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Spring, Transitions & Continuing the Journey 

I hope you all are enjoying the beautiful Easter Season. We are enjoying some beautiful weather here in Idaho. In fact, as I write this, I am on my front porch in the shade, while Daisy-dog lies in the grass enjoying the sunshine. 

Back to School
Last fall, my husband and I moved to Pocatello Idaho where Pete took the job as campus minister at St. John’s Catholic Center on the Idaho State University campus. It was a tough decision because he had to leave the Master’s Program after only 1 year (3 year program) in order to take this position that God was calling him to. Sometimes doing the things God calls us to do isn’t always easy. But I am reminded, time and time again, that He is faithful!
 
We almost have our 1st academic year at St. John’s completed and it has been an amazing year. We’ve had our share of struggles and frustration, but it has really been a great year of fun, learning, and spiritual growth, for both Pete and I. We are so happy to be in Pocatello and blessed to be surrounded by such wonderful people.
 
Over the past year, Pete kept trying to figure out how he could stay at St. John’s and still be able to finish his Master’s degree.  After exhausting most of the possibilities, he finally found a way. Or should I say… “God provided a way”.  Last week Pete was accepted as a transfer student into Utah State University’s MSW program. He will begin classes on May 12th and will graduate in August of 2017. Woohoo! AND… this will not affect his employment as campus minister at St. John's Catholic center. He will be commuting from Pocatello to Utah State's extension Center in Brigham City (hour and 45 min drive) one night a week. And he will be doing his practicum here in Pocatello.
 
Now, this is where it gets exciting, and a little scary for me. I have agreed to partner with Pete in campus ministry for the next two years. Anyone who has partnered with Pete, knows why this is scary. :-)  We are doing this to ensure that the ministry here at St. John's does not lose any steam or momentum. We are excited about this because we enjoy doing ministry together but rarely get the opportunity to do so. We managed to do a few parish missions together each year but so far that has been the extent of our collaboration. It is really neat how things work out and God’s timing in all of this. Pope Francis designated this year (2015) as “The Year of the Family/Consecrated Life” so it would only make sense that Pete and I strive to do more together, as a family, by joining forces and becoming stronger for the Kingdom together in ministry. At our last parish mission a lady told us “You are both amazing and together are greater than the sum total of two”. I thought that was cute at first, but then realized that when two are joined together (with God as the center) it’s not too hard to be greater than the sum of two.  
 
This past year I have stretched myself by heading up the Music team for masses. It has been a wonderful learning experience and I look forward to learning and handling more in the day to day operations at the center. Marriage is all about teamwork and I am excited to be able to spend more time with my husband in ministry and helping him to get through school.
 
Will This Affect My Music?
Yes, and in a good way. I will still be doing concerts throughout the year, I will just need to be a little more pro-active about planning my availability for touring. I believe, the best way to do this, will be to offer my available dates and try my best to stick to that schedule.
 
I will have a list of available tour dates on my website calendar page sometime in May.
 
March Tour Recap
I would have to say Lent and Advent are my favorite times of year to travel and share music. I had such a wonderful time this Lenten season. I want to thank Billings MT (Sisters in Faith Women’s Conference) for inviting me to come share with all of you. What an awesome event. Pat Gohn (author of Blessed, Beautiful and Bodacious”) was the Keynote Speaker/co-presenter and we had a blast working together!  I hope we have more event opportunities to share together in the future. Check out her website. She’s awesome! www.patgohn.net. Hire us so we can come to your town and work together again. This lady is a kick in the pants! I Love her. :-)


Julie and Pam (event coordinators) were so amazing to work with and did an amazing job putting on this conference. If you live within driving distance of Billings Montana, you should REALLY try and go each year. They put on such a great event!

After the women’s conference it was on to St. Leo’s in Lewistown, where Pete and I were able to spend some time with the youth on Saturday night, attend weekend masses and then do a 2 day parish mission on Sunday and Monday nights. Thank you Lewistown for making us feel so welcome. We had such a great time and hope to be able to come back.
It was a great and blessed month for this ministry. Happy Easter to all of you. Thank you for your continued prayers and support.

Jaime
 

Special Lenten Message from Jaime 

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Special Lenten Message, From the Heart
I love the Lenten season. Until, I became Catholic, I never really paid attention to Lent and what it’s all about. Now, each year, I look forward to growing a little deeper in my understanding and practice of what it means to truly make sacrifices in my life.
 
Jesus spent 40 days fasting in the desert before entering into His public ministry (Mt 4:1-11). We imitate Christ by spending 40 days in spiritual discipline before the celebration of Christ’s triumph over sin and death (Easter). You’ve maybe heard the question “So, what did you give up for Lent?”.
 
 I remember my 1st year as a Catholic very well. I decided to give up coffee for Lent. I’m not a coffee drinker now, but I used to be totally addicted to the iced mocha’s from Moxie Java in Idaho. The best! And when I say I was addicted, I mean “I WAS ADDICTED”.  So I decided for Lent that I was going to give up my Mocha’s.
 
I know this sounds trivial but stay with me on this. Every day, on my way to work, I would drive by Moxie Java and crave that Mocha so bad. I could almost taste it. Several times I actually turned in to the parking lot, a rush of guilt would poor over me, and then I would drive right back out again. Phew!  I’d remembered the promise that I had made to myself, to sacrifice something that would make me think of Lent and why I was making this sacrifice. For the next few weeks, as I drove by that coffee shop, I would really imagine Jesus walking the road to be crucified, suffering on the cross, and sacrificing everything for me. Suddenly a peace would come over me and the craving for the coffee would go away. But was I really sacrificing? I mean Jesus gave up his life, and here I was giving up coffee? No contest! But the whole point of this is that I needed to choose something that would remind me, on a daily basis, what Jesus did for me, and the coffee is what did it that year.
 
I like to think that I’ve grown in my journey a little since that Lent (2007). And my sacrifices have become a little more meaningful each year. This year I chose to limit TV. The reason why is because I use television to escape reality. It’s the only way that I’ve found, to turn my brain off from work. Otherwise I’d work 24/7. Just ask my husband, Pete, who has to look over and say “seriously” as I pick up my laptop off the floor (next to my bed) at 11:30pm to jot down one more thing I have to do tomorrow.
 
So this year, I committed to not only turning off the TV, but I committed to start reading books (at least 1 per week during lent). For those of you who know me well, I am NOT a reader. WHAT? JAIME READ A BOOK, FOR FUN? NOOOOOOOO! I will read if I have to, but it’s certainly not something I choose to do for fun. To me it is work. Pete is a reader and I figure since he reads like 2 books a week, that he’s got that covered for the both of us. Too bad it doesn’t work that way.
 
I am happy to report that the TV has remained in the off position for most of the week and that I have been picking up Spiritual books instead. Jaime is growing. It’s never too late.
Whether you are Catholic or not, this whole giving up something or sacrificing something during Lent is a very good habit to get into. And remember, if what you give up, doesn’t hurt a little each day, then it’s not really a sacrifice.
 
I love how Pope Francis ended one of his homilies about Lent and I will end this message with his thoughts.
 
"During Lent, let us try to draw closer to the people who are going through difficult times:
close to them with affection, prayer and solidarity."

It’s not just about us. But it’s about how we can sacrifice and empty ourselves of selfishness, greed, jealousy, hatred and worldliness making room for Christ and His love; His love for us and for those around us.

“Love’s Work Is Never Done”
 
May you be blessed this Lenten and Easter Season. Thank you for your continued prayers and support.
 
Jaime
  

A Great Way to Start 2015! 

A Recap of January and February Events.
Thank you…
Anahuac TX, Beaumont TX, San Diego CA, Cottonwood ID and Pocatello ID for inviting me to come and share. I had such a wonderful time.  I pray that God continues to bless you in all you do for His Glory.

Happy Valentine's Everyone! 

“365 Days of Love” Challenge.
(SHARE & POST your Stories)

As we celebrate this feast day of St. Valentine (Feb 14th),
I encourage you to think about how love can be shared 365 days per year.
Seek out someone each day and help them to feel loved.

Pete and I were in Golden Corral Restaurant waiting to go thru line.
There was a homeless man in front of us whose sandals were broken and about to fall off.
I looked at his feet and then looked at Pete’s feet.
Yes,I was going to give away my husband’s shoes. LOL.
Luckily, there was a Fred Meyer next door and we walked over there
and bought this man some new sandals. We also bought his meal.

There is need all around us.
Sometimes it’s as easy as tossing a smile to someone who is
having a terrible day and offering some words of encouragement.
Don’t make it too hard. Don’t be embarrassed. Don’t be shy…

Now share your stories. (Click "leave a comment" below)

Happy January - Happy New Year 

We are almost through January and I hope you are enjoying 2015. The older I get, the faster time seems to fly by.  
Speaking of time flying by, I learned a very valuable lesson last year after losing a dear friend to cancer (2 weeks from diagnosis to death). Time goes fast enough. Don’t make yourself so busy that you can’t take quality time to spend with friends and family. None of us know what tomorrow will bring, and God surrounds us with friends and family for a reason.
 
New Years’ Resolution
I’m not much for New Year’s Resolutions, but since I am a “workaholic” and I struggle to pull myself away from my job, this year I am going to try to follow my husband’s advice.
                                                                   
“Pray hard, Work hard and Play hard”.
 
Life is just too short to have it revolve around work. And even though my job is a “ministry” I need to have time away from it to fill myself back up again. It’s not going to be an easy transition, but nothing worth doing ever is. I will let you all know how it goes.
 
New Christmas Project (praying about it)
And as I mentioned in previous newsletters, I am working on a budget for a New Advent/Christmas Project. I will keep you posted if that all works out. We will start recording that, in Nashville, this summer, if it’s “meant to be”. 
 
Thank you, for your continued prayers and support. I’d like to end with a recap of the Advent Tour that wrapped up 2014 for this ministry. Thank you to all of the wonderful people, parishes and pastors who made me feel so welcome during Advent. I pray you were blessed by the music and message.

Blessings,
Jaime

P.S. Daisy (Our Dog/Child with Degenerative Myelopathy) is still getting around on her own. We can’t believe it. We thought she would be in her wheelchair by now. This really shouldn’t surprise us though. She’s always been stubborn. Thanks for your continued prayers on that too.
  

Sanctity of Human Life Sunday - This Weekend 

January 18th, 2015 (Sanctity of Human Life Sunday)

It commemorates 42 years since the January 22, 1973 Roe v. Wade U.S. Supreme Court decision that legalized abortion in our country. 

Since then, more than 56 million abortions have taken place in the U.S. Not only have millions of babies lost their lives, but millions of women have been lied to and led into believing that abortion is the answer. Many of those women live with regret and pain.

Let us all continue to pray for an end to abortion. Pray that we will see value in human life. Pray that we will see the dignity of every human person, womb to tomb.


 

Happy Advent and Merry Christmas 

As I sit down to write this message, I am struck by the little miracles and small blessings of everyday life... I am surrounded by the few Christmas Decorations Pete and I have kept through the many moves (10) we’ve made in our 16 years of marriage. Our Charlie Brown Christmas Tree, a beautiful sculpture of the manger scene, the Snoopy Dog house that goes along with the Tree, a wreath and stockings hanging in the kitchen (where I imagine the fireplace would have been since the now closed off chimney is directly above it). The scent of our Pecan Pie Candle is wafting through the house and my precious dog, daisy, is sacked out at my feet after an exhausting game of ‘tug of war’ with her favorite dragon squeaky toy. I see the hand of God in all of this. I just love this time of year. 

Good to Be Home
I arrived home last Monday after a week of touring my Advent concert in Cottonwood ID, Boise ID and Caldwell ID.  The concerts were well attended and a huge blessing to this ministry.  I want to thank those who came out and supported me.  I hope you enjoyed the music as much as I enjoyed sharing it with all of you.  It was great seeing so many familiar faces. Pete and Daisy were so happy to have me back again and it was good to be home. I miss them so much when I’m on the road, but that is what we all signed on for. Awe… the life of a Christian recording artist.
 
Organize a Flash Mob Black Friday? But I want the week off! -LONG but WORTH THE READ
The Saturday before Thanksgiving, my sister called and told me a friend of ours (who just lost her little boy, 3yrs old, in a tragic accident several weeks before) called her and said she’d like to do a Flash Mob on Black Friday. She just felt that we needed to steer our focus back to what Christmas is all about and bring joy to our community on such a “selfish-push and shove” kind of day.
 
I must admit, my first thought was, “oh no! I can’t! I just need 1 week off from music. If I commit to helping and leading the music for this then I won’t get my WEEK OFF! I need a week off! (Stamping my feet inside my head)
 
Since I am the middle child (the people pleaser/peacemaker), I have a hard time saying “no”. So I told my sister I would help and I spent my ‘week off’ helping organize the musical part of the flash mob. I must confess, I grumbled the entire week about how I didn’t have as much time to rest. I had already committed to recording a music video for a local television Christmas program and just hated having more on my plate during Thanksgiving break.
 
We held 2 practices with 40+ singers and it wasn’t until after the 2nd practice that I started getting excited. My focus shifted off of myself and onto this hurting mom, who instead of thinking of herself and her heartache, thought of those around her and spreading the hope and joy we all need to feel around Christmas time.  
 
This was not only about helping the dream come true for a special mom in our town
who just lost her little boy, but about a town who needs joy and
to be reminded of what Christmas is about.
 
My “attitude” was changed. My excitement grew and the SCROOGE in me disappeared. I was giddy.
 
Unfortunately, I was unable to attend the performance of the FlashMob that Friday because my husband got sick, so I drove him home (1.5 hr drive) and took care of him. Thankfully, my cousin put a video together and so I was able to see how it went. It turned out AWESOME and I feel blessed to have grown up in a town that not only has wonderful voices, but is also full of wonderful people with such giving/ selfless hearts! 
 
Let us try to remember what this Advent/Christmas Season is all about. Celebrating the birth of our Savior, who humbled himself (with no complaining or grumbling) and came to us as a baby, was born of a virgin and became man. He came to plead for the salvation of sinners and to bring hope, life and joy to a hurting world. His life is an example to all of us. He came to love and to serve those around Him. And we are called to do the same.
 
There is a lot of hurt in this world and so many are struggling financially, emotionally as well as feeling the loss of loved ones. May God bless you as you do what YOU can to brighten the life of someone who needs it this Christmas.
 

VIDEO LINK To Flash Mob, Twin Falls, ID
http://youtu.be/ab7520ngeZo
The Video has had Over 221,000 views on Facebook and over 5,500 Shares. God is Good. May it bring a smile to your face.
 
 

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Merry Christmas from Our "Crazy" Family to Yours.
 Jaime, Pete and Daisy
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