Reflections on the Tour

Ellie in Austin

About a month ago, my little girl Ellie and I hit the road for my first-ever real tour.  I’ll be the first to admit, the tour was about as un-“rock star” as you get: along with my guitar and some CD’s, my must-pack items were a pacifier, a pack-n-play, and a stuffed Elmo. During the day, I hung out with old friends, took Ellie to the park, and tended to a bad ear infection – just the regular, everyday mom stuff that is a privilege in and of itself. But every night, I had yet another amazing privilege…

For 8 nights in a row, in homes all across Texas, I shared some of the songs I had written this year for The Scripture to Music Project.  The real hope wasn’t just to share some new songs, but to use these songs to share a StoryGod’s Story as its laid out in Scripture, from beginning to end.

Playing for new friends in Sugar Land, TX

Every night, new and old friends (mostly new!) gathered in a home to listen to this Story. And every night, I was so deeply encouraged by everyone’s positive response: people were refreshed and inspired to dig deeper into scripture and into this Story that gives meaning to their own.

When I look back on those 8 whirlwind days, I feel grateful.  Grateful for the hosts that opened up their homes and invited all of their friends.  Grateful for the people that gave up their night to come and hear someone they’d never heard before.  Grateful for a flexible little girl that drove all over this great state with me and a supportive husband that was holding down the home front.  And more than anything, grateful that God would use me and the songs I wrote throughout the year to share His Story.

So, what’s next?  We’ve been thinking and praying about this question for a while now, and we’re pretty sure the next step is to record a studio album and continue to tour.  Why? So that I can continue to share this Story.  But how?  And when?  These are the big, overwhelming unanswered questions.  There is money to be raised (scary!), the beautiful chaos of a new baby coming in May, and lots of scheduling and location issues that need to be resolved.

What I do know is that I’d love for you to be on this ride with me.  If you’d like to stay updated on the potential new album and future house show tours, would you do me a big favor and sign up for the newsletter using the form on the right-hand side of the page?  It would mean the world to me to have you in this with me as I take this gigantic, scary leap of faith.

Just for fun, I’ve posted some of my favorite photos from the tour below, and you’ll find a bunch more over on Facebook.

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