Swimming lessons Part Duex

June 26, 2008

Just an update, last night was the end of his first week. As expected they placed him in the beginner class which means he probably won’t learn to swim at the end of these sessions. But he is having a great time. He’s made a friend and he can’t wait to go. All is well.

I love the….

June 25, 2008

Anybody ever watch those “I love the 70’s, 80’s 90’s” shows on VH1? I love them. They bring me back and add some comedy to life. Well, now they have one called “I love the new millennium.” Its a bit early because we aren’t even to 2010 but it has added some comedic relief when I get home at 11 p.m. from work and need to wind down.

On a completely different note, go try the new Blended lemonade from Starbucks…its really yummy. Or add some strawberry for a little kick.

Swimming lessons

June 24, 2008

We took Ethan to his first swimming lesson last night. He swims in pools all the time but I want him to really know how to swim like holding your breath underwater or floating. The thing about Ethan is that he is hard to teach things too. He is very stubborn and wants to do things his own way. I have learned parenting him that sometimes he doesn’t react like we would like him to. I want to see him jump in and meet friends and have a great time. He didn’t get in when the teacher said jump…even though he has jumped in pools a hundred times. When she would speak to him he ignored her. He just clung to the side as if he had never seen water before. There were about 20, 5 and 6 year old kids and most of them were doing the backstroke. The lesson is only 30 minutes and halfway through he told them he had to go to the bathroom and spent a good portion of the time in there. This was the first day where they check readiness and I’m sure they will put him in the most basic of classes. I’m hoping that he is just shy and when he gets used to his environment he will open up and enjoy himself.

Abbey didn’t understand why she wasn’t getting in the pool and cried all the way home saying “I need to swim too.” She always wants to do what her big brother is doing!

Song Writing

June 21, 2008

I love music. I love to sing it, I love to hear it. There is always…always some song in my head.

I have never written a song. But it literally fascinates me how songs are written. I truely appreciate the art of it. If I hear a song that moves me, I always think about how the song came about. Was it the lyric, did a tune come first, the beat? Did the musicians get together and just start adding their imput until it was a masterpiece? This applies to all types of music for me. I’ve had some piano and some choir but I don’t know anything about major 4ths or chord progressions. I can’t read music. I wish I did. I would love to know what it is like to create a song.

The reason for this post though, is that my husband loves music too. He is probably more “into” it than I am…although he has no musical ability whatsoever…but he listens to it constantly. If you know him, you know that one of his favorite bands is “Death Cab for Cutie.” We were driving the other day and he had their new album on. As the song “Bixby Canyon Bridge” was playing I recognized a particular rift. After debating back and forth where it was from, we decided that it sounded strangely similar to a song called “Restore my soul” from (one of the first) 80’s christian alternative music band “The Choir.”

This rift has some differences but the core of it is the same sound all together. Did this great new band listen to “The Choir” back in the day? After the gajillions of music made since the beginning of time, can their really be a new sound or is it all just copycat?

Well if you want to be the judge, click on this link and then click on the two songs. The rift I’m speaking of are both at the end of the song. “Restore my soul” starts at about 4:01. Death Cab’s rift starts at 2:47. I know this is so trivial. A glimpse inside my thoughts. And hey, maybe I just introduced you to one of the best old songs and a great new one.

Check out new mixtape music periodically at jillwilliams.muxtape.com

Bringing Serving Back

June 19, 2008

I love these musical parody’s. Like “Chronic of Narnia” or the “ipod parody featuring 1234 by fiest.” But I really love this because a church did it to promote serving. Hilarious.



June 17, 2008

We are in a series called “making life work” at Restore. This week Troy spoke about trust. As a church we will be going through the proverbs gaining wisdom from that book. I sang a song that I have loved for years called “Trust” by sixpence none the richer accompanied by Jake. I actually sang this song to our children when I rocked them to sleep at night. I want their lives to be about trusting God in all things. 

The words of the song are:

Trust in the Lord with all your heart, lean not on your own understanding, in all of your ways acknowledge him and he will make your paths strainght

Don’t worry about tomorrow, he’s got it under control. Just trust in the Lord with all your heart, and he will carry you through.

Lord sometimes it gets so tough, to keep my eyes on you when things are going rough. Then I turn my eyes, up to the sky and I hear your voice, it says to me…”Trust in the Lord, with all of your heart.”


June 12, 2008

Our thoughts are continually in South Carolina right now. I will be doing any daily activity and suddenly get a wave of emotion for our friends. Larry and Tania were such an example of a how marriage should be, how parenting should go, how pastoring can be. The respect I have for them is the highest. 

We have been trying to figure out a way to get there for the funeral. Its just not looking possible right now. We would love to be there to honor Tania and support the family and church. 

Burgbachers and Faith family, we are praying for you and thinking of you. We will continue to do so daily.