Hey everyone. Figured I'd jump on here, and update on our lives, since it's been one hectic crazy year since I last updated. Explanations commencing. (P.S. If you want to skip the story and get to the 3-song EP, ‘When I Go’, check it out on our music page.)
We are still at Hume Lake Christian Camps, in the middle of the Grand Sequoia National Forest, and still loving it, after almost 16 months of living here. Winter just ended-- like, 3 weeks ago. Basically, no spring or autumn really abide here; it's 4 months of summer, and then pretty much the rest is winter.
Colton is still being all chef and cook currently, while I recently made the move down from 52 hours a week-ing to 2 days of work, and the rest to being a wife-- which is pretty much my favorite job in the world, I've decided.
This past year was extremely rough-- hence no one really hearing from us in a while. August 21st, I started feeling super sick with stomach pains and chronic fatigue and constantly bummed out for no reason. Started going to a doctor in November, where they told me I might have some genetic mutation, and therefore, I need to stop eating everything, and they narrowed it down to like, four foods. (Those of you who have faced this road-- you, my homies, know what I'm talkin' 'bout.) That, and quit being around every environmental toxin I can.
Yeah. Wow. Miserable. Basically, stop existing, and you'll be fine.
These things, in theory, helped for 3 months, as we spent ALL our paychecks on tests, supplements, organic foods and expensive doctor phone calls and appointments. But then February hit, and all of a sudden, I couldn’t eat ANYTHING without pain, even the organic, GMO/Pesticide/Insecticide whatever whatever free food.
By Easter, I was done with eating in general, and quit altogether.
Simultaneously, throughout the year, people at Hume kept telling me about these doctors that came to Hume occasionally, but I never considered them till Easter week, when someone reminded me of them. But none of us knew the names or locations or anything about these doctors.
So at work Easter week, I prayed that if God wanted me to go to this doctor, He’d sure let me know quick, ‘cause at this point, I was pretty much certain God’s will might be for me to starve to death, and it that was what would glorify Him, I was gonna’ go along with it.
The next day.
An old Hume friend saw me, and asked me how I was. I lied—I’m totally doing great.
She approached me later.
“You don’t look so great.”
So I spilled my guts. She listened. We talked for an hour—half of that in the bathroom. Someone she knew had the same issues, and she knew one of the doctors pretty well, who had helped this person get better quickly.
She gave me the info. I had an appointment later that week.
This doctor loves God, loves people pretty well, and prays with us before our appointments, because, they say, they don’t give the healing—God does.
It’s now been almost 2 months, and I can eat everything again without getting sick. I still have a bit to go—there was a virus in my femur that had been there since I was conceived, stealing nutrients undercover as something my body thought should be there. It had shut down mu stomach and endocrine systems, and was working on the rest of my poor fightin' bod. The doctor—and God—killed that thing quick, and my body’s healed swiftly since.
Anyways, so the past 9.5 months, I’ve pretty much been out of commission completely. But man. God’s amazing. And He was there, closer than I’ve ever experienced in my whole life, the whole time, day in and day out, through tons of sleepless, panicked, stiff-bodied nights and hopeless, dark, worn-out days. I know it’d be stupid to doubt Him again, though, being human, I probably will. But He’s proven that, even despite my quick lack of trust and faith in Him, He still is faithful, and doesn’t leave me alone, ever-- which I needed more than anything.
So there you go. Darkest point of my life, and yet the highlight of my year. He caused me to sing even in the worst pain I’ve known.
As for the stuff you probably actually want to know about, music has been slow going on account of these things, yet not non-existent. We spent the winter applying ourselves to growing in our knowledge and skill with our instruments—piano for me, guitar for Colton. Now that I have time to do things and live again, I’m working on a 6-9 song EP.
Also, I made an EP called 'When I Go' for my childhood bestie Amber Cole, my lost girl musically-talented twin Sydney Fontaine of De Le Croix and Space Camp Council, and my three beastly bros. I just never released it, till today. (Check it on our Music Page.)
We did play a lot of dates last year for the camp, as the worship band, which was SO FUN. Doing that again this year, and REALLY looking forward to it.
Colton has been starting up a photography business (called Jack Davy Photography), for weddings, artistic photoshoots, and photo art. You can see some of his work at https://www.flickr.com/photos/154685746@N05/ . I think he’s pretty cool. And it’s been fun getting to be in some of his photoshoots.
I spent all year, almost every day, attempting to improve in writing fiction novels and fantasy. Working on a book now, though I’m not ready to share any chapters quite yet (though I’m intending to post them for the world to see).
That’s the year, in a quick nutshell. I hope you enjoy the 3-song EP, and all these fantastic Colton-shot originals.