Tuesday, December 20, 2011

{Find Your Smile Now}

When I was looking for the music video for last week's post I stumbled across the music video for one of my other favorite songs by Future of Forestry.  The band made it as Song #4 on my "Summer Playlist" this last year so my faithful readers {all six of you :) } should be familiar with them.

After watching this video, my level of respect for the band and love for the song grew immensely, not to mention the desire to see them live!  While they were rehearsing for their 2010 tour, they filmed a few of their songs and put them out before the tour began. "Find your smile now"...and enjoy!

{Slow Your Breath Down by Future of Forestry}

This chest is full of memories
Of gold and silver tears
I'll give you more to own than all of this
And I'll give you more than years
For you were once a child of innocence
And I see you just the same
Your burdens couldn't win or lose a thing
Oh, I'd tell you once again
But you're always on the run

Slow your breath down
Just take it slow
Find your hear now
You can trust and love again
Slow your breath down
Just take it slow
Find your smile now
You can trust and love again

If you leave I'll still be close to you
When all your fears rain down
I'll take you back a thousand times again
I'll take you as my own
I would sing you songs of innocence
'Til the light of morning comes
'Til the rays of gold and honey cover you
In the sweetness of the dawn
But you're always on the run

Slow your breath down
Just take it slow
Find your heart now
You can trust and love again
Slow your breath down
Just take it slow
Find your smile now
You can trust and love again

You're not alone
You're now a part of me
You feel the cure
I'll find the toil it brought you

Slow your breath down
Just take it slow
Find your heart now
You can trust and love again 
Slow your breath down
Just take it slow
Find your smile now
You can trust and love again


Listening to:
Travel II
by Future of Forestry

Listen to the whole album here.

Thursday, December 15, 2011

{Love Waits For You}

{Speak To Me Gently by Future of Forestry}

Sadness and rhyme
These are the times
These are the memories
We find a way
Pushing through the day
So speak to me gently.

Can you just feel the time
Falling from some place new?
Can you just feel the sign 
love waits for you?
Love waits for you.

I'm searching the stars
In desperate hours
Bound to find meaning.
God show me a face
In this desolate place
And tenderness meets me.

Can you just feel the time 
Falling from some place new?
Can you just feel the sign
Love waits for you?
Love waits for you.

Stories untold
Of redwoods grown old
Reside in the forest.
And there you can hear
A whispering tear
That speaks to our loneliness.

Can you just feel the time
Falling from some place new?
Can you just feel the sign
Love wait for you?

Can you just feel the time
Falling from some place new?
Can you just feel the sign
Love waits for you?
Love waits for you.


Listening to:
by Future of Forestry

Listen to the whole album here.
It has nothing to do with vampires of any kind.

Thursday, November 24, 2011

My first original Pinterest pin

Hi there! Been a while!  It's Thanksgiving Day and I'm cooking and "cleanting" with the rest of the nation :) As I'm in the process of doing my annual "Fall deep cleaning," I started thinking about Pinterest and how I haven't been on in a while. Well, I started cleaning my little creation pictured below and thought I should share it with the Pinterest world as I am very proud of it.  So, here it is ladies and gent.  Be astonished. Be amazed. Hehe
Here's how I did it:
1. Floating shelf  I used in my room at our old house, came in a set of 4
2. Clearance frame with a few scratches, about $2ish
3. Black glass vase, $3.50
4. Three orchids, on sale for $1/stem
& voilà, there ya have it!

Happy "pinning" & creating!

Listening to:
Up To Now
by Snow Patrol

Sunday, August 28, 2011


Anthem songs.  Everyone has one or....twenty.  Every school has a playlist of them to play in the hallways during homecoming week with "Eye of the Tiger" topping it all off.  {I had the privilege of my high school playing the same five songs for every {insert sport} homecoming week all four years. Yippee.}

Although school has already started, there are those of us who refuse to believe that summer is over {myself very much included}.  For us rebels, we start to warm up {or cool down?} to the idea of the end of summer once Labor Day comes and goes.  I have to tell myself every August that it's not the end of the world and it really doesn't start to get icky cold until late November/early December.  And so, yes I CAN still play outside and do things outdoorsy without putting on eighteen layers of clothing.

With Labor Day weekend approaching in a few short days, I suggest we take on this new season with some Anthem songs.  You may love the oldies like Eye of the Tiger or maybe you're looking for some new tunes to blast in your car on your way to work/college/hangout/whatever.   Thanks to Relevant Magazine {which I've subscribed to in the last year and get the hard copy in the mail every other month} I've been discovering some new bands like the Sleigh Bells.  Songs like Tell'em and Infinity Guitars are some of my favorites off their debut album Treats and totally Anthem-worthy.

What are some of your "Anthem" or roll-your-windows-down-and-crank-up-the-volume songs?  Everyone loves Anthem songs, even the kids.  So don't be shy, let me know what your fav songs are and don't forget to use your "guitar hands" and "guitar feet":


Listening to:
by Sleigh Bells

Monday, August 8, 2011

Summer Playlist {Song #15: Howl by Florence + The Machine}

What up peeps?  So, I promised to blog about 15 songs for my Summer Playlist and by george, I've finally completed it!  Thanks for hanging in there with me and I hope you've fallen in love with some new artists and discovered other artists/songs along the way!

Now, don't be too hasty to judge...but, Song #15 is by an artist I've come to know because of the Twilight soundtracks.  The Eclipse soundtrack to be exact.  Yes, I read the books; Yes, I've gone to the midnight premieres; Yes, I pre-order every soundtrack; No, I do not own the movies.  I think author Stephenie Meyers has a say in what songs are used (she loves Muse for goodness' sakes!) but every soundtrack has had a great lineup of artists and songs.  For example: Cee-Lo Green, The Bravery, Muse,  Bon Iver, Paramore, Death Cab for Cutie, Thom Yorke (for all you Radiohead fans out there), Grizzly Bear, Iron & Wine....the list could go on and on.

ANYWAYS.  I love just about every song on Florence + The Machine's album "Lungs."  Florence or "Flo" has an amazing set of lungs and can belt it out like nobody's business.  She just has a power that's unlike any other female artist I know, with the exception of Adele.  Although her music videos are pretty weird, she seems like a cool person especially after watching her getting groovy to Beyonce.  FUN FACT: Glee has even featured her song "Dog Days Are Over" in the Special Education episode.  NOT SO FUN FACT: I would usually say that the song was down well on Glee, but I have to say for this song, they didn't even get near the level of power that Florence is able to relay in her performances - live or recorded in a studio.  Sorry, Gleeks, but it's true.

So, without further ado and FINALLY, I give you my last and final song for Summer Playlist:  Howl by Florence + The Machine.


Listening to
by Florence + The Machine

Thursday, August 4, 2011

Summer Playlist {Song #14: Lasso by Phoenix}

I bet you thought I forgot all about you, eh? Welp, no...no, I haven't.  I've been wrestling over my last two picks for my Summer Playlist and realized they were right under my nose!

Song #14 comes from a French indie band from Versailles (wooo!).  Yes, it's in English.  I think they showed up on my radar because of Slacker, but, these days, there's really no telling where I heard it or Shazaam'd it, haha.  I haven't really been listening to this band lately for no particular reason but I've been relying on my iPod at work lately which is an awesome mix of music (if I do say so myself) but still, it's limited because I have a budget.  Anyways, I was sitting a bible study this week and one of the girl's in my group cell phone went off and it was this song.  It hit me and I was like "Duh, I love this song!"  There's no official video for this song but I doubt you'll want to sit and watch while this song is on...I mean, I have a hard time sitting still when this song comes on!  I give you, Lasso by Phoenix.


Listening to
Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix
by Phoenix

Thursday, July 21, 2011

Summer Playlist {Song #13: Go Do}

So, every playlist has to have something with a little bit of a funky maybe even weird beat.  That's where my thoughts were when I was thinking about this song.  If you like {or ever heard of} Sigur Rós, you will like this song.  FUN FACT: This artist was in FACT a part of Sigur Rós for nine years. Woot! 

Eh hem.


But unlike Sigur Rós, this song is in English.  This song isn't completely unheard of though.  It's been used in the Ford Explorer commercial, in the movie The Social Network and at least one other movie in the credits {which is where I "Shazaamed" it and first discovered this song}.  It'll spice up your Summer Playlist, that's for sure.  I hope you enjoy "Go Do" by Jónsi.  {Click here for the official video - they disabled the option to embed it, argh!}


P.S. You can stream the whole album with "Go Do" on Jónsi's website

Listening to:
by Jónsi

Monday, July 11, 2011

Summer Playlist {Song #12: Shot In The Dark}

It's not very often that I buy an entire album without listening to more than one song but with Augustana's new self-titled cd, I'd only heard Steal Your Heart before I bought the album.  I absolutely loved their albums "All The Stars And Boulevards" and "Can't Love, Can't Hurt" which include the favorites: Boston, Sweet and Low, and Stars and Boulevards.  I will say that their newest cd has a completely different sound, but it's still really good.  Some of my friends say this album has a Kings of Leon feel.  I think it's a bit "grungier" feel - more of a U2 feel in a way.

There's no official video for Song #12 on my Summer Playlist but here's a live performance that I'll let Jimmy Kimmel introduce.  You're welcome Jimmy.


Listening to:
by Augustana

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Summer Playlist {Song #11: Moth's Wings}

So, I'm super excited to share Song #11 on my Summer Playlist!  I first fell in love with Passion Pit and their song Sleepyhead when I downloaded a mix of songs from the Urban Outfitters blog.  For all you SYTYCD fans, Phillip Chbeeb and friends choreographed an awesome routine {called The Sleep Sweepers} to that song which you should totally go check out.

I also got to see them with Muse back in late October and it was an awesome show!
AK & I - We finally made it to the right seats, hehe
You may have heard Passion Pit's song that has made it on my Summer Playlist on SYTYCD recently when five of the top 20 performed an AMAZING contemporary routine choreographed by Travis Wall.  So instead of an official video to Passion Pit's Moth's Wings (which there is none), I will leave you with the video of the performance.  Enjoy!


Listening to:
by Passion Pit

Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Beatles Fan? {1964...TheTribute}

Most of you may not know what I do exactly for work so here's a little peek into what I do:  I'm the marketing assistant for Celebrity Attractions which is a company that presents Broadway touring musicals in seven cities throughout the Southwest.  Tulsa is one of our largest markets.  I am also the Social Media Coordinator so I do all the "tweeting," "updating," and coordinating of all promotions on our sites.    

I want to use my blog as purely a personal thing and not throw a lot of work related stuff in there.  But, for special things, I'll definitely make an exception.

Saturday, July 16th at 8pm
Tulsa Performing Arts Center

$20 Student Discount Offer

If you are a fan of The Beatles, you'll really like 1964...THE TRIBUTE.  If you are a student, you can get a discounted ticket to see the show on Saturday, July 16th at 8pm at the Tulsa PAC.  If you aren't a student and have a big girl/big boy job and responsibilities, the tickets are still really affordable for a highly renowned Beatles tribute band.  Here's the details:

{High School & College}
Ticket Price: $20
In-Person: Tulsa PAC Ticket Office | 3rd & Cincinnati | Monday-Friday 10am-5:30pm
Bring: Money and a valid Student I.D.*
*If you are a homeschooler, let me know and I'll make some arrangements for you.

Ticket Prices: $50 VIP {includes parking pass & seats within the first 10 rows}
-or- $25 for the rest of the hall
Online: MyTicketOffice.com
Phone: 918.596.7111
In-Person: Tulsa PAC Ticket Office | 3rd & Cincinnati | Monday-Friday 10am-5:30pm

Friday, July 1, 2011

Artist Spotlight & Summer Playlist {Song #10: Captivated by Shawn McDonald}

On Monday, June 27th, I got to see Shawn McDonald at KXOJ's Riverwalk Concert Series in Jenks.  It was a great concert and Shawn's passion is felt in each of his songs which are all written by himself.  My friend and college partner-in-crime, Patti works for KXOJ doing promotions so I stuck around afterwards to help "close up shop"...and yes, I admit, to meet Shawn.

We got to chat with him for a little and talk about different things like having a "community" around you and the fact you can spot a musician a mile a way, skinny jeans and all.  Ha.  Shawn was a really genuine guy and super nice.  Through working with bands at Falls Creek and being around various musicians in general, Shawn's definitely one of my favorites.

One of my favorite songs that Shawn played Monday night was actually the only one I videoed taped.  It was really good acoustically but the album version is definitely download-worthy.  I hope you enjoy Captivated by Shawn McDonald as much as I do!

There's no "official video" but below is what I taped of the song and click here to hear the album version of the song.


Listening to:
by Shawn McDonald

Thursday, June 30, 2011

Summer Playlist {Song #9: Something In The Water}

So, I've been M.I.A. for awhile and I'm not talking "Paper Planes" MIA, haha. Yes, lame joke.  Anyways, I haven't forgotten about the rest of my summer playlist which I totally meant to have done by now, but oh well, it's still summer so it's ok.

If any of you are the least bit familiar with Hillsong United, you'll know this next artist if not for her name, but definitely for her voice.  She has written some awesome worship songs that can be found on a number of Hillsong albums and her vocal abilities are fantastic.  So, when I saw her album, I didn't have second thoughts about buying it.  This song I've chosen for my Summa Playlist is by far my favorite on her album and a super duper choice for any playlist in my opinion.   Therefore, I give you Something In The Water by Brooke Fraser.


Listening to:
by Brooke Fraser

Sunday, June 12, 2011

Artist Spotlight: {JT Hodges}

About two weeks ago, my co-worker and I went to the KVOO station and had the opportunity to meet an up-and-coming country music artist, JT Hodges.  We also got to hear him play a few of his songs most of which were written by him.  I was very impressed with him and thought about sneaking a sampler CD out, haha.

JT's parents are both exceptionally talented musicians: father studied at Juilliard as a concert pianist and his mother had a record label.  His father opened up the first multi-track recording studio in Ft. Worth, TX where he spent a lot of time at while growing up.  I won't recount his entire life-story but you can click here to learn more.

I would totally go see him again if he comes through Tulsa again.  Be on the lookout for this guy - they're saying he's the next Gary Allan or Keith Urban!

Oh, and as you can see below, he's really attractive. And he has stunning blue eyes.


Listening to:
by Augustana

Tuesday, June 7, 2011

{Erica & Eric 6.4.11}

This past weekend, I had the absolute privilege of being a part of one of my best friends from college wedding in Plano, TX.  Erica came into my life at the beginning of my Senior year in college as one of my g-littles in the sorority we were a part of.  Our "phamily," as we call it, became extremely close during that year and really encouraged each other in our walks with the Lord. 

Katie, Caitlin, Erica, Me at Initiation

It was such a fun weekend with Erica and all the girls in the wedding & house party.  We had a yummy dinner at Buca di Beppo.

Erica asked me to "assist" her during the wedding - kind of like a "lady in waiting" is how I termed it, hehe.  She is such a huge blessing in my life and I was so excited to be a part of her wedding.

Afterwards, a bunch of us OSU Alums hung out.  It was so good seeing old friends and making new ones!

Erica & Eric - I am SO happy for you both!  I pray that the Lord blesses this new chapter you are beginning together as husband and wife.  I love you both!


Listening to
Losing Sleep (Bonus Track Version)
by Parachute

Thursday, May 26, 2011

Summer Playlist {Songs #8a & #8b: Sia}

This next artist was yet another find via an online radio station, Slacker Radio to be exact.  This is the best way for me to discover new bands/artists since I don't have a ton of time to sit and search.  Anyways, I love this artist because she has a wide variety of style in her repertoire.  She is very eccentric and weird; but, talented nonetheless.  Breathe Me and My Love are both very emotional songs with so much depth it's hard not to be moved by them.  On the hand are the two songs that are fun and upbeat.  I couldn't pick between them {and they are both in my personal Summa playlist) so I leave the decision up to you :)

Song #8a: Clap Your Hands by Sia
Warning: If listening in car, you WILL be tempted to take your hands off the wheel to clap.  Please drive responsibly.
And yes, this video is super weird.

Song #8b: You've Changed by Sia


Listening to: 
We Are Born 
by Sia

Friday, May 20, 2011

Summer Playlist {Song #7: Barton Hollow}

About six months ago, I decided to subscribe to Relevant Magazine which is a faith-based magazine covering all areas of pop culture.  I like the magazine mainly because it highlights up and coming artists across all genres.  The very first hardcopy issue I received had an article about a new duo called The Civil Wars.  I looked them up and really liked what I heard.  Ironically, one of their songs was free on iTunes for that same week so, of course, I downloaded it.  Since then, I've explored more of their music and I'm currently obsessed with their 2009 Poison & Wine EP title track.  But for the purpose of an up-beat summer playlist, I chose the song that I first heard and fell in love with....Barton Hollow.



Listening to
Barton Hollow
by The Civil Wars

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

{Broadway League Spring Road Conference NYC 2011}

I went to NYC last week for work.  Yes, work.  We went to meetings/sessions all day long then go to parties before and after we go to Broadway shows in the evening.  That's definitely a great perk to my job....but it's kind of like a "research"/professional development type of trip.  I won't be able to do this all the time but it was great privilege to get to go this year.

Part of my job includes all things social media and I've been dabbling in video production - but I use that term very loosely.  We took video and pictures {when we were allowed to!} of the different performances, celebrities, and speakers we had this week.  With all of that {and some photos I found online} I made a "montage" overviewing our week in NYC.  Check it out & enjoy!


Listening to
Kaleidoscope Heart
by Sara Bareilles

Friday, May 6, 2011

Summer Playlist {Song #6: Someone Somewhere}

This is going to be a short and sweet post...don't cheer too loudly, you'll hurt my feelings ;)

Every Summer Playlist needs a sweet little love song for the summer nights spent star gazing or  just cruising around with the windows rolled down.  Unfortunately, I'm not able to embed the video so here's the next best thing: a clip of the video and a link.


Listening to:
The Magnificent Adventures Of Heartache [And Other Frightening Tales...]
by Jason Reeves

Thursday, April 28, 2011

{The Wonder of The Royal Wedding}

On the eve of the much-anticipated Royal Wedding, there’s excitement rippling throughout the world.  News stations are on standby for the slightest movement outside Westminster Abbey and reporters are exhausting all their resources to find just exactly how Kate will be doing her hair and what the Queen will wear.  Facebook and Twitter were alight with updates tweeting or retweeting any piece of news on the Royal Wedding worthy of 140 characters.

As I was monitoring our social media sites throughout the day at work, one status in particular caught my attention.  I don’t remember what this girl said exactly but it was something to the extent of: “For every girl who grew up watching Disney movies, this is our fairy tales come true.”  Wow.  I am one of those girls who grew up watching all the “princess movies” [Cinderella and The Little Mermaid were my favorites].  Growing up, I definitely dreamed of meeting my Prince Charming and having the fairy tale wedding to go with it, which was usually reenacted by my Barbies in about a thousand different wedding scenarios.

My thoughts drifted to what my own wedding might look like…but to be honest, I’m still trying to decide between eloping, a wedding on the beach, or something more traditional.  I don’t even have requirement number one so I have some time to think on it. 

With a sigh of relief, my thoughts turned to two of my dear sweet friends [Erica and Erin] who will be marrying their respective beloveds this June about three weeks apart. I am excited to share in each of their “big days” which mark the beginning of a new and beautiful chapter in their lives.  [I love you both dearly and am honored you have asked me to share in your big day.]

Smiling to myself, I found my thoughts wandering to a Wedding that was foretold about 2000 years ago…. 

Then I heard what sounded like a great multitude, like the roar of rushing waters and like loud peals of thunder, shouting:

 “Hallelujah!  For our Lord God Almighty reigns.  Let us rejoice and be glad and give him glory! 
For the wedding of the Lamb has come, and his bride has made herself ready. 
Fine linen, bright and clean, was given her to wear.”

(Fine linen stands for the righteous acts of God’s holy people.)

 Then the angel said to me, “Write this: Blessed are those who are invited to the wedding supper of the Lamb!” And he added, “These are the true words of God.”

-Revelation 19: 6-9

What a day that will be when we, as God’s holy people, will be ready to meet our beloved bridegroom who is Christ himself!  I’m barely ready to get married here on this earth so I can’t even begin to imagine myself as being ready or worthy to be presented as the bride of our Lord Jesus Christ!  But, I have to remember that as I spend time in the Word, praying, and seeking His beautiful face, Christ is working in me to ready me for that glorious day that is yet to come.  I’m sorry for the fanatics out there, but on that day, we will be saying, “Prince Who and What’s-Her-Face’s wedding do not compare to this.”

Tomorrow I will not wake up at 5 a.m. to watch The Royal Wedding as it unfolds because I love sleep more than them.  However, I will watch video clips and go through a million photos of the Royal event marveling at Kate’s dress, how she did her hair, along with all the gorgeous and immaculate floral arrangements.  I’ll probably slip back to the excitement of my younger years watching “princess movies,” dreaming about my own fairy tale, and playing “wedding” with my Barbies on the floor of my bedroom.  My sweet friends will then come to mind and I’ll say a short prayer asking God to bless their upcoming nuptials.  Finally, I’ll think about the wedding feast foretold and be reminded of the mercy, grace, and unfailing love that Jesus lavishes upon us. 


Tuesday, April 19, 2011

{Kiss Me Slowly by Parachute}

Parachute just released their music video for Kiss Me Slowly on Friday from their new album The Way It Was coming out May 17th!  Such a cute song I thought it was worthy of making a blog post :) This song may be good for a Wedding Playlist and definitely Summer Playlist material ;) I definitely recommend a lot of their other songs like Under Control & She Is Love.  Click Here to go to their VEVO Youtube page.

Without further ado....Kiss Me Slowly by Parachute:

Listen & Love...


Listening To:
Something To Believe In
by Parachute

Summer Playlist {Song #5: Through The Willows And Streams}


I listen to online radio stations at work (i.e. Pandora, Slacker, etc.) because I really can't stand to have just silence.  Not to mention, I sometimes have mini-dance parties right there in my cubie - you know, just the shoulder shake and the occasional power fist pump if it's pretty rockin'.  Don't judge.  You know you do it too.

Long story short, I've gone from Pandora to Slacker to last.fm and so far, last.fm is my favorite of all the online radio stations.  If you like discovering new music, you'll definitely like this station.  The next few songs for my Summer Playlist I will have discovered on last.fm so props to them.

So the latest band that I've "Liked" is Eye Alaska.  {And no, they are not from Alaska, they are actually from California.} They're an alternative band with some influences of 90's boy band sounds.  I'm sure you're goin "What in the world...?" Just check out Roll Right Over and you'll hear what I'm talking about.  A lot of their songs are "windows-rolled-down" worthy so I highly recommend checking out their other stuff like Walk Like A Gentleman.

I give you Through The Willows Streams from their Yellow & Elephant EP (once again not an "official" video, sorry!)



Listening to:
Yellow & Elephant - EP
by Eye Alaska

Saturday, April 16, 2011

Summer Playlist {Song #4}

To be honest, it's kind of hard to blog on a consistent basis.  I feel like I need to have something really profound to say whether its talking about the songs I've picked for my Summer Playlist or just when I do an entry.  So, I think I set high expectations for myself and feel like I can't reach them so I don't do it.


I've struggled with my next pick because I love A LOT of Future of Forestry's stuff and it was hard to just pick one song.  On their website, you can go and listen to all four of their albums online in their entirety!  I love it when bands do that especially if I don't know their stuff real well.  FOF's style is definitely indie rock to a "t" (whatever that really means, lol) and so talented!  Some of my fav songs are Slow Your Breath Down (one of the first songs that I heard), Close Your Eyes, If You Find Her (such a sweet song!) and Twilight (no, not because of the movie, hehe).  I could go on but definitely check out their website where you can listen to all of these songs.  After much deliberation, I chose You and I from the album Twilight.  Hope you like it as much as I do!

(Sorry this isn't the "official" video)


Listening to:
by Future of Forestry

Monday, April 4, 2011

Summer Playlist {Song #3}

Ok, so next up on my Summer Playlist is a song from the extremely talented Adele.  I first fell in love with her voice and talent back with her first hit single Chasing Pavements from her album 19 {love the choreography and the use of shadows in the music videos}.  Other great songs in that album were Hometown Glory and Right as Rain {which is a fun one I would definitely recommend to add to your summer playlist}.  Adele has got some lungs and can sing a ballad like nobody's biz-ness.    So, I give you Rolling in the Deep by Adele.



Listening to
by Adele

Sunday, April 3, 2011

{The Perfect End...}

What a weekend of awesome weather we've had: 70s on Friday, low 80s on Saturday and today got up to about 88! I got a touch of color so I'm getting a good start on my summer tan.

I try to use my Sundays and take it easy but it was so pretty today and honestly, you can't always get everything done on Saturday.  I detailed the inside of my car {it was horrendous}, helped my mom clean out the garage and clear the back porch.  My mom planted some beautiful yellow and purple pansies for the front porch.

But my real reason for posting is because of the beautiful sunset that ended this great day....and to show-off where I live.  My two favorite times of the day to take a picture is at sunrise and sunset; and living in the country is perfect for that.  Oh and it's great for star-gazing at night.  


Listening to:
20,000 Ghosts 

Sunday, March 27, 2011

Summer Playlist {Song #2}

Well, hello topic of Summer Playlist almost a month later...woops.  As you can see from my prior post that I’ve been a little busy out and about in Chi-town.  But, don’t worry, I haven’t forgotten about letting you in on my Summer Playlist! 

It’s funny how easy it is for people to so easily connect over music and become friends.  I mentioned in my previous post about meeting up with one of the guys {Ryan} that goes to school up by Chicago.   I have grown up with him and his brother in church and at school but I’ve never had more than a two or three sentence conversation with him.  I knew he played football and that was about it {not implying that he's a dumb jock, btw}.  Somehow Ryan and I got to talking about music and different concerts we’d been to {NeedtoBreathe and Muse to name a few good ones}.  He asked if I’d ever heard of The Temper Trap, handed me his iPod and I started to become acquainted with an awesome band as our group walked down the Navy Pier to see Chicago at it's finest.

Kudos goes out to Ryan for this next song on my Summer Playlist.  This is a great band and their album is awesome - highly recommend it.  Without further ado, I give you Fader by The Temper Trap.

The moral of the story is: get to know people that are "right under your nose" - they may surprise you - and music can connect what may seem like two completely different people.  So, when this song comes up on my playlist, I'll think of walking along the Navy Pier looking at the beautiful city lights of downtown Chicago... 


Listening to:


By The Temper Trap

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

{Love Broke Me}

This song has been my prayer and my cry for the last few months.  I truly believe that God used Chicago to break me. 

Love Break Me by Starfield

Mark me with Your grace
Shape me in Your wisdom
Place in me a heart
Of mercy
Open up my eyes
Let me see Your glory
Lead me to the place
You want me

Love, break me now
Strip me down
May Your beauty
Deep inside of me resound
Through me be found
Come break me now

Guide me in Your truth 
Mold me in Your nature
Birth in me a hope
To hold on
Show me how to wait
Teach me how to listen
Be in me the strength
To let go

Break me now...

Love, hear my plea
Rescue me, bring Your peace
I have come to You on bended knee
I'm desperate for Your breath in me
Your ears to hear, Your eyes to see
Set me free, come set me free

Like rain flowing over me... 


Listening to:
by Starfield

Monday, March 21, 2011

{Chicago Spring Break 2011}

So, it’s been almost a month since I posted last and I promise I will give you more songs for my Summer Playlist.  So, what have I been doing this past month, you ask? I thought you’d never ask!

On March 12th, 19 people all of which I did not very well left at 8am for a mission trip to Chicago, IL.  We didn’t have a set plan of exactly what we were going to do, which stressed a few of us out, but we were excited.

We stayed at a hostel in the heart of downtown Chicago.  It was definitely a different experience but we met a lot of great people from all over the world.  Thousands of questions were thrown at our European friends including someone, who will remain nameless {Ol’ Red!}, asking them if they had stop signs or not.  Made us proud {tear}. I, on the other hand, late one night decided to show one of our British friends the hand motions to do when something gets awkward.  This included awkward turtle, moose, turkey, and we threw in some miscellaneous hand motions such as snail and jellyfish. 


Sunday: We worshipped at Willow Creek Chicago across the street from our hostel and had our socks blessed off.  Yeah, it happened.  The music was amazing and the preaching was real and very challenging.  We had a training meeting with John Yi, our contact in Chicago at Forest Park Baptist Church along with the TCC/TU BCM.   Before our training, Steve led us in worship {he found out like an hour beforehand} and John preached out of John 6:1-13 which is the story of the Jesus feeding the five thousand with five loaves of bread and two small fish.  To sum up what John said, he basically said that we try to lean on our abilities and resources.  But, what we really need to do is put those things into Jesus’ hands so he can use our feeble abilities and multiply them beyond what we could imagine.  I was extremely nervous about our task at the different colleges but after hearing John speak, I realized I need to set aside my anxiety/worry and place my trust in Christ to do what he wanted to do through me. 

Monday:  My group consisted of Tonya, James, Derek, Matt, Brett, Danielle, and Abby H. and we embarked on our first Red Line train to Truman College.  The other group consisted of Scott, Steve, Abby T., Sami, Carol, Emily, Skye, Heidi, Chelsea, Justin, and Wes and they went to Northeastern Illinois State University.  My partner, Abby H. and I had great conversations with two girls, which was so encouraging.   We ate lunch, regrouped and went to Maywood to help pick up trash with the TCC/TU BCM group for the rest of the afternoon. 

Tuesday:  Went to our same campuses again and talked to one girl and then we decided to meet out front and play a form of hacky sack which we called “Feather.”  We met a lot of people that way and showed off how horrible we were.  In the afternoon, we headed down to Pacific Garden Mission, which is the oldest homeless shelter in the U.S. and has a great program that has been in place for more than 100 years.  Afterwards, we met up with our British friends and went to “da Bulls” game.  Aretha Franklin was there sitting courtside and we took a limo back to the hostel from the game.  Yeah, I said limo.  Aretha let us use it for the night. 

Wednesday:  Back on campus as usual but unfortunately for Abby H. and I, we didn’t really have an opportunity to talk to anyone for very long.  We met out front again and played Feather.  After we ate lunch, part of our group went back to play more Feather and meet up with some of the students we’d connected with.  The rest of the afternoon for me was spent doing some shopping with Carol and Abby H. mainly at H&M. 

Thursday: FREE DAY!  Totally slept in that day and took our time getting ready.  We didn’t leave the hostel until at least 10:30am.  Abby T., Heidi, and I did a little shopping at Nordstrom Rack and then hopped on the train to go take pics at Wrigley Field and with Harry Caray, of course.  Went back to downtown Chicago for Round 3 of shopping and then went on to The Bean in Millennium Park.   From there, we met up with the majority of our group and went to the Arts Institute of Chicago where I FINALLY got to see original paintings of Monet and Van Gogh. Dream. Come. True.  From there, we headed to the Navy Pier to eat dinner with one of our hometown “Fusionites” Ryan who plays football at Wheaton College and had just gotten back from a mission trip to Haiti.  We ended the night out on the Pier taking pictures of the city skyline. 

Friday:  Headed home.

It was an amazing experience and I’m so thankful I was able to go on this trip.  I was stretched and uncomfortable but it was awesome.  This is just a little recap of what all happened that week.  The next time you see me, just ask me and I’d love to tell you more. 

Oh, and the most important question on all of your minds: “Where did you eat?”
Here’s a brief summary of where we ate:
Exchequer, Potbelly’s, Lou Malnati’s, Portillo’s, Jimmy John’s, Harry’s Chicken, Murphy’s Tavern, Bubba Gump’s, and Hard Rock Café.  It was all very yummy and I’m pretty sure we all gained 10 pounds each that week.  If it weren’t for all the walking we did, it would’ve probably more like 20…


Listening to:
By The Temper Trap

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