Friday, November 4, 2011

!!!KIDS EP ALBUM!!! COMING SOON!!!

Hey Friends and Family,

5 tracks,
 on iTunes and hard copy, 
Black Friday, Nov. 25th
 the day after Thanksgiving


I have exciting news.  For about fourteen years I have had a dream to record my music.  At last, my dream is coming true :o)

I have never had the opportunity or funding to get into the studio and do the professional job that I have always dreamed of doing.  I have had a lot of practice in studios on various different projects, but never a straight shot at a full length project of my own.  When we moved to Kansas City almost 4 years ago, I hit the most sobering season of my life.  I suddenly shifted out of a season of full-time ministry to the body of Christ and into ministry to my husband and children ONLY.  You wanna talk shock!  That's what I was in.  Ministry career woman gone Betty homemaker, with almost no transition time.

To make matters more intense, we landed at IHOP-KC.  In my mind I thought living here, around the prayer room atmosphere, would be like living on clouds and flinging glory dust all around.  After all, we pray day and night here!  It was the complete opposite.  I spent my first year being rudely awakened out of my slumber as preacher, teacher, singer, worship leader, Sunday school teacher, you name it, told me the unadulterated TRUTH!  The truth about God's character, His second coming and my identity...from the BIBLE.

I wish I could say that I was happy about all this stinging information, but I wasn't.  I got angry.  I felt duped.  And I thought, "My kids are not going to have this problem!"  So I would go to weekend services and listen intently, like a deaf person trying to make out words by reading lips.  I remember how disoriented I was, but I kept on praying, "Lord, help me get this!"

It was at the exact time that I was being forced to learn how to be a stay at home mom and homemaker.  I didn't have long hours alone to pine over concordances and notes.  I had a 1, 3 and 4 year old who all were overdue for much needed mommy time.  The first lesson: make a consistent time schedule for each day.  So we started each day with worship.  And right there, in that basement living room, my kids and I would write songs and little ditty's that would help them (and me) remember the TRUTH about who God is, His second coming, and their identity.

Although I was not the happiest clam in the sea, the melodies and rhythms that came were very uplifting.  Many of the songs were started by something my kids were humming.  Between nap times and meal times, while my children were being potty trained and learning to obey, we sang and danced, and I wrote all of the songs down.  Those songs got us through some rough times.

During the year in that basement, I wrote 80 songs.  Not all of them were kids songs.  Our lives changed and we emerged from the basement leaning on Jesus more than ever :o)  He started to transition my husband and I back into public ministry.  As people heard us sing, the big question everyone asked was, "I love your music.  Do you have a cd?"  And every time the answer was a disappointed no.  As the Lord honed us in to our calling as missionaries, and we joined a team at IHOP, I thought, "How is this ever going to happen?".  We went from living on my husband's earned wages to trusting God to provide every single cent through people who heard God tell them to give to us.  That's crazy!!!

But it worked, because we finally found what our whole family was made for.  Fast forwarding to this year, 2011, the long winter of fruitlessness began to pass.  We could feel our hearts thawing and a small hope start to live again.  I would hear the Lord whisper to me, "Do this kids album first."  I would be in discussions trying to strategize how to make the wisest move with the songs God had given us and I would hear Him whisper again, "Do the kids album first."

I finally laid all of my dreams down, and said yes.  Soon after, the least expected thing happened... my husband and I got offered studio time with a trusted worship team member, Paco Arteaga,  for free.

So for the next few weeks, I am going to blog the process.  I am going to try my best to share what is happening with you daily, because it is SO exciting.  Please stay tuned in.  You might not believe some of the God stories as I post them, that's how awesome they are.  As of now, the plan is for:

 5 tracks,
 on iTunes and hard copy, 
Black Friday, Nov. 25th
 the day after Thanksgiving

Our website will be up soon.  Keep your eyes peeled!

2 comments:

  1. Love it, Rach!!! God is SO good, and learning His true character is right where I'm at too. My "vision" for the next year would be me working and serving low-income children in DPS as an English language teacher to immigrant students. However, God has had other plans. After dozens and dozens of applications being filed, resumes mailed, etc... and I never got a single call back, I finally decided to ask God what I should do this year. So, now I'm learning how to just be wife and mommy. Not, wife, mommy, student, teacher, intern, tutor, etc... JUST wife and mommy. It's been an awesome year so far.

    I can't wait to download these tracks!!! :D

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  2. can't find the tracks on itunes...still there?

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