Monday, December 17, 2007

providence staff rocks.

Sunday, November 18, 2007


so friday was my last day at work and i'm now officially a full-time singer/songwriter... i'm working on learning guitar and mandolin and hope to be playing at our shows by the summer of 08 - i should write a song about it...
summer 08, oh how i can't wait, to play up on stage, and not hesitate, to strum a few chords, and not stand there bored, while mike plays the instrumentals, and i just go mental, but the day's fast approaching, when i'll no longer need coaching, i'll be adding my flava, to some tunes you can savor...
i can't think of much else and this is getting crazy - who says flava? i did. weird.

Saturday, October 06, 2007

it's official!

i'll be leaving my job soon to go full-time with music - so excited! it's a huge step of faith but I know He is faithful and will not lead me astray - I finally came to the point where I understood that this is where is He is leading me, and if it's to do one show and impact one life or if it's for a run of 500 shows or more, I will go. :)
so since i'm stepping back into the world of full-time art i wanted to make a list of goals for myself - maybe ya'll can help hold me accountable. :)
i may post these somewhere else so i can add to or update the status more consistently...

1. go full-time with music :) (gotta put one on there that i know i'm gonna do soon)
2. set up the "business" for the band officially for taxes and payroll (when we have income)
cds make great christmas gifts! hint, hint...
3. play music at a homeless shelter
4. play music at an orphanage/childrens home
5. throw a big celebration retreat to love on the women in my life and encourage each other to press on
6. paint 20 more paintings and do a gallery show
7. scan and edit all of my existing photography and do a gallery show
8. have a photograph published in a major magazine - *ideally a maternity photo in a baby magazine
9. get in shape - lose 30 lbs. - in progress
10. tour with another band
11. hire a band full-time
12. hire a booker
13. hire a marketing manager
14. hire a sound tech
15. do a tour in another country
16. open on a tour for a major artist
17. do a tour or a series of shows with daniel renstrom
18. develop a planner for artists (none have worked for me - i'd consider this complete if I found a good one that already exists)
19. make all my christmas gifts this year
20. get married (Lord's timing - His will - we'll see, my mom is convinced it'll happen one day - thanks mom...ha) - in sanctification process which is definitely preparing me for one wedding....maybe 2 :)
21. sell art/jewelry/photography in 5 or more boutiques/stores in different states - in progress, sold in 1 in raleigh so far
22. design a website in html
23. design a website using flash
24. get paid to design a website - in progress - still negotiating! eeee - i better learn quick! ha
25. do a series of photography prints with a unique framing style
26. get rid of half my wardrobbe
27. sell a painting
28. visit family in sweden
29. have my own artist site to sell/display work/portfolio
30. play guitar at my own show - i'm learning
31. make up a new recipe for a main dinner dish
32. memorize hebrews
33. memorize james
34. run a 5k (i know this may seem small but i'm not a runner - so hopefully when i finish i can set a new goal to do something longer)
35. get new health insurance
36. work out every day for at least 30 min. for 1 full month
37. upgrade to CS3 Master Collection
38. get a Canon 5D
39. fix my computer or buy a new one (if it's more cost effective)
40. live in another state for more than a month
41. visit friends in california
42. figure out how to use pa-joe's letterpress
43. record an original easter/resurrection cd/could be considered christmas cd

Monday, October 01, 2007

window film - sweden

window film::strossel design

Wednesday, September 12, 2007

Cast your cares on Him, He cares for you.

so God has been teaching me a lot as usual - He is so good to us! God has been teaching me the significance of "casting my cares on Him" - Funny word to use there isn't it? "Casting" ... I was thinking about that the other day... you know, the only other places i could remember that term being used in the bible was when the fishermen were casting their nets for fish - i've done that! it is so tough! the net is so easy to get tangled in - it takes so much strength and intentionality to cast it away from you - but once you practice casting it out a few times you get better and better - and you can throw farther - now...your throw never determines how many fish you get - that's just the chance of what's in the water - but i was thinking on the significance of "casting" my cares on Him who cares for me and it was neat to think about this analogy, as I believe all our trials are placed in our lives for a reason more significant that we can know - how easy it can be to get completely entangled in our anxieties!...but the only thing we are called to do is cast them on Him - the fishermen will never get to see any fish if they never cast a net - in the same way, i think we will never be able to see how God can use the trials He's placed in our lives for good until we lean on Him within them. We've got to take our cares/anxieties/trials to the Lord and trust Him to make those situations fruitful for eternal purposes - He brings the fish.

(I don't know if I explained this very's clear in my head. :) ha.)
it's been an encouraging thought to me - hope it encourages someone in the internets
(and yes i did say internets)

Thursday, August 30, 2007

A Sister in Christ. Praise God, He rescued her.

Sunday, July 08, 2007

I've been tagged... Anniepat tagged me :)

Here are the rules: Tagees should write a blog post of eight random facts about themselves. At the end of the post, more bloggers are tagged. Go to their blog, leave a comment telling them they're tagged.

1. I love spontaneity - being able to just up and go anywhere and do something new that I've never tried - it's so fun!

2. I really like pants - comfortable pants - sleep pants/workout pants/a really great pair of jeans - i have a place in my closet patti and i dubbed comfy pant land. :)

3. I have always wanted to learn tumbling (gymnastics), how to play guitar (well), and how to hip-hop/break dance (like in those movies when there are teams of people who can jump all over the place and spin on the floor - for real - i know...i'm weird.

4. I love healthy food - except I hate most salads - unless it's spinach leaves with a sweet raspberry vinagrette dressing - yum... - i love blackberries/strawberries/blueberries/pineapple/.... (allison's pineapple upsidedown cake rocks! i'm not sure how healthy it is but it's gotta count for something) i don't eat on a regular schedule and i have to remind myself to drink b/c i forget so i'm almost always dehydrated (the doctors office freaks out almost every time I go - they always call me back after a "certain test" and sit me down with a gatorade - i don't like gatorade - it hurts my stomach).

5. I love being active and doing sporty things - i hate solitary exercise - i like to workout with friends or play volleyball/anything is much better than going to the gym by myself - i'm having to learn to just go the the gym anyway b/c everyone is too busy these days to get a group together daily to do something fun outside. ultimate anyone?

6. Most of my close friends are in other cities...i miss them.

7. I love to learn about music and design - this may not be completely random but i'm running out of randomness - i want to learn how to design everything! napkins/websites/you name it.

8. At Coldstone, I make my own ice cream mix - it is fabulous every time! vanilla ice cream/coffee ice cream/caramel - mix it all together - it's amazing.

Who I'll tag:
Natalie - b/c i think hers will be funny
Danielle - b/c i'm sure there's a ton i don't know
Katie - b/c i don't know enough randomness about her
Jessie - b/c she is married to rhett - where random lives.
Sarah - b/c their blog needs an update!
Ginny - b/c she's pretty random and i love it!
Rebecca - b/c there's been so much change in her life since we lived together - i'm sure there are new things i should know :)

Thursday, May 24, 2007

dream big...

i've always wanted to drive one of those carts in the grocery store - don't know why - but one day a couple weeks ago i had enough nerve as i walked past the cart to ask the lady in the store... "ooo! can i use this?"
and she said "sure! go ahead" - they weren't busy and they had another cart if someone were to need one so i felt like this was a great opportunity...
patti was there to document the fun.

Saturday, May 12, 2007

i've been doing a lot of photography lately - which was one of my design concentrations in college - I've been selling some photos in wardrobbe in cameron village and am talking with porto (north hills) about displaying there as well - it's fun! so i decided to do a new blog so i can post some of my photography endeavors there. it's been up for a while but i didn't pay attention to it and didn't really let people know it existed - so i'm starting it again and hopefully i will keep up with it this time. go there to see more of natalie's pregnancy photos.

Thursday, May 10, 2007

go read good books

Wednesday, May 09, 2007

go to the site to see the video on the worship industry - i removed it from here b/c i couldn't figure out how to get it to not autostart - and i have more posting to do... :)

Tuesday, May 01, 2007

Baby got Book...haha

Tuesday, April 24, 2007


so i'm not as much of a natural cook as i gave myself credit for a few posts ago...
i tried my hand at boiling eggs again and broke 2 of them and 1 cracked - but i ate it anyway - it was still good - but yeah...maybe i still have a thing or two i could learn from rachael ray

Saturday, April 07, 2007

He has been crucified...

today is the day the disciples didn't understand what had just happened - their thoughts consumed....

Christ was killed - he was buried - his tomb is guarded - what are we to do now - what have we been living for - was this not the Messiah - he was betrayed - why did we turn on him, we loved him - i am in danger - they know i was with him - they will kill me too....

and they did not know what was to come or how things were to be made right...

what a blessing to live on this side of the cross.

Friday, April 06, 2007

watch out rachael ray!

i boiled my first egg this morning :)
it was good.

Monday, March 26, 2007

for all the mom's and mom's to be out there...

The Kids Exchange Online!!! Check this out.

Wednesday, March 07, 2007

If you want me to...

Monday, February 19, 2007

send those photos to your mom!


  • this is a site that you can use for free and send large files to matter what the e-mail limits are - go ahead and send all those baby pix and so on to your families :) give them versions they can print!
    and musicians! send those tracks to your producers in just a few minutes instead of overnighting them and dropping farther into the land of the starving artists.

    save your money...

    so i thought i'd share some randomness that i keep learning not everyone knows about already....
    i assume that if i know about something that most of the world already knows - so i have a tendency not to share - not today folks - and hopefully you will benefit in some way from info that i post. :)

  • the best source of everything - an online garage sale
  • another smaller craigslist-ish site
  • google's shopping friend - type in what your looking to buy and froogle will show you the best deals on the internet

    Wednesday, February 14, 2007

    my friends went to the grammys - haha!

    Happy Valentines

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    Tuesday, February 13, 2007

    dallas again and release date (March 30)

    well there's a lot going on - i'm going back to dallas next weekend to record bgv's and even though i though the last trip was going to be the final trip, i was mistaken b/c this one is apparently the new final trip - anyway - daniel renstrom with Providence approached us and asked if we (mike and i) would want to do our cd release concert there, and they could host it alongside worship ministry - sooooo sweet - that was such a blessing in many ways to have your church support you like that - and the people that we get to work with at the church are just incredible anyway. so the Lord is just being very gracious. the cd release is scheduled for MARCH 30 in the Delta Lake Center at Providence Baptist Church. i would love it if as many of you could come as possible! - More details will be posted soon.

    Thursday, January 11, 2007

    going to dallas

    hey - i'm going to dallas this weekend to record the final vocals for the new cd project - i'm so excited about this cd - there have been so many sick people around me, i've been a little nervous about getting sick as well (because we only have this weekend to finish) - but i realized how little my faith seemed as i know that God can protect and keep me from much greater things (than germs) - ha - it's funny to even type it ... but it's true and He has. and i'm so thankful!
    I fly out Friday morning and get back on Tues. - the goal for release is March 07 - we are pretty close to being on track for this so i'll keep you posted (mom) :)
    please pray for continued health and creativity as i am still wrapping up a few things with the lyrics and melodies.
    there are some videos on the band myspace page that mike made of some of the recording process - if you want to waste some time feel free to go by and watch :)

    Wednesday, January 03, 2007

    Josh and Sarah are both Hintons :)