So I’d like to make a commitment to you. 365 days minus 12. I’d like to sit down every single day for the rest of this year and find at least one thing in each of those days that might be worth writing about. Hopefully not in some self-righteous, can’t get enough of himself, he really like the sound of his own voice, sort of way; but rather just to sort of be forced, if nothing else, to look at each day with a little bit of purpose. I’m certain that there will be many days that I will struggle to find anything of significance to record. After all, this life that we live is nothing if not rote and mundane much of the time. But I think that’s why I want to do this. Because I want to believe, I DO believe somewhere deep inside of me, that there is no day that is really insignificant. That there is no day that is not ordered in some way to remind us of beauty somehow. That there is no day that is not a specific part of a specific story that is being told. Please know that I may fail. I might not come through. I’m good at that. But I really want to do this…I want to be committed. I want to share the story, not because I think it will have some profound impact, but because I think that’s what we’re meant to do, what we were created for.
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Just wanted to say a quick hello and give a long overdue but emphatic “WELCOME” to the new website. Truthfully, it’s going to be more of a “blog-site” than a website, but that really is the point. All the kids are doing it. Besides, who can tell the real difference anymore these days. I think the reason that I want this to be more of a blog than a website is because I hope that it can be about communication more than just information. People ask me all the time what I hope to accomplish when I play a concert, and my answer is always the same: I hope it’s more of a conversation than a concert, more substance than show. That’s what I hope for this site…that it’s more about encouraging relational living than anything else. And speaking of relationships, I have to thank my dear friend Keely Scott (@keelymarie) for really inspiring and informing the idea that there might indeed be something worth saying here and reminding me that the commodity that we all buy, sell, and trade on a daily basis, whether we know it or not, is feeling connected to something. She is not only married to my 8-year band-leader (“his blood runs through my instruments”) and one of my best friends, Gabe Scott, but she is also a ridiculously talented photographer and a HORRIBLE mathematician. I also want to say thank you to my good friend Spence Smith (@spencesmith), who is not only the Twitter/Blog/Social Media Guru, but donated a STUPID amount of time to get this thing going in the first place. And I FOR SURE (sorry, I just realized I’m getting WAY too carried away with the ALL-CAPS thing…) want to thank my beautiful wife, Roshare, not only for getting all the details and wrinkles ironed out from a design and content prospective, but for kicking me (literally) on a daily basis to keep me connected and consistent with this. The beauty of this particular set-up is that Spence and Keely have given us (Roshare, really) the know-how that allows us to pretty much run everything ourselves; so I’m looking forward to allowing the content to grow and change consistently into what it needs to be…and I would love your feedback on what you think it should be as well. Ultimately, I hope that this will be a place for a simple, honest, and ongoing conversation about faith, culture, music, religion, politics (yes, I said it), struggle, hope, and a world of other things – conversation being the key word. So here’s to the beginning of a beautiful…BLOGSHIP (ALL CAPS FOR EMPHASIS AND DRAMATIC EFFECT).
This is the entire Norman Family (except mom & dad) at Thanksgiving 2009 in Columbus, GA. This photo was taken as a surprise gift for mom & dad. (From L-R by Family) My brother Chris, his wife Lisa, their kids Eli, Emma & Carter; My sister Mandy, her husband Chris, their kids Abby, Claire & Jack; My sister Amy, her husband Rich, their kids Lilly, Anna & Maddie; Me, my wife Roshare, and our kids Smith & Miller.