Category Archives: Concert


Probably my favorite thing lately has been how Baby Girl’s nursery has come together. It is just absolutely my favorite room in our home. We still have a few more things to work on in there before it’s finished, but we’re nearly there. It is such a sweet little space. 🙂

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Speaking of baby things… Christopher’s co-workers had a baby shower for us this week. It was so sweet of them to do all of this for us! Christopher is obviously well loved at his office! I mean, no surprise there since he is awesome and all. But still, it was sweet seeing how excited his co-workers were for him to become a dad! 🙂


Speaking of Christopher… he got an espresso maker and has been perfecting the art of his coffee making skills. Well, the art and science. It’s both for him. Figuring out the perfect grind for each different type of coffee bean, just how firmly to tamp it, and just how exactly to froth the milk are just a few of the things. I kind of love that he is such a coffee snob, though. It’s adorable.

High Valley

Speaking of things I love… we got to see High Valley in concert again! We first heard of High Valley when we saw them open at a Lonestar concert back in 2012. We fell in love with their music and became huge fans of their work. Then last year they came to Memphis again and not only did we get to hear them play at a small venue where we sat FRONT ROW, but we also got to meet them and chat a bit which was awesome! Then this year they returned to Memphis again and we got to chat with them after the concert and NO JOKE, they said they remembered us from last year because it was such a small venue. They asked us about our baby and shared with us about their own kids and it was just all awesome. I’m just choosing to believe that they don’t tell all their fans that they remember them, haha! It was an awesome night, though!

Oreo Yoga

Speaking of awesome… While I do my prenatal yoga, Oreo does his couch yoga. He cracks me up with the positions I find him in sometimes!

Happy Friday, friends!
Love Rach



Winter Jam 2017!

Over the weekend Christopher and I went to Winter Jam here in Memphis!


10 bands for $10 at the door. Always an awesome night of worship! I love it every year!


This year my favorites were David Crowder, Colton Dixon, 10th Avenue North, Newsong, and newcomer Sarah Reeves. I’d never heard of Sarah before, but her voice was gorgeous and her lyrics were so powerful! I loved her songs “Details” and “Faithful”! SO good!


Christopher’s favorite was definitely David Crowder because he loves that style of music. This is our 3rd time hearing him perform and I think it was my favorite of the three. He played a couple of his songs acoustically and the whole crowd sang along. It was beautiful. And powerful.

On a funny note: there were a couple of hip hop/rap songs performed by different artists complete with crazy strobe lights and every teenager around us rapping along… those songs officially made me feel like an old person. We have mentored teenagers for over a decade so I tend to keep up with trends in music, social media, and fashion pretty well (even if I don’t follow along – I still “get it”). But during those songs I had flashbacks to my mom walking into my room when I was a teenager and asking me what on earth my loud rap music was. I told her it was a Christian group called POD and she just kind of looked quizzically at me and said “okay…” I didn’t understand it at the time, but I totally do now. How do these teenagers understand any of the words? It just sounds loud! Yeah, I’m officially an out-of-touch-with-today’s-youth’s-music old person. 😉

Love Rach

Moments of goodness

I keep trying to figure out how to start this blog post and I keep starting over. So forgive me if this isn’t said well or if I’m all over the place. Here’s the truth, it was a rough weekend. For both mine and Christopher’s families. We were with his family helping out with a difficult situation when we got a call from my family with bad news. I know all of this is really vague (which is part of why I keep having trouble figuring out how to word things), but for now this is the best I can share. It was a hard weekend for both our families. And there is more pain and more news and more transition to come. So please say a prayer for both of our families. We would so appreciate it.

The weekend wasn’t all bad, though. There were moments of goodness.


On Thursday (which wasn’t really the weekend, but close enough that I’m counting it, ha!)  we went to a Casting Crowns concert. We both like this group, but really it was the opener who I was SUPER excited to see. Matt Maher opened for Casting Crowns and he is one of my favorites. He has so many incredible songs that just really touch my heart. Lord I Need You, Christ is Risen, Your Grace is Enough, and Because He Lives are four of my favorites which you’ll find on repeat around our house. I can’t tell you how much we needed to go into this weekend with these anthems speaking truth over us. And as an added bonus, the very first opener was a girl named Hannah Kerr who I had never heard of, but it turns out I love her! I came home and bought her whole album the next day! So definitely a good night. 🙂 That picture up there is of all the artists on stage together singing a finale!

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This shot is of Christopher and his dad from yesterday afternoon. For newer readers who may not know – Christopher’s dad has dementia. If you have ever known someone in the later stages of dementia then you know how heartbreaking it can be. I’m thankful for the little moments like this one.


My mother-in-law is part of a group of ladies who write cards (happy birthday, get well soon, condolences, etc) to people who attend their church. Seeing these four ladies work together was hilarious. Did I mention that one of those ladies is my grandmother? She’s the spunky red-head (she’ll tell you that it’s still red even if you can’t tell these days) on the left in the picture. Christopher and I grew up far away from each other, but my grandparents and his parents live in the same town now and go to the same church and have become good friends. So funny how that works sometimes! Anyway, I got to stick on the return labels and pick little sticker closures for the back of the envelopes. Important work, my friends. 😉

I have to note here… I love the example my mother-in-law sets. Being a care taker for someone who has dementia is so taxing (emotionally, physically, mentally, etc). And yet, despite the fact that she has so much going on already, she still thinks of others and actively works to bless others in their community. Love that about her.

This weekend was such a difficult one, but it made it easy to highlight the blessings in our life. We live in a broken world, but there is goodness here as well. And so very much to be thankful for.

Love Rach

Ps. I know I’m all over the place. Thank you for having grace for me today.

Why we love High Valley

Four years ago Christopher and I went to a Lonestar concert and fell in love with the band who opened for them. Lonestar was great too, but we knew that going into it. What we didn’t expect was to love the opener so much. They were a little known group called High Valley. You can read all about that first concert experience here. Over the years, we have continued to follow their music and just loved it more and more. And now, finally, they have a song in the top 40 which has put them into the spot light a little more.

This past Monday, High Valley was in Memphis so naturally Christopher and I went to see them. It.Was.Awesome. I don’t think either of us stopped smiling the entire time. Their music is just so great! And going to a concert where you know all the songs is awesome too! Not only do they have great music, but they are hilarious. The guys are brothers and they kind of pick on each other and have a lot of laughs throughout the performance. It’s just awesome. 🙂

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Their lyrics are wholesome which honestly is probably a part of why they aren’t more famous. I love country music, but there are a lot of songs that spend a lot of time objectifying women and/or talking about poor choices with alcohol. Regardless of how catchy the song may be, I don’t want that stuff stuck in my head. And High Valley delivers great music with awesome lyrics.

In their song, County Line, there is a lyric that says “Got my honey on my arm, Jesus in my heart…” and Christopher loves to reference that part of the song as he and I walk around hand-in-hand. He just really relates to them. To their country upbringing, to their deep religious convictions, and to how respectful they are to women in their lyrics.

It’s impossible for me to pick just one favorite song to share with you guys so I’ve decided to just share the one that has reached the top 40 since it’s obviously popular. But my gracious, you guys, all their songs are amazing.

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Oh, and as awesome as listening to their music live again was, the best part of the evening was getting to meet the guys. It was a smaller venue so we were able to chat with them for a few minutes. When Christopher told them how much he loved their song On the Combine because it reminded him of his childhood, they asked where he was from. I know that seems like a small thing, but it was awesome to have these guys whose music we’ve been listening to for 4 years, ask about us. They so related to Christopher’s small town up bringing and it was just really sweet. We left the venue with huge smiles and happy hearts. It was an awesome night, my friends. 🙂

Have you met an artist you really love?
Love Rach

Weekend Happenings

Good morning, friends! I hope you guys had a great weekend. Ours was filled with 70 degree weather and lots of sunshine. A year ago this weekend we had lots of snow and two years ago on this same weekend we had the ice apocalypse hit while we were driving home from Dallas so I’m especially grateful for all the warmth. 🙂

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Our weekend kicked off with a Harry Potter themed birthday for a 7-year-old which was all kinds of fun. I snapped some photos on my phone, but I don’t know several of the kids or their parents so I’m going to not post those here. Just imagine a group of kids running around playing quidditch and having potions class. It was adorable.

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Saturday was filled with continuing the kitchen project. We are now on phase two since the cabinets/countertops are in. I want to say that we are close to finishing, but I’ve thought that before and well… here we are 4 months later, ha! But it’s definitely starting to look great! 🙂


Saturday evening we joined 19,000 other Memphians (and people from the tri-State area) to hit max capacity at the FedEx Forum for Winterjam. 10 bands for $10 at the door and it is awesome every time. Every artist who performed was so talented, but my favorites this time included For King & Country (they sang Shoulders which, as you guys know, was like my theme song this time last year), Matthew West, Lauren Daigle, David Crowder Band, Newsong, and Sidewalk Prophets. Such an incredible night!

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Sunday evening after life group ended, someone handed Christopher a baby. This is actually not terribly uncommon in our group of friends. There are a lot of babies and toddlers and kids who all need attention. And if there is an adult with free hands, babies get passed over pretty quickly. Christopher is great with toddlers and kids, but babies kind of scare him so his face when he was handed the baby was pretty great (not to mention that this was actually the second time in less than a week that someone has handed him a baby to hold). He has yet to drop one, but he is convinced it could happen. However, despite how uncomfortable he is, he is always willing to help out and it makes my heart smile seeing him with the tiny ones. 🙂

Are you comfortable holding babies? What about your significant other? I was definitely not a natural when I first started holding babies as a teenager, but lots of practice has  made me quite as ease with it.

What is the best themed birthday party you’ve been to? This Harry Potter one was pretty awesome!

Love Rach

Recent Happenings

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We met our friends’ brand new baby girl this weekend. She’s just 2 days old in the photo above. Her name is Ada Grace and she is way adorable!

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I went to the Rock & Worship Roadshow last week and loved every minute of it. When Michael Tait, lead singer of the Newsboys who used to be part of DC Talk, sang Jesus Freak, I confess that I may have freaked out a little. Read: A LOT. It’s amazing to me that after so many years I still know every single lyric to that song. The rest of the concert was amazing too. From Phil Wickam leading us in worship to Mandisa preaching her heart out to Jeremy Camp, Danny Gokey, Newsboys, and Audio Adrenaline rocking the stage… it was just awesome. Such an incredible night! 🙂

Christopher was gone for a work trip last week. We really hate having to be apart or travel separately and unfortunately this month is full of that on top of it being busy season for him. Happy Valentine’s month, eh? Ha! It’s okay, though, March is coming! And we make the most of the time we do have right now! 🙂 We took some time on Valentine’s afternoon to just be home, stop everything else, and just be. After so little quality time together this month, it was exactly what we needed. 🙂

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Because we are so aware of how little time we are spending together (at least compared to normal for us), we try and go the extra mile in showing each other that we love and support the other. This is what’s currently written on our mirror courtesy of my husband. 🙂 I kind of love him. 🙂

Did you go out for Valentine’s or stay in or not celebrate at all?

Been to any good concerts or held any cute babies lately?
Love Rach

A bit of a hodge podge post

As you guys know, I’m in “busy season” with my photography business so that is keeping me really busy during the days when I don’t have the kiddos I nanny. But you may not know that Christopher is also in busy season with work. It’s a quarter close for him so October is always busy (as well as January, February, April, and July). So naturally since we’re both so busy with work right now, this is the perfect time for Christopher and I to decide to move forward with our kitchen renovation. 😉 Okay, maybe not the best time, but we didn’t want to put it off past the holidays because we have other projects to work on! 🙂 So we have been spending the time we’re at home working away on that (which, by the way, I am so excited to share with you as we get more of it put together!).

Since we’ve been busy with work stuff and home stuff, I haven’t taken as much time to write here all the fun other stuff! So I want to do a quick recap of some of the highlights from the past week.

Last Wednesday we went to Fall on Beale to hear Chase Rice and LoCash. Kelsi came with us and let me tell you – we made some memories! Christopher and I are huge Chase Rice fans ever since we first saw him in concertThis time around it was a little more low key (just an acoustic set), but still really good!

We attended a couple of classes this past week that the Alzheimer’s Association hosted. One on legal & financial information and the other on communication strategies. Both were really good and helpful. As Christopher’s dad’s condition progresses, we want to be as much help as we can be to both him and Christopher’s mom (who cares for his dad).

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We spent Saturday volunteering with Compassion International. They are one of the organizations that partners with people like us to sponsor children around the world. We sponsor four kiddos with them and honestly those kids deserve a blog post of their own so that one will be coming! We volunteered with CI on Saturday, by helping them out with something called the Compassion Experience. Watch the video below to learn what the Compassion Experience is all about.

Our job was to get people set up with the ipods and headsets which meant that we got to talk to so many people who care about the children who are living in poverty around the world. By the end of the night my voice was nearly gone and we were so tired, but it was the good kind of exhausted. I asked Christopher how he felt as we were driving away and he responded with, “I’m tired, but I don’t think I’ve ever walked away from volunteering and not been really glad I did it.” And I think he’s spot on. 🙂

Oh, and finally – I went to a baby shower yesterday and someone had found the CUTEST little boy clothes from Target! I always love showers for little girls better than for boys because they just generally have cuter stuff for girls. But apparently Target is currently on point with the baby boy clothes because my gracious – they were adorable! So if you have a little boy or are expecting one, here’s my PSA for you: go to Target. 😉

Alrighty, I know this post was all over the place, but this is what happens when I don’t take as much time to blog. It just all comes out at once, haha! Thanks for sticking with me friends! 🙂

Love Rach