Inspiring Our Kids to be Singers

Happy Monday, friends! And happy Music Monday from me šŸ™‚

I just returned from a wonderful weekend in Kansas City, MO, where our church participated in Heart of America’s Leadership Training for Christ (LTC). 3rd-12th grade students participated in a variety of events, including Bible reading, song leading, choir, drama, art, and more. Through the process, they learned how to apply their talents and serve God and their communities in positive ways. It truly was a ministry of encouragement and as a musician I was especially encouraged by the voices I heard lifted in praise to our God.

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23 Goals for Year 23

Yesterday I celebrated my “golden birthday,” turning 23 on the 23rd. Many people, including my mother, did not know what that meant, so I think it’s a recent development in birthdays. I don’t know if it was the title or the amazing outpouring of love I received, but I have to admit it was a pretty spectacular birthday! Thank you, friends and family, for making me feel so blessed.

A birthday card from one of my best friends, Christie, said something that got me thinking. She said, “This year will really shine for you and I can’t wait to see you live it.” Not only is that incredibly sweet, but it made me stop and think about what 23 might have in store. I decided to setĀ some goals and resolutions for this year, like I should have done at New YearsĀ šŸ˜…. A few of them I have been striving towards for a while, but some of them I just came up with, hah! In no particular order, here are 23 goals for year 23 of my life! Let’s see how many I can accomplish in the next 364 days:

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Music Mondays

As you can tell from the name of my blog, I like alliterations. So today is my first “Music Mondays” post! I want to start sharingĀ about music most Mondays (there’s an alliteration for you…) because I am a musician and it plays a huge role in my life. Also, I’ve noticed that a lot of bloggers have a “thing” that guides their writing and appeals to theirĀ audience, so hopefully this can beĀ something I do on a regular basis.Ā I might be sharing videos, thoughts about music and worship, ideas that stem from music education, or interesting insights I learn as I start my Master of Music degree in August. If you are a musician (which I believe all of us are/can be), please tune in to see what’s in store!

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How to bake apple pie (when you have all afternoon and none of the right equipment)

In honor of Pi Day (3/14) I decided to make a simple apple pie. As it turns out, apple pies are not simple when you make them from scratch, and they are especially un-simple when you do not have the following tools:

  1. Pie pan (*face palm*)
  2. Kitchenaid or stand mixer
  3. Rolling pin
  4. Apple peeler or slicer
  5. Baking skills…

Nonetheless, I did have fun improvising my way through this projectĀ and I ended up with these very cuteĀ treats:

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