Preorders and Past Words | Here + There, A Christmas Collective

November is here and I can hardly believe it! Last year, around this time, I shared a big piece of my heart with you. I told you about a special project that had come to completion, a collection of original piano solos entitled Here + There. Today, I'm sharing the news that preorders for Here + There are available for upcoming holiday gifts. I'm also sharing a bit from last year's initial post in case you'd like to hear a few snippets from the collection and the reasons behind it. Thank you for letting me share!

Two years ago, as I watched my husband wrestle and play with our boys after dinner one night, I sat down to the ricketiest, most unpromising (and most beautiful because of who gave it!) piano and strung together what would be the first few compilations of Here + There. I remember telling my husband how I wanted to do this, this collection of original piano compositions. (Even though, in all honesty, I don't really love just listening to plain old piano music!) But there was a bigger value to it, a bigger picture to all of it in my mind and it was this-- I want my children to have it someday-- want it to remind them of all of these times, my husband taking the time to play with them, and me stringing together their favorite songs while the giggling and banter (and, yes, some wailing every now and again) ensues. A couple days later, as I fingered through a batch of papers on the counter, I spied a note from my husband. On the paper, I had scrawled a hasty list of 'maybe' songs for the Christmas collection. At the very top, his handwriting spelled out the message, "I believe in you. I love you, Sakes." That note meant the world to me and encouraged me to begin what would become a year long process.

That process, my collection of original Christmas compositions, turned into something so much more. I think that sometimes, whether it's note-playing, word-writing, child-loving, God-learning, husband-knowing, or friend-making, I wrestle with the should, would, and could. When, in reality, what I need to do, to borrow words from my sister Barb, is to go out and do the did-- to do S O M E T H I N G, no matter how small or insignificant.  This year long project showed me the value of small and insignificant. (To continue reading more about the process behind the project, read here.)

You can download the album for immediate use here for $7 or you can order an actual CD from my Etsy shop, Cranny, for $9.00 + $2.50 for shipping and handling. (All preorders will be mailed by Monday, November 24, 2014.) Also, thank you in advance for the many of you who have shared or will share this on Facebook, Twitter, and other social media avenues. Please know that my little family appreciates that so much!

Happy Monday to you, reading friends. Thank you for letting me share a big piece of my heart with you today. And so many words. . . Wordy, wordy!


  1. Well done, you went for it and accomplished exactly what you wanted to do! Good on you.

    1. Zoe,
      You are very sweet. Thank you for stopping here and commenting. And you're right, even though it took a lot longer than I thought it would! : )

  2. Our copy came out about mid-October and it is constantly playing in the boys room, per their initiation. :) And I might add that #10 is pretty much always stuck on repeat. They literally hum it around the house. Thanks for putting it back out there. I didn't get it in time for gifts last year and I love mine so much it is going on my gift list for multiple people. xo.

    1. You are too good to me. I'm so glad that you all are still enjoying it! : ) Happy almost Thanksgiving, friend!

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