Due to my incredibly busy schedule last week, this volume of Wins & Losses covers two weeks of life with the Brashers. Enjoy!
- The work week (Sep 11-15) was rather uneventful, leaving us with time together as a family at home. With the week ahead, we’re grateful for any time like that. Monday was college day at Southaven High, which meant I got to wear a Union shirt with jeans. That’s always a good thing.
- The first 9 weeks is winding down at school. We have two more weeks of the quarter, which, in my case, will culminate in a piano recital featuring all my students from this quarter. They are working to memorize their recital pieces, and it looks like the transition to the 2nd quarter will be quite smooth.
- We got together with some dear college friends as well as members of our church choir to sing together on the 16th. Before we sang though, we combined everyone’s favorite combination: food and conversation. We enjoyed catching up and reminiscing over Moe’s tacos before we sang one of Becca’s compositions for a recording. Though our time together was short, the time we did have was well spent.
- I spent half of last week in Nashville attending the Getty Music Worship Conference: Sing! It was an absolutely wonderful conference covering a broad range of topics based around congregational singing and family worship. Plenary and breakout speakers included Alistair Begg, David Platt, Paul Tripp, Joni Eareckson Tada, Bob Kauflin, Don Carson, Steve Nichols, Thom Rainer, Mike Harland, Laura Story, and many others. I was greatly encouraged and loved learning new things to incorporate in my own family and ministry. I even got to sing on the stage of the Grand Ole Opry House during the Hymn Sing! A brief highlight of the trip was seeing my dear college friend, Jenaye, who was working the conference. We only got about 3-5 minutes to talk, but it was enough to catch up on life before we both had to get back to our respective roles.
- We said goodbye to Comcast (Xfinity?) and became an all-AT&T family last Saturday! We’re saving about $50 a month, and enjoying what we have so far.
- Last Saturday also found us downtown at the Orpheum for the first show of the 2017-2018 Broadway season. We enjoyed a wonderful performance of The King & I from our new seats in the orchestra section. My folks came up to Memphis (with absolutely NO hesitation) to babysit Reagan while we enjoyed our weekend date.
- As much as I enjoyed the Getty conference, one thing I won’t do again is sing in the conference choir. Getting to sing on the Grand Ole Opry stage was great, and working directly with the Gettys was a neat experience. But the time constraint was so tight that I barely had time to breathe before the next event. In one instance, I missed a breakout session that I was really looking forward to (I’m getting sent a link to view the missed session). But the thing that got to me most was the self-centeredness I observed throughout the choir. There were WAY too many instances of “I want this…will you increase the font size…why didn’t I get that…why did they get this and I did’t…why don’t we have time to visit the souvenir shop…will you change the background on the screens?” By the second day, I’d had my fill of it. I just made sure to try to avoid those whom I saw as sticks in the mud/thorns in the flesh, and made an intentional effort to enjoy the experience as best I could.
- Tennessee football disappointed two weeks in a row, one with a lost (against FL) and one with a win (against UMass). I fear that Butch Jones may not make it to the end of the season.