We are glad to give another excellent report on my voice. Steady progress has been made, and I am on schedule as hoped. Although I’m still not able to talk for long periods of time in large, noisy places such as church lobbies, I can feel the voice returning.
I have successfully changed my diet. (Friend me on MyFitnessPal!) After weeks of experimenting with methods of controlling the acid reflux that decimated my vocal cords, we think we’ve found the solution and it has been working great. No acid symptoms for the last week, without the use of acid blockers! (For a great GERD explanation, visit here.)
This doesn’t mean there aren’t challenges. Staying hydrated is vitally important, but having a lot of water in my stomach has caused reflux in the past. So I’ve switched to drinking the majority of my water earlier in the day to counteract this. I’m also doing steam therapy which works wonders! I highly recommend it.
Dr. Shellie Beeman
I’m also extremely grateful to Dr. Shellie Beeman, an assistant professor of voice at Adams State University in Alamosa, CO. She is certified with McCloskey Technique, and has been working with me via Skype to rehabilitate the vocal cords. I’m learning a ton, and her help is going a long way towards enabling me to recover much more quickly than I would otherwise.
I am planning an online concert Thursday, August 27th, at 8:30 PM, EST, as my first public singing event! You will be able to communicate with me live, even make requests as the concert goes along. ConcertWindow is hosting it, and you can get tickets anytime between then and now. I set it up so that it can be as little as $1, so anyone who wants to be a part can be. Around 150 people have already made plans to be a part. There is no limit on how many can join. Click here to reserve your spot.
16 Year Anniversary & Down Time
This past week Amanda & I celebrated 16 years of marriage! Sure, everyone always says they can’t believe time has gone so fast. But you know what? I can’t believe time has gone so fast! 🙂
We have stationed down in Florida for the remainder of the summer, and the family is able to get some down time here. We are very grateful to Pensacola Christian College for allowing us to stay in an off-campus RV location as well as giving me an office space while I’m here to arrange music.
In extended family news, we are happy for my sister Natalie and her family who just closed on their first house back in Michigan. It has been a long road but they are now first-time homeowners.
Amanda’s sister Alisha and her husband John along with their twin boys are leaving the USA later this month to head to Mexico to work in a children’s home. It is an exciting opportunity for them, and we are praying the Lord will bless their effort. You can find out more here.
Yet More Travel Adventures
You would think that with us being less mobile, there would be little traveling news. But if you follow our Instagram or Facebook Page you know that hasn’t been the case! As we traveled down to Pensacola, just north of Nashville, a fuel injector broke on our truck and started spraying diesel all over the engine. (You can see Daren and Brandon’s News Report on being stuck on YouTube!) We are grateful no fires started. We were stranded on the side of I-65 for 6 hours, and eventually had to be towed to a hotel. RV repair came the next afternoon and replaced injector #4 and we finished the trip.
Today in family devotions, we talked about God being able to do abundantly above all we ask or think. We are praying as a family that God would provide a new truck for us that would not require us going into debt. This is a big request, but we are asking God to do this work to strengthen our faith. We are not at all comfortable with going $50,000 back into debt for a new truck. We are asking God to provide in a miraculous way!
We are so grateful for so many families and churches who have thoughtfully sent financial gifts our way during this time. We have been able to be worry-free in regards to our monthly financial responsibilities due to your generosity. It has truly been a tremendous blessing.