It all started with Will asking me a few weeks ago what it was about him that finally attracted me to him as more than a friend. (For those of you who don’t know, neither of us *liked* the other at first and even since we did, we were both pretty adamant against pursuing anything more than a friendship with the other. We were, as the saying goes, dating Jesus. But that’s a different post for a different day…) That question made me think back and realize it was no one thing that did it for me. Rather, it was a number of small acts of kindness, signs of true friendship, and, yes, clever remarks on his part that slowly started melting my stoic heart.
Jump forward to 1 year of courting and 7 months of marriage later, it is still those small things that he does each day that make all the difference. Random hugs, offering to do the dishes, bragging on me even when I’m not around, and so much more – they are all little outward signs of a deeper love, a love that we could not possibly conjur up for the other if we tried. The wonderful (and sometimes daunting) thing about growing in a relationship is that it has been a process and will continue to be such. It would be crazy to think that we would have gotten from awkward-point-A to expectant-parent-point-B in a matter of hours. The beauty is in the journey.
The same is true for this rollercoaster ride of a music dream. I will be the first to admit that there are weeks when we want to give up about every other day. It is all too easy to get discouraged when I focus on all these pesky miniature roadblocks we so frequently encounter. All it takes is one mic cable to stop working for the day to feel like a wash.
But when I take a step back, I realize how insanely blessed we are. It’s all of these small, good things that have all added up to the point we are at now. We have a logo, a website, our own studio, all of which we’ve gotten to develop from the ground up and permeate with our vision for this music. We have opportunities to share our music, great friends to collab with, enthusiastic fans -heck, we have music we love! I don’t say any of this to toot our own horn, but to acknowledge all of these ways that God has led us and seen things through. All of these small things have added up to the bigger picture of what we hope our music will become.
So let this musing on where we’re at in the journey be an encouragement to you. Whether it’s small things that don’t seem to stop coming or something big that’s knocking you down, allow the little blessings to be louder.
-Joylily, for the band