30 Days of Thanks-Day 10

Playing catchup again-this week has been insanely busy! So I’ll keep this one short and sweet. I am so thankful for music and being able to teach music at my church. I’m no expert, to be sure. But I remember what my teachers shared with me along the way, and it made music such a vital, vibrant part of who I am. As stressful as it can sometimes be, it is also deeply rewarding. Bonus: the kids shower me with hugs!

Do you remember the movie August Rush? One of the standout lines from it goes like this:”You know what music is? God’s little reminder that there’s something else besides us in this universe, a harmonic connection between all living beings, every where, even the stars.” Love that.

One of my favorite songs ever is What a Wonderful World, especially the version by Israel Kamakawiwo’ole. (Of couse, I also adore Louis Armstrong’s, too so either one is a winner!) Here’s a LINK to a video of this song that I made featuring my favorite people-my family!

So my advice for you is to slow down today and listen to music that inspires you and motivates you. Or makes you want to dance. You could always sing along in the car despite the weird looks you might get!

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30 Days of Thanks–Day 5

Since today is Sunday, I would like to give thanks for my awesome church, Tyger River Presbyterian. (You can find out all about it HERE).When I think of my church, I think of the words genuine, authentic, and cracked pots. Yes, I meant that last part: we are all flawed, but beautiful just the same in our imperfections. I love being a part of a community that accepts me, warts and all. And when someone asks me how my day is going, I can unload on them and not respond with the pat “I’m fine” response. (Lucky them). Plus, I have the added bonus of serving on our church staff, albeit as a volunteer Director of Children’s Music. But what better way to channel my inner kid and my love of music at the same time? Win-win. So I’m singing the praises of Tyger River today-and hopefully you have a place like Tyger River, too!

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