I turned 36 on Saturday, I got some iTunes cards worth $80... and Luanne gave me a Starbucks card because she knew I wanted a specific CD from there that was released today. I'm listening to Joni Mitchell's "Shine," her first studio album of new material since 1998's "Taming the Tiger." It's a beautiful album, and I'm glad she came out of "retirement" to record it.
I also downloaded several albums today, and I'm just starting to listen: Herbie Hancock's "River - The Joni Letters" (also released today... featuring jazz takes on Joni and guest vocals by Norah Jones, Tina Turner, Leonard Cohen, Corinne Bailey Rae and Joni herself), "She's Spanish, I'm American" by Josh Rouse and his Spanish girlfriend Paz Suay, "Sky Blue Sky" by Wilco, ""Life in Cartoon Motion" by MIKA, the self-titled debut of the bird and the bee, "Sean-Nós Nua" by Sinéad O'Connor, "Remedy" by David Crowder*Band and a few live tracks from Indigo Girls. And I still have $17 left! It's an embarrassment of riches.
And what's next? I'm from Barcelona? Death Cab for Cutie? Mark Knopfler & Emmylou Harris? Eisley? Damien Rice? Josh Ritter?
What a glorious day! Emily Grace and Zachary Joseph are six years old today! Luanne and I have been reminiscing today about these great kids of ours... How our lives are so rich and full. Sure, it's a lot more difficult to keep the house clean these days. We don't sleep as much as we used to. Our grocery budget is through the roof. And let me tell you... the house isn't quiet very much. Far from it. But our home is alive and full of energy and fun and joy, and we wouldn't change it for the world.
Happy Birthday, Em & Zach! We are so thankful to God for you! I pray that God would continue to grow you up nice and strong, and that you would continue to grow in your smarts (kindergarten is a big, new world!), and that you would continue to grow in your knowledge and love of our great God.
My brother Micah called this afternoon to let us know that he and Nicole are parents! Eleanor Renee ("Ellie") was born today! Welcome to the world, sweet little niece! Your cousins are proud to share a birthday with you!