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  • Mar 27 2015
    North Little Rock, AR.
     
    My mom is an amazing woman.  She studies the Word of God like no one else I know.  She exhorts and encourages thousands of women through her say-it-like-it-is brand of writing.  She also homeschooled me throughout most of my growing up years and was into organic before it was cool.  If I can be half the mom she was to me growing up, I'll be doing good. 
     
    I have the fondest memories of gardening with her when I was young.  We lived in New Jersey until I was 7, and we had two raised beds in our large, flat backyard.  We grew everything.  Beans, radishes, tomatoes, cucumbers, carrots, strawberries, squash, flowers--it was basically heaven for a little girl who was obsessed with The Secret Garden.  The smell of cold dirt still makes me feel more alive than almost anything.
     
    I've been dreaming of having my own garden since I moved out on my own to Nashville years ago, and this is the year I'm going to start!  There is nothing like eating food that you grew, nurtured and harvested yourself.  I truly believe it's what we were created to do--to care for the earth and (quite literally) eat the fruit of our labor.  Now, I haven't gardened in decades, and I can't seem to keep my houseplants alive, but I'm hoping that it's due to the fact that I don't get around to watering them enough when I'm on tour.  At least with a veggie garden I don't have to be the one to make it rain! :)
     

    Here is what I'll be planting:

     
    - pickling cucumbers
    - cherry tomatoes
    - golden beets
    - chioggia beets (pictured above...aren't they pretty?)
    - purple carrots
    - atomic red carrots (pictured below) 
    - celery
    - kale
    - two types of lettuce
    - red and yellow onions
    - strawberries
    - watermelon
    - basil
    - cilantro
    - Italian parsley
    - wild thyme
    - catnip for our kitty with no name

    - and lots and lots of flowers that attract bees and butterflies!

    We're even planting a bit of cotton, so I can show my little ones where their clothes come from.  I think it's important to instill in our children a good understanding and appreciation for where things come from.  The earlier we start this the better.  I know that using our hands and our sweat and our time to grow food that we could have just bought at the grocery store will give them valuable lessons that no book could ever teach.  I can't wait to get started.
     

    Love,
    Francesca
     
    P.S. All of the seeds I'm buying are from Baker Creek Rare Seeds.  They aren't sponsoring this post, I just have heard great things, and I'm excited  to try them!  Their rare, heirloom seeds haven't been contaminated by Big Brother, and that is something I am happy happy happy to pay for.  Check them out here.
     
    P.P.S. Aren't those Mother of Pearl Poppies above just gorgeous?  I can't wait to plant some!
  • Mar 26 2015
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  • Mar 22 2015

    Memphis, TN.

     
    Happy Sunday, friends!  I hope you're enjoying your weekend.  We're in Memphis today for the last show of this run of Winter Jam. There's only one weekend left after this, and I'm not ready.  This tour has been such a blast for our family.  It's my third time on Winter Jam in 6 years, and it just keeps getting better.  I'm so grateful for all the new friends we've made and the old friends we've gotten closer with over the past 3 months.  I thought I'd share some of my favorite shots from the tour so far, and I'll do another post next week with more photos and a wrap-up.  It took me going through these photos to realize how few I have with other artists on the tour, so this last weekend, I'll make sure I get a lot of shots to put in a post for next week.
     
     KC, MO. One of my favorite shots from the whole tour. Via 
     
    Joel & Luke from for King & Country and some friends playing sand in the make shift playroom in Jacksonville, FL. :)
     
     The AMAZING Laura Hackett Park joined us Ft. Worth to lead worship for our Jam Church and sing Holy Spirit with me onstage. Love this girl.
     
    I'm pretty sure this was the second Sunday of the tour, when NewSong led worship for us in South Florida. Their Andrae Crouch medley was epic, & Roy playing keys was the best!
     
     All Access, bay-bay.
     
    Roanoke, VA.  Our kids scoot everywhere on this tour, and actually, so does everyone on our team.  I need to get a good group shot of all our guys on their matching blue Razor scooters, because it's amazing. 
     
     We debuted a new shirt half way through the tour, and I love it.  It was designed by the lovely Danielle Burkleo who also designed this blog!  
     
    Soundcheck on day 1 in Charleston, WV.  This would have been right before we went to Five Guys in the mall across the street for dinner.  
     
    Early morning radio gathering with friends in Tampa on arguably the most beautiful day of the whole tour.  Also there was an ice cream truck backstage later that night, so...Tampa wins.
     
    My kiddos playing at the kids museum in Evansville, IN! 
     
     
    No two tours are alike.  The memories you make, the inside jokes that are created, the moments of worship that happen onstage, the stories you hear from people you meet after the shows, the quirks of the bus, the catering team, the crew, the cities, the weather--you can't recreate it.  Most importantly, the friendships and relationships that are formed are priceless.  I'm going to miss everyone, but we still have 4 shows left, so I'm not ready to cry yet.  One more week!!!!

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