Music Monday: Ricky Kendall

It’s been a hot minute since I’ve done a music Monday. But there’s no way I can’t not do one for this guy, who I’m SO EXCITED will be playing at The Emerald Thread on August 7th for our 1st Birthday Celebrash.

So as I’ve grown more and more pregnant, I’ve been limited on how I tend to my commitments. My friend Rachel Grubb, a resident musician and volunteer for The Emerald Thread, is holding down the fort and getting ish done for our gatherings. She is the one that recommended Ricky Kendall play for our August gathering, and booked him for the event. I typically don’t listen to any of the musicians before they play for us, either because they don’t have anything hard/virtual to send me, or because I’d really just rather it be a surprise.

I finally gave Ricky a listen last week, and I was pretty blown away. I listened to his song “Family Tree” first, and of course it got right to the center of me. This guy knows how to write a song.

Ricky is a musician-in-residence for UF Health Shands Arts in Medicine, offering musical therapy to patients. The video below with Jamal is one of the guy’s he’s worked with (it got me in the feels big time). You definitely need to read more about what he does with Shands and their patients here.

Check out his website as well! If you’re in Central North Florida around August 7th, come on over to the Downtown Arts Center in Lake City and catch a free performance by Ricky and some other musicians. I promise, you won’t leave disappointed.

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The Truth About Me

The Truth About MeThe truth about me is that….

Most days, I wear my unwashed hair up in an alligator clip. My bangs are only ever cute for two weeks, because I’m too lazy to trim them and they end up being long and swooshed over like Kelly Kapowski’s huge bangs.

I throw on ratty tank tops and pajama shorts during the day, because most of what I do on a weekly basis does not require actual clothes.

None of my dish ware matches. Most of the time, my sink is fully of dirty dishes and cups, because we don’t have a dishwasher and I cook a lot.

The dinners I make are easy because I’m tired by 5:30 pm, and sometimes we just get Wendy’s because it’s 4 blocks down from our house.

I love the smell of non-organic, regular ol’ chemical cleaners, and I use them to clean our living space.

I eat a lot of gluten.

I kinda don’t care if the floor is dirty, but I mop it because I don’t want people to judge me.

I really like to listen to Enya and Owl City.

I’m into succulents, but I usually can’t keep them alive, so I sometimes buy the fake ones from Michaels in the sealed displays because I can never kill them.

My dog and I don’t get along very well. He makes me angry most of the time because he follows me everywhere and ruins my stuff. In the 5 years Daniel and I have been married, everything Titan has chewed up has been mine, with the exception of one of Abe’s toddler skates.

I don’t pray for others as often as I should because I fail to remember, or feel too overwhelmed to believe that God can take on what I have to tell him.

Sometimes I get pushed to my breaking point and mess up with Abe; I’ve yelled at him in the middle of the Wal-Mart parking lot. I have to do a lot of apologizing.

There are days when I’d rather spend all of my time hiding on my phone instead of interacting with humans because I’m afraid of people, and I think technology will love me more (even though I end up feeling more isolated and miserable than I did before).

A couple of times a month, I lay awake late at night after everyone’s asleep and sob hard into my pillow, thinking of all the terrible things that might happen to my family.

I still expect Daniel to read my mind sometimes, and get mad at him when he doesn’t.

The more pregnant I get, the more I let Netflix watch my kid because I just don’t have any energy.

I pin way more projects on Pinterest than I will ever actually do.

There’s probably a lot more I could add to that list up there, but that’s all I can think of at the moment and you get the idea. I’m not just sharing that list for the sake of coming across as uber “genuine” or anything. I wanted to write that list down and put it out there for whoever reads it because I know that my Instagram and Facebook life does not always reflect my real life. In the past year, I’ve worked really hard to be as honest as I can be with whoever is listening, but I still fail and can get caught up in the curation of an image. I know I reserve a lot of the truth talk for my more serious posts and articles, but the real-ness of my life can still get lost in translation through the cute pictures and funny anecdotes that riddle my social media feeds. I truly enjoy sharing the sweet and savory moments of my day, but every now and then I’ll get a comment on something that makes me ask myself, “Wait… does that person actually think my life is always like this?” It’s a good reminder to make sure I’m letting you see all of me, while still being appropriate and using discretion when necessary.

So there ya have it. That stuff up there… you’re typically not gonna see any of it on Instagram, but it’s the truth, and it’s okay if you see it.

What about you? What are the things we don’t always get to see?

The Uribes: Five Questions About London

Oh mah gosh, you guys…. I’m so excited to share this post with you today, as two of my most favorite people in the world are featured in it!

Genie has been a good friend of mine since diapers. We grew up in church together and have become close friends in our adult years. David is her fantastic and hilarious husband (whom my husband gets along with REALLY well), so it’s just a great situation all around. David and Genie have spent the last year living in London, working for the Awaken Movement (which you should go check out after the video). They are less than 30 days away from moving back to the states (Miami, Florida to be precise), and I asked them if they wanted to vlog for me! This video is hilarious and informative, as you get a little inside peak into London life and more specifically, the Uribe’s lives.


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