My chubby baby

For quite a few years after getting married I really didn’t want children.  I had my dogs and cats and I loved them very much.  I still had a lot of freedom (and sleep) with just pets.  Of course, I eventually changed my mind and decided that I would like to try this “baby thing” that everyone said was so wonderful 🙂  I am now a proud mother of 2 beautiful little girls.  My oldest is 3 and my youngest is 7 months.  The little newcomer is a very happy, chubby baby.  You have heard it before, but I will say it again – being a mom (at home parent) is the hardest job in the world – and very, very worth it.

Here are a couple of parenting myths:  1.  “when its your own child the poopy diapers won’t even be gross to you”.  2.  “you will love your children SO much that you won’t EVER want time away from them”.   3.  “your love for your kids will outweigh your love for your spouce”.  (in my case, my husband is still #1).

During the last part of my pregnancy up until now, I have tried to keep a pretty clear schedule as it is difficult to sing at 9 months pregnant and its difficult to travel with a newborn!!  BUT Im happy to say that my chubby baby is eating like a champ and is getting a bit more independent of mama so I am looking forward to filling up my “singing” schedule once again.

C2BU – Courage to be You

In the worst dream I have ever had I was running down the street that I grew up on chasing a car that was being driven by a very evil man.  I was frantic!  I couldn’t breathe!  I could see in the back window the face of my younger sister. She looked terrified and I knew I had to save her, but I was too slow.  He had her and there was nothing I could do.  Thank God, it was just a dream.

However, there are so many children who are desperately in need of someone to rescue them and to believe in them.  Some have run away from home, some have been taken, given and even sold, sometimes by their own families.  I STRONGLY encourage you to go to a C2BU (courage to be you) concert so that you can learn more about the painfully disturbing sex trafficking industry.  It is right under our noses and in our back yards and it is time that we put an end to it.

I have written a song called ‘something missing’ that I sing at each of the benefit concerts for C2BU.  The song is written from the perspective of one of the children that has been a victim of the sex industry.  It is on the C2BU CD that you can purchase at any of the benefit concerts or you can order it from the C2BU website (

Please do not bury your head in the sand because this is too painful a subject to think about.  You can help.  Check out the website to find out when the next concert is and go. You will not be sorry!


Jackson, MS….18,700 flights canceled, but we still made it there!!

This past weekend Rick and I went to Clinton, Mississippi to be a part of a Courage To Be You Conference with Jenny Williamson and a few other people. It was a bit chilly but nevertheless it was a very nice experience.  After 18,700 flights canceled, due to weather conditions, somehow we were able to find a route that got us to Jackson, MS.  Though we did have to fly into Birmingham, AL and drive four hours to Jackson, MS, we did make it there…finally

I had heard that people in the south aren’t very fond of Californians, and I, like them, am a bit suspicious of Californians myself :).  However, our experience of ‘ya’ll ‘ in the south was extremely welcoming and warm…(despite whatever reservations you may have toward Californians ;-).  We also found that if you were to replace every Starbucks Coffee in California with a church, you would be in the south.  They literally DO have a church on almost EVERY block…but WHERE are all the Starbucks in the south??

While we were there I was also able to share my testimony with the lovely folks at The Church at NorthShore.  This church is so great.  They have created a relaxing and welcoming environment with round tables, breakfast snacks, coffee and even paper on the tables with crayons for kids to draw.  There was a sweet sense of God’s Presence with us there.  Truly you all were a blessing to Rick and I.  We had so much fun going out to lunch with you after church!  You are refreshingly authentic and I hope to visit you again someday.

Of course my favorite thing about the south…(drum roll please) the SWEET TEA! (said in my best southern accent)  The King Cake wasn’t bad either!  Rick got the piece with the baby.  If you don’t know the history of the King Cake you should google it.  It’s interesting!…


NEW Mood For Love CD now Available!

Chaya’s CD release at Harlow’s in Sacramento, CA was a great success! Thank you all so much for coming out to celebrate with us, it was so much fun! And don’t forget to purchase Mood For Love now from Chaya’s Official Online Store! Make sure you check out Chaya’s Facebook for photos from the Harlow’s Release party!


Don’t miss Chaya’s CD RELEASE Celebration at Harlow’s in Sacramento, CA.  It’s coming in less then a month!  Be sure to gather your friends and family to see Chaya on December 9, 2010 at 7:30 pm to celebrate the release of her new Mood For Love CD. Come out and enjoy a night of great music and food, and be the first to pick up her brand new release.  Chaya will be joined by the amazing musicians: Ralph Stover, Lance Taber and Christian Midthun.  You won’t want to miss this!


My NEW CD “Mood for Love” is almost here!

I was probably around 10 years old when I began to watch ‘Singing in the Rain’ over and over again.  It was definitely my favorite, though I also loved ‘Oklahoma’, ‘Carousel’, ‘Showboat’ and so many more of the old musicals.  I knew every lyric to every song Gene Kelly, Fred Astaire, Donald O’Conner, Doris Day, Judy Garland, Nat Cole, Frank Sinatra, Tony Bennett, and Barbra Streisand ever sang.  I remember thinking “I could sing those songs”!

My dream is now unfolding before my eyes!   Mood For Love is hopefully the first of at least a few albums with a collection of my favorite old love songs.  Trust me, it was SO difficult to choose which songs would go on my very first ‘oldies’ album!  There are so many great songs, but we definitely chose some of the very best!  You are truly going to love this album!