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As promised (albeit on by Drea on my behalf), here are some my current musical favorites…

Love Is the Seventh Wave – The Duhks

I believe this song is a Sting original, but the Duhks have redone it using a combination of bluegrass and reggae styles. This seemingly unconventional pairing makes it a one-of-a-kind new favorite. The Duhks (a French Canadian “neo-bluegrass” group) seem promising. I’d like to get some more of their music. The few songs I’ve heard from them are equally unique as this one.

Hold On Tight – Electric Light Orchestra

This is embarrassing because I started liking this song because I heard it on a Honda commercial. Yes, pathetic, I know. I also know pretty much nothing about ELO, except they were big in the UK during the 70’s and 80’s. I’ll also admit the lyrics to this song are pretty generic (except for an anomalous verse in French), but it’s got a great beat, the kind that makes you want to drive like 30mph over the speed limit. So I like it.

Everlasting God

I’m sure many people have already recorded this song, but the two versions I’ve heard are from Chris Tomlin and Lincoln Brewster. Dramatically different versions, but equally well-done. I’m not usually big on the pop-worship blockbuster songs, but this one is just good. The words from Isaiah 40 are well-matched with a melody that can be reflective (Tomlin’s version) or rockin’ out (Brewster).

Thunder on the Mountain – Bob Dylan

This is the opener to Dylan’s most recent album, Modern Times. This album, by the way, debuted at #1, making Dylan, then 65, the oldest person ever to have this distinction. Cool. Anyhow, this song is a blues-rocker in which Dylan expresses, among other things, his fondess of Alicia Keys. (Needless to say, the lyrics are unique.) Even with his vocal range noticeably narrower than before, I think this album is one of the best albums of his career (and I’ve heard a lot of them, thanks to my dad.)

Well, that’s all for now. Drea and I agree that certain music reminds us of specific times, places, and events in our lives. So hopefully we can post our music favorites every so often to keep the memories alive. :)


I can’t believe it’s only been 2 days since my self-proclaimed commitment to blog daily and I’ve already missed a day. To make up for it, we’ll both be posting today.

Since I moved into my own office (with a door and everything!), I can now listen to music throughout the day. Drew is hooked on Pandora Radio and I’ve also become addicted. We’ve both been introduced to a lot of new music through Pandora and have decided to share our current “must listens” so you can go listen to them. You’re welcome. :)

Here are mine, in no particular order:

“To Make You Feel My Love” by Mick McAuley & Winifred Horan : If you know me at all, you will realize why I like this song when you hear it. Acoustic guitars, simple melodies and ooey gooey love vibes…my taste in a nutshell. I’m a sucker for love songs.

“Love Song” by Sara Bareilles : Sara Bareilles is quickly becoming one of my new favorites. She pretty much taught herself the piano and is great.

“Hosanna” by Hillsong United : United’s CD “United We Stand” is my favorite CD of all time. “Hosanna” is off of their newest album, All of the Above, and does not disappoint. Geez, what a great worship song. The word hosanna has several different meanings. The word was first used to mean “save”, but in Psalms is used to mean “praise to you”. I can’t wait to do this one at the LC Retreat next week :)

“Speeding Cars” by Imogen Heap : I knew I loved Imogen Heap the second I saw this video. She is so creative and unique.

“Point of Difference” by Hillsong United : Drew and I listened to this song with our windows down, full volume yesterday. It’s so good. When you listen to it though, you’ve got to do it the same way – windows down, volume up.

“The Fox” by Nickel Creek : This song just SOUNDS cool. Chris Thile is quite the mandolin player also. This is one of those songs that gets stuck in your head and you don’t mind.

“I’ll Be Your Water” by Keb’ Mo’ : This is a song that Pandora played for me and I loved it immediately. Acoustic guitar and a talented, soulful singer. Yeeeeah.

So there ya go. Seriously, I’m horrible at blogging.

Me: John Mayer is sexy.
Drew: Yeah.

(long pause as Drew drives and I continue to look out the window)

Me: Wait, WHAT?!

Does Drew’s post count? Well, just to make sure, I am posting anyway. :)

We are very proud of ourselves. We finally took the initiative to get a little organized. Drew was off work on Good Friday, so I went ahead and treated myself to a half day. We gathered up the gift cards and headed to Bed, Bath & Beyond. I had a blast going through the aisles, looking for ways to get organized. Drew was…less enthused. He was happy though, when we got home and put our stuff together, how much better things looked!

Highlights of our organization…

A glorious shoe rack. Before, all of our shoes were strewn about the bottom of our closet and we couldn’t walk in without ruining some shoes and hurting our feet. 

Please notice how Drew’s shoes take up the top 2 racks. All the rest are mine.

After 7 months of marriage, we finally own an iron. Plus, I am extra proud because we found a way to maximize our space by hanging!


We’re quickly outgrowing our space and thinking about what we’re going to do when our lease ends in October. Another apartment? A basement? A townhouse?! I guess we’ll see. 

P.S. Tonight I found Drew’s old point and shoot camera with video capabilities…so maybe some video posts to come?

Well, I’m not sure if this satisfies Drea’s new-post-every-day policy, but I did add to my previous post today, so feel free to check it out!

Today’s post was originally supposed to be about organization. After living in 600 square feet for over 6 months, we have finally started to get smart about taking advantage of our space. I was going to post pictures and everything! But now, since it is past my bedtime and the pictures are still not loaded up, I’m going to hold off on the organization post until tomorrow. It’ll just have to wait.

Instead, I’ll talk about something that is sure to be intriguing – our family life and future.

Tonight, Drew and I spent the evening with the Ackermann’s, celebrating Allison’s 23rd birthday. I love the Ackermann birthday traditions: a “special plate” for the birthday girl/boy, schmärren for dinner (German pancakes served with applesauce), Mrs. Ackermann telling the birth story, singing 5 different birthday songs, and of course, cake and presents.

After dinner tonight, we watched some home movies of the Ackermann kids. I just love seeing Drew as a 7 year old. Tonight’s video featured Drew losing a tooth, Abby calling her dad at work to tell him about her ponytails, Adrienne falling asleep at the dinner table, and the whole family (4 kids, 2 parents) stuffed into a single hotel room with one double bed. They’re a fun family.

Drew and I talked about our family all the way home. Baby fever is in high swing, as people left and right are having babies (particularly girls!). We are 100% not ready to have a baby yet, but it’s still fun to talk about. Some things we want for our family:

  • a lot of quality time (since it’s my love language, I don’t think we’ll have a big issue with this one)
  • real values (not being too materialistic, loving their grandparents and enjoying family vacations among others)
  • home videos (we will be buying a camcorder as soon as baby #1 arrives)

Of course there are many other things we want for our family, but these are some points we hit on tonight. It’s exciting to think about our kids – little mixtures of me and him.

As marriage continues, it’s really interesting to learn more things about each other. We have started to realize we view God’s traits a little differently, putting slightly different emphasis on some. Even still, we love being together and knowing that we were purposed to be.

Sidenote: It will be very interesting to see what our kids look like. We can’t decide who’s traits will shine through…though everyone knows that Asian is always better. :)

I don’t know how many people actually read this blog. It doesn’t really matter. This blog is an online archive of our lives and is not meant to entertain.

I realized today that we barely blog anymore! I try to blog as much as I can on the photoblog, but even that is scarce. Today I am making a commitment to blog everyday for a month. This includes posts by Drew, who doesn’t know I am making this commitment for us, but will find out soon enough. :)

Why have a blog if you don’t use it?!

Drea’s previous post is pretty much dead-on. I’m excited about this election! Who’d have thought I would ever be interested in politics? I remember pretty much not giving a crap in the ’04 Bush/Kerry race, despite that at that point I was in college and surrounded by people who…DID give a crap.

Anyhow, I guess I’m just now beginning to feel a real sense of ownership about who I vote for. (Maybe it’s because now I’m actually earning regular income, and therefore more aware of how the government spends our taxes.) I also care about how our country is perceived around the world. (I heard it recently said that we’re making enemies faster than we can kill them. How true.) There are many things about America I don’t like, but many things I do, and probably even more things I take for granted. All things considered, I’m proud and grateful to be an American.

With that said, I’d like to share a few of my reactions to the way this election is panning out. While I’m all for free speech, I think some people just need to exercise a little more decency. I’m obviously too young to remember, but I bet there was a time when politicians and their supporters could have a decent, civil conversation about the issues they disagreed on. I guess we’ve always had bipartisanship here in America, but only recently has it seemed so excessively polarizing. A few examples…

– The way many evangelicals will not just write off, but publicly berate anyone who is pro-choice or for gay rights without listening to a word they have to say about other topics.
– Christians implying that Barack Obama is a terrorist and/or the antichrist based on his cultural ties to the Muslim world and because his name sounds like Osama. (I’ve heard this one in person.)
– “Political analysts” on news shows interrupting and even insulting each other just to get their point across.
– Preachers from both the right and the left abusing their pulpit (and tax-exempt status) by promoting or bashing political agendas.

It’s not necessarily the conservative or the liberal agenda that’s to blame; it’s when either one is blown out of proportion. There is no imaginable situation where this kind of extremism is appropriate. Maybe I’m an idealist, but I’d like to think we can disagree while still having respect for our opponents, maybe even recognizing that our opponents might have a few good points. My dad recently sent me an email thread between him and his brothers about the election. One of them invoked Tony Campolo’s view that conservatives and liberals actually need each other to ensure a healthy balance. I did some more research on this idea and found the context of Campolo’s idea here.

I think the fact that Jesus steered clear of politics says a lot. I think it’s the reason why political discussions immediately go downhill when someone tries to put God in their political party. We only need to look at Jerry Falwell and Jeremiah Wright to realize that both sides are guilty of this. It’s OK to have strong political convictions, but it’s not OK to say that God hates everyone who disagrees with you. I think our society would be more civil and productive if we didn’t take ourselves so seriously. I think it would also give us Christians a great opportunity to show Christ’s love for everyone, which is the main point anyway.

I can’t believe we haven’t posted in the month of March! My goodness. It’s not completely our fault, we promise. Here’s what’s going on with us.

Drew is getting ready for gig #2 at The Westlawn Inn in North Beach. About two months ago, Drew and his sisters were recommended to the owner of a quaint, high class restaurant, The Westlawn Inn. We met the owner, Lee, and he hired Drew and the girls to perform on several Saturday evenings during the dinner rush. Their first performance was in February, and it went great! The girls sung mostly Broadway tunes while Drew accompanied and I got to eat a $50 steak (which was deliiiiicious).

Abby & Adrienne
Abby and Adrienne doing their thing. 

Drew, Abby, Adrienne
The musically talented Ackermanns. :) 
They are playing again this Saturday night at 7pm at The Westlawn Inn, so come on by and enjoy some great music and delicious bread pudding! 
Drew has also been spending a lot of time following the election. He’s pretty into it, so I will let him write a post about who he is supporting and why if he wants to. Suffice to say, I have to steal the remote from him often so we’re not watching CNN all the time. As a matter of fact, as I write this, four “political analysts” are blaring from their respective Brady Bunch TV boxes on Fox’s Hannity & Colmes. Sigh. 
I, on the other hand, have had zero downtime the past three weeks. My fundraising project, Daffodil Days, has finally come to an end, but not without taking most of my energy! The last three weeks have consisted of answering endless voicemails and emails, opening up a lot of packages, counting money, entering information into databases, waking up early, handling what seemed like a million daffodils, driving ALL OVER DC (literally) and learning what the statement “the customer is always right” actually means. It’s really a great program, but I have to admit I’m glad it’s over. Now, I move into a new position – I am filling in for my boss while she is on maternity leave. I’ll be filling in until July (I have to be a BOSS, yikes!), and then I’m focusing on photography! 
Speaking of which, while you’re here, you might as well head on over to the photo blog and check out Renata and my latest photography happenings. We’re trying to stay busy, we’re getting ready to take some business classes, we’re shooting some senior portraits and booking a few weddings (!) and just trying to find enough time to figure out where we’re going. 
So, as you can see, we’re staying busy! If you’ve got some time, drop us a line – we’d love to hear from you and know what you are up to, too! 
Much love. :)