I'm writing this from the backseat on the way home, so please forgive any typos...
Today was a lot of fun. Lisa's family always goes to Frankenmuth sometime in November to visit Bronner's, River Place Shops, and Zehnder's. Christmas shopping and time with family... It's a tradition that I love and always look forward to. This year it was especially meaningful because after the sometimes rough year we had, it stood for the fact that no matter what we go through, we can rely on each other and we will get it back on track. The traditions continue. We move forward in time. And that really means something to me. I love this girl and it is worth it to me to humble myself and get things right in this relationship. Today was just another reminder of all we have to be thankful for.
I also got to spend some more time with Lisa's cousins Miriam and Jacob, and I love that. They are gold. Without them, their brother Isaac, and their mom Miriam, there's no way that Lisa and I would ever have gotten back together. They became our safety net, our sounding board, our personal therapists! For real. They saved us and I am so thankful.
Jacob is the musical genius that's finally going to bring my music to you. He's got the talent and the equipment and I am so excited about working with him. I've never been comfortable with collaboration. I'm very shy with my music. But that stems from insecurities, and I've been working those out of my system like toxins out of an atrophied muscle. I mean that. That's how I see it. There's no other way to look at it. And once you start getting your strength back, you aren't so afraid to share that strength and get back out into the world. And that's where I am right now.
Tonight Jacob was playing a melody he wrote on the piano at Zehnder's, and I was thinking it needed to start off slow and soft like he was playing it, but then kick in with a really hard beat and some bass... And I was afraid to say it but I put that out there. And he was like "YEAH!!!" That's the most basic thing, just to put out a suggestion like that, but I have never collaborated in person. I was always afraid to put my creative ideas out there in case they were no good. But it's just not that damn hard. And I do believe that these two perfectionists are the next Michael Jackson and Quincy Jones. Haha... :) Give us time. We've got the same vision and I believe good things will come from it.
Well, we are getting close to home now so I'm going to click send and put my BlackBerry back in my purse. Hope you guys had as good of a day as I did, and I will post pics tomorrow! Xo

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A photo gallery at last! And some more gratitude for loved ones and good times...

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