These Are The Days

As I sit here and hold my children I can’t help but know these are the days I’ll one day look back and wish I had more . I’ll ask myself why I didn’t take more time to slow down, answer their every “why?” in a more loving manner and be more patient.

One day they’ll be too big to hold and not want to be held. One day they won’t be as excited that I’m home and I’ll miss them running, screaming “DADA!” I know deep in my soul I need to hold on to these days because truly these are the days.

Hold on to more moments and laugh more with the kids. Take time to not be interested in other things but be solely sold in to playing, laughing and being a daddy. One day I’m going to realize just how precious these moments truly were.

These are the days.

Family Pictures

This week we took family pictures.  

We haven’t had family pictures for a while now and wanted to take advantage of the fall foliage and good lighting.

Adelaide is four, Kingston is two and Ledger is one. As we were getting ready Kingston was crying, Adelaide was being bossy and Ledger constantly had a snotty nose. I said to myself, “Why again are we doing this?!” Why in the world do we dress up, get frustrated when the kids cry and ultimately end up in bad moods at the end of family photo sessions?

// MEMORIES //

That’s right. We do it for the sake of remembering wonderful, different seasons of life. We get all dressed up and say cheese so we remember. We remember hard times, good times, funny things the kids did and where we were in life. It’s a wonderful thing to look at a picture and be reminded of past life. It can make you laugh and cry all at the same time. 

Once we got to the place to take pictures the kids were in decent moods and as I watched them run around, laugh and giggle and I couldn’t stop smiling. How in the world did I get this lucky? I’ll one day, years from now, see these smiling faces in these pictures and be instantly reminded of this season of life. It made me think “Make more memories, Micah.” 

MAKE MORE MEMORIES  

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I'm Bad At Blogs

There. I said it. I'm bad at blogs and like everything about them. 

I wrote a blog on my birthday nearly a year ago with the intentions of writing regularly as an outlet for me to think through life and tell ya'll about it. Whoops. I forgot to tell you all about it. 

A lot has happened in this near year since I last wrote something. Here are a few of the things going on. 

RBF to RBC. I was blessed this year to accept a position at Ridgecrest Baptist in Springfield, Mo. I was formerly at the same church, River Bluff Fellowship, for nearly seven years and loved every minute of it. It's a strange feeling to know God is calling you to a new place but at the same time so freeing to know so strongly it was what He wants for you. At times I very much miss my friends at River Bluff Fellowship but am also encouraged and thankful for new found friendships and people at Ridgecrest. I see nearly every single week signs that are evident that RBC is where we are supposed to be and I'm still humbled and honored to be there. God is good. 

KIDS. Adelaide is four, Kingston is two and Ledger is one. Adelaide is in preschool and loves it so much. She is so kind, intelligent funny and witty. Kingston loves ninjas, batman and spiderman. I absolutely love how much of a boy he is. He loves to play in the dirt and fight bad guys and he's seriously the coolest. He's sweet, loves his mama and I can tell loves to please people already. Ledger is a little chunk and refuses to walk even though he can stand by himself. I'm bonding more and more with Ledge Man, as I call him, and he loves his "dada." I'm beyond thankful I get to be the dad of these three little AuBuchon's. 

MUSIC. I'm coming out of a busy season of student events, travels and time away from my family. While I've been thankful for new opportunities the last five of six weekends I've been away and I'm ready to be home. I'm in the process of writing new songs and seeing what the Lord has to say through me. We'll see if anything happens with it. Stay tuned. 

APPENDIX. I had an emergency appendectomy a few months back and it was not a fun time for me. I love to up, active and at it all the time. I love playing tennis, basketball, running and lifting and I couldn't do any of that for like ten weeks. Are you supposed to be out that long you ask? NO. Not at all. However, I got the stomach bug twice, horrible cough and congestion and finally a third case of stomach bug stuff. It was a miserable nearly three months. I won't take my health for granted anymore and you shouldn't either. 

THIRTY. Come December 12th I'll be thirty. WOAH. I'm thankful for the years God has graced me with and hoping for more years to love on my wife and kids and let people know I love Jesus. 

What's up with you? Maybe we haven't connected in a long time. I'd love to hear what God is doing in your life and where you are these days. Reach out and let's grab some coffee, talk about Jesus, music, life or whatever and catch up. Don't let another year go by and not say hi. 

(now here's a huge photo of me)

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29 Will Be Fine

Well. I'm officially 29. Yikes! When did that happen?

At some point I feel there will be the questions of "Are you feeling old now?" or "I bet you take more naps?" I've always been one to look at getting older and frown a bit but I believe that's everyone, right?! 

This morning I woke up at 4:45a and headed to the gym to make sure I got in a hard work out before I started my Birth Day. It was mainly because I knew I'd feel better about the cake I'd consume today ... and last night. Anyway. I did a lot of thinking while I was running on the treadmill. Sometimes I can think way too much and I need to just put my mind to rest but today was a good thinking session. 

I realize now with age comes more opportunities. I have an opportunity to praise God every day and give Him glory in the good and bad. I have an opportunity to be a Godly husband. I have an opportunity to be a Godly father. I have an opportunity to live out the Gospel in front of every person I encounter. Do I make it most of it though? I began questioning if in my busyness I ever try to slow down and ensure I'm living out my years focused on pointing people to Christ and not myself? I truly in my run this morning asked myself if I'm taking these opportunities and making them count. 

SO. For my 29th year of life I'm dedicating it to making the opportunities count. There are countless ones every day and I know I'll fail at some point but I'm ready. Like that Steven Curtis Chapman song I'm going to "LIVE OUT LOUD." 

I held my wife and kids a little closer today and made sure to hug them a little tighter and a little longer (without being awkward). My cuddle session with my little girl Adelaide was so precious and she told me she loved me because it was my birthday, therefore, I will tell her it's my birthday every day! 

Fall Fun & Musical Thoughts

(This is my first Blog Post in a really, really, really long time. Forgive the run on sentences or poor grammar. It'll get better y'all.) 

Fall Fun

As Fall is upon us and the pumpkin spiced lattes are in full force I'm thankful for a busy time filled with family fun and music happenings. 

My family and I have already enjoyed flannel, plaid, boots and smores on the back porch with the string lights and crisp fall weather that makes a chimena fire feel necessary.

I was listening today to my kids laugh and run around and at one point heard Adelaide yell at Kingston "You're not my brother!" She's 3. He's 1. I literally laughed out and loud and realized how thankful I am for times to be home and live life with my wife and kids even if it's filled with them fighting over toys. Later on in the day Adelaide drove Kingston around in her Barbie Jeep and all was well with the world. 

I'm thankful for the laughs, the cries and random dates with my wife Jill. Life is good in the Fall and I'm blessed in this season of life. 

Musical Thoughts

As some of you know I'm fortunate to lead worship at a local church, student events and church events as well as play guitar with Curb Records band Nate & the Saints. 

As the end of summer approached I wasn't sure what my music might look like in the future outside my local church. I finished a crazy summer with lots of music but wasn't trying hard to book new events in the future. At one point I even asked God to close doors to music opportunities if He wanted me to focus more on other things. I decided to not pursue anything and just see what transpired. 

I continued to pray that God would help give me wisdom in where to move with my own worship project and whether to even pursue it. I think at some point every artist/musician goes through thoughts of insecurity and wondering if their efforts matter. I was going through that. Fast forward to September and a few conversations with my wife and thought filled days I just said out loud driving down the road "God open doors if you want them to open or close them if you want them closed."

I remember praying those words specifically on a Wednesday afternoon being so unsure of what I was supposed to do. Not even a few hours later a church emailed me asking to come lead worship at their event. Then the next day I had a ministry friend ask me to come lead worship at his prayer and worship service. Then the next week another church asked about a city wide worship night they wanted me to be a part of, I was contacted by the local FCA to lead worship for their students and so on and so on. I was a little overwhelmed by all these opportunities starting to pour out in just a matter of a few weeks. It affirmed in me when you ask God to give you answers that He will.

While some of you who lasted this long (sorry I'll be shorter later on hopefully!) might question how I know it's a sign of whether to pursue those opportunities I'll remind you of this.

James 1:5 says "If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to you." 

I can honestly say I was content whichever way God led but was thankful in seeking hard to know what God wanted. As the opportunities have come I've felt God opened the doors for those events to be used to Glorify his name and not promote mine more. They are opportunities to maybe make an impact on a student who needs someone to direct them towards Christ. I'm praying already for these opportunities ahead of me and thankful for them. 

I'm excited for the Fall and what it means for my family, my church and ultimately where God is leading.