Thanks to all of you who left me a comment yesterday or emailed me privately to let me know you are reading! That was so sweet and brought a smile to my face! One of you guys pointed out that it is all about the writing and the creative expression, not the numbers. That's exactly what I was trying to say, but didn't know it. That without the numbers, I am re-discovering the joy of writing just for the sake of writing, not to craft my writing around what "hits" with people or what I think will draw numbers. To just write for the love of expressing myself, recording the big and little moments of life. And that is a good thing. A great thing.
Speaking of moments in life, last night my husband and I went to see Chris Botti (pronounced Boaty, not Bahti, don't make the same mistake I did). Some of you know who he is already because I have posted about my love of his music in the past. When I found out he was coming to our town, I had tickets bought within minutes! The show did not disappoint. Instead it exceeded my expectations. If he comes near you, I highly recommend going. It was a fun night of culture for me and Curt, doing something we don't normally do and branching out a bit from what is a "normal" date for us. I love that!
I have had a rough week... one filled with obligations I can't quite meet and working through some tough issues I didn't want to think about. But in the midst of that there has been laughter and even some joy spliced in for good measure-- just so I don't forget that God is in the mix, don't lose sight of His grace always working. The concert was that for me. Before I went, I was wishing I hadn't committed to going the night before a retreat. I was thinking of the million things I *should* be doing. And yet, getting away from the "shoulds" and focusing on my husband, our marriage and just enjoying some good music on a beautiful warm spring evening was exactly what we needed. God provides times of refreshing (Acts 3:19), and this was one for us.
Want to know more about Chris?
Watch this: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m8NN4fpdm40
(We got to see this done live. Amazing-- my favorite part of the whole concert.)
And here's just a favorite one of mine... no Sting was not there (sadly):
Pick up some of Chris' music on cd or download on ITunes-- you won't be disappointed! It's great to play when you have guests over, or are working around the house, or while you are writing, or when you are having a romantic night with your husband...