Sunday, January 28, 2018

Wander with Me

I haven't done this before, but I figured there is a first time for everything.

I am always on the look for new music. I am not necessarily picky, I just don't branch out. But then I found Brittany Jean had a new CD coming out.

Brittany does what I believe would be classified as country. It is a soft, old fashioned country and I love it.

Her newest CD is called Wander with Me and is my favorite yet. It makes me feel nostalgic for summer and my brothers and the mishaps we got ourselves into.

My favorite song in this CD was hard to pick, but it would have to be Smoke and Mirrors. I love that one so much.

I had a chance to interview Brittany, which I am posting below.

Her CD can be found online at her website, amazon, and ITunes.

What's your favorite song? 

My favorite song… From my newest album, I’d say “Dear Heart” is my favorite.

“Dear Heart” was written at a time when I was really, really… stressed. Anxious. Discouraged.

In the midst of this, I read a passage from C.S. Lewis' book The Voyage of the Dawn Treader...

There's a part where all the heroes are on a ship (the Dawn Treader), and they sail into a dark fog. They sail for what seems like forever--losing all track of time, and they get completely lost.

Until… finally, Lucy calls out for Aslan's help. Ahead, they see a beam of light cut through the fog, and a bird flies down and around the mast. As it flies around them, Lucy is the only one who hears the words "Courage, dear heart.” Able to follow after the bird, the ship escapes the darkness.

I've always loved that part of the book, and when I started writing this song, I needed to hear those words myself: "Courage, dear heart.”

This song was written overnight, and it broke the floodgates which led to writing a couple of the other songs on the album.

“Dear Heart” is for anyone who needs it.

How does your family inspire you? 

My family has been literal inspiration (“Rise and Fall”, “Really Truly Only”…), they’ve shared their ideas for songs (“Like No Tomorrow”, “Smoke and Mirrors”…), and they’ve written songs with me; but… the way they’ve inspired me the most is in the way they all live their lives and pursue their own dreams. I’ve seen my parents and my siblings live fearlessly—full of hope, and that’s how I want to live.

Did they encourage you to do this? 

They did, and they do. In many ways, they’ve given me the courage and confidence to pursue this career… I’ve been told a few times by people I meet at my shows that I'm extremely fortunate to have the support of my family, and I know it. I know there are many artists out there who are on their own, so to speak, and I’m very glad to not be alone in this massive world of the music industry. It’s nice to know that my mom and dad and my brothers and sisters are right there with me.

Who inspires you most? 

I’d say… the people who have the courage to get back up after they’ve been knocked to the ground. I was thinking about specific people to answer this question, and then I noticed that this is what they have in common. The people who don’t give up. There’s something so heroic about that—perseverance in the face of adversity. People like a husband and wife learning to dance again when they’ve lost too many times… People with a “wilderness for heart” who are trying to find their own way instead of simply taking the road in front of them—even if their way is more difficult… People like the soldiers running into a burning building over and over to try and rescue those inside… People who aren’t too afraid to fall to try… These are people who inspire me most—the ones who keep going and don’t give up.

Who is your favorite singer? 

Oh my goodness… Okay, let me think… Ah, it’s so hard to choose just one!

*indecisive implosion*

Alison Krauss. She has such a beautiful, heartstring-pulling voice, and I love her style. I had the opportunity to go to one of her concerts with Union Station, and I loved it. If you haven’t heard of her, go check out her music!

Sunday, January 14, 2018


Life has been interesting for me this winter and fall, since I last posted. I will try and catch everyone up on it.

First of all, I am back in school. I was thinking for a little while of becoming an Early Childhood Teacher, until I got the book. There was so much I disagreed with it but what really stood out to me was when the book referred to children as "scientific events" which we were meant to study. I couldn't do it. 

Around this time I had gotten hired at a job where I would need the classes, so I intended to just push my way through them. But then God worked something wonderful out.

The job was at a daycare, part time. It meant I would still be working two part time jobs which added up to teen hours a day on the days I did work. It was a lot, but since I only worked about three days it still wasn't enough. Then I found out my hours would be cut at the new daycare.

I went over to my best friend's and had a bit of a meltdown and sobbed for a while. But she is reasonable and helped me work out a plan. She works at a Christian daycare fulltime. I called her boss, since she mentioned that they were still hiring.

I got hired right away, but then was concerned my new boss would be angry because it meant I had to give my notice a week after I started. Before I could she politely fired me, it all worked out so well in the end. And by that I mean God all worked it out in ways I couldn't have seen.

Now I will be working eight hours a day, five days a week and will not have to take the class I strongly disagree with. Also it means I have time to really work toward my Bachelor's degree in Archaeology. I am taking an Archaeology class this semester and am really enjoying it. I now just need to research to see if I want to go into Biblical Archaeology or Historical Archaeology as both interest me.

Monday, July 10, 2017


I've grown up hearing stories of amazing blessings bestowed on people, I never expected such a thing to happen to me.

To start my story I will give a background. I've always had crooked teeth. I have a small mouth and when I was little some teeth had to be pulled because they were over crowding. I not only have buck teeth but three which are shoved back behind the others.

Braces was always out of the question for me. Even as a kid we couldn't afford them, so I quickly gave up on the idea and gave it little thought. 

For years I never thought about braces or my crooked teeth.

Then I started work at a coffee shop. I met lots of great people through there, many who became blessings to me. In small and big ways they helped me come out of my shell and embrace my more outgoing side.

I had no idea that someone was seeing me as an encouragement the same way I saw them.

I still have no idea who has blessed me in this way, but someone has paid for me to get braces. When I heard the news I went into a state of shock and didn't know how to process it. I still am processing it. It seems like too big a blessing to be given to me.

More than the fact that I have been given braces is the fact that someone thought to help or bless me in any form at all. That in itself means more to me than the braces. Someone met me and decided to do something nice for me. After the rough patch I went through the last few years it encourages me to know there is such kindness still and that someone would chose to show that kindness to me.

Sunday, June 4, 2017


A friend is teaching me photography and loaned me an SR? camera that he had when he first started. It has an amazing zoom and lens on it and I've been having so much fun with it. So I thought I would share my pictures and attempts thus far.