We've had some beautiful days here in Nebraska. A respite from the cold. On Saturday afternoon, after returning from a Clergy Wives retreat, Jon and I took a sunny walk down the dirt road and it wasn't even windy. That's a win in my world. One of the break out sessions during the retreat was about healthy eating and increased activity. And getting a discount on a Fitbit. So I'm in.

On Sunday Star Belle had a great rehearsal. We plugged in and tried out our new toys- mics, D.I boxes, and sound system and it made we want a clubhouse all over again. If only we had a super sweet fort where we had a stage and some couches and maybe a mini-fridge and we could go there to rehearse? That'd be awesome. For now, we'll content ourselves with three hours in the church basement and some snacks. We are preparing for our upcoming show in Hastings at The Listening Room on March 4th. That night we're recording the show for a live album. You're gonna want that album.

You know what else? Emily and I are going into the studio again at the end of February to finish up tracking for our Bluestem Psalter album. This one has been in the works for some time, it has been on the back burner for a while waiting for us to get back to it and make it a reality. This is a cool project that we're really looking forward to sharing with the world. It's getting closer and closer.

And then you know what else? I'm going to Chicago in March to start tracking on my new solo album. Again, it's been a long time coming. Let's get this show on the road. I'm going to be doing a Kickstarter in hopes of getting some help to make it the best album possible. If you have a great idea for rewards you might be interested in,  I'd love to hear them. Tutoring sessions in Spanish? Done. Songs written just for you? Of course. Sending my boys out to do your chores? Maybe.

So there you have it: three album projects in two months. Crazy? You betcha. But I wouldn't have it any other way. I quit my job to do more music. By golly, I'm doing more music.

In the meantime, we've got basketball games after school today,  parent-teacher conferences tomorrow and I'm bringing food for the potluck, one last kinda quiet weekend before Folk Alliance next week. I get tired just thinking of it.

Be brave, be bold, consider the lilies, go outside, scroll through a seed selling website in anticipation of spring,  remember what's real and what isn't. Let the love shine in. Peace.