May 03, 2008 --- Hey everyone,

I apologize it's been forever since I've given you any updates, but the past couple of months have been pretty crazy for me. I've been working to finish my cd, but have also had some big decisions to face as well. So here's the scoop...

My cd, "Days of Eden," will be released on June 10th and available for purchase online! It feels great to finally have the date set. You will be able to pre-order the album very soon starting this month. I'm really happy with how everything has turned out, and I hope you will be, too. My other news is that after much prayer and thought I've accepted a position as Associate Music Director leading worship for the contemporary service at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Jackson, MO. This is also the church that I grew up in, so it's a homecoming of sorts and an unexpected door that God has opened. It has certainly been an interesting year and a half for me since our last ZOEgirl show. Life had begun to shift as my husband and I prepared to bring our first child into the world, and on February 13th, 2007, our beautiful Stella Rose was born. What an incredible mark she has made! I could almost break out into a chorus of "A Whole New World," but I'll spare you the schmaltz. I can hardly believe it, but she is now a smiley, giggly, loving, sweet, curious, and at times head-strong 14 month old!! As I've adjusted to my new hat as Stella's mommy, retired ZOEgirl, and struggling musician again, I've been trying to figure out what is next for my music... and how on earth do I get there?! The transition into a solo ministry has been a little more prolonged than anticipated, and has provided quite a large interim time for me to lay the foundation, ie: recording the cd, making it available, seeking opportunities regarding it. At the same time, I've been asking myself, "How can I best contribute spiritually, emotionally, and financially to our budding family and all those added responsibilities that come with being a parent in order to make ends meet?" Enter this church music position. Having a "job", at least one that requires me to remain in the same state for more than a couple of weeks, will be new. But more importantly, I know God has called me here for this season and has a great deal in store for me. I am hopeful and open as this new chapter in my story begins.

I realized recently more profoundly than ever that I've turned many pages in my life without really seeing what was written, and there has been much substance overlooked and blessings missed by my skimming through the content. However, God's promises are true and because of His word and His story, I know that my ending is great. It's all the chapters and pages that unfold to get me there that I want to be thankful for, that I choose to be thankful for. There, I said it. Now I have to live it. It's a choice isn't it? I think I'm going to write that on several post it notes and stick them around the house so I can see that message and be reminded. I think I'll put two on my fridge.

Thanks for hanging in there with me. May your stories be rich and beautiful as you turn the pages, and like me, work to see the fine print and not miss the blessings.


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