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Thank You for the Rain

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Thank You for the Rain

Well, it has been a month of ups and downs. Since I last wrote, there have been more tests, steps backwards, and steps forward. Some days it feels like we’re treading water. I imagine we all feel that way sometimes. In the midst of it all, we have settled into a little house near the beach and it is wonderful to have a sense of home.   ENGLAND In the haze of announcing my breast cancer diagnosis, we really didn’t get a chance to touch on our time in England. We had visits with long time friends, and while I had the flu in Stourbridge,...

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I don’t need comfort, comfort, comfort…

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I don’t need comfort, comfort, comfort…

Music. Travel. Service. Cancer? This was not part of the adventure plan…but it turns out I have breast cancer. Needless to say, we were taken aback when the news came at us in Bath, England on January 31. Just two weeks earlier, after finding a small lump, I had seen a doctor just to clear any concerns, and he didn’t think it was much of anything but recommended a scan for peace of mind. When the doctor in Bath recommended further testing, I told her if I couldn’t swim after the biopsy, I’d have to come back because I was NOT going to...

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Romania

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Romania

    Someone told me upon arrival that Romania is 75 years behind the US. That would place Romania firmly in the 40’s. I think they’re a good bit past that…we’ve been here a month and we found it to be an odd mix of modern and not-so-modern. Modern Romania has wifi and expensive fuel. Romania has restaurants with good beer selections and people with pink hair and Ellie Goulding ringtones on their smart phones (which cost about the same here, as we found out when Randy’s phone died). They’re up enough on the international...

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Merry Christmas!

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Merry Christmas 2016! Our Christmas photo this year comes to you in the style of WHAT-IF-WE-MADE-A-CHEESY-CHRISTMAS-ALBUM? COVER ART. We’ve had an amazing year of music, travel, and service, which looks to continue well into 2017. Thanks for all of your support, words of encouragement, and for being our friends…Enjoy the season! (Luke 2:1-20)...

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Scotland and Beyond

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Scotland and Beyond

Scotland blog: (RK) Stardate: 12-14-2016 Today finds us in Budapest Hungary, following a wonderful 10 days in Scotland.  The Scotland journey started with 3 days in Ayrshire, Gowanbank House specifically.  Gowanbank House is currently a B&B run by our friends Willie & Isabel Smith.  Willie & Isabel have impacted us, and many others with their unshakeable faith, wisdom and servanthood.  Their fireplace is one of our favorite places in the world, catching up with them, family, or friends over tea/coffee.        ...

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December 10, 2016

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Today, I am struggling with the concept of aging gracefully in a young industry. We don’t expect to be rock stars at this point (though selling a song to one might be nice), but staying up late, and recognizing all the new lines in my face, the extra pounds that are so hard to shed, and the lack of a clue as to what people are supposed to be wearing these days…or caring really about that, is a new feeling. Some of it is good, of course. How nice to be free of worrying about being cool. How good to know that I am loved regardless...

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Contentment

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Contentment

  “I find myself so excited I can barely sit still or keep a thought in my head. I think it’s the excitement that only a free man can feel. A free man at the start of a long journey whose conclusion is uncertain.” -Red Shawshank Redemption   This is how I felt in September, when we boarded the plane for Dublin. Since then, the weather has turned colder and every day we are going through more firewood. It’s cozy and we spend our days drinking lots of tea, practicing, perhaps a walk to the beach, trying to make good demos...

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Music, Travel, Service – Part 3 SERVICE

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Music, Travel, Service – Part 3 SERVICE

  SERVICE House-sitting with these beautiful views, we really do feel spoiled here, but lately, my mind has been on our “service” goal. Randy and I are so grateful for the opportunities that have presented themselves since we took the leap of faith to sell our home and move on from our day jobs to pursue music, travel, and service for a while–building a home in Juarez, Mexico through Casas por Cristos, and playing at the Makando rehab facility in Poland…but as we looked forward to what we might have to give,   we...

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MUSIC, Travel, Service – Part 1 second (Music)

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MUSIC, Travel, Service – Part 1 second (Music)

SLOWLY BUT SURELY, We are in the early stages of putting a new ep together. Here, in our Irish home away from home, we have written a few new songs and made rough demos of some of the new songs many of you heard on our recent house concert tour. Over tea and ginger snaps, we are beginning to discuss production ideas, budgets, and timelines.   ..but we’re not in a huge hurry. We’re going to take our time to think about how to release things, and frankly, to figure out if music is a viable thing for us to do long term. CDs seem...

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Music, Travel, Service – Part 2 first (Travel)

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POLAND We just returned to Ireland from Poland after three weeks of non-stop eating, driving, sightseeing, and family visits to our travel companions Chris & Bozena’s families. We saw Nowy Sanc, Zakopane, Lublin, Krakow, and more. Language Barriers… Being three weeks in a country where we didn’t speak the language was a new experience to us. We’d been to Berlin in the early 2000’s for 10 days, but that was with a large group of Americans so we had friends to talk with, and many Berliners speak English. In...

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