April 17, 2014

"I'm with the band."

Last week the Panhandle Polecats performed at the KPBX Kids Concert at the Bing Crosby Theater in Spokane, WA.  I've enjoyed the Polecat's Bluegrass music and concerts for many years, but this time was different and special.  This time, I was their good-looking dobro player's girlfriend. *smile*

And it was perfect.

The theater itself is every photographer's dream come true.

I believe it's called "extreme stage fright" when you're afraid to go on stage even when there's no audience and they're just doing a sound check. *wink*  Later, Hank told me I should have just come out and sung a song without the microphone before anyone was there, the acoustics were that awesome.

Bonnie (one of Hank's sisters) on the guitar , Hank on the dobro, and Christopher on the banjo.
Christopher was standing in for Hank's brother Austin at this performance.  Austin moved to Wisconsin this year, but the rest of his siblings decided to keep the family band going.  Christopher was the banjo player in my brother's Bluegrass band and currently plays with Kevin Pace and the Early Editions.  The banjo player in the band gets picked on a lot (no pun intended) because they have to tune their instrument so often, but in all seriousness, Christopher is an incredible musician and I enjoy his banjo playing so much.

Just look at this beautiful theater, folks!
Exploring the awesomely creepy basement of the Bing was, well, awesome.
You know it's gonna be good when you see signs like this... 

We had watched Doctor Who the night before, and as soon as we walked down to the basement where the green room was Hank told me to watch out for rampaging mannequins. *wink*

Uh oh...is that...could it be a mannequin watching me??

Shhh...quiet please!

Proof that I was there. ;)

Christopher and Hank

I had a great view from the front row in the balcony with Kellie, her family, Michelle and her mom, and Christopher's mom.  And I may have even yelled, "Woohoo!!" when Hank was introduced during the band introductions.  I wasn't planning to, but it just came out. *grin*

Siblings Bonnie, Hank, Molly, and Jenny, with Christopher.
After a fantastic performance and talking with friends and fans, we headed back to my house.  And ended the day by watching Arsenic and Old Lace.  Which, while not the scariest movie I've ever seen, always creeps me out.  Good times and happy days!

Do you play a musical instrument?
Do you enjoy Bluegrass music?
If not, what is your favorite music to listen to or play?
I want to know!

April 15, 2014

Sunday Style // Focus

o u t f i t
ruffled sweater // gifted
peach tee / denim skirt / brown flats // thrifted {Goodwill}

I kind of just grabbed things out of my closet and threw them together.  Typically I try to pick out my church outfit the night before, but it didn't happen this time.  And notice something?  No jean jacket. *wink*

This Sunday's message was so, so good!  There are some things that you know, but need to be reminded of, and this was one of those.  Our passage was John 3:22-36.  The verses that stood out to me are these...

Then there arose a question between some of John's disciples and the Jews about purifying.
And they came unto John, and said unto him, Rabbi, he that was with thee beyond Jordan, to whom thou barest witness, behold, the same baptizeth, and all men come to him.
John answered and said, A man can receive nothing, except it be given him from heaven.
Ye yourselves bear me witness, that I said, I am not the Christ, but that I am sent before him.
He that hath the bride is the bridegroom: but the friend of the bridegroom, which standeth and heareth him, rejoiceth greatly because of the bridegroom's voice: this my joy therefore is fulfilled.
He must increase, but I must decrease.

John 3:25-30

The purpose of ministry is to exalt Jesus.  To turn the focus from ourselves to Christ.
John the Baptist understood this.  He knew that his purpose was to point the way to Christ.

Especially as I begin my training at Open Arms this week, I pray that the Lord would guide me, and that I would be used by Him and for Him.  I want those I come in contact with to see Christ and not me.

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Sunday in general was just wonderful.  Among other things, Hank has now seen his first two episodes of Doctor Who!!  We started with Nine and watched Rose and Dalek.  I can't wait to introduce him to Ten!! *grin*  And sometime soon, I'll tell you all about the creepy basement that, to all appearances, should have been filled with living plastic mannequins trying to kill us. *wink*

How was your Sunday?  
What was your sermon about?  
How did you spend the afternoon?
I want to know!

April 14, 2014

Photo a Day // April // Weeks 1 & 2

O N E | Watching "Guy on a Buffalo" on YouTube after Bible study.  *grin*

T W O | Sweet little spotted pony, Freckles.

T H R E E | New arrivals on the farm!

F O U R | Fresh duck eggs...so rich and delicious!  They're fabulous in baking!!

F I V E | Hallelujah!  The water to the sheep pen is on again!!

S I X | Sheepies

S E V E N | Playing Jenga with Hank and Alex.  33 layers.

 These past two weeks have been so delightfully wonderful!  Is it possible to die from happiness?

What changes has spring and April brought your way?  I want to know!

April 10, 2014

Blue Skies

A beautiful, peaceful, relaxing day at the lake with my bestie.  Folks, it was about 70*F outside!!  And I think I got a sunburn on one side of my face.  It feels so good!  I love this lake so much.  It's my lake, in my state, and there is no where else I'd rather be.

What do you enjoy doing outside during spring?
Do you have a special place that you go?
I want to know!