Well, hellllllooooooo. This blog has been started for quite some time, and I'm finally finishing it. January and February seem like a lifetime ago, but here we go.
We spent a lot of time home in January. That seems to be normal for us, recovering from the holidays. We got to have some fun!
We had a snow day!
We didn't last long. Because as warm as we were, our gloves weren't waterproof.
I found a crib spring bed frame thing (???). My original plan was to spray paint it and use it on our merch table. You know, hang CDs on it. We did it a couple times, but it's just too cumbersome. It now hangs in our room with pictures.
We took Oliver to one of those trampoline parks and I'm constantly amazed at how many parents are on their phones and not paying any attention. Makes my blood boil. And yes, I told a teenager to get out the toddler inflatable area. Safety first! 😜
A little lunch before heading to Kentucky.
Meet The Super King. Sometimes we push beds together to make more space for Oliver's bed. (And more room for Amelia in our bed because it's probably going to happen.) It's fantastic and I highly recommend it.
We took a Thomas tent to put over the cot. Never again. Too distracting for the boy.
We led worship at Regeneration Church in Georgetown, KY. And this was sound check. Ha!
We had a concert that night as well, and I actually had to get up off stage, during the show, and chase Oliver and tell him to sit down. Good times. (He was fine, and wasn't bothering anyone but me, but still.)
More time at home before hitting the road in February!
We were told we could open for MercyMe at their Amarillo show, so packing up and leaving was a bit more exciting! But here's the deal. We felt under attack. I don't throw words like that around for fun or to exaggerate. We felt like Satan was targeting us because of the opportunity in Amarillo.
That morning we left: Trent woke up with a cold and scratchy voice, I was holding Amelia as we were heading to the car, and I slipped and fell down our deck stairs, then after I got cleaned up, I slipped in the yard. Amelia and Oliver were crying, I was crying, we felt targeted. But, we got prayed up, and said, "Not today, Satan. Not today."
Our first stop on our run of shows was the Memphis area. Hernando, MS to be exact. We did a little living room show at our friends' house. Oliver wanted my hair to be like Elsa's and this was as close as I could get.
After Memphis was Van Buren, AR for a show with 43 Assembly of God. We hadn't been there since Oliver was just shy of one, so it was good to see familiar faces and for old friends to meet Amelia.
We left Arkansas and stopped in Oklahoma to see Honey Lue and Grandad Larry. Just for one night, but it was a sweet time. The next morning, we made our way to Amarillo and we were so excited to get to open for MercyMe! Trent felt ok about his voice...was trying not to talk and drinking throat coat and eating throat lozenges.
I wish I could tell you we did amazingly well at the MM show. I wish I could tell you Trent's voice was 100%. That's not the case. We got to the church and all set up. Trent went to sing at sound check and it was just a bunch of squeaks. It was heartbreaking to watch and not pretty to hear. In all his years of doing this (15+) he's lost his voice TWICE. And this was one of those times.
We left the church and went to his mom's house to do a steam treatment as a last ditch effort and it was there where we learned Oliver was throwing up back at PawPaw and GiGi's house. Can you say under attack?!? We made the tough decision to cancel the show. Trent talked to the guys and apologized. They, of course, were understanding and said to come to any other show we wanted!
We got home and snuggled our sick boy. It felt right.
Oliver felt better the next day and we went on a walk around the canyon.
This one makes my heart happy.
Due to Trent's vocal issues, we had to cancel Sunday AM worship at GenNext in Amarillo. We kept the evening concert, but the voice was still not 100%. It became more of a sing along worship night. And it was still sweet.
Off to Louisiana!
Pre-Valentine's date night was much needed. Our hosts watched the monitors and paid for our dinner. Such a timely treat after a rough couple days!
We did a Valentine's Dinner show at Life Tabernacle in Shreveport. It was fun to do some love songs!
Trent's voice stayed pretty strong, although he had to be careful and not hit some big notes.
The good news, though... we were invited to join the rest of the MercyMe/Micah Tyler Texas Takeover Tour!!!
What a blessing and I'll blog about that soon. It made us think...was that why Satan was attacking us? Had we not had to cancel Amarillo, would we have gotten the huge opportunity to join the rest of the tour? The Lord took the bad and made it good. As only He can do.
Suck it, Satan. 👊🏻
(I went for the fist instead of the middle finger because this is a clean space. 😂)