IN THE NEWS:
* Charges ranging from murder to involuntary manslaughter could be brought on in Oakland fire
* Trump & Gore met about climate change
* FBI investigating LA subway threat
IN THE WORD:
This Week’s Verse: Ephesians 5:32
This is a profound mystery—but I am talking about Christ and the church.
A great deal of what we call the trial of faith is the inevitable result of being alive ~ Oswald Chambers
IN MY LIFE
While I love finding a great deal, I don’t like running all over town to find one. That’s why I’m partial to doing my Christmas shopping (and most of my shopping, for that matter) at Opry Mills.
Before I lived in Nashville, I would go out of my way on road trips to find an outlet mall, and at times I can hardly believe I get to shop at Opry Mills any time I want! Want to know the best thing about Opry Mills in my book (besides the great deals and wide variety of stores)? It’s so much more than just an outlet mall.
Sure, the stores there offer everything I need to check off all things on my holiday shopping list, but it also provides a ton of fun for my kids. When they were younger, they loved the carousel and play area. But now that they’re in their “tween” years, they look forward to going to Opry Mills for the theater and Johnny Rockets (in the words of my 10 year old son, “Dinner AND a show!”)
If you’ve never been to Opry Mills, you’ll discover that the majority of the ‘kid-friendly’ stores are in one area of the mall, conveniently located by the food court. In fact, you could enter by the Regal Cinemas, walk a little further down to eat at Johhny Rockets, then proceed past the food court to some of our kids’ favorite stores. Even my son who doesn’t like clothes shopping will come with me because he loves the comfort of the clothes we find at OshKosh and we have to pass by the LEGO Store to get there. It also happens that Build-a-Bear and the Disney Store are in that section as well, so I can pretty much guarantee a smile on my kids’ faces by the time we leave Opry Mills.
So when it comes time for you to start your holiday shopping, go somewhere where you can truly celebrate the joy of giving. If you want even more insight into some of our kids’ favorite stores and restaurants at Opry Mills, check out this post: http://www.samicone.com/little-girls-birthday-weekend-opryland-opry-mills/
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