i choose you

blue glass taken by karen burton

Have you ever said to someone, "I will love you no matter what"?

I have.  And I am here to tell you that sometimes that is a tough promise to keep.

Sometimes you want to shake that other person and ask why they are trying so hard to test that promise.  But most of the times you just shake your own head (and heart) instead, as you wonder what is going on.  I can get myself pretty worked up just thinking about ways I have felt disappointed or let down by people I have invested in.

On the other side of things, I have found that the more I say "I love you" out loud, the more it becomes true (no matter what).

And I also believe very deeply that you can begin loving someone before you even meet her/him. Like the way I love my 4 daughters-in-law, only one of whom I have met.

You commit early.  You open your heart.  And then you feel it.  The love that you know has been there for eons, even though it is a new acquaintance.  It's like magic, I tell you.

It's a refining thing, this unconditional kind of love.  It is maybe more about us, as the promisers, than about them, as the recipients of the promise.

No matter what.

The Book of Jer3miah

Around a year ago this terrific web series was picked up by Deseret Book.  It was produced by my good friend Jeff Parkin, and has his cool vibe all over it.  I have watched the entire series twice and find that it has all of the things I like about a good "watch".  I have never seen anything else like it, especially when it comes to a story about an ancient religion and how it can creep into our present lives.  Seriously so cool.

I am going to randomly choose 2 winners of this DVD from my commenters.  I will literally put your names in a hat and draw 2 out!  The New York Times and Amazon both gave great reviews for this web series, and you will not want to miss it.

So leave a comment and come back next weekend for the announcement of the winner.

heal over

On a rainy evening sometimes you just gotta sing.  I have been listening to a lot of folk music lately, thanks mostly to my #3 who is always introducing me to cool new stuff.  KT Tunstall has some really good gentle melodies that fit the bill for me tonight.  Click the title below to give a listen.

my recording session, done in my pjs

Heal Over
Kazzy's voice has been silenced by the Digital Millennium Copyright Act(see the details here). Sorry you can't listen to her sing directly. But send her a message and she'll try to work something out.