Hello our lovely, amazing fans!
Life is wonderfully crazy these days! Trying to juggle kids, husband, friends, shows, demos, new gear, etc. can be quite demanding but as I said it is a wonderfully crazy season. This year began with one of the best tours I've ever been on: Winterjam. I mean who can complain about a sold out arena tour? Certainly not me!! There is a lot of space backstage so we usually have a dressing room...which means we actually get to take showers...So yeah, I've been smelling good for the last month and haven't had to use my dry shampoo much. O the small comforts of life:)
I have loved getting to know the other acts on this tour...It's funny how "circus folk" can have such a tight bond. In fact, I just had an awesome conversation about road life, living for the Lord, the uniqueness of our calling and how utterly humbling it is to do this job with Kari Jobe, Dara McClean, and Blanca from Group 1 crew. Our conclusion was not only is it humbling to do this job, but simply the fact that God would choose us and love us...totally mind-blowing. Romans 5:8 says, "but God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us." While we were still the embodiment of what He hates, He gave himself for us. That's crazy wonderful and a constant reminder of the strength of His love toward us and the strength of His hand with us. So perspective, perspective, perspective!! He is so good to us all the time and we don't deserve a thing...and can't earn a thing. Even when things are difficult, these truths trump all and we can have joy in the midst of terrible difficulty...so that was my convo today with my "circus folk" friends...and that's reflective of this tour.
I am currently installing new software so I can get the best of the crazy sounds for our next project. John and I are daily writing and demoing...lots of work but I really enjoy this creative side of my job. My kids are getting huge - both almost taller than me now...which I guess isn't that much of a feat but true nonetheless. I've had some time to visit my friends at the Living Light School of Worship in Kenosha, WI. I love this group of students and have had the best time getting involved in their lives. This is how we met Jen for those who don't know that. Jen is the best - she's even more amazing than you think she is...great talent, great friend, great heart...anyway for those interested check it out. www.livinglightchurch.com/lsow.htm
Speaking of the school of worship, my friends in The Spark have released a new ep on itunes called Shine Brightly. I got to play keys on it and it was so much fun. If you like worship music you should definitely check it out. It's up on itunes... http://itunes.apple.com/us/album/shine-brightly/id495280835
Lastly, we have started reading through the Bible in a year for the skilletbookclub this year. Feel free to join anytime! Just pick up where we are and read with us. Once a week you will get a post from one of the Skillet family and you can post your comments underneath. It's that simple! Even if you've missed the last few weeks, don't feel like you have to catch up. Just join in from where we are. Jen will post tomorrow. Check it out: http://www.skilletbookclub.com/current-book-f9.html
I guess that's all for now - hope you can follow all my tangents! Love you all and if you get a chance, you should really come out to Winterjam. It's $10 at the door, 8 bands, and definitely the best Skillet show we have ever done. Look for a city near you at www.jamtour.com