I hope you have enjoyed beginning a new year of life. I'd like to look back on the last year and just take a few moments to reflect on things. Please join me, won't you?
This time last year, we were in Australia and New Zealand, somewhere I definitely want to return to. About 2 weeks after we got back, my wife and I had been confirmed by her doctor that we were having another baby. Shortly after that, Andy Williams went on to minister in Soul Sister Sally with his wife and bandmates. Brian Scoggin jumped in on the drums, and he and I have become great friends, as well as he and the rest of the Crowns folk. At the later part of March, my grandfather passed away. I still have such a peace knowing that because he knows and loves Jesus, he is with him now. We went to N. Korea for the 2nd time, and it was just as great as the first visit. Shortly after our return home, we began the writing/recording stages for the new Crowns record "Until The Whole World Hears." There were a lot of trips out West and Northwest this summer. In the middle of nowhere, I came across what is now one of my favorite burrito restaurants. As the summer days blew by, my pregnant wife was very sick and as the fall tour was being planned, I began to realize that our due date was right around the week of the first show. The moment I realized that, I began praying. Long story short, God answered my prayers about someone to play bass in my spot, for me not to miss the birth of my 2nd daughter Hannah Ruth, and for me not to miss any of the tour shows. I'm still blown away by how amazing and loving God is, especially to me. Hannah was born on September 10th, 2009 at 10:10pm weighing 7lbs. and 18 1/2 inches in length, 3 days before the due date and 1 week before the "Until the Whole World Hears" Tour began. This tour was incredible! We got to hang with Matt Redman and his band for 3 months. Before the tour even started, I was having some doubts in myself and if I'm really doing what God has called me to do. In the middle of the day of the first show, when we almost didn't make it to Albuquerque, New Mexico, God encouraged me and reminded me yet again what He has me here for. That changed me. God renewed my passion for playing bass and I have a new excitement for this ministry. I could type endless stories of experiences I had on the tour, and I will try to keep everyone up to speed on this Spring tour with Kutless, Tenth Avenue North, and Caleb. It's going to be a blast!! As I type this blog, it is now 1 week before the road beckons us back to begin this spring tour. I look forward to hanging with old friends and making some new ones as we travel our country again. I'll close out this blog by saying that my New Year's Resolution is to blog more often and I need some people to hold me accountable to that. Thanks for reading and please keep coming back to visit. Blogs need friends too!
Hannah at 3 months old. :-)