Sound Check: A Case of You

James Blake is one of those rare artists whose voice and melodies are so hypnotizing and stir something in your heart. His cover of Joni Mitchell’s “A Case of You” is just devastatingly beautiful. You’d never know this brilliant kid is only 24 years old!

The Mr. is heading out of town for a month of training on Monday, so we’ll be spending lots of good QT together this weekend (with a fire and dinner out). Have a great weekend! xo

Sound Check: Wonder

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Move over Beyoncé. Emeli Sandé’s album Our Version of Events is AMAZING – one of my most favorites in a long time. While a lot of the songs on this album are soulful and quiet, ‘Wonder’ is so energizing and joyful. Happy Friday!

Speaking of Beyoncé, I’m excited to see this. How about you?

Sound Check: Sometimes He Does

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My grandparents in the mountains of NC

This tune by Lori McKenna is haunting, and at first listen, sounds like a mournful ballad about how her man doesn’t love her the way he should.

But the chorus clarifies the intention of this bittersweet song, which is that the love he has for her runs more deeply than what he does or doesn’t do to give her a sense of value or beauty.

Sometimes he loves me more

than I deserve to be loved

And sometimes he’s more than a heart like mine

could ever dream of

I’m thankful that my husband is the kind who listens when I tell him how my day went. And the love he has for me is sweeter than I could ever hope for. But the daily reality is… he is just a man. And he knows well that I am just a woman. And this mutual understanding of one another’s humanness frees us from the expectations of perfection and fulfillment that would ultimately crush us both. It frees us to love each other, wildly and without fear.

This song reminds me to be thankful for the darling man God gave me, regardless of our circumstances, our expectations, or our broken humanity… and reminds us both that our ultimate value is found in our Maker, not in one another.

Sound Check: Work With What You Got

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PLAY // Work With What You Got

My man isn’t scheduled to deploy for quite some time, and we have no babies (yet). And even though Navy life for us has been inconvenient and a pain in the keester at times, I am in awe of the women (and men too!) who juggle life with work, kids, and a deployed spouse all at the same time.

This tune by Socalled will be on standby for those days in the not-so-distant-future when being apart from my best friend has worn me down to a fray, or I want to punch the Tricare website (all three of them) in the proverbial face, or I just need a reminder that, sometimes, all you can do is Work with What You Got.