Monthly Archives: April 2009

Baby Jude

Will you please pray with us for baby Jude?

He is a little 9 month old boy I know (actually, I know his grandparents…but I know his mom a little…) who, while at a restaurant the other day, pulled some extremely hot Curry soup onto his lap, and is now in the burn unit…and will be in the burn unit for the next month or so…with severe burns (some possibly even 3rd degree). Please pray for his healing and for his parents, as well. Apparently they are heartbroken…he reaches up to his mommy and she can’t hold him. 😦

Thank you for praying.


New Music

Well, guess what, folk(s). It has happened. I have put my iTunes gift card to use.

My children made it easy for me. You see, apparently they read my blog, because Friday night my hubby came home bearing “thank you mommy” gifts that the kids had bought me. W got me the “Once” soundtrack and S got me an Ingrid  Michaelson CD. Don’t they have great taste? 🙂 And the fact that I got them in CD form gave me the huge bonus of also receiving the CD packaging. As a designer, the idea of getting music without the artwork to go along with it is a difficult thing to adjust to, and will probably keep me primarily in the CD era for a long time to come…like people who still listen to records (because they don’t want to let go; not because it’s cool to be retro). To me, the CD’s artwork is part of the musical package (figuratively and literally). Before I’d ever listened to Jars of Clay’s first CD, I got a feel for what they were like from the faded blues and greens, the black & white photography and the recycled paper of their CD insert. “Acoustic and organic”, it said to me. And it was.

But I digress.

Anyway, seeing that my children knocked 2 CDs off of my CD “wish list”, my wish list became much shorter. Too short, actually, as it only left 1 CD that I could think of that I wanted. Then I watched a movie yesterday that reminded me I’d wanted it’s soundtrack, so…problem solved!

In case you Regardless of whether or not you are interested, here is  the music I purchased  with my gift card:

• “The Story” by Brandi Carlile

• “The Dan in Real Life” soundtrack (which is mostly music by a guy named Sondre Lerche). I like this movie alot, and I love it’s soundtrack.

• “Falling in Love at a Coffee Shop” by Landon Pigg. I bet you think you’ve never heard this song. Think again. Do these lyrics ring a bell? “I think that possibly/maybe I’m falling for you“…yes folks, I purchased that song from the diamonds are forever commercial. I am not ashamed.

Me & Gift Cards

I have a love hate relationship with gift cards.

OK, so it’s really mostly a “love” relationship. I love the free stuff that they offer me. I love it when there is something in particular that I want but don’t feel I NEED enough to purchase and I get a gift card that will allow me to get that very thing. I love being able to shop without spending any of my own money. LOVE it.

What I HATE is when I can’t decide what in the heck to spend my gift card on!

I am notoriously a poor at decision making. I don’t mean that I make poor decisions (though I do that)…I mean that I am bad at it. I hate it. 9 times out of 10, I’d MUCH rather have someone else make the decision for me. This applies to everything from “where to go on date night” to “what color should we paint the office” to “what kind of clothes should I wear” (do they sell gift cards for personal stylists? Cuz I’d totally use one).

What sometimes ends up happening with me and gift cards is that I “hoard” them. I LOVE getting them, but then I’m so afraid of spending them on the wrong thing that I often end up not spending them at all, as if I’m “waiting” for the perfect opportunity to use them.

So when I got a $25 iTunes for Christmas, I was really excited to get some new music. REALLY excited. In fact, iTunes gift cards were on my Christmas wish list.

Now it’s April 23, and I still haven’t spent it. I’m so scared I’ll spend it on the wrong thing!

The debate seems endless. Should I buy a whole album, or a compilation of songs I like by various artists? Or a combination of both? If I buy an album, whose should I buy? Ingrid Michaelson? The “Once” soundtrack? Brandi Carlile? Or should I go with something that will be a little more spiritually edifying?

I don’t know. I just don’t know.

What makes things extra complex is that it usually takes me several listens to figure out if I like an album, but the little 10 second iTunes sample of each song just doesn’t cut it. So the chance of me “wasting” my card on music I’ll end up hating seems too high.

And so here my gift  card sits. I will spend it soon. With baby S as my witness, I WILL spend it soon!

What would you spend a $25 iTunes gift card on?

Mini Me?



Baby S:


Looks like she’s on track to resemble mommy.

Pray with me that she somehow manages to skip this phase:47


Wordless Tuesday


Life Lesson #2409: Bringing a Newborn to a Downhere Concert Does NOT Work

So…that lesson pretty much speaks for itself.

Last week we found out – via e-mail – that our church small group scored free tickets to a concert by the band Downhere. I was so excited at the prospect of going to a concert that I immediately responded with an enthuastic “count us in!”. Our small group leader procured the tickets, and all was set in stone.

A day or two later I remembered that I am the mother of a nursing newborn who has not yet taken a bottle and eats no less than every 2 hours.

[Translation: getting a sitter for her was out of the question!]

We weighed our options and decided to get a sitter for W and attempt to bring sweet baby S to the concert.

I won’t even attempt to explain our line of reasoning, as it was clearly clouded by the lack of sleep that has sweetly plagued our home over the last 3 weeks or so. I’ll just say that we went to the concert, and by the middle of the opening act’s first song, daddy and S left for the lobby.

It was just a little loud.

Daddy was kind, and encouraged mommy to stay for the opening act, as well as the first song by Downhere, before turning back for home.

HOWEVER…in spite of missing most of Downhere’s set, I happened to fall in love with their first song (have I mentioned I didn’t know any of their music prior to the concert?), and was excited that, upon arriving home and rummaging through my “CDs to Give Away” bin, that I own 2 of their albums! SCORE! So all was not lost. I got to hear some good, live music, and discover a potentially favorite new band.

Anyway, the song I fell in love with was called “Cathedral Made of People”. I found this YouTube video of them performing the song…the lyrics are a bit muffled, so I’ll post the lyrics too. Enjoy!

“Cathedral Made Of People” Lyrics [edit]
by Downhere | from the album Ending Is Beginning

If they shut down the churches,
Where would you go?
If they melted all the stained-glass windows
Replaced every sanctuary with a condo
Where would you go?
Where would you go?

We are a cathedral made of people
In a kingdom that the eye can’t see
We’re a house, we are the bride
Where God’s Spirit lives inside
And nothing ever could stand against her

If they burned every Bible
What would you know?
If they tore your marked-up pages
How would you grow?
And declared your devotion to be criminal
What would you know?
What would you know?

When they throw you in prison
What will you do?
When they hate you for the things that you know are true
They can tear down this temple,
But they can’t touch you.