Florida Bound...

I am  beyond excited to be heading home today! After a couple of flights and a few thousand miles, I will be back in one of my favorite cities on Earth surrounded by some of the greatest people I know. One can't help but smile. 

Soon I will be sitting in the living room with Papa playing the song below. Johnny Cash's version has always been my favorite.  

Good morning, America. How are you?

My heart is full. Enjoy!


So Close...

I'm one paper away from actually being finished with this semester! A mere 8 pages of single-spaced text is all that stands between me and relaxation. I can't wait to write the last line of this paper. Once this is complete I'm heading south to the Golden State for a week of scientific presentations with one of my favorite people. After that I'm Florida bound for a Pensacola Christmas followed by an adventure in Disney World. I can't wait to give my family a giant hug. Oh, I'm so ready to be home. 

While I'm home I'll be playing a few shows with my dear friend the incredibly talented James Adkins. I've posted times and locations on my Shows page. I'm so looking forward to making music together again!!

8 pages. Whew. I've got this. Now I just need to get to work. 

Cue the study music. Riccardo and I will be seeing A Winged Victory for the Sullen next week in San Francisco. It's going to be lovely.

Alright, it's go time. Enjoy!



I Have to Believe...


Walking from my office to the bus stop this evening, I started listening to the song below. It was a rainy, windy, soaking wet kind of day. The kind of day that makes you zip up your jacket and hide under your umbrella every time you step foot outdoors. I'd spent all of the daylight in my windowless office staring at my computer screen fervently working to make end of the semester deadlines. However, as I was heading home, it struck me that this day held more if I just took a moment to put myself aside and embrace it. Upon reaching my room, I laced up my shoes, put on my brightest windbreaker, and secured my headlamp. I needed to feel the rain fall on my face. I needed to splash through the puddles filling the sidewalks. I needed to stand on the seawall and stare up at the mountain tops peaking through the clouds. I needed to remind myself of the one who created it all. It's still raining outside and the forecast shows no signs of it letting up anytime soon, luckily I know where to seek refuge.

I have to declare He is my refuge. I have to deny that I am alone...

It's a mountain moving kind of day.



Running in a Winter Wonderland...

It's hard to believe it's already December. The days are shorter, the snow has fallen, and there's a tinge of Christmas spirit is in the air. And still my mind is focused on one thing only; Home. I'll be in America soon. The countdown continues.

Laura Marling, you are the perfect soundtrack for my and Luciana's snow-covered runs in Pacific Spirit Park these days.




Happy Thanksgiving...

I wish more than anything that I could be down in San Antonio or in Pensacola celebrating Thanksgiving with the ones I love. I was sitting in my office at UBC streaming Liberty's service this past Sunday morning and I was struck by something Pastor Josh said, "Make a list. Make a list of what you are thankful for. Have a heart of thanksgiving." Such a simple exercise of the heart. Now, without further adieu...

I'm so incredibly thankful for:

1. Oxygen, the breath of life

2. God's beautiful, incomprehensible, unfailing love 

3. A loving family to laugh with and lean on. Who is there for me even when we're 3000 miles apart

4. Caring friends, and the many surprises and love they fill my life with

5. The ability to stretch my legs and run

6. The gift of music and it's therapeutic, praise-giving capabilities

7. Sight and the glorious colors of the morning sun

8. Skype and the ability to connect with those I love

9. Home and the sense of belonging it provides

10. Truth, and those who speak it into my life

Be joyful always; pray continually; give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God's will for you in Christ Jesus. - 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18

David Crowder has the perfect song for today.

Happy Thanksgiving from Canada with love. Enjoy!