Thursday, April 17, 2014

One Accord on the Road

So the plan was to have One Accord play at a benefit concert in lower WA one evening and then drive to upper WA that night, spend the nigh there, and then attend a friend's wedding the next day.

And everything was set in motion: we had practiced and prepared our set, finalized details, booked a hotel, etc.  But the afternoon before we were going to leave, I suddenly felt like I might be coming down with a cold.  Well, no big deal... the show must go on and I would have to sing and push through with a minor sore throat.  My parents ran some errands while the rest of us starting preparing everything for the concert and trip.  Next thing I knew, I felt very tired.  In fact, I was so exhausted I decided I should take a nap (and that is rare--I just don't take naps).  After sleeping for about an hour, I got up and decided I should start making dinner, although I didn't feel that great and my throat was terribly sore.  So I'm standing there getting the taco meat ready and all of a sudden... I am starting to pass out.  I had the common sense to turn the stove down and get out of the kitchen fast enough to keep myself from actually fainting, but it was pretty close!  At this point my siblings have the expressions of question marks on their faces and I'm heading back to bed.  For good.

Well, here I am sick in bed and we are suppose to be playing a concert the next evening and be at my special friend's wedding the next day.  My head was spinning as I tried to figure out a plan B.  At the moment, I didn't know what I was sick with, so if I couldn't stand up the next evening, someone would have to cover for me at the concert... and the wedding... the wedding?!  Oh, I would be sooo disappointed if my family couldn't make it to the wedding just because I was sick!

Things were looking pretty bleak.

My parents get home and discussed what we were to do next.  Thankfully we were able to get to Urgent Care in the nick of time before they closed and I was able to get on antibiotics.  (I was treated for Strep Throat, but apparently it wasn't exactly that.  Some other weird throat bacteria.)  

After much prayer, I woke up the next morning feeling a little better.  At least I was well enough to carry on with the plans!  To make a long story short, the Lord had His of blessing on us the entire time... despite my burning throat, I was able to sing and make it through the concert and even attend the wedding the next day!  Praise the Lord!  (Yes, after those two days of pushing my voice, I did lose it for the next few days.)

Oh, and there is a perk about being sick while on the road: no one wants to sit by you because you're contagious, so you get the whole back bench in the van all to yourself.  Stretch out on that (well, it probably depends on your size... but for me it works great!) and you'll be asleep with no cramps or craned necks!  And when you get to the hotel room, you'll be quarantined to a sectioned off room with a huge queen-sized bed just for you!  Wow.  That bed was so big I was kinda lost in it.

But just so you know, it really fun to be sick on the road, so try to stay healthy.

 The Scottish Laddie!

 Little siblings.  :)

 One Accord and their little sister, Bethany.
(Just kidding!)

If you want to watch the videos from the concert, click here.

Madi and her dad.

 Down the aisle!

The wedding party.

Madi and David.

And Mr. and Mrs. H!

These little ones were having some fun!

Brothers.

Judah's pose here cracks me up.  ;)

A very happy and lovely couple.

Yes.  I photobombed their wedding!

Group picture with the bride and groom!

Eden and Madi's sister, Grace.  She is so cute!

Just having some fun...!

(Thanks to Evan S. for taking some of the wedding pictures!)

I was so blessed to be able to attend their wedding!  Madi is a very dear friend and it has been exciting watching her story unfold.  May the Lord richly bless them both as they seek to follow and glorify Him through their lives!

Heading home after a full, blessed, and wonderful weekend!  Praise the Lord!
And kudos to my dad for driving and making this all happen.  :)

Posted By:
~Bethany 

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Concert Videos!

Our mixed quartet, One Accord, was blessed to have the opportunity to play a set at a benefit concert for Shepherd's Heart Ministry.  It was a whirlwind of insanity leading up to the concert--I'll cover that in my picture post on it--but the Lord faithfully saw us through all the bumps!  All the glory goes to Him!

We did something special at this concert: Daddy joined us on the Cajon for two numbers and Judah joined us on the Bodhran!

Enjoy the videos and check back for the full post.  :)

A big Thank You to Evan S. for filming for us, and Noah C. for getting the footage on the last one!



  

  

  

 

Posted By:
~Bethany 

Thursday, April 3, 2014

Poof!!!

The other day I came in the room to find this Shoulder Angel all dressed up... complete with "poof" sound effects!  :)  Obviously Judah has been watching too much Studio C.





Posted By:
~Bethany 

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

I Named You Hope

A while back I leaked the information that World Changing Productions was preparing to make another short video.  Because this movie will be a prolife one, Jordan and I wrote a special song just for the movie.

Jordan recorded piano and put in the other instruments, Yours Truly sang, and special thanks to our friend, Nathan, for playing guitar!

We are in the editing stage of the movie right now, so very shortly it will be finished and released!


Posted By:
~Bethany 

Sunday, March 16, 2014

Busy, Busy, Busy!

No, we haven't fallen off the face of the earth, I have just been so swamped that I haven't got around to posting more than a blurb!

And so here is another quick blurb to catch up before I do a really meaty post.

Yesterday we found out that Ballet Magnificat's Omega team was performing a special ballet in our area.  When we got home from church, we rushed out the door to catch the performance!  It was so worth it.  Fantastic production with a strong gospel message.

Jordan and I after the ballet.

This morning we started filmming for our next movie.  It is a short prolife video.  Be on the lookout for updates on that!

We got the first of three dialogue sections down and then we rushed out the door to catch the Master Class Ballet Magnificat hosted.
On the way home.

So yeah... we have been living a crazy/insane life!  And that is just the beginning!

(I'll be posting about Purim next... just as a reminder... for you, and me!)

Posted By:
~Bethany 

Friday, February 21, 2014

Snowbirds?

If you remember this post, I mentioned that our severe case of Cabin Fever messed with our brains and caused us to do all sorts of crazy things like taking lots of random pictures, hosting our personal Winter Olympics, and even take a Barefoot Snow Sprint.  Right, I guess we really have difficulty coping with a very untimely snowstorm that left us snowed in and cutoff from the outside world.

But thankfully it is only a memory now!

Now, don't get me wrong... I really do think snow is beautiful and fun, but when you live in a place where your electricity and water will go out at the slightest change in the weather, you start to reevaluate your priorities.

Snow... or... Electricity and Water?

Electricity and Water wins every time.

Anyway, snow does make a lovely photoshoot location, so we took advantage of that possibility!

 Mommy and Daddy exploring our property's "new look".

Hm, writing in the snow like this must be how Eskimos right letters to each other.
No, that wouldn't work so well because by the next snowstorm--okay, forget that.

 This is how Californians live.

Hey, we are smiling!

Snow showers!
Mahalo Nui Loa!!!

And then we had some fun...

 Surf's up!

Taking a break before catching the next wave... 

With a stunning background, we waiting for the snow to stop before running out with our interments to take a few snaps (no, I do not normally bring my violin out into those temperatures, but I made sure we worked fast!).





 Shiloh brought her harp out for some nice shots.



I guess this is how harpists workout!  ;)

 Then Jordan decided it might be fun to photobomb...

...And he did have a little fun.

That is, until...
Guys, don't mess with this girl!  It won't be pretty.

Well, the snow melting quite a few days ago and life has gone back to our busy normal.  However, I will admit that despite the fact that we did have a power outage and missed the conference Jordan and I were playing music at, I did enjoy experiencing God's amazing and gorgeous creation.  Each little snowflake is different and a testimony to His incredible design.
It is rather interesting, when the Bible mentions snow, sometimes it is in the context of Salvation.  When we are cleansed and forgiven from our filthy sins, the blood of Jesus Christ washing us and makes us pure and clean... just like snow.
"Come now, and let us reason together, saith the LORD: though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they be red like crimson, they shall be as wool."
~Isaiah 1:18
"Purge me with hyssop, and I shall be clean: wash me, and I shall be whiter than snow"
~Psalm 51:7

Are you washed in the blood of the Lamb?

Posted By:
~Bethany