Friday, February 27, 2009


I have some news to share about my mom. This is such a cool thing I can't even believe it! So I got a call from my mom last week and she let me know that she was invited to ROME to sing at the Vatican. This is so crazy because when my mom came to visit me a few weeks ago and we talked about her traveling now that she is retired. She said that she would love to travel but was not sure if she would get the chance to... Well I guess she got her prayer answered!!! What an honor. How amazing. She will travel to Rome in April and have the opportunity to not only see that part of the world that she never thought she would be able to see but she gets to sing in the VATICAN!!! CRAZY. My mom is an amazing women and she has been through so much over the last several years. We all have no idea how special this is to her. I am so proud of her. I love you mom! I hope you have an amazing time! Take tons of pictures!

Monday, February 16, 2009

Friends come to town!

I had the pleasure of having a visit from some friends from college. These girls managed to survive NNU with me. Love these girls!

This is Missy. She and I lived together my junior year of college. That's right she put up with me for a whole year. Love this girl!

This is Amy. She and I have been friends have been friends a long time. It was so good to see her!

All the girls together! So fun!

Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Life is too short!

More and more I hear my friends saying they are not good enough. This is so not true. We are programed to never feel we are good enough. Are you kidding me???? As women we have so much to be proud of. Ladies lets be proud of ourselves and stop telling ourselves we are not good enough. Love who you are and let the other bad feelings go!

Monday, February 9, 2009

A weekend of good times

I have to start about by saying that I would not consider myself a very good singer. That being said I am equally not very rhythmic, so when I heard about a gospel workshop happening I thought that it would be a good cultural experience for me. Even though I am not gifted with a wonderful voice my mom is. I thought that this workshop would be right up her ally. I was right! When I was growing I sang with my mom at church, in the car, at home, and ever where but else but over the years our opportunities to sing together have really become obsolete. We live so far a part that it really makes it difficult to get together. She came to Idaho to see me and participate in the workshop. As it turns out I ended up participating as well. We spent Saturday morning and afternoon learning eight songs well maybe some more. What a neat way to sing. I was never a trained singer and I don't know how to read music. My mom on the other had has the most beautiful voice and is very very well trained. We both wondered what it would be like and had really no idea what to expect. I think that the workshop exceeded our expectations and was a real blessing for us. Not only did it bring us together but it also allowed us to sing a style of music that neither one of us sings very often or ever in my case. It truly was a wonderful time of reflection and peace. Over the last year or more both my mom and I have experienced some big loses, changes, and hard times. This weekend was a great opportunity to reflect on what we have been through and see how God has had his hand in it all. No matter how hard things get we will be taken care of.
Not only did we get to learn new songs and but we got a chance to share those songs in the form of a concert. I was sooooo nervous but managed to keep it together. We sang to a lot of people and it was so much fun. We had a few mistakes but at the director stated not many choirs can learn that many songs and sing them with out a little slip up or two. The concert really went quite well for the little time we had to practice. I am so grateful for the opportunity to learn more about the African-American culture and to spend some time with my mom! What a neat experience. I hope to have more of these in the feature.
Mom I love you! It was so special to have you come see me this weekend and sing with you! I had so much fun! Come see me again soon!

Tuesday, February 3, 2009

McCall Winter Carnival

Our friend Michelle Hannink came to visit us this last weekend. Michelle and I went to the McCall Winter Carnival. We had a great time and wish and it was so good to spend time together. Jackson loved the snow and was really happy to be able to walk around with us all day. He especially enjoyed the frozen over lake. It was lots of fun!