Mars.”

Day Camps

•Week 5 ( Water)

Cedar Lake Camp

skills and knowledge around water activities, including junior lifeguarding skills, boating, canoeing, fishing and more.

Location: Livingston, Tenn. Ages: 5-10 Sessions: June 10-14, June 17-21, June 24-28, July 8-12 & July 15-19 Contact: or 931-277-3711 About: Day Camp is a favorite experience for younger children

Session: June 24-28 About: Campers will experience activities designed to increase their

( Wet & Wild)

amp! from the local area who aren’t quite ready to be away from home overnight. The camp allows children ages 5 to 10 to enjoy all the activities of Resident Camp without staying in a cabin. Day Camp runs Monday through Friday.

Leisure Services Day Camp

Location: Cookeville, Tenn. Ages: 5-12 Sessions: May 28-July 24 Contact: or 931-526-7393 About: Leisure Services offers two summer camp programs that are

Session: June 24-28 About: Campers will have a wild time while learning basic water

safety and survival skills to ensure a lifetime appreciation of the joys of water. Skills will be taught using water games, sports and activities.

•Week 6 (Art)

Session: July 1-5 About: Campers will learn how to express and sharpen their “visual

voice” while learning about different media and artists each day.


Session: July 1-5 About: Campers explore different media each day while creating

one-of-a-kind crafts. What masterpiece will your child bring home to share?

a unique, innovative and recreational alternatives to daycare. Day Camp runs the entire length of the Putnam County Schools summer break while Specialty Camps are only one week long. Both camp programs educate kids on a variety of positive, socially appropriate leisure pursuits. Our counselors lead a number of summer activities that are second to none. Campers will have the opportunity to identify their recreational interests and to HAVE FUN! We believe decision making, independence and a sense of personal identity and community are essential to their success as adults. We hope to encourage each child’s talents and celebrate their uniqueness.

•Week 7 (Cheerleading)

YMCA Day Camps

•Week 8 (Drama)

Location: Cookeville, Tenn. Ages: 5-12 Contact: or 931-528-1133

•Week 1 (Outdoor Living)

Session: May 28-31 About: Campers will experience fire building, tent pitching, outdoor

cooking, archery and more. Through fun activities and hands-on experiences campers are sure to have a blast while gaining an appreciation for activities in nature.

•Week 2 (Kids in the Kitchen)

Session: July 8-12 About: Cheer Camp will be a B-L-A-S-T! Campers will learn a variety

of basic cheers, motions, stunts, chants and more.


Session: July 8-12 About: Campers will work with a third degree black belt instructor

with a focus on concentration, self-defense skills and attitude. Campers will need comfortable clothing and good attitudes to attend.

Session: July 15-19 About: Connect with your inner performer. Campers will work

together to put on skits, including improv, comedy and drama. They will experience teamwork at its best as they work together to put on an entire production


Session: July 15-19 About: Campers will experience various forms of dance from line

dancing to hip-hop, learning proper technique and form. Campers will display what they have learned in a show for parents at the end of the week.

Session: June 3 - 7 About: Campers will learn how to read recipes, use of the tools of

Cub Scout Day Camp

(Fit for Fun)

Location: Cookeville, Tenn. Sessions: June 3-7 Contact: About: Camp runs from 8:00-3:00 Monday - Friday

the kitchen, how to properly measure dry and wet ingredients and healthy substitutes for their favorite recipes. Campers will have the opportunity to cook several healthy dishes throughout the week. Session: June 3 - 7 About: Campers see how much fun making healthy choices can

be. Campers will try out different fitness classes, and learn healthy lifestyle habits and good nutrition through instruction and fun activities throughout the week.

•Week 3 (All-Sports Academy)

Session: June 10 - 14 About: Campers will participate in numerous sports—including

soccer, basketball, street hockey, dodgeball and four-square—on a daily basis while developing important team building and teamwork skills.

•Week 4 (Detective)

Session: June 17 - 21 About: Does your child love to investigate? Campers learn the fine

T-N-T Day Camp with Trinity Assembly

Location: Cookeville, Tenn. Ages: School Age Sessions: June 4-July 18 Contact: or 931-265-9444 About: We are kind of like a Mother’s Day Out for school age kids.

We meet every Tuesday and Thursday from 8:30-3:30. We take 1st-6th graders to lots of different activities. In the past we have gone to Chuck E Cheese, bowling, Victory Gymnastics, the movies, Cumberland Caverns, ice skating, The Discovery Museum, horse back riding and every week we go swimming at Gilley’s in McMinnville. We will take full and part time kids.

art of uncovering clues, fingerprinting, puzzle solving and crime solving.



Ca Sports & Recreation Camps

Dance & Musical Theatre

Tennessee Tech Sports Camps (Steve Payne Golden Eagle Basketball Camp)

Cookeville Children’s Theatre

Location: Cookeville, Tenn. Ages: 8-18 Sessions: June 3-26 Team 1, June 3-5 Team 2, June 10-12 Team 3, June 19-21 Individual, June 23-26 Contact: or 931.372.3956 About: Basic skills. Dribbling, shooting and passing.

(Jim Davis Golden Eagle Basketball Camp) Location: Cookeville, Tenn. Sessions: June 7-9, June 16-18 Contact: or 931.372.3922 About: Basic skills. Dribbling, shooting and passing.

(Golden Eagle Baseball Camp)

Location: Cookeville, Tenn. Ages: 6 -14 Sessions: June 10-13 Contact: or 931.372.3925 About: Our goal is simply to stress the fundamentals of baseball. This

will allow the campers the opportunity to secure a strong foundation for building baseball talents. We will also stress the importance of positive mental and emotional attitudes, which are not only beneficial to athletes, but are conducive to success in all walks of life.

(TTU Women’s Basketball Lil Eagle Camp)Location: Cookeville, Tenn. Ages: Kindergarten-8th grade girls Sessions: June 13-15 Contact: or 931.372.3922 About: How to become a better player.

Working on shooting, ball handling, passing and individual moves.

Circle K Horse Pavilion

Location: Cookeville, Tenn. Ages: 5 & up Sessions: First Monday after school gets out until the last Friday before school starts Contact: or 931.860.8806 About: Students will have two riding sessions a day. They will learn

horse safety, how to tack up a horse, the parts of a horse and caring for a horse.




Location: Cookeville, Tenn. Ages: K-8 Sessions: June 10-14, July 8-12 Contact: or 931.528.5437 About: A dedicated professional staff teaching creative dramatics,

stage movement, dance, set construction, art, music, improvisation and more

Stage One Dance Studio (Rock Star Camp)

Location: Cookeville, Tenn. Ages: 4-6 Sessions: June 24-28 Contact: or 931.528.8238 About: 9:00-11:30am. Have a hard time sitting still when you hear

music on the radio? If so, this Hip Hop camp is for you! Children will rock out to their favorite songs and show off their best moves. Dance attire recommended but not required. A snack is provided.

(Princess Camp)

Ages: 4-6 Sessions: June 24-28 About: 9:00-11:30am. Young dancers are whisked away into a

world of royalty when they are crowned a princess for a week! This Ballet camp is sure to bring out the inner princess in every young dancer. Dance attire is recommended, but not required. A snack is provided.

(Exploring Dance)

Ages: 7-10 Sessions: June 24-28 About: 9:00am-3pm. Dancers learn about the connection between

movement and music through classes in contemporary ballet, hip hop and musical theatre. This full-day camp begins each day with Yoga. Dance attire is required. Each dancer needs a sack lunch and a water bottle.


Ages: 9-12,13 and up Sessions: June 24-28 About: 6:00-8:00pm. Dancers learn the art of choreography and

create dance pieces under the direction of Stage One staff. Let your ideas come to life and your creativity shine in this week long camp.

amp! The Centre School of Dance (Day Camp)

Location: Cookeville, Tenn. Ages: 3-6 & 7-10 Sessions: June 24-28 Contact: or 931.526.2632 About: Ages 3-6 is 10:00am-Noon and ages 7-10 is 1:00pm-3:30pm.

Our single-day camps allow students to experience the joys of our week-long camp earlier in the summer with the ability to choose which days they want to attend.

(Teacher Training Workshop)

Ages: 12 and up Sessions: June 17-21 Contact: or 931.526.2632 About: This is a great opportunity for dancers and students to learn

the art of teaching dance. Teaching dance requires more than just dancing skills and dancers that are trained to teach are equipped to earn an income from doing what they love even if it is just part time while they pursue other career goals. Students will learn how to manage classrooms for different age groups and syllabus and planning techniques for ballet, modern, Jazz, & tap & hip hop for children.

(Senior Summer Intensive)

Ages: Intermediate - Advanced Dancers (Levels 3 & Up) Sessions: July 7-13 Contact: or 931.526.2632 About: 9:00am - 2:30pm. Daily Schedule will include Pointe, Ballet,

Modern, Elective, Worship and Lunch Break Electives include: Jazz, Hip Hop, Conditioning, Variations, Choreography & more!

(Junior Summer Intensive)

Ages: Beginning/ Intermediate Dancers (Ages 9-15 or Levels 1 & 2 ) Sessions: July 15-19 Contact: or 931.526.2632 About: 10:00am - 12:30pm. Daily Schedule will include Ballet, Mod-

Art & Science

Dreamcatcher Studio Art Camp

Location: Cookeville, Tenn. Ages: 6 & up Sessions: June 3-7, 10-14, 17-21, 24-28 Contact: 526-4063 or 252-4602 About: Students will make an art project each day. Projects include

pottery painting, 16x20 acrylic painting, woodworking project, making a bowl on potter’s wheel, and making a windchime or light catcher in stained glass.

The Art Mill

Location: Cookeville, Tenn. Ages: 5 & up Sessions: Weekly, June 3 - July 19, 10:00am-2:00pm Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday Contact: or 931.526.9931 About: Each child will complete a 12”x12” painting each day. Lights snacks and water will be provided but feel free to send a sack lunch. To see the painting themes for each day or to register your child please visit

Cookeville Children’s Museum

Location: Cookeville, Tenn. Ages: Camp is open to children ages 6 to 11. Sessions: May 28-July 18. Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., with extended care available from 7:30 to 9 a.m. and 4 to 5:30 p.m. Contact:931-979-7529 ~ About: Full day sessions and half-day sessions available. Campers

must have completed kindergarten. Full descriptions and registration available May 1. Call the museum or visit our web site for more information.

ern/ Jazz, Improvisation, & Worship

To Submit a Camp

Contact Us: naynoo 370 S Lowe Ave Suite A #205 Cookeville, TN 38501 931.260.5925




Apparel/Home/Jewelry/Gifts 3 Little Birds • page 37 119 Broad St., Cookeville, TN 931.858.1109 Art By Demand • pages 36 Cookeville, TN 931.319.3425 Bella Boutique • page 21 560 S. Jefferson Ave., Suite 5 Cookeville, TN 931.260.9503 or 931.261.2158 Bless Cookeville • pages 32-33 18 W. Broad St., Cookeville, TN 931.854.9172 Cumberland Gold • pages 25 430 S. Lowe Ave., Suite 25, Cookeville, TN 931.528.1074 Dreamcatcher • page 11 136 S. Walnut Ave., Cookeville, TN 931.528.4063 Goodwill • page 31 575 S. Jefferson Ave., Cookeville, TN 931.520.8968 Just for You • page 45 123 W. Broad St., Cookeville, TN 931.525.6080 Matilda Jane/Emily Carwile • page 14 Cookeville, TN 931.265.4772 Outdoor Experience • page 34 124 E. Broad St., Cookeville, TN 931.526.4453 Sweet Pea Boutique • page 2 41 W. Broad St., Cookeville, TN 931.526.6688 The Vault Boutique • page 37 100 S. Main St., Gainesboro, TN 931.268.3320

Automotive Cumberland Auto Center • page 43 1540 Interstate Dr., Cookeville, TN 931.526.5600 Express Lube • page 18 105 W. Jackson St., Cookeville, TN 931.520.0123

Childrens Apparel, Gifts & Toys Discovery Depot • page 34 408 W. Jackson St. Cookeville, TN Suite C 931.526.8697 Itsy Bitsy Boutique • page 43 416 E. Spring St., Cookeville, TN 931.528.1667 Matilda Jane/Emily Carwile • page 14 Cookeville, TN 931.265.4772

Cosmetic/Beauty/Style Jane Rose • page 17 17 W. Broad St., Cookeville, TN 931.520.7555




The Derma • page 59 420 N. Washington Ave., #18, Cookeville, TN 931.528.3376

Dance Studios Stage One Dance Studio • page 21 3 N. Jefferson Ave., Cookeville, TN 931.528.8238

Dry Cleaning/Alterations Martinizing • page 35 377 Fouch Dr., Cookeville, TN 931.526.4687

Education Highland Rim Academy • page 42 Cookeville, TN 931.526.4472 TTU • pages 6 & 41 1 William L Jones Dr., Cookeville, TN 931.372.3101

Entertainment/Recreation/Travel Jumpville • page 43 1284 Boyd Farris Rd., Cookeville, TN 931.528.4070 Mitchell Creek Marina • page BC 1260 Livingston Boat Dock Rd., Allons, TN 931.823.6666 White Plains Golf Course • page 42 4000 Plantation Dr., Cookeville, TN 931.537.6397

Health & Wellness The Little Gym • page 7 851 Willow Ave., Times Square - Suite 103 Cookeville, TN 931.252.6263 YMCA • page 41 235 Raider Dr., Cookeville, TN 931.528.1255

Home & Lawn The Building Center • page 7 1300 W. Main St., Livingston, TN 866.267.5561

Photography Brittany Ann Photography • page 23 Cookeville, TN 615.585.9577 Mattography • page 17 Cookeville, TN 931.704.2503 Zach & Sarah Photography • page 44 Cookeville, TN 931.349.9900

Realtors The Crouch Team • page 22 116 S Lowe., Cookeville, TN 931.979.1191

Rentals Marquee Celebration Necessities • page 53 Cookeville, TN 931.261.6777

Restaurants 3 Little Birds • page 37 119 Broad St., Baxter, TN 931.858.1109 Chick-fil-A • page 45 1370 Interstate Dr., Cookeville, TN 931.372.2665 Cream City Ice Cream & Coffee House • page 24 119 W. Broad St., Cookeville, TN 931.528.2732

El Tapatio • page 16 Jefferson Ave., Cookeville, TN • 931.372.0246 S. Willow Ave., Cookeville, TN • 931.520.4393 N. Spring St., Sparta, TN • 931.836.1346 Marble Slab Creamery • page 11 541 S. Willow Ave., Cookeville, TN 931.526.7522 Nicks Restaurant & Banquet Facilities • page 36 895 S. Jefferson Ave., Cookeville, TN 931.528.1434

White Plains Golf Course • page 42 4000 Plantation Dr., Cookeville, TN 931.537.6397

Dental/Medical/Vision Center of Vision Development • page 37 1445 E. 10th St., Cookeville, TN 931.372.2020 Cookeville Regional Medical Center • page 31 1 Medical Center Boulevard, Cookeville, TN 931.783.2629 L.G. Puckett, DDS Family Dentistry • page 23 508 N Church St., Livingston, TN 931.823.DRLG

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