Happy St. Patrick's Day...

Nine years ago this summer I boarded a plane for the first time ever and landed on the western shores of the Emerald Isle. Jeff and I spent two weeks in Ireland, strolling around and taking in our fill of Irish ancestry. I'm reminded of that trip every St. Patrick's Day.  I know I'll go back. Sooner rather than later I hope.

Glen Hansard is one of my favorite Irishmen. He says it oh so well "Love, don't leave me waiting..."

Oh how he sings my heart. 

Happy St. Patrick's Day. Enjoy!


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Love, Happiness, and Texas...

I realize I'm far behind on posting pictures from last month's journey to The South. I've found that each time I go back home I try and squeeze in as much as possible. This trip was no exception. It's easy to get caught up in the whirlwind of people, places, and activities, but I've come to realize it's the little moments in life that matter most.

It's the silent spells in the car with Riccardo watching the open fields of Texas pass by as we drive south to Houston; it's sitting in the bustling house as Laina tests the limits and admiring my sister as she develops and finds her way through motherhood; it's smiling over dinner with my parents because even after 30 plus years of marriage their childlike laughter is as contagious as ever; it's seeing Mackaroo and Jillian dance like fools to the local band playing wedding hits at the house bar on Rainey Street in Austin; it's chatting with Taylor about big picture future goals as we roam the aisles of Whole Foods. It's in these moments that I feel at home. Surrounded by some of the people I love most. It's a long way to Texas, but it's worth every moment.

Jeff, we missed you on this trip. Soon, please :) 

Also, thanks to Jeff and the fellas at Live at Dave's for the video below.



Million Miles...

It's a million miles from where we begun and I still love you.

And I know without doubt, you love me. 

And as we grow old may it be it so that we never lost our flame.

If love's a fire then our desire is to burn untamed.

I want to burn untamed.

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I'm Coming For You, Austin...

Hello again! I am quietly and patiently making my way through yet another winter in a location much farther outside the solar declination than I ever thought I'd be. I'm making it. Slowly but surely. In the meantime, I'm counting down the hours till I hop on a plane bound for Austin, Texas. This Valentine's will be a week full of family and friends, marathon running, and introducing Riccardo to all things Texas.

I'll be sure to take lots of photos to post. Also, I'm thrilled to announce that I will be playing at The Domain in Austin this Saturday. Perhaps I can even convince Jonathan to join me up on stage. Oh, the return of Baylen! If you're in the area (Jillian, Mack, i'm looking at you) I do hope you will be sure to join us. 

I've been listening to one of my childhood favorites lately. Dad, thank you for introducing me to James Taylor at such a young age. I can't imagine what music would be like without him. The video below is one of my all time favorites.

*Shrills of excitement. Enjoy!


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Thank You Thank You, Florida...


I realize that it's been nearly a month since my return, but I'm finally getting around to posting pictures from my time home for the holidays. Florida was absolutely magical. It was just the dose of sunshine, loving smiles, Southern hospitality, and family that I've been missing. The photos above are but only a slice of all the joy that was felt. Anytime I'm surrounded by the folks above is a good time for sure. I can't wait to head back to The South soon to see my sisters and the little guy in the video below. 

Papa, I'm praying you heal nice and quickly, now ya hear? I've been listening to your CD and am already planning our next concert together! It's going to be some kind of special!!

So much love. Enjoy!

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