Music Wednesday: Film Scores

Since I established Music Wednesday’s to share insights into some of my favorite music of all time, I figured this would be the perfect opportunity to share some different music as well.

Film scores are incredible. They are beautiful, they remind us of some of our favorite movies, and are very relaxing to listen to. In those moments when I need to study, read and unwind, or just want to listen to something different, I’ll turn on my film scores playlist.

Those who know me well know that I love film scores for movies like Harry Potter and Lord of the Rings. However, one film score I feel is often overlooked but one of the best is The Last of the Mohicans.

Apart from being a movie with a great story line and beautiful scenery, the soundtrack is one I could listen to on repeat all. day. long.

Therefore I present to do you my favorite song from The Last of the Mohicans – River Walk and Discovery.

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The Sweet Side of Life

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Peaches at Majestic Farms

Tell me something – when was the last time you did something new? Or something you never thought you’d be the “type” of person to do? When was the last time you put your phone down and enjoyed your surroundings?

Now before you click close and get rid of me forever, know this is not some “we’re too attached to technology and it’s destroying our world” rant. I think we can all agree living in the moment is worth it so I definitely don’t feel the need to preach about it. But what I do know is on Sunday I did something I’d never done for – I went peach picking.

I’ve lived in Hill County for six years now and I had no idea there was a peach farm. It would make sense after all, this is a farming community, but the last time I went to a fruit/produce farm was in 2012 while in California. Even then, I had a guide picking the produce and showing it to me because it was apart of their business. This time, I went to the farm and just got to wander (to an extent of course).

The day started off as a typical Sunday in my house – wake up, drink coffee, go to church and come home to eat lunch. I was thinking it would be about time for a Sunday afternoon nap when I found out my mom was going peach picking. I didn’t really understand completely what was going on (I mean, peach picking?) but I hoped in the car and went with her anyway.

We drove down a small highway in town, turned down a county road where the pavement soon became a dirt road and just drove until we reached the farm. The ride alone was beautiful. The backwoods of Texas are easily some of the prettiest places I’ve ever seen. The atmosphere creates a certain feeling of freedom that is not easily found in other places.

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Some of the peach trees on the farm

My mom and I arrived at Majestic Farms to find the sweetest couple running the place. They talked to us about the farm, told us how they began, and drove us to the different areas of the farm we were allowed to pick from.

The whole experience was definitely memorable. My mom and I walking around, learning the differences between yellow and white peaches, getting to pick whatever peaches we wanted, and being allowed to eat them as we wished as well.

The farm experience was one for the books. I got to do something I’d never done before and have a great time while doing it. Not to mention my mom and I had a great heart-to-heart on the way there. Plus after being scorched by the Texas sun at 2 in the afternoon, we figured the way back was a perfect chance to just drive while listening to Johnny Cash (we did just leave the Ring of Fire after all).

The opportunity to do something different was what made the experience worthwhile. I feel sometimes we get so caught up in a regular norms, we forget to experience the world outside our own personal bubbles.

On Sunday, I was reminded that trying something new doesn’t mean we don’t have do something drastic. We don’t all have to go skydiving or travel to South Africa to experience different things in life. I mean, of course both of those are things I want to do, yet I also learned sometimes it’s fun to simply drive down the road and see what the day brings, which is exactly what my mom and I did.

So go peach picking my friends! Go drive down a road you’ve never been down before. Going where the wind takes you doesn’t mean you necessarily have to go somewhere far or exciting, sometimes it could mean you just go.

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The pond behind the farm

Music Wednesday: Breakfast at Tiffany’s

I have been in an old movies feeling lately, mostly Audrey Hepburn type. You know – Roman Holiday, Charade, All About Eve, Singing in the Rain, and of course Breakfast at Tiffany’s.

Those who know me well know I love all different kinds of music. Outside the world of country and Christian worship, I have some very wide varieties.

With this being said, it should come as no surprise that one my all-time favorite songs can easily be deemed as the theme song for Breakfast at Tiffany’s (also one of my favorite movies.

Moon River is such a classical beautiful song. I could listen to it on repeat, instrumental, and any different cover of it that I can find. Plus it makes me want to put on a little black dress, pearls, and go stand outside a Tiffany’s store drinking a hazelnut latte.

Therefore, I present to you for this music Wednesday Moon River! (and this is the Andy Williams version because his voice is definitely swoon worthy)

I encourage all y’all to listen to the song and channel your inner Audrey for the rest of the day!

Anywhere But Here…

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To say I have been in a writing slump lately would be an understatement. I try to write but whenever I sit down to put my words to paper (or screen?) it just doesn’t seem to happen. Sometimes I try to power through it, other times I watched half a season of Gossip Girl in one day.

Therefore, I started looking for inspiration in places I hadn’t looked before. Simple writing prompts here, books there, Harry Potter jokes everywhere else. So while browsing the magnificent world of Pinterest, I found one prompt that basically said if you could pack up and go anywhere in the world right now, where would you go?

I thought long and hard about where I would go. Virginia would be an obvious answer, but quite frankly that’s not far enough. St. Lucia or Barbados would definitely be fun, but it’s summer so I’m sure many people want to go there. I’ve had an itching to go to South America lately so Patagonia and Buenos Aires seemed like definite viable options, but I still kept thinking about going somewhere different, somewhere I’d never really thought about going before.

I have a huge desire to travel the world. Yesterday I was watching an episode of Gilmore Girls from season one. In the episode, Luke (the diner owner) comes back from a town meeting to find his ex-girlfriend/long-time friend Rachel packed and ready to leave. Angry, he calls her the anywhere but here girl. Rachel was a photographer and her character has the tendency to go wherever the wind takes her.

While we never found out where Rachel was going, the audience gets the impression she’s one of those people we envy because they get to travel the world. So while trying to answer my prompt, I channeled my inner Gilmore and thought where would Rachel consider “anywhere but here.”

That’s when I landed on it – Singapore.

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What’s in Singapore? Well I know the Wall Street Journal once said it’s the most expensive city in the world to live in. Overlooking that fact (and a population of 6 million people), the city with the tropical climate and modernized architecture seemed like the perfect fit.

Naturally, I started doing my research with a lot of help from TripAdvisor. There are tons of botanical-style gardens, the zoo, Marina Bay (because who doesn’t love boats) and the Singapore Flyer which reminds me a lot of the London Eye.

A city of museums, walking tours, nature trails, and war memorials sounds like a great city to be in. I may not know a lot about the culture, but the more I researched the trip, the more I wanted to go. Plus, I wanted to go to more places around it – Jakarta, Phuket, Ho Chi Minh, Manila and anywhere else the wind could take me.

So to answer my writing prompt, I want to be the anywhere but here girl. I want to go Singapore and Southeast Asia. I want to travel the world and see what I can find and what I can learn. And who knows maybe one day this hypothetical trip can become a real one!

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100 Posts!

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Y’ALL! We made it!

After diving into this craziness called blogging back in September, I have hit the 100 post mark, and it definitely feels celebratory worthy!

As I said when I first started my blog, I was scared. I had thought about it for a year, I recognized God was giving me a story to tell and I just kept telling myself the timing wasn’t right. Well honestly guys, if there’s anything I’ve learned the past couple years it’s that the timing is never going to be right. Eventually we just have to take the step and do, and that’s exactly what I did.

I have loved seeing my blog grow and all the fun feedback I’ve received. To those who read my blog regularly – y’all are awesome. To those who chime in from time to time – love y’all too (and thanks for keeping up with me!) And to my international followers – y’all are really awesome. I love seeing global pings pop up.

I thought long and hard about this post. I did 100 Things post earlier in the year, I guess I should have saved that one for this moment. (Oops). Then I thought about doing 100 thoughts I have while blogging, but my mind is it’s own pinball machine I knew that would be too crazy as well. I even thought about limiting this post to 100 words. Then I remembered 100 is a larger(er) number in itself and I should probably abandon this 100 shoutout thing.

So instead, I’ll leave y’all with a thank you (x100). See what I did there…?

Seriously, I have loved opening my heart to y’all. This blog has made me more vulnerable than I have been in a long time and I’ve realized that’s okay. I can’t wait for 100 more posts and see how things change from there. Until then, have 100 blessed seconds, minutes, days, whatever!

P.S. I promise I have a ton of blog post ideas. As I said, my mind is a pinball machine right now. Once I get it situated, I’ll get them posted. Stay tuned!

Oh and I chose the picture of the boat just because I thought it was awesome and I’m in love with the ocean/sailboats/all things nautical. Okay, I’m done. 🙂

Music Wednesday: Vacation Bible School

This week has been the craziness of vacation bible school, meaning this week I have been helping near-90 kids from 1st grade to 6th grade learn about missions. My dad and I have been teaching the kids about a family who planted a church in Atlanta, GA and a teenage boy who spent time helping family friends minister in South Asia.

There is no denying the week has been hectic, exhausting and everything else in between. However, the week has also been extremely rewarding. I have a heart for missions and I love being able to share that heart with these kids, even if it is in a 20 minute rotation schedule.

With all this being said, if you’ve ever been to a VBS then you understand how those theme songs have the tendency to get stuck in your head. All. Day. Long. Seriously, I can remember bits of VBS songs back to the 4th grade.

So, since the theme song is stuck in my head I figure why not share it with y’all as well! The theme of VBS this year is Submerged and we’re diving deep to learn about the one true God.

Therefore, I present to you now – Submerged

No worries, I’m sure I’ll stop singing this song by the time August rolls around. But since I still remember the song about a tumbleweed, that’s not likely.

Grand Old Flag

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You’re a grand old flag,
You’re a high flying flag
And forever in peace may you wave.
You’re the emblem of
The land I love.
The home of the free and the brave.
Ev’ry heart beats true
‘neath the Red, White and Blue,
Where there’s never a boast or brag.
Should auld acquaintance be forgot,
Keep your eye on the grand old flag.

When I was a third grader at Little Cypress Elementary, I learned and performed this song for a school event to commemorate the one year anniversary of 9/11.

Perhaps it’s the catchy tune, or perhaps I saw something more in the song, either way this song has stuck with me for the past 14 years.

On June 14, 1777, the Second Continental Congress adopted what would become the flag of the United States. (Fun fact: it’s also the birthday of the US Army, originated in 1775).

Originally the idea came in 1885, BJ Cigrand, a schoolteacher, arranged for his students to observe June 14 as the flag’s birthday. By 1889, George Balch, a kindergarten teacher from New York City planned appropriate ceremonies for his students. His idea was later adopted by the State Board of Education of New York. After this, multiple celebrations ranging from the Betsy Ross House and the New York Sons of the Revolution would celebrate Flag Day.

In 1893, Colonel J Granville Leach suggested the mayor of Philadelphia and all others in authority, along with private citizens, should display the flag of June 14. Shortly after, the Board of Managers for the Pennsylvania Society of Sons of the Revolution would endorse these actions. On June 14, 1893, all public schools of Philadelphia held Flag Day exercises in Independent Square. School children were assembled, each carrying a small flag, and Patriotic songs were sung with addresses delivered.

Over the next three decades, state and local governments would begin to celebrate Flag Day. One hundred years ago (1916), Woodrow Wilson formally recognized June 14 as Flag Day. By 1949 National Flag Day was established by an Act of Congress.

Secretary of Interior, Franklin K. Lane, delivered a 1914 Flag Day address which said “I am what you make me; nothing more. I swing before your eyes as a bright gleam of color, a symbol of yourself.”

Flag Day is a day to commemorate our nation. Some wake up in the morning, stretch, and remember the flag. Others wake up in the morning, stretch, and defend the flag. No matter what, there is no better day than Flag Day to keep your eye on the grand old flag.