Happy Easter! He is Risen! And because of that, there is Hope! And this last couple of weeks Pete and I have needed a lot of Hope.
I hope you all had a wonderful Easter Celebration. Wishing you all a Happy Spring. We had 63 degree weather a couple of weeks ago and as I write this it’s snowing outside (only supposed to get an inch or so) Phew. That’s Idaho. It keeps us on our toes for sure.
Trying to embrace 40 – B-day party pics In my February newsletter I wrote about turning 40. I wanted to share some pictures from the awesome party my wonderful husband and family threw for me. It was so great to see friends and family that I hadn’t seen for a long time and have them help me celebrate this milestone. What fun. A huge THANKS to those of you who sent b-day wishes and those who were able to come and help celebrate that day. I still can’t believe I’m 40.
Billings Women’s Conference with Jonnette Benkovic I had a blast in Billings a couple of weeks ago for their annual women’s conference. My 2nd invitation to sing and share there and it was a wonderful blessed weekend. Great to see familiar faces as well as meet so many new women who are on fire for God. There are rumors that I may be invited back next year. We will see. Thank you Pam and Julie and Crew for the wonderful hospitality. Great seeing all of you again.
Husband, Pete, has New Medical issues – Prayers Needed The last couple of weeks have been very hard on my husband. He’s been in a lot of pain. We spent the whole week (during Spring Break) at doctors and specialists and even spent the day/evening in the Emergency Room. The problem is related to his jaw. He is scheduled to see a Neurologist on April 6th and will have more answers then. For now it appears as though his problem consists of several things. 1. Slipped disc in left jaw which is causing a nerve disorder, that he apparently has, to flare up. 2 Abnormal bone growth in his jaw do to trauma (from martial arts/ boxing/ fights) and teeth clenching. 3. Possible other neurological problems related to arm/ neck/ back pain.
When the pain comes, it comes without warning and according to a website, some women claim it is equivalent to or worse than labor pain. It puts him on the floor every time it hits. And he has a very high pain threshold which is why we ended up at the ER when he hit the floor from the pain. He’s trying not to let this get him down and is doing what he can to rest or go for a walk until the pain passes.
We are hopeful that the Neurologist will have more information for us on the 6th and that this will hopefully pass soon so Pete can be out of pain.
Because of all of this, I am taking on more responsibility at work so that he can take some time off when he has these episodes. I will do anything for him. I love him so much and it hurts so bad to see him in so much pain.
It’s been a rough road for Pete already these past 2 years with his back, neck and arm pain. I pray that somehow this may all be related and we can finally treat it all and get him out of pain. He’s 41 years old and is very active and has so much life left to live and it breaks my heart to see him in so much pain all of the time. Thank goodness the physical therapist and Chiropractor/soft tissue specialists have helped him get about 30% better from arm, neck and back pain this past semester, but now we have this Jaw stuff to deal with.
I ask for prayers please, that we hold it together during this time. I know many of you have been through much worse than what we are going through, and I feel bad for even asking. But I guess everyone has crosses to bear.
I’ve been told before that “God only gives us what we can handle”. I really don’t like that quote. I prefer the one that says… “God doesn’t give us what we can handle, He helps us handle what we are given”. And He will help us handle this. Jesus, I trust in You.
CHRISTMAS RECORD I wanted to let you know what we were going through so that you would understand why I haven’t gotten an actual music update to you about the Christmas project. I plan on getting that information to you soon. Yes, the record is still happening and it will be amazing and all for God’s Glory. Thank you for your prayers and support. I love you all. Have a blessed Easter season.
I hope this message finds you enjoying the Lenten Season.
"Lent is a time for personal conversion, a time when Christians strip away all that is unnecessary and become more mindful of their dependence on God."
I love Lent. This year my husband and I decided to limit television and, instead, do more spiritual reading and physical exercising with that time. I'm also trying to be more diligent, daily, about finding and providing for those in need around me. Growth requires sacrifice. I'm looking forward to a lot of "growth" during this time. They say for something to become a habit, you have to do it for 30 days. So the 40 days of lent is the perfect time to start forming some better habits in our lives. Habits that draw us closer to Christ, making better use of our time and talents, making us better people, thus creating a better world around us.
What are you doing for Lent?
Awesome time in Pullman WA - Parish Mission with Jaime & husband Pete On February 5th my husband and I drove to Pullman Washington to present a Parish Mission for Sacred Heart Catholic Church. We shared an evening session on Friday and then all day Saturday.
Pete and I don't get to travel and present together as often as I would like because of our jobs. But I want to tell you that every time I do a parish mission with Pete and am able to listen to him speak, teach and share, I am blown away by how talented and amazing he is. I feel so blessed to be married to such an incredible man and I thank God for bringing Pete into my life. I really can't imagine my life without him.
We had such a wonderful time sharing with and meeting the wonderful parishioners in Pullman. Thank you Sacred Heart for making us feel so welcome and for your wonderful hospitality while we were there. Thank you Fr. Jeff Core for inviting us to come. Keep up the wonderful work you are doing at Sacred Heart. Blessings to all of you.
Upcoming Event I am really looking forward to sharing at the Women's Conference in Billings MT again. Last year was an absolute BLAST and I am excited that they invited me back this year. You won't want to miss it! Johnnette Benkovic is the Keynote speaker. Hope to see you there if you live within driving distance.
Go to my Calendar page for more information and how to get tickets.
GREAT Gifts for Confirmation and Easter- SPECIAL SALE The Eternal Zoe Necklace is continuing to be a favorite at my concert CD table. Designed by a friend of mine from a dream she had. It's a beautiful and unique way of remembering what Christ did for us on the cross.
"The Eternal Zoe Design also known as, Cross of the Trinity, was born from a dream. It gives a profoundly simple glimpse of God’s plan to bring mankind into his very own life."
I am offering special pricing on this beautiful necklace through Easter. $25 (reg. $30).
Progress on the Christmas CD Some exciting things are unfolding as we continue to prepare to record the NEW Christmas CD this summer. Stay tuned for next months newsletter. Thank you again to all of you who donated towards the project making it possible. All for God's glory.
Time just seems to be flying by faster and faster, the older I get. I remember, as a child, over hearing adults say this. It was always a hard concept to grasp because, as a kid, you are always wanting time to go faster. “I can’t wait until I’m old enough to drive”. “I can’t wait until I graduate from High School or college”. “I can’t wait until I get married”.
40th Birthday Well, on February 1st I celebrate my 40th birthday. WHAT? How did that happen? The actual party isn’t until the 13th and my husband is planning something special. For those of you who know my husband, you can understand why I’m a little nervous about what will happen at this party. I may or may not share what happened in my next newsletter. HAHA!
Looking Ahead vs. Living In The Moment This past week I took some time to look back at the last 40 years and what I have done in that time. There are certainly some pretty amazing things that I have been able to experience, and some amazing blessings that God has poured out on my marriage, my music ministry and my personal life. And I am very thankful and humbled.
But I also took a step back and took a real look what I’ve done the last 40 years and what I’d like the next 40 to be like. I came to the realization that I’ve spent most of my life worrying about the future and planning for what’s ahead that I’ve completely failed to live in the moment. My mom told me a few weeks ago that I come by that honestly, because that’s how she lived her life until recently.
It’s so hard to “Live in the moment”, to concentrate on the here and the now. I realize that by not doing these things, I have caused a lot of damage to myself, to my marriage and to friends and family. I have spent my life doing ministry and music and making my JOB my life. I have become a work-a-holic. I have not managed my time well. I have failed to take time to focus on taking care of me, my own spiritual growth, my husband, my family and my friends. I’m not using this as an excuse but I’ve found it very hard to work in ministry because “ministry is your work”. It’s a blessing but also a curse because you feel torn. It’s hard to draw that line and be ok with taking time off because it’s ministry and that’s what we are here to do, right?
Life is more than work. (And even though I’ve heard it many times, it took me 40 years to finally figure this out)
When we don’t take time for ourselves, time to grow, time with God, time to play and have fun, then we aren’t as effective in “ministry and work” as we could be. That’s because we are running on empty. I’ve run on empty for a long time.
I am making both a New Year’s and a 40th B-day resolution to take better care of myself (physically, emotionally and spiritually) so that I can be a better wife, daughter, sister, music-minister, and child of God. I challenge all of you who struggle with this as well. We need to give everything our best. Take care of yourself. Be strong spiritually, physically and emotionally and you can better serve those around you.
Thank you for letting me share. I pray you have a blessed month.
I will reach out with a Music News and Update soon.
Thank you so much for your love and support over the years. Blessings to you and your family this Christmas.
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