This week has flown by in a flurry. And quite literally as the forecast is again predicting snowfall, postponing the arrival of Spring! But regardless of the weather, we've continued to spend most of our days indoors, working on the CD project.
We're so thankful for the expert help of our sound engineer. This is our seventh project working with Tom at WareHouse Productions, and each time he encourages us to new heights, musically. It's exciting to watch this new project take shape. This week we were working in the Mix Suite, adjusting the levels of each track. Spending hours of intense listening, looking at this screen:
The sound waves on-screen
Matthias has been spear-heading this project. He's such a good leader and motivator!
And while the guys were working on the CD, the rest of the family made a quick trip to visit our grandparents in Iowa. It was fun to pile into our van for a road trip together...especially with Grandpa and Grandma's house as the destination!
Since Dan & Bethany are in Wisconsin now, we were able to get together and spend some time with their darling little person, Arianna. Oh, the joys of family love just get sweeter and sweeter!
"Glory in His holy name;
Let the hearts of those rejoice who seek the LORD!"
Well, at least for that track. On to the next song...
Thank you for your continued prayers and encouragement! We're still here in the studio. Completing one song after another. We've progressed entirely through the instrumental work and today we spent focusing on the vocals. Its thrilling to walk through each step of the process, with the finished product in mind!
But the familiar sights, sounds, and persistant diligence of studio work is once again the story of our week. Yes, we're officially working toward a new CD project! We're thrilled and excited -- not merely to be back in the studio, but for the opportunity to prepare and share these new songs together.
This week we're starting the process of recording each song track. All the while, breathing a prayer that the project would bless and encourage. And that our Lord would be glorified.
Will you join us in prayer!? Today we were able to complete the instrumentation for 8 tracks. More in the days ahead!
Over the past 48 hours, our family has traveled from the sunny warmth of Florida to the frozen blizzard of home. But even with the stark contrast of weather, our hearts echo the age-old quote, "There's no place like home!"
But as we unload, unpack, and prepare for the coming week, we're overwhelmed with gratefulness at the many ways we saw the Lord working through the past two months. And we recognize much of that impact is due to you joining with us in prayer over these past few months. We thank you, sincerely and heartily. What a joy it is to partner with you. What a joy it is to serve the Almighty God!
Thank you for joining us in this journey.
"For you, brethren, have been called to liberty; only do not use liberty
as an opportunity for the flesh, but through love serve one another." Gal 5:13
Greetings from snowy Kansas! Last week we were buried in 10-14 inches of snow, leaving us with cozy evenings to enjoy soup, fresh bread, and hot chocolate. Now our winter wonderland is rapidly melting and we're ready to welcome the coming of springtime.
Winter has been a sweet season for us. Most of our evenings are spent studying and preparing for various ministries at our church or just enjoying our time together. Alan teaches classes on Wednesday evenings and Sunday mornings, and I greatly enjoy hearing him share and seeing how genuinely he connects, especially with the young people.
And our days are varied and active. I've captured a few [very random] pictures on my phone to share with you. Here's a glimpse into our winter:
Peaceful home, sweet home!
Did I mention 'soup night'!?
With a snowstorm comes....you guessed it! Snow ice cream!
Gather a bowlful of clean snow.
Add sweetened condensed milk and vanilla.
Add drinking milk until the texture is right.
Owning a high-loader, we celebrated the first snow by spending several hours digging ourselves out...and quite a few of the neighbors, too!
For my birthday in January, some dear friends surprised me with a party -- and a most amazingly creative cake! Who knew dipped vanilla wafers could transform into a piano?!
We enjoyed a visit from Josiah and Abi and their sweet little ones.
"Prize night" at my Junior choir. Its been an incredible joy to direct these children and hear them sing! Its also been great accountability to write new music, one of our goals for 2013.
Along that strain...I've been working on a couple music projects in my spare time as of late. Lord-willing we'll be sharing more about these projects in the coming months!
In February we took a road rip to Fort Worth, Texas to visit Alan's sister and their family of 8 children. We had a marvelous time with them...and enjoyed the 12 hours of driving, talking, and reading.
Our winter project. My grandpa rescued these wooden crates from a trash pile and Alan helped me create this cute little bench for our front door area.
Love getting little notes like this one!
And there you have it, a peek into our winter months. So much for which to be grateful; to learn, grow, and treasure. New opportunities to draw close to the Lord. Learning to trust Him in new ways.