Thankful

With the cold winter winds and fresh falling snow burying the autumn leaves, mid November is upon us.  I have been looking forward to this time of year for the last 11 months and now it is finally here.  Where did the time go?  Where does the time go really?  The anticipation for things that we are either anxiously or dreadfully awaiting makes the days, weeks, and months seem to drag on until the time has passed and we can't recall half of what was entertaining our minds.  For all the bad that happens in our lives and for all the good, when I reflect back; I am always thankful for it all.  Every moment.  I am HERE.  TODAY.  For a reason and I am thankful.

2015 is just a mere 6 weeks away, Christmas is 31 days away, and leaving only 4 days until Thanksgiving.  As we are about to gather with family and loved ones, I reminisce on all that has happened over the last year and my heart fills with thankfulness.  Everything that I have longed for thru determination, hard work, and a full spirit collides in this moment.  My soul feels like it's ready to burst thru my chest and my mind clears and happiness becomes my blanket of warmth.  I wish everyone could feel the way that I feel right now.  I have so many things to be thankful for this year. 

I am extremely thankful for the friendships that I have made throughout the music and hunting industries.  Some of the friendships I've made this year are some of the greatest I have ever had since high school.   Many of the friendships are feel like those close friendships we all had back in high school.   Almost like we're family.   Family from day one.  I wouldn't trade those friendships for anything.

I have been blessed to be working with some of the greatest people and products in the music, hunting, and outdoor industries.  I cannot say thank you enough to Craig at Minus 33, Chris from Predator Camo, Garrett with Grizzlystik, Bruce at Weber mandolins, and Alex with Orange Amplifiers.  These are just a few of the people that really "got it" and believed in me.   We have so many great things in the works for 2015 and I am beyond excited for what is about to come!  I can't wait!   

2014 was an amazing year in music for me as well.  I am thankful to be working with Carrie Underwood for over 7 years now and going strong.  I had the opportunity to perform with Dierks Bentley on the Riser Tour as well as film a DVD with Christian artist, Guy Penrod this fall.  As I write this, I sit in a cabin in Colorado feeling so grateful and thankful to be on a Christmas Tour with legendary, Michael Martin Murphey.   I have been surrounded by not only extremely talented vocalists, but they are some of the greatest people I could ever associate myself with.  2014 has been a year of greatness.  

 I am thankful for the comfort of knowing God is in control of my life.  With him, EVERYTHING is possible and that is the truth.  Thank you for giving me the inspiration and motivation every day to pursue my passion.   With all the exciting opportunities ahead, it's family that is most important and is keeps me pushing forward, pursuing my dreams.  Without them, there would have been a lot of days that I would have wanted to give up.  Their support is means everything.

From my family to yours, we wish all a wonderful Thanksgiving this year and I encourage you all to stop holding back from pursuing the things that your heart wants and that your soul needs.  Let go of grudges, forgive all, and pray often.  Decide to be happy and do all things for the right reasons.