Saturday, June 29, 2013


Above is Alli & I at the wedding we played at the beginning of this month.
We were both pretty wiped out from a crazy week, hence the rather tired smiles. 
Plus we got lost on the way to the wedding and ended up arriving quite last minute, which made for not exactly the most relaxed arrival scene. =) 
But we did make it.
and we did play all the music for the wedding.
and we did have a party!
I'm pretty confident it was the first wedding ever to have trumpet voluntary played with guitar. =)
{that's what happens when you use your imagination: classical with a country flair}
If I just had a little more time and a few more Saturdays at home, I think I could start my # ?? self-owned business venture. And it would be providing music for weddings, full time. 
There's no event that's quite as fun to play for as a wedding, people. Weddings are just the best.

One of the biggest blessings in my life right now is my siblings. I love them so much and am so grateful for the time we can spend together on the road.

I'm currently sitting in the bus, outside of a church in LaCrete, Alberta. 
My mosquito-biten/swollen legs are curled up under me, itching fiercely as usual.
Mapquest says I am 35 hours from home.
35 hours? 
We have been at this church all weekend; we had concerts here last night and tonight and we have one more tomorrow morning. It has been really different as we are used to going from place to place and never staying in one place very long. 
This has been a huge blessing.
The church has wifi, lots of quiet rooms, and a lovely kitchen.
{all wonderful blessings}
Some things about here are different. And then some are SO different.
For example. The sun is currently setting. And its 11:30pm.
My sister awakened to sunrise this morning at the bright and early hour of 3am. 

I've been spending a lot of time in my bunk lately. I get motion sickness quite badly here on the bus, so if we're driving during the day I'm usually in my bunk to avoid headaches and dizziness.
It's made for some great reading & praying time, and lots and lots of thinking time. =)
In my "thinking time", I've been dreaming and scheming about all sorts of ideas for this blog. I can hardly wait to get the ideas rolling and set in motion.
 This blog is gonna get a makeover one of these days! It may not be til I get home later on this summer, though-it all depends on available time and available wifi. =)

Til next time, friends...
have a beautiful Sunday, wherever you are!

Monday, June 24, 2013

Update from Canada

Hello blog readers...
I'm still here! 
At a phase in life right now where I have so many posts and ideas and things of that sort rolling around in my head but I simply don't have the time to get all of that onto here. =) 
One of these days, maybe I'll finally get caught up on everything else and be able to devote a little more time to my own blog and all the ideas & dreams I have for it.
Ah, for just a little more time in a day!
Been in Canada for right at a week & a half now.
Sista says I'm starting to talk like a Canadian. =) Its true-the accent comes so easy for me when everyone around me is talking with a canadian accent!
No fear though-I'm not moving up here anytime soon. =)
Its been good but I still find myself super homesick.
Biggest thing I miss right now is the smell of the farm.
Or maybe its the amazing people at my church....
or snuggling the babies there....
or being able to get a good wifi signal ANYTIME.
Or having enough room to actually stack my shoes.
{Instead of having them in a huge pile like they are now}
Or being able to turn over in bed without falling out.
{hehe...this is true, people!}
Yeah, lots of things I miss.
I'm thankful to be with my family but I have to admit that the first couple of days of this tour we were not "meshing" very well. It was harder this time and took awhile for us to get used to that 45ft space again.
Its so different from the farm.
But its okay...God is good. He's been faithful.
I'm learning and growing!
And on the good side...there are some things that have happened that wouldn't have if we would've been at home.
For example...the random rubber band war that broke out last week.
All littles were asleep.
Parents had retired for the night.
We older ones were getting into our various bunks.
Someone let the first "rubber" fly..not sure who it was!
But before long it was SUPER dangerous to be in the hall. =)
Even with hiding behind our curtains it was wild.
Everytime I popped my face out I was instantly a target.
It was Mitchell & I & Denver & Allison against Carson & Joshua.
May sound unfair but actually they had a big advantage since they pulled the shower room door open so they could also hide behind that.
Sometime in the midst of the fray Liz woke up. She's pretty feisty and right away joined in, gathering up the fallen rubber bands for our side.
It was such a riot!
And I had to remind myself several days later when I was tempted to wonder if ANYTHING on the bus was better than home...
that if we would've been home we definitely would NOT have been having a rubber band war while in our beds, at 12am. =)
Anyway. Just an update on life-no pics this time. Bear with me brainstorms will break lose on here one of these upcoming days! =)

Til then!

Saturday, June 15, 2013

Look Out World!

above: ingredients for fun....
if you shoot with a can of tannerite as your target...
and you hit it....
you get a lovely big explosion.
yes, very fun!
yours truly shooting an AR15 for the first time=wonderful experience. 
no, its not mine.
I tried to convince my brothers that we need to buy one of these, yes?!
and can you believe it...horrible shot me hit the target and blew it up on shot #1! woot woot! 
I was so excited absolutely ecstatic! 
I almost didn't shoot at all-I did very badly at hunters safety course with my aim 
(early this spring) 
and I didn't want to waste ammo..
but then my younger sis shot and I had to try it out, too.
the smoke and haze following the blast. 
good stuff, yes.