Latest News - Jan 2011
Well, 2010 seemed to fly by without landing at all….well, that is except for when Lisa had to take off for over 3 months for healing….shoulder healing! That’s right, Lisa was restricted from signing while she went through physical therapy for “over use” of her shoulder and arm! Very similar to what they call “tennis elbow”. After three months of therapy with little relief, a steroid injection followed. The shot did its thing and Lisa was back doing what she loves best!
Before the shoulder issues, Lisa was having a great year. First, and most important to Lisa, she received her very own little Maltese puppy who she named Hannah Grace. It was touch and go for little Hannah for about 3+ months. All I will say is watch out for those so called “puppy mills” in Texas!!! But I’m happy to say Hannah survived and is the delight of our family!
Besides Lisa’s solo events, she was thrilled and privileged to sign again with three of her favorite people …Sandi Patty, Sheila Walsh, and Kathy Troccoli. Sandi was performing at FBC Dallas and when she spotted Lisa in the audience, Sandi signed “do you want to sign with me”. You think Lisa would turn down that invitation?? I think not!! Never! What a delight for Lisa that showed all over her face, as the two did their signature song How Great Thou Art. Lisa and her hero… that will never change!
Sheila and Lisa did a Mayor’s Breakfast event together in the Dallas area. As always, sweet Sheila was such a joy to be with…our entire family just loves this special lady!! That was the second time Lisa was able to join Sheila last year. Sheila is so refreshing to be around. She’s just the best!! If you haven’t had a chance to sit down with a cup of cappuccino and enjoy one of Sheila’s encouraging and heartfelt books…you’re missing a blessing!
For Lisa’s 35th birthday, she was given the choice of a huge birthday party or go to NY to see Kathy Troccoli. She gave up the party and presents for Kathy! As usual, Kathy made Lisa feel soo special and for the second year in a row…had the audience join her in signing Happy Birthday to Lisa. Kathy… always genuine and loving…so cool to be around! Kathy asked Lisa to join her on stage which thrilled Lisa as they performed one of their favorite songs; My Life is in His Hands.
While on this NY trip, we were hosted by good friends and designer of Lisa’s website, Juergen and Holly Klingenberg. Between Kathy and the Klingenberg’s…Lisa had a birthday she will never forget! Juergen, or the Hunk, as Lisa calls him, took Lisa flying…in a glider!! To say Lisa had a blast does not even begin to express the thrill she experienced flying around up “near heaven” as she put it!!!
In the fall, Lisa was invited to Ozark, MO for the Dare to Dream Women’s Conference hosted by the James River Assembly Church. Lisa shared her testimony and two songs to an awesome audience! We met some wonderful, wonderful people. Christine Caine for one …who is the founder of The A21 Campaign. Christine has an inspiring passion to be used by God to reach the lost. She’s energetic, funny and very much the real deal!! Love that accent!! She has an incredible ministry ….check out her website. We soon found we had a mutual friend…Sheila Walsh…so Chris wanted a picture of herself and Lisa to send off Sheila! So much fun!!
Another guest speaker was DeLynn Rizzo, wife of Pastor Dino Rizzo, who together started The Healing Church in Baton Rouge, LA. DeLynn encouraged the women in attendance with her sweet and tender charm and obvious devotion to the Lord. Lisa and DeLynn clicked right away and I’m sure this meeting won’t be the last.
If you are in the Ozark area, you must go visit this church! The Pastor’s wife, Debbie Lindell, was so loving and kind. Lisa was made to feel very much apart of this special weekend. Quite frankly, they catered and spoiled Lisa so much; she did not want to leave!!! Melody was assigned to meet Lisa’s every thought, wish and/or desire…and that’s exactly what she did!! Starbucks…Starbucks…and more Starbucks…and then much more!!! What hospitality…couldn’t be beat!!! Thank you Debbie for inviting us!!
Lisa also completed her first DVD last year which she wanted dedicated to her beloved friend, Amy, who went home to be with the Lord in 2009. There were many challenges with this first new venture…we learned a lot of what works and what definitely doesn’t. But this was important to Lisa …to do it for Amy. Just a limited number were produced and we’re in hopes of having a second, much better quality produced soon.
Despite the ailments with both little Hannah and Lisa this past year, the Lord continued to bless and bless and we continue to call Him…Lord!!! Lord of ALL!!
Well, we finished 2009 blessed to be able to serve the Lord and be apart an awesome group of young women, the Journey of Sisters. The last six months of 2009 was a tough year for all as we struggled to understand why our sweet friend and leader, Amy, was taken from us. Thankfully, we can find comfort in knowing and believing she was in God’s hands from the start and ready to be with Him according to His plan for her. So we move on trusting God to direct and guide us wherever He would have us to go... doing whatever He would have us to do.
As we look back over the year, Lisa had several opportunities to be with some pretty awesome people. Our cruise with Kathy Troccoli was just incredible. Meeting and performing with Mark Harris, Mark Lowery was so fun…seeing and laughing with old friends from WOF (Chonda Pierce)…and time with Avalon and of course, Kathy couldn’t be beat…. Meeting and making new friends was just a gift on top of it all!!
A special highlight of the year was getting to meet and perform with Charice, YouTube singing sensation discovered by David Foster. Charice and Lisa performed at the Best Buddies Gala in Dallas. When David Foster saw a video of the two, he asked Lisa to join them at three of his ten David Foster & Friends concert tour stops. We went to Chicago, Ft Lauderdale and Los Angeles. What a blast!! Charice and Lisa claimed to be the diva-sisters and were arm and arm the whole time. They did autographs, photos, and TV interviews together. We were blessed to meet new friends Deborah Cox, Kathy Sledge, Ruben Studdard (American Idol), the Four Canadian Tenors, and Peter Cetera….not to mention David Foster himself…the legend…the “hit-man”. In LA, we were able to see and talk with Dr. Phil and wife Robin again who were sitting on the front row as Lisa and Charice performed. We caught up with them later at David Foster’s party. It was an awesome experience and one we’ll never forget. Many thanks go to Jan Miller and American Airlines for making it all possible.