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October - Enjoying the Fall Weather 

I said I would touch base in September, but it’s already gone! How did that happen? Time flies when you’re having fun. Or in our case, busy as ever.
Getting Settled
We got all moved and are settling in nicely to our home and job in Pocatello. (See the August post on website if you missed the “move” update.) I spent 2 months fixing up the yard to the rental property we moved into. We had a hard rain the weekend after we moved and I refused to deal with a mud-pit (front and back yard) this winter soooo, I did a little work on the place. Let’s just say our landlord is very happy with us, but my lower back doesn’t like me anymore. lol. That being said, Daisy is very grateful to have a nice place to potty in her old age.
Thank You for prayers for Daisy
Speaking of Daisy, thank you for all of your prayers and support as she deals with this disease (Degenerative Myelopathy, similar to MS or ALS in people). She is doing okay, but each week we see a decline in the strength of her back legs. It looks like we may be less than a couple of months from the sling and the doggie-wheelchair. She’s in better spirits about it than we are. It’s so hard to see her go downhill like this. We went to the mountains on Saturday and let her limp around for awhile. Look at that smile! She loves the mountains.
I'm Volunteering at Mass
In addition to being Daisy’s Hospice caretaker, I have been busy helping Pete with masses at St. Johns Student Center, on ISU campus. Yes, he and Fr. Hugh recruited me to lead the Music Ministry Team each Sunday. It has been a privilege but also a huge learning curve for me as I have never directed/been in charge of the music liturgy at a parish before. I appreciate everyone’s patience as I continue to learn and grow in this new role. I am so excited to be able to work with the students over the next few months and to add more awesome musicians to the team at St. Johns. Go Bengals!!!
Advent Concerts on the Horizon
I have been booking Advent concerts close to home (with Daisy being sick, I’ve kept my travelling ‘long distances’ to a minimum). All of the Advent Concerts are in Idaho, so keep your eyes on the website calendar to see if I’ll be in your town.  I plan to put the Places/Dates/Times in the November’s newsletter and, of course, on the website. Keep checking back. 
If you would like me to do an Advent concert at YOUR Parish (must be in Idaho), please contact me through the website contact page. I have a couple of open dates.
Booking Concerts for 2015
-Lenten Musical Presentation (Available Feb 19-March 31)
-I have Friday evening open in Texas Houston Area (January 17th).  Email me if you want a concert in your parish.
I pray you all enjoy the Fall season. Thank you for continuing to support this ministry.

August - Transitions 

August. The month that most kids dread (summer is over) and one that most parents start to see that light at the end of the tunnel. Happy August everyone. I hope you had a great summer.

Moved Again?  Yes we are Gypsies
Although I’m not going back to school, or have children returning to school, Pete and I are enjoying our own little transition this fall.  As many of you know, this past June, Pete was called back into ministry. After much prayer, he accepted the position of Director of Campus Ministry at St. John’s Catholic Student Center on Idaho State University in Pocatello Idaho. That’s Right!  We moved…..AGAIN.  We are coming up on 16 years of marriage at the end of this month and we just moved into our 11th home. July 26th we loaded the truck and moved 1 ½  hours East of Twin Falls, to Pocatello, Idaho. 
We never thought we’d live in Pocatello. In fact, Pete at the beginning of his ministry said that he would go wherever God called him to go, with 3 exceptions.  He would never live in the Southern United States, he would never live in Utah and he would never move to Pocatello. Well, so far we’ve lived in Tennessee, Salt Lake City, and now Pocatello. Don’t tell me God doesn’t have a sense of humor. Pete told me that the next time he had this little chat with God, he’d say the following… “Lord I never want to live in Hawaii, Alaska or the Basque Country.” I will keep you all posted. Lol. But I’m pretty sure God will pick up on the sarcasm this time.
Pete is excited about this new adventure. I, on the other hand, am taking a little time to adjust. But you have to give me some credit because I only had 3 weeks to get used to the idea before we packed up and moved.  Not a lot of time for things to sink in.  We had just moved back ‘home’ to Twin Falls a year ago and I was just getting settled into enjoying being back Home.

Maybe all of this moving around is a good thing because it prevents us from getting comfortable. And while all of this moving around may not be for everybody, it reminded me that as Christians we should always resist being comfortable in our faith. And we shouldn’t become comfortable in this world if we are truly followers of Christ. We are surrounded by injustice and hate. Comfortable should be the least felt emotion in this life. But we weren’t made for this life…we were made for eternal life with Christ.
And to quote Forrest Gump… “That’s all I have to say about that.”

Check out the website below for Pete’s new Job and a great article. I’m one proud wife. He’s so gifted and amazing. It’s so fun to see how God is working through him. I’m blessed to be married to this man and I can’t believe it’ll be 16 years August 29, 2014. Woohoo!
Thank You!
A HUGE ‘Thank You’ to all who helped us load the truck in Twin Falls and unload it in Pocatello. It was a great ‘send off’ from TF and and a wonderful ‘welcome’ to Pocatello. We couldn’t have done it without all of you.
Bye for now. I’ll touch base with you in September with more concert dates and ministry news.



Happy 4th Everyone!  

I’m so happy to live in this country and proud to call myself an American, but I also realize that we have our share of problems that need to be covered in A LOT of prayer.
As we celebrate this 4th of July (Independence Day), let’s remember to pray for our country, the people in it, as well as those who are leading us.
For the past 6 years, I have publicly taken a stand to help protect our unborn (the most vulnerable of all Americans). And as I read the first few lines of the Declaration of Independence, I am reminded that “Life” is listed first. But that’s no surprise, right?  “Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness”. After-all, we can’t have Liberty and Happiness without first being given the chance at Life. The Declaration of Independence says:
"We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are Created Equal,
that they are endowed by their Creator with certain Unalienable Rights,
that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness."

My hope and prayer for this country is that we will put our focus back on Life and realize that when we deny someone the chance at Life, we also deny them the chance at Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.  As Christians, who are to be living the greatest commandment… “LOVE”, shouldn’t it be our desire to try to help facilitate LIFE, LIBERTY and the PURSUIT of HAPPINESS for all of those around us?
Let us continue to pray that ALL LIFE will be valued… not just those WE deem good, worthy, healthy, or wanted. No one should be denied the right to Life, the right to Liberty or the right to pursue Happiness in this World.
Happy Independence Day.


Happy Father's Day Weekend 

I want to wish all you Dad’s out there a very happy Father’s Day and I want to thank my dad for all he did for us growing up. He was a very hard worker and always provided for us kids. In fact he continues to help us out as adults if we find ourselves in a bind. Thanks Dad! We appreciate you and love you tons.
I’m going to do the same thing I did with my Mother’s Day blog and share a special story and encourage you to share stories of your Dad’s as well in the comments section below this post.
My “DAD” Memory (Fishing... “Unknown Creature Lurking Below?”)
My Dad is not the kind of person who sits around the house a lot. As I look back to my childhood, I honestly can’t remember him just sitting around the house except for his 20 min powernap and of course watching the evening news. Occasionally he would watch a football game or a Bill Gaither concert if it was on. But for the most part he was out doing stuff (a project around the house, helping a neighbor with a project at their house, out at the airport with his flying buddies, flying his airplane, taking us kids fishing, snow and water skiing or pulling us on a sled behind his truck during the winter). He was very active and still is. In fact, he just ran a 5k last year.  
There are so many stories to share, but the one I want to share with you is about a special fishing trip he took me and my brother (one year younger than me) on one summer. I was 11 or 12 at the time. Dad had just gone out and bought brand new fishing poles so we could all fish together. I LOVED fishing! I also loved cleaning them out and chasing my sister around with the eyeballs. Awe the blessings of being the little tom-boy sister.
Dad had also bought and installed a new fish finding device. This device also had a depth finder which tells you how deep of water you are in.
It was a beautiful sunny morning. Since dad liked to troll fish, we had everything set up with each of our poles in their holders, lines in the water baited with lures and dragging out behind us as the boat moved slowly forward through the water, the little device beeping every time we would pass over fish. It was very exciting!  Another perk was the depth finder. We would watch the little screen as the lines went up and down telling us how close we were to the bottom.
At one point, we were clear out in the middle of the lake and it showed that we were in very shallow water. Rob and I asked “Dad, why does it say it’s so shallow if we’re in the middle”. My dad, always joking around being the comedian that he was, replied “I don’t think that’s the bottom. I think that may be something else….(long pause) maybe a Sea Monster.” He began to laugh. Just then both Rob and my poles almost bent in half and dad yelled “GRAB YOUR POLES”! Rob and I both screamed and grabbed our poles while dad tried to slow and turn the boat around. Our hearts pounding so fast, the images of sea monsters going through our minds, Rob and I unable to hold on any longer,  and not realizing we could release the line with the bail (The bail is the part of the reel that opens to let the fishing line release from the spool) leaning over the edge of the boat, arms stretched as far as we could reach, we dropped our poles into the water. All of you fishermen out there are like…”WHAT? YOU DROPPED YOUR BRAND NEW POLES?”  I know, I cringe to this very day just thinking about it and I thank my dad for not throwing us both into the water with the mysterious sea monster (which just happened to be a shallow part of Salmon Dam Reservoir that our lines had snagged on).
My dad, who could have yelled profanities and grounded us both, sweat a couple of beads, removed his hat, wiped his forehead, took a deep breath and said, “Well, I guess I’ll do a little more trolling while you guys watch”. Later, we laughed it off and dad taught us the importance of knowing what a “bail” was, so that this didn’t happen again.
Sorry dad for losing the poles you bought us. In our defense, YOU are the one who brought up the sea monster. Thank you for not always sweating the small stuff. We love you and appreciate all you did for us as kids. Looking back, we were very spoiled and blessed by having you as a dad.
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Exciting Things Coming in the Near Future.
I can’t give you any details yet, but we have a couple of exciting things in the works. I hope to disclose them soon. Hopefully by this Fall but at latest Spring of 2015. Wanted you to know that I’m not just sitting around twiddling my thumbs. “wink”. 

Happy Mother's Day 

I wanted to wish all of you mom's out there a Happy Mother's Day Weekend.
A special 'thank you' to my Mom, who showed us love, inspired us to love those around us and who sacrificed so much for us kids.

My "mom memory"
One of the things that my mom has done over the years is... she has always been there to “talk me home”.  Whether it was after a long recording session that ran late, after a concert, or even after a late flight... as I was driving down the road I could always count on my mom to talk me home when I got too tired. She was always there to answer my call.
I remember one specific time, when I was living in Nashville TN, I called her after a very late editing session for the “My Chance video". She spent 45 minutes with me on the phone to get me home. Thank you, mom, for being there for me in so many ways. Sometimes it's the little things that mean so much to us kids. I love you.

Share your "mom memory"
What is one of your "mom memories"? Share below. Click on "leave a comment" right below this line. I'm looking forward to reading about your mom.

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