Showing posts with label Music. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Music. Show all posts

Sick Day - Books, Music, And Projects


I know this has been said a multitude of times in a multitude of ways, but when it happens to you it warrants being lamented again - it just really stinks to get sick as a mom.

It started Sunday afternoon, and I thought it would just be a mild case of the sniffles (like it was for Derek), but no.  By Monday morning the sniffles had erupted into a full-blown, sinus-pressuring head cold.  

I had to cancel a meeting with a fellow MOPS table leader to plan out some playdates for the spring, but we also had lunch scheduled with Derek's mom. I really didn't want to cancel lunch, and I naively thought my cold was probably mild enough to make it through one meal. 

We had a nice lunch with Derek's mom, but poor little Clarice started throwing up, and by the time I got home my nose was raw from all the baby wipes and still dripping like an icicle (I think I now understand why a lot of people buy the "sensitive" wipes).  I felt as if I could nap for a week, but I still had to supervise a round on the potty chair (oh, potty training) and get all the kids settled before I could lay on the couch and wallow in my misery.

My dad was here when I got home though, taking a look at our furnace (which had been making an awful scraping noise), and I got to give him a hug before he left.  No matter how old I get, a hug from my dad will always make me feel better.

My Birthday Card Project

I was hoping to start school back up with Wyatt this week after our nice break for Christmas, but I may postpone it since we are sick again.  This has been a particularly bad winter so far for sickness, and it is really bumming me out.  Before this winter I could count on one hand the times we had really been sick in the last five years.  I used to think maybe our immune systems were especially hardy, but maybe we were just lucky, and I'm afraid our lack of illness in recent years has made me a bit of a baby about it now.  We'll see how I feel tomorrow, and how rowdy the kids are.  We may be able to sneak in a read-aloud at least.

If I'm feeling good enough though, my nap time plan for the week was to finish a birthday card protect I've started!  I have been wanting for years to create a birthday calendar and send out cards to all my family and friends on their birthday month.  Since my focus for the year is to really see those around me, I thought this would be a great year to finally make my birthday card vision a reality.  I've made it through April so far, but I was hoping to already have January's cards out by now, so I need to get moving.  

Though part of me also thinks maybe this week I just need to rest.  Ever since New Year's Eve I have been exhausted.  It's been almost on par with first-trimester level exhaustion, only without the sweet baby to make it worth it.  I can't seem to catch up on my sleep (the furnace-scraping and can't-breath-through-my-nose-head-cold issues may be contributing to this), and I'm thinking maybe birthday cards and schooling may just have to wait a few days instead. I have trouble slowing down, and maybe this cold is the Lord's reminder that this week is my last chance for rest for a while, and I should take it.



Sick Day Books

I have a couple books I'm reading right now, and I'm hoping to make a little headway on them while I recover.  I'm planning on snuggling on the couch in my fleece-lined leggings, sniffing essential oils on my homemade diffuser-tassel bracelet, drinking tea, and reading.  You know, in between changing diapers, picking up toys, and feeding the children.

The Secret Keeper by Kate Morton - A couple different people have recommended Kate Morton to me, so I thought I'd give one of her books a go.  I am only a little way in this one, but I'm really enjoying it.  The book is really clean so far, and also quite intriguing.

Conform by Glenn Beck - This book is about the public school system.  I was especially interested in it for the information on Common Core, but he covers a whole bunch of topics related to public schools and I'm finding it really interesting.  Even though I am homeschooling our kids, I am a taxpayer after all, and I want to be informed about how all that tax money is being used.

New Music

The other day I put it out there on Instagram that I was looking for some new music to listen to this January.  For several years after we got married I asked for Taylor Swift's new CD so I would have something to listen to after it was time to put away the Christmas music.  But Taylor Swift doesn't have anything new out (I don't think), and if we are to go off of her last album, I think she is going in a direction that I can't relate to anymore.  But I still like having new music to listen to in January!  I got a bunch of good recommendations on Instagram and Facebook, and I've had so much fun working through them over the last couple days!

I thought I'd ask here too in case any of you missed my Instagram post...any new music recommendations for me?

For secular music, I like country, light rock, pop, indie - almost anything as long as the lyrics aren't trashy or inappropriate.  For Christian music - I don't have anything against the worship music stand-by's, but I do find that after a while it all starts to sound the same to me.  I most enjoy Christian music with unique sounds and/or rich, meaningful lyrics.

What do you got for me?  What is your favorite January music?  Fire Away!  I'll check them out while I'm laying on the couch and blowing my nose today.



Old-School Blogger Shout-outs

I am hoping to get in some blog reading and commenting this week too (this is where I was going to tell you about why I quit using Disqus, but I posted that yesterday instead - if you use Disqus, you might want to read that post).   Though I can't guarantee that I won't fall asleep while the kids nap this afternoon instead of reading blogs.  As of last night I can finally lay down and breathe through my nose at the same time!  Which means I can actually nap instead of merely tossing and turning and feeling miserable.  I must be on the mend.

If you have time for some old-fashioned blog reading too, here are a couple blogs to check out!

Hannah at Wonder-Filled Life - Hannah is one of my favorite old-school bloggers.  I love reading about what her and her boys have been up to, and she responds to every comment!  She is a long-time blogging friend, and so sweet.

Meghan at My Beautiful Life - Meghan had her first boy around the same time that I had Wyatt, and she has kept up on her blogging really well!  She writes about being a mama to her two sweet kids...and now is a great time to start reading her blog because her third is due pretty soon!

Remember to read AND comment, because blog commenting is what makes this old-school thing go 'round!

Okay, I'm signing out, friends.  Off to eat some oatmeal for breakfast, drink some tea, and watch Dr. Phil while the kids play trucks and dress-up in their rooms (I feel totally silly admitting that I sometimes watch that show - it's almost as bad as admitting to watching a soap opera...)

What I'm Drinking: Celestial Seasonings Fireside Vanilla Spice tea.  I LOVE this tea, because I am still rather bitter that Celestial Seasonings got rid of so many of their unique tea flavors a few years ago, and this tea feels like a throwback.  It's sweet vanilla, but with just a hint of "woodsy".  That sounds really weird, but it's so good.






My Christmas Advent Playlist




Christmas time is HERE!  It's December.  No one can deny it anymore!

I am right on schedule with my Christmas preparation plan this year - which means I'm pretty much done!  I have a few presents left to wrap, but other than that December is looking free and clear.  I am looking forward to having a little free time to do some Christmas-y things with my kiddos and to work on my personal advent traditions, because all the Christmas "have-to's" are done!

One of my ideas for a personal advent tradition was to listen to a Christ-centered Christmas song each day in December.  So I went on a hunt to create a little playlist for myself, and I wanted to share it with you all!

Now, you may notice that my playlist does not include any Christmas classics, like "Silent Night" or "Away In A Manger".  And the reason for that is that I think we all have our own favorite versions of those classic songs.  We've probably also heard about every other version of them that there is and still we prefer our favorite versions.  So I'm not including any of those.  All of these songs are either original Christmas songs, or very old songs that you really don't hear that much anymore.

My Christmas music style...I like clear, meaningful lyrics; catchy melodies; and maybe a smidge of twang.  So this playlist includes songs from several genres, including country, pop, and indie sounds.  I even have a couple songs with a gospel flair to them (just give them a try, you might like it!).  In other words, don't expect a consistent musical style to this playlist.  

What you CAN expect from this playlist are lyrics that are either directly about Jesus and His birth, or take the Christmas fun we all love and artfully point you back to the true meaning of Christmas.  I've got fun songs and contemplative songs, and I don't guarantee that all of them are perfectly historically or theologically correct for you sticklers out there.  But I do think each song in it's own way will point your thoughts back to Christ - and that's the whole point of an advent playlist, right?  At least to me.

So turn on the Christmas lights, grab some hot chocolate, and enjoy these songs with whatever other advent tradition you may have!  I think I'm going to listen while I enjoy coloring this Christmas coloring book.  

Let the Christmas season begin!

What are some of your favorite Christ-centered Christmas songs?

(P.S. Also, don't forget to check out the photography course Black Friday deal I posted last week - it's good until tomorrow!)










April Lessons And A Link Up!


(See all the fun things you're missing if you don't follow me on Instagram?)

1. Mornings go better when you start with Bible time.  

I used to always do my personal devotions in the morning, but somewhere between the first child and the third, the desperate desire for sleep took over.  For the last couple years I have been letting the kids wake me up in the morning.  When I do that, I have to jump right into dressing and feeding three little people, and by the time I am finished all thoughts of finding a quiet place for morning devotions have evaporated from my mind.

I have been trying for the last month to do better about getting up before the kids come traipsing into my room in the mornings.  Even if I only beat them by fifteen minutes, I feel so much more rested and in control of the day when I start with a quiet time with the Lord.  And on the days when I succumb to temptation and hit snooze, I can tell the difference.

2. Flowers on a kitchen table bring the whole room to life.  

Why have I not been buying fresh flowers for the kitchen table for years?  I was forced into buying some flowers earlier this month, then I was given some flowers for my last day of work (that's a whole other story - I'm sure I'll be telling you all about it soon).  Between those two bouquets, there have been flowers on the table for most of the month - and I love it!  It has brought a little springtime into my life while I wait for the outside to catch up.  Pink flowers are my personal favorite, even though they don't go with my dining room colors.



3. Current country music stinks.  

I used to be a fan, I really did.  Back when all the greats were in their heyday, when they sang about family and love stories and hometowns and love of country.  But now every time I take a chance and turn the dial to a country station, all I hear about is drinking and hooking up and revenge and how some girl looks in tight jeans.  No thank you.  Let me know when country artists grow up again and use their words to portray something other than hormonal teenagers.

Scotty Mcreery, you are the one exception that I can find right now.  Stay wholesome.

4. That whole "hot coals" thing works.

Here is the verse, just in case it's been a while since you've read it.



I am not going to go into the whole story, but let's just say I felt a little wronged by someone recently (not my family, so don't think that).  So I bought them food, just because, and you should have seen how nicely I was treated after that.  Now don't go heaping coals on anyone's head expecting anything in return, because you won't always get seeming evidence of a change of heart.  But you know what you will get?  A reward from the Lord, and that is something special.  Scripture is true, guys.

P.S. I love Proverbs.


5. You can have a "midlife crisis" in your twenties.  

I always think of a midlife crisis as a time when you are having an identity crisis.  Identity crises are not always tied to aging; they can happen any time a part of your identity is threatened or removed.  I have been a little lost the last month or two, because I feel like part of who I am (dental hygienist) is no longer as certain as it has been for the past seven years.  And this is a whole post that I have in my drafts, so stay tuned.

6.  I have a book problem.

I am in the process of redecorating our room, and we bought a new bed and nightstands, which forced me to remove all the books from the "to-read" pile that had accumulated in my old nightstand.


Those are all the books I have yet to read.  And yet I still keep buying more.  And signing up for more reviews.  It's like a sickness.


7.  Springtime doesn't have to be so bad.  

Usually I am not a fan of springtime, at least not where I live.  The mountains get yucky and muddy this time of year.  Spring has always been my least favorite season.  However, this could be the year that changes my mind about springtime.  It's been gorgeous outside for most of March and April, which is highly unusual.  Despite the fact that the lack of moisture (i.e. snow) is concerning, I have to admit that I am finally starting to see the appeal of springtime.  It's pretty exciting to see God's creation come to life like it has this year, and it makes me appreciate His creativity more!



Did you learn any lessons in April?

(Also linking up my lessons with Chatting At The Sky.)

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I am so thrilled to be co-hosting the Faith and Fellowship linkup with Susannah from Simple Moments Stick!  I have been following Susannah's blog for a few years, and she now has an adorable five month old boy.  She and I also have a mutual real-life friend (hi Ashley!), and when I realized this, the song "It's A Small World After All" might have played in my mind.

It's been so fun to watch Susannah's family and blog grow as I've been following over the years, and her Faith and Fellowship linkup is one of my favorites (and one of the few that I've actually participated in since Clyde has been born!

If you have written any faith-related posts in the last week or so, this is the linkup for you!  Check it out!



Faith and Fellowship Guidelines


1.  Link up a post (not just the link to your blog) from the week that shares what the Lord's been doing in your life or speaking to you.

2.  Put the button on your blog post or blog so that others can hear about this wonderful group of Godly women.

3.  Visit as many blogs as you're able and get to know your sisters in Christ!


Faith and Fellowship Blog Hop

Your Host:

Susannah1Susannah from Simple Moments Stick

This Week's Cohost:


My name is Callie, and I blog at Through Clouded Glass about a variety of things, like pregnancy, motherhood, DIY attempts, and recipes.  However, my main goal for my blog is to share my faith in Jesus Christ through what I write and to encourage other women to focus on their impact for eternity, even through the day-to-day (and sometimes mundane sides) of life.

Last Week's Most Viewed Post:




Life on the Parsons Farm
Infertility: What to (NOT) Say



Spoons of Grace
Work: The Struggle is Real


Susannah's Blog Post Pick:


Made to Bloom
Confession of a Busy Mom


If you'd like to cohost in the future, please email Susannah at susannah.kellogg (at) gmail.com







What I've Been Up To

 Figuring Out My Balance

First, can I just say that if you have e-mailed me in the last month, I am so sorry!  Going from two to three kids has been a bigger adjustment than I had anticipated.  For the first month I feel like it was just a matter of keeping myself and the kids alive and relatively happy from day to day. I'm not going to lie, there were multiple meltdowns during those first few weeks (and I'm not talking about the kids).  When I did have a few minutes to myself it was a choice between blogging or working out, and since the baby weight is not falling off this time, working out has been winning.

Then Clyde turned a month old, and all of a sudden I hit my groove.  Things just seemed much more balanced and manageable all of a sudden.  Last week I actually worked out every day and read a few blogs and wrote a post from scratch!  All in one week!  This is huge, people.

The nap time goal this week is to catch up on emails, so if you've been waiting for me to respond, the plan is to make it happen this week!  I'm going to try.  Thank you for being patient with me!




This is what we've mostly been doing - hanging around the house, and cuddling, and reading books, and playing.  And then I chase Wyatt and Gwen around and clean up the messes.  It's actually been pretty nice!

Working Out

Speaking of working out - I haven't really done it since . . . before I was pregnant with Gwen.  It was a long time ago.  I didn't realize how pathetically out of shape I was.  But it has also amazed me how quickly my muscle strength can improve!  I've been doing this workout:


It's pretty tough on your abs, and I could barely do most of the exercises when I first started.  But now they are way easier!  I was also amazed at how my sciatic nerve pain (which was also making some of the exercises difficult for me) has improved since I started on a regular routine.  I think it's the physical therapy aspect of some of the exercises, but it feels so much better than it used to.  Everyone always touts the benefits of working out, and I guess I just forgot that they are right!

Musical Fun

I have discovered The Piano Guys.  (Why do I always feel like I'm the last person to discover stuff?)  Derek has apparently been listening to them for a long time, but I finally heard a song the other day, and I like them a lot!  Especially this song:



Pretty, no?

I'm also enjoying this album, since it's getting closer to summer.  Every song just feels like summer music to me.



For the kids, we've been listening to this CD:



It's songs based off of Bible verses, but they are actually fun for adults to listen to as well.  They have a whole series, and I'd like to get another one.

Other Stuff

Derek has spoiled me the last month.  He bought me some new Jamberry Nail wraps, and they are so fun!



(The link is for my friend's Jamberry page - Danae is a Jamberry consultant.  Please ignore the wrinkles in my wraps, I'm still working on perfecting my technique!)

I also had a little cash to spend on clothes and I got a few new items.  Mostly skirts and dresses since most of my pre-pregnancy pants are still not buttoning (but we won't talk about that, because it's depressing).  Anyway, skirts and dresses have been making me feel best about myself right now, so I'm excited for the warm weather days when I can wear them!


I've been reading a lot lately too.  I am part of several book review programs, and I kind of forgot that I had requested some books for this month, so I requested more books, and I've pretty much been drowning in books.  Which is not necessarily a bad problem to have!  These are a few of the ones I am currently reading, or planning on reading soon:



There will be reviews for several of these on the blog eventually.  But I saw this book in the store the other day, and I'm adding it to my want-to-read list:



Jase wrote a book!  Jase is my favorite Duck Dynasty guy.  I think he is so funny, so I really want to read this one.

And that is pretty much my life lately!  What about all of you?  Read any good books lately?  Any favorite "summer music" I should check out?

My Summer Playlist

 

-American Honey by Lady Antebellum

-Six-Pack Summer by Phil Vassar

-She Is His Only Need by Wynonna Judd

-Honey Bee by Blake Shelton

-Blue Clear Sky by George Strait

-Rockin’ With The Rhythm Of The Rain by The Judds

-My List by Toby Keith

-All Of That Love From Here by Wynonna Judd

-Fishin’ In The Dark by the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band

-How Your Love Makes Me Feel by Lonestar

-That’s When I Love You by Phil Vassar

-Heads Carolina, Tails California by Joe Dee Mesina

-Reckless by Alabama

-My Maria by Brooks and Dunn

-How Do I Get There by Deanna Carter

-In My Dreams by Josh Turner

-Red High Heels by Kellie Pickler

-I Should’ve Been A Cowboy by Toby Keith

-Mary's Song (Oh, My My My) by Taylor Swift


Why yes, I do like country music.  How could you tell?

What’s on your summer playlist?

The first eight weren’t available for my playlist, so I linked to the videos. But to hear the rest you can click through to this playlist I made, and click play!


Wouldn’t Trade A Single Day

 

A lot of you may not know this, because I don’t think I’ve ever mentioned it on here before, but Derek is actually several years older than me. 

When we first met and he found out how old I was he almost thought it wouldn’t work, but then his pastor ended up preaching on Ruth and Boaz in church the next Sunday, and he was really emphasizing the age difference between Ruth and Boaz.  Derek took that as his sign from the Lord that it was okay to date me.

And the rest, as they say, is history.

Derek was officially a bachelor before he met me.  He was done with college, had a good job, had the bachelor “pad” and his meals consisted mostly of chicken and steamed vegetables.  And the occasional enchiladas.

Sometimes now, I’ll tease him about his bachelor days and how much I improved his life.  Sometimes he’ll mention how he used to be able to spend money on whatever he wanted before he met me, and then once he started dating me all his money went toward taking me out (I really wasn’t high maintenance, he just knew how to treat a girl).

The other day we were driving home, and a song came on the radio.  Derek stated he liked the song and we turned the radio up, and as I listened I had to laugh.  In the past Derek has said similar things to what the lyrics say, and now it’s officially one of my new favorite songs.

If you haven’t heard it, you must listen.  It’s a good one.

 

 

Last night, outta the blue

Driftin' off to the evening news

You said "Honey, what would you do

If you'd never met me"

I just laughed, said "I don't know,

But I could take a couple guesses though"

And then tried to dig real deep,

Said, "Darling honestly...

I'd do a lot more offshore fishin

'I'd probably eat more drive-thru chicken

Take a few strokes off my golf game

If I'd have never known your name

I'd still be driving that old green 'Nova

I probably never would have heard of yoga

Be a better football fan

But if I was a single man

Alone and out there on the loose

Well I'd be looking for a woman like you."


I could tell that got her attention

So I said, "Oh yeah, I forgot to mention,

I wouldn't trade a single day

For 100 years the other way."

She just smiled and rolled her eyes,

‘Cause she's heard all of my lines

I said, "C'mon on girl, seriously

If I hadn't been so lucky

I'd be shootin' pool in my bachelor pad

Playing bass in my cover band

Restocking up cold Bud Light

For poker every Tuesday night,

Yeah, I'd have a dirt bike in the shed

And not one throw pillow on the bed

I'd keep my cash in a coffee can

But if I was a single man

Alone and out there on the loose

Well I'd be looking for a woman like you."


She knows what a mess I'd be if I didn't have her here

But to be sure, I whispered in her ear

"You know I get sick deep-sea fishin'

And you make the best fried chicken

I got a hopeless golf game

I love the sound of your name

I might miss that old green 'Nova

But I love watchin' you do yoga

I'd take a gold band on my hand

Over being a single man

‘Cause honestly I don't know what I'd do

If I'd never met a woman like you."

 

I love that.  And I love it because I feel like it could be describing Derek and me, because we both know we’re better with each other then we’d be apart.  He’s changed my life just as much as I’ve changed his, and for the better.  I may tease him about how much he needs me, and he may pretend to complain about how he had to sell his motorcycle because of me, but we both know we need each other.  I know neither of us would “trade a single day”, and I’m so glad the Lord brought me a man like Derek!

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D,

You know I’m better with you, Babe.  I don’t know what I’d do without you.  I love you! 

-Callie

The Best Way To Spread Christmas Cheer . . .

Is singing loud for all to hear!

No, this post is not about the movie Elf.

I’m not sure if I qualify as someone who listens to Christmas music early or not.  I suppose some might consider November early, and I do listen to Christmas music before Thanksgiving, but I generally save my favorite Christmas music until the Christmas season is in full swing.

I don’t always start listening to Christmas music early, but once December hits, I really don’t want to listen to regular music.  If I only listen to Christmas music one month or so a year, I want to take full advantage of it!  It actually annoys me a little bit when I’m in  a store the week before Christmas, and they still stubbornly have non-Christmas music on.  Where’s the Christmas spirit?

Anyway, I have a lot of albums in my Christmas collection, and many of them are CD’s we listened to growing up.  It’s amazing how music brings back memories.

Here are some of the albums I have now, plus some of my favorites from growing up that I want to add.

alabama

Alabama’s Christmas CD’s 1 &2

Favorite song: Pretty much the whole first CD, and “Happy Birthday, Jesus” on the second CD.  The first CD is at the top of my favorites list.

1alanjackson

Alan Jackson, Let It Be Christmas

Favorite Song: I love the title track.

1johnnycash

Johnny Cash, The Christmas Spirit

Favorite song: “I Heard The Bells On Christmas Day”.

1kennyanddolly

Kenny and Dolly, Once Upon A Christmas

Favorite song: The whole CD just brings back good memories for me, but I suppose I like “With Bells On”

natvitiycd

The Nativity Story Soundtrack

Favorite song: I just love all the music from that movie.

nittygrittydirtband

Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, Christmas Album

Favorite song:  I love the song “Love Has Brought Him Here”.  One of my all-time favorites.  The whole CD is really good.

toby keith

Toby Keith, Christmas to Christmas

Favorite song: I like this whole CD too, but I really like “Santa, I’m Right Here”, and “What Made The Baby Cry?”.

1stevencc

Steven Curtis Chapman, All I Want For Christmas

Favorite song: The title track.  It makes me cry (literally) every time I hear it.

1todd

Todd Agnew and Friends, Do You See What I See?

Favorite song: I wrote about this CD last year.  I love it because the whole CD is songs from the perspectives of different characters in the Nativity, so it is so focused on the true meaning of Christmas.  I like “Magnifcat” and “In The First Light” best.

1joshgroban

Josh Groban, Noel

Favorite song: I like his rendition of “Silent Night”.  but it’s Josh Groban, so the whole CD is good.

Georgestrait

George Strait, Merry Christmas Strait To You, and Merry Christmas Wherever You Are

Favorite song: “There’s A New Kid In Town,  and “Old Time Christmas”.  Both CD’s have a lot of good memories for me though.

1sawyerbrown

Sawyer Brown, Hallelujah, He Is Born

Favorite Song: “Where Christmas Goes”, but the whole thing is really good, and very Christ-centered.

1kennyrogers

Kenny Roger’s, The Gift

Favorite song: The best song on the CD is “A Soldier’s King”, by far.

1frank

Frank Sinatra, The Christmas Collection

Favorite song: It’s Frank, the whole thing is good.  But I also really like his version of “I Heard The Bells On Christmas Day” and “Christmas Memories”.

Okay, I’ll stop there.  I think I’ve covered most of them, though we did have a couple of variety CD’s growing up that had some of my favorite songs, but I couldn’t find them anywhere online.

  Clearly we’re big Christmas music fans in our family!  There are so many great Christmas songs out there, and I have so many good memories of listening to those songs – as we decorated the tree, in the car as we traveled to visit family, on Christmas morning.  Those memories will always be special to me, and the music brings them back.

What are some of your favorite Christmas albums?  I’m always looking for new ones!

 

Note: Images from Amazon.com.

Do You See What I See? - Christmas Music


In honor of Derek and I decorating for Christmas today (which I'm quite excited about), I thought I'd share with you all one of my favorite Christmas CDs.

I've always liked Todd Agnew's voice, so a few years ago I decided to get his Christmas CD, Do You See What I See?. Todd Agnew sings a few songs on this CD, but it also features several other artists as well.

What I like about this CD is that it's completely centered on the true meaning of Christmas, which is to celebrate the birth of our Lord Jesus. The CD is presented almost in the form of a play, with each song on the CD written from the perspective of a different character in the Christmas story.

Some of my favorites include "Do You Hear What I Hear?", "This Is All I Have To Give" (Joseph), "Magnificent" (which is based off of Mary's Song in the Bible, and is applicable to everyone's life, I think), and "Did You Know" (which is played on the radio quite a bit).

The last song on the CD, "In The First Light/Postlude", is probably one of my favorite Christmas songs ever. It's a reflection back on Christ's birth after he is born, but it also looks forward to His sacrifice for us on the cross, His Resurrection, and the fact that He's coming again!

I'd highly recommend this CD for Christmas - the music on this CD really focuses me back to the reason why we're celebrating this time of year, and I know it will do the same for you.


In The First Light/Postlude


In the first light of a new day no one knew he had arrived,
Things continued as they had been while a newborn softly cried,
But the heavens, wrapped in wonder, knew the meaning of his birth,
In the weakness of a baby, they knew God had come to Earth.

As his mother held him closely, it was hard to understand that her baby, not yet speaking, was the word of God to man,
He would tell them of his kingdom, but their hearts would not believe,
And they would hate him and, in anger ,they would nail him to a tree, oh.

But the sadness would be broken as the song of life arose,
And the firstborn of creation would ascend and take his throne,
He had left it to redeem us, but before his life began he knew he'd come back, not as a baby, but as the Lord of every man.

Hear the angels as they're singing on the morning of his birth,
But how much greater will our song be when he comes again, when he comes again . . .
Hear the angels as they're singing on the morning of his birth,
But how much greater will our song be when he comes again to Earth,
When comes to rule . . .

Said the king to the people everywhere, "Listen to what I say,"
Pray for peace, people eveywhere, and listen to what I say.

A child, a child, sleeping in the night,
He will bring us goodness and light,
He will bring us goodness and light,
A child, a child, sleeping in the night,
He will bring us goodness and light,
When he comes to the Earth, (he will bring us goodness)
He will bring us goodness and light.



When The Music Reaches Your Soul


If there is one instrument that is inspiring to me, it is the bagpipes. That first tone just always gives me the shivers.

I love listening to them being played, because the music seams to seep into my very being and wake up my soul, especially when it's a song that is also meaningful to me.

There's something so deep and woodsy and rich about the sound of bagpipes. It's something about that humming undertone to the pipes, but it makes every note so much more penetrating.

Violins, saxophones, a deep notes played on flutes all do the same thing for me. I just love it.

Maybe those rich, woodsy sounds hold more meaning to me because of some childhood memory.

Maybe they just fit better into the music score of my life than other lighter instruments do.

Or maybe it has something to do with my love of Autumn. All of the above instruments would fit into my idea of "Autumn instruments" and they all play what would be my idea of "Autumn music".

I don't know what it is that makes me love them so much, but I don't anticipate getting over it very soon. I haven't in the 20+ years I've lived so far.

So this stormy afternoon, I'll sit here and listen to my Songs of the Piper CD, as the melodies of "Fairest Lord Jesus" and "All Creatures Of Our God And King" and other well-loved hymns fill my living room. I'll enjoy the beautiful Fall colors outside my window, feel the moisture in the air from the rain, inhale the scent of dinner cooking, and just let the notes wash over me and into me again.

What kind of music touches your soul?




Image above from BBC.co.uk.

Listening to Song Of The Piper: 36 Hymns and Traditional Tunes.

Bible Songs From My Childhood

First of all, in case you missed it, congratulations to Brittney Galloway at Far More Than Rubies - she just announced that she and her hubby are going to have a baby! I'm so happy for you Brittney, I know you're going to make a wonderful mom!

Thought I'd better throw the above paragraph in there, because if you're anything like me and get way behind in your Google reader, you may have missed it! And it's super exciting news - very happy for you, Friend!

On to the regularly scheduled programming . . .

I have fond memories of the songs of my childhood.

My sweet mom must have gotten so tired of listening to kid's music tapes all the time. We didn't listen to the radio much in the car growing up - we mostly listened to our children's Bible tapes, some of my mom's Christian music tapes, and Christian radio. My mom was careful to make sure that we were listening to and watching good, pure things when we were young, and I so appreciate her desire to protect our minds now that I'm going to have a sweet baby of my own.

I plan to do the same with my kiddies. I'm sorry, but it just doesn't seem appropriate to be listening to songs about break-ups, hook-ups, drinking, or other bad stuff that sometimes get played on the radio when there are innocent, impressionable young minds listening. Nope, I'm going to constantly suffer through children's music too.

At least these days we have more resources to help us as parents. I plan on burning a couple "child friendly" country music CDs or playlists, filled with nice, innocent songs, and Derek and I could listen to that with the kids in the car sometimes. Plus there are way more Christian music radio stations now, which will be quite helpful too.

But I mainly want my children to listen to songs about Jesus. I want to teach them about Him and His love for us from a young age.

I'm so not up on all the new Christian child resources out there now. But here are some of my favorites from when I was a kid.

The Donut Man. I was very pleased to find out that Donut Man music is still around! It seems like all the really good ones disappear over time. These tapes (well, they're CDs now) are filled with fun Bible-related songs and even memory verses.

I think one of my favorites was The Centurion's Secret song, which told the story of the Centurion soldier who asked Jesus to heal his servant.



I also loved the whole Good Shephard album - lots of good songs on that one.



There are apparently a bunch of new ones too, and ones that we didn't happen to own when I was little, so the Donut Man website will be a good resource I think.

Another fun one is Psalty the Songbook. Just so happens that this one still exists too! I looked on the website and can not for the life of me figure out which album we had when I was a girl - we only had one Psalty tape. But just trust me, these are also good ones (especially the "Kid's Praise" albums - I have a feeling it was one of those).



One year for Christmas we each got a new Bible Song CD. We'd all listen to each other's CDs (weren't we so good at sharing?), and one of my favorites was my sister's CD. She got one of Steve Green's Hide 'Em In Your Heart albums. Basically it's just Bible verses put to music. Even to this day I still remember some verses because of those songs. I think this is an especially good thing for Christian kids to listen to, because it's just God's Word - and His words do not return empty but always accomplish the purpose for which He sent them (Isaiah 55 10-11).



Oh my goodness, Google is a wonderful invention! I wasn't sure I was going to find any of these CDs anymore, because they were made a long time ago - but with the help of Google I've found every one!

This one is just fun. The Rappin' Rabbit tape was one of our favorites as kids, just because it was so different from our other tapes and fun to listen to - but it still included good, godly principles in each of the songs. Unfortunately it appears that they are no longer making this one, but you never know, someone might decide to re-release it someday.



And that, my friends, is my "Bible Music For Kids" resource list. What kind of songs did you listen to when you were a child? Do you think they influenced you even as you grew up?

It's so refreshing to know that most of these are still available to buy. Makes me want to search for other items from my childhood before they all disappear.

Maybe I'll have to do another one of these posts on children's books . . .



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