Monday, July 16, 2012

The Little Things Are The Big Things's never being too old to hold hands

This past weekend, we decided to get take out from our favorite Tex-Mex restaurant about 5 minutes from home. As I walked out holding my bags of tacos, chile rellenos, and guacamole, I saw an elderly couple about to step up on the sidewalk and it was taking a little time to get up that short step. They were holding hands and he steadied her as she went.

I stopped and inquired how long they had been married. He replied "a long time...67 years". She added "we always hold hands, but since my stroke, I can't walk without him".  Then he said, with a grin on his face, "Besides, when we're in a store, if I let go of her hand, she shops!".

We exchanged a few words and went on our way. They didn't see the little tears in my eyes. They reminded me of a reading I sometimes use at weddings. It's called "The Art of Marriage" and the part I like is the first two lines:
                  "The little things are the big things. It's never being too old to hold hands".

I'll probably never see this couple again and I wish I had said more to them about how they brightened my day. Happy to say that Donna and I routinely hold hands when we're out together. We refer to little things like that as "old love".


Tuesday, July 10, 2012

The Voice

...Caitelen's stunning voice.

Our son and his family in Albuquerque, NM have an amazing bunch of friends. Ian is a musician and always manages to surround himself with professional quality musicians. This was the case when “Sydney’s Song” was produced. For those who aren’t aware of this recording, you can read more HERE

Just recently, Caitelen Schneeberger, the singer who gave voice to “Sydney’s Song” released a seven song EP that you can hear or purchase HERE.  Our son did the drums and percussion on the project and worked with other talented musicians at Desert Springs Church in ABQ.

I have been listening to this EP for nearly two weeks and it is amazing. The whole production is restrained and uncluttered, which creates the perfect frame to highlight Caitelen’s stunning voice. My favorite tracks are “Aria’s Song”, written about Caitelen’s daughter; “Take Me Down”, a wonderfully Appalachian flavored tune, and “Beautiful”.  BTW, at the beginning and end of "Aria's Song" you'll hear the actual heartbeat of Aria in utero, reminding us of the wisdom in Psalm 139 that we are all fearfully and wonderfully made.
Caitelen and her husband, daughter Aria, and a new child on the way, are moving to California to begin a new ministry. Any proceeds from the sale of “Dark Is Light” go to support that effort.

I don’t think you’ll be able to listen to any of the songs without being moved.