How much do I love the new album? Let me count the ways!

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I had planned to post about the whole Postcards in the Sky album but I might spend this whole thing raving about the title track, THAT’S HOW MUCH I LOOOOOOOOVE IT!!!!!

And I didn’t expect to from the snippet…shows how misleading snippets can be. 🙂

Oh my oh my oh my, it just takes me places… with just the right amount of edge and driving beat counterbalanced with the sweetness of David’s voice to K.I.L.L..M.E.E.E.

I haven’t had this strong of an instant reaction to any of his songs since MH on the little red album… I’m going to go out on a limb and say I think it’s one of the best songs he’s ever released… it needs to be on radio, like NOW!!! Can’t you just hear it???

Don’t get me wrong, I am loving the whole album. 🙂

Upset With Me breaks my heart a little because I think we all know who it’s about. “But you can’t keep hurting me… I need to keep me safe from you”??? Oh David. <33333456789 Beautiful in it’s heart-wrenching simplicity. It’s clearly something he needed get out. To make it real. To start to heal. “I’m taking back what’s mine… I don’t have to give you my life.” #whoah

Waiting in the Stars is empowering, energizing, anthem-y, love the driving beat of it. I can almost hear Kelly Clarkson covering it. The bridge (as always) KILLS.

Seasons is just beautiful. I’m a sucker for harmonies, and with David doing harmony, it’s like there are four parts not two. The soft parts of his voice tho’ *melts*.

I’m thinking Cracks of Heaven might be about Annie Schmidt? I think this one’s really going to grow on me.

For Shine a Light, I may have pumped my fist in the air. Okay, yes, I definitely did. There was at least one witness. Love the soulfulness. And the message, of course.

Okay, a package of Kleenex needs to come with the physical CD for Aiming for Hope alone. Instant tears. And the room I was listening to it in for the first time HAD NO TISSUES!!!!! I’m a little too not over it.

A Little Goes a Long Way has a Nashville feel, don’t you think? Love the driving beat and the lyrics. And his layered vocals in the background, I hear something new every time.

What I love most about this album is all the unexpected places David takes his voice. I mean, come on, we’ve been listening to this dude sing since 2008 AND HE IS STILL PULLING SURPRISES OUT OF HIS SLEEVES! Who does that?? David Archuleta that’s who.

And every song gives us glimpses of what David’s gone through, how he’s been feeling and what matters most to him… so much of his heart and soul in these songs… there’s just so much to them… not the disposable “listen today, forget tomorrow” tunes but songs that will last and stand the test of time. Gems. Every one.

I’m still loving all the Leo and Orion songs, so I’m kind of feeling overwhelmed… in a good way… right now. Like 10 Christmases all happened on one day.

How about you guys, what do you think???
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MANILA CONCERT STUFFS!!!!

Love everything about this picture!!!

Reunion with my student and little brother @davidarchie #davidarchuletaconcert #davidarchuletamnl

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Keep checking JR4DA’s YouTube page HERE … she keeps updating LIKE A BOSS!!!!!

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PLUS: The lovely and amazing @mydearwriter is doing an IG live from the concert… click on her avi, HERE.

awesome concert vid of Nandito Ako… David getting emotional is just … *verklempt*

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Oh, how I LOVE the Filipino fans!!!!!

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THAT FACE, THO’!!! (from D’s IG Live)

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““I hope I look okay… I try to look nice even after being on an airplane and sleeping and watching Moana”  😆

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How much do I love that there’s a #TeamAirport hashtag?? hahahaha ♥♥♥
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And more amazing Naree photos HERE.

Like these:

Bosschuleta may be my fave.

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And love the smiling security guard… clearly fanboying!

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These radio pics are all kinds of ADORBS!!!!

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AND DAVID ON CNN!!!

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FAVE!!!!!

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Scratch that… NEW FAVE! bahahahaha

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INTERVIEW!!!!!

(LOVE the interviews in the Philippines, such thoughtful, respectful questions and appreciation for his talent)

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p.s. omigosh, when the interviewer tells David that October is Mental Health Awareness Month and he gets choked up! *SOBS* When David cries, we cry, am I right??

p.p.s. … and, like, he’s in Manila literally 5 minutes and we get an IG live, tons of videos and pics and a whole amazing interview… Phils, MAHAL MAHAL MAHAL KITA!!!!!
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RUNNING OUT OF Ps AND Ss!!!!!

The lovely and ab fab amazing JR4DA (WHO GETS A SHOUT-OUT IN THIS VIDEO, MAY I ADD!!!) put David’s epic one-hour radio “hang” on YouTube!!!

Be sure the watch the whole thing because amazing. Then read the illustrious Tina’s recap of it HERE … also amazing.
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And he’s been doing too many interviews to keep up with! LOL Thankfully JR has posted them all on YouTube! ♥♥♥ Watch them all on her channel HERE.

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Invincible lyric videooooo


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I remember when David talked about this in his FB Live… that he liked Stephanie Mabey’s cousin’s animation for her Zombie video and decided to have them do a lyric video for Invincible.

There’s something about the little soldier character… fighting the good fight… that tugs at my heart. And so David. Not much of a stretch, I know, lol. And the boots are A++++. 🙂

Do wish they’d given him a nose though. 🙂

(tbh, I’ve been listening to Leo so much, I kind of forgot about Invincible. oops.)

So what do you guys think??

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Canadian content, wooot! David & his cousin Vanessa singing Alanis Morrisette at karaoke!

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thought this was a cool exchange in the comments on David’s IG post about the police officer helping the girl fix her bike (thanks, Janey, for the heads up)… such a respectful convo, a rare occurrence on social media these days, lol
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UPDATE!!!
Run don’t walk to take a look at the revamped OS! Looks amazing! Not gonna lie, kinda wish this pic was the album cover. 🙂 🙂 🙂

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A true Georgia peach

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David slaying TOFW Atlanta!

And the lovely & amazing Brenda be Periscoping HERE!
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#Davidarchuleta #tofwatlanta

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Awesome brother is awesome

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I don’t even know where to start with this… although I guess “Happy Birthday, Jazzy” would be most appropriate 😂

The poem. That niece-tackle. The stolen-phone selfies. 😍😍😍

And is David getting a closer look at her name tag?? I cannot.

And then this….

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Not sure why I love it when D. watches The Voice with us… especially when I’m not actually watching The Voice… just watching his watching… oh dear lawd, my head hurts.

Never change one hair on that fluffeh head of yours, porkchop.

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Happy Thanksgiving weekend, fellow Canucks!

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I love this time of year.

The air is crisp, the leaves are changing colour, and brand spanking new David Archuleta music is on the horizon. Oh, and Canadians from coast to coast to coast are giving thanks… for a long weekend.

For other things too, but mostly for the long weekend. 😂😍

I just preordered Postcards in the Sky on iTunes and got the instant download of Other Things in Sight and Seasons.

😭😭😭

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OTIS I’ve been in love with from Day One, but Seasons was a revelation.

I almost instantly started to tear up. The poignancy in his voice, those harmonies with Madilyn Paige, the tender lyrics… gah, instant floodgates.

Don’t get me wrong, I love the profound themes of David’s new music so far, but there’s something about sharing what’s going on in your heart and personal relationships through song that touches me deeply.

Or, I could be totally off-base… maybe the song is simply about his favourite tree being cut down during pruning “season.”

Whatever it’s about, I love it, just when I thought I’d heard his voice do all it can do, this song brings out new textures and tenderness… even the exhales on the ends of phrases are deeply moving to me.

This Thanksgiving, I am thankful for so many things…

…and I add to that long list: David, his incredible new music, his blow-your-mind concerts, the lovely and ever-patient Kari, the generous David fans who share so much with us, and all you lovely folks who hang out here from time to time … each and every one of your comments, tweets, etc. really do make my day!

Peace & love to all!!!! ❤️❤️❤️❤️

(Top photo: The illustrious Shellster)

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How about you guys??? What do you think of the new song? The snippets??

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Vidya’s story: My second time meeting David (and why there might be a third)

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Meeting David at TOFW was very different from seeing him at a concert. He was completely relaxed at the meet and greet. He was sharp, attentive, and welcoming.

More often than not, I noticed that fans were trying not to take up too much of his time and were being careful about hurrying along after he signed their CD, but he would hold them back, engaging them in active conversation.

He was sincerely trying to establish a genuine connection with every person he talked to. He looked happy. (Maybe it was because his table was right by the food stall?)

As I waited in line (while SOS DM’ing Deb that I had no clue what to say to him), I formulated a plan. I wasn’t going to make the same mistake as the last time I met him where I forgot how to speak. This time, I’d planned what I was going to say to him. My two key messages were:

  1. Leo helps with my driving anxiety, and
  2. We would love to see you back here in new england. Anytime you come back, we’re going to be here to support.

I had practiced this in my head and it was what I was going to say.

Suddenly, it was my turn and I was standing before him. I handed him my CD, and waited for him to sign it.

Me: Thanks for sharing your music and your message with us today, it was meaningful and I got a lot out of it.

David: Aww thanks!

Me: Your album Leo helps a lot with my driving anxiety. The number of minutes of Leo exactly matches the length of my drive home from work. It’s been taking the edge off and I’ve been panicking less.

(YES I COHERENTLY SAID SEVERAL SENTENCES TO DAVID FOR THE FIRST TIME EVER!)

David: (something along the lines of “I’m so glad to hear that. Thank you for sharing”).

Me: (about to say the next thing)

David (interrupts me, how rude): So where are you from?

Me (feeling uncomfortable because I’ve been moving a lot these past couple of years, and don’t know how to answer that question anymore): Er, Portsmouth New Hampshire (only I said it really fast, like portsmouthnewhampshire)

David: (looks up at me closely): It’s just… your accent. Do you speak another language?

Me: Yes, I grew up in India. I speak Tamil. (wondering if I should say “Tamil” more clearly to him and COMPLETELY unprepared for the next thing that happened).

It was like the world stopped for a second. I looked at David, and he looked back at me. It was like he was thinking very deeply.

And then…

David: Vannakkam

(meaning, “welcome/hello”)

He had this WINNING charming smile on his face, which grew wider when he saw my stunned expression.

Me (aloud): !!!!!!! Good for youuu! (laughing at this point). Well, thanks, David (I took the CD back and about to walk away).

David: Wait.

Me: ??

David: I didn’t learn how to say bye in Tamil.

Me: Um, there is no real word for bye. Well, we say “Poyt varen”.

At this point, David was staring at me, his face an expression of careful concentration. He watched my lips form the words very closely.

I didn’t think he’d caught what I said, bec

ause it is a hard word to pronounce for those who are not familiar with the language. I didn’t expect him to have even heard and processed anything beyond the first syllable. I was waving at him, walking away, when I heard the words being said back to me loud and clear.

“Poyt Varen” he said, waving at me, looking delighted at having learned this new word. His accent was perfect, as if he’d grown up speaking Tamil. He enunciated every syllable in the exact same way that I had, even though I’d said it so briefly and quickly.

I gaped back at him. I had nothing to say. I was completely floored by this dude.

What I didn’t have enough time to tell David was that we don’t actually say “bye” in Tamil. We never say bye. We say, “I’m leaving now, but I’ll come back”. That’s what “Poyt Varen” actually means.

Did I just trick David into promising he’d come back to New England?

I am going to hold you to that, Mr. I-like-randomly-impressing-my-fans-with-my-multilingual-talents.

While we wait for him to come back, here are some videos from that day.
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~ Vidya.

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Top photo: The lovely & amazing Muldur

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SAz: Focusing on what really matters since 2009

So cats and kittens, I know we are all breathless with anticipation, obsessively checking iTunes waiting to preorder David Archuleta’s new album, Postcards in the Sky … so while we wait, why not take a moment to ponder why we are all really here. David’s hair.

Now’s the time to take a stand. Are you #TeamHigh or #TeamLow? #TeamFluffeh? or #TeamSmooth?

Don’t be shy… share how you really feel. This is a safe ArchuSpace, my friends.

Should David always go high?

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Or lie low?

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Embrace the fluff?

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Or keep his follicles on the down low?

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Please do your part (heh) and share the hair you care for most….

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Thanks to the wondrous Shelley for her incredible pics!

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The lovely & amazing Taterzen recaps Kamas

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Concert Euphoria at DeJoria

David Archuleta had a concert last Saturday night.

Oh, you knew? Well, did you also know that the venue allowed every portable recording device imaginable to join the festivities?

Yup. Thanks to attending fans, there are videos aplenty, enough videos for you to do your own recap, so get on it! I’m just sharing a few personal impressions about my experience. I am at the age where I have to write something down if I want to remember it, and I really don’t want to forget Saturday night.

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I was at the concert due to the goodness of my husband. It has been a tough summer, and I had several tickets to see David that I never got to use because of it. When hubby saw me suffering through concert detox, he sacrificed his own comfort to get me to Kamas.

Don’t misunderstand. My husband loves David’s voice, and has been known to shed a tear or two when David sings Christmas carols. He is also supportive of my ODD, and enjoys seeing fan friends; but he is not really a pop concert kind of guy.

It didn’t help that Saturday night was unusually loud. We had no earplugs with us, which didn’t worry me, but I learned later that hubby fashioned his own out of some paper scraps he found. Emergency concert origami. Giggle worthy.

The DeJoria Center sits in the mountains above Salt Lake City (venue elevation is 6400 feet). The employees at the center were happy and helpful, but I wasn’t overly impressed with the seating.

While I didn’t expect my own comfy recliner, the ticket prices for this show indicated something a little more cushy than padded folding chairs locked together with nary a millimeter between them, an obvious challenge even for slim-hipped fans (I have actually met a few).

Nevertheless, any perceived discomfort was forgotten the minute the show began.

David Archuleta immediately hit his stride by bounding onto the stage and into “Up All Night.” I have written about his “bounding” before, but it is still an apt description and a joyous way to start a concert.

In classic OCD fashion, I determined to list, in order, every song David sang. Check it out, people. We are talking about a high degree of vocal stamina here, and that says nothing about the additional energy needed for bounding, bouncing, jumping, dancing, twirling, smiling, pointing, strutting, etc. Never mind that I am old and he is not, this is a very challenging workout and totally justifies David’s recreational eating hobby.

  • Up All Night
  • Numb
  • Something ‘Bout Love
  • Invincible
  • Spotlight Down
  • I’m Ready
  • He Lives in You
  • Parachutes and Airplanes/Thunder
  • Someone to Love
  • Other Things in Sight
  • Medley: Running, My Hands, Works for Me, A Little Too Not Over You
  • Beautiful/Scars to Your Beautiful
  • Say Me
  • Broken
  • Don’t You Worry, Child
  • Higher Ground
  • Nunca Pense
  • Encore: Glorious, Crush

I kind of expected David to begin with “Parachutes and Airplanes,” which he has done many times before. The song did show up a little later in the set, and when it majestically morphed into the Imagine Dragons hit, “Thunder,” we lost it, completely lost it, but in a good way. David was into it, the whole of it, and before you knew it, we had ourselves a rock concert.

The songs from David’s EP Leo, which we heard live for the first time, met every expectation and then some. Right after the EP release, there were online discussions about picking a favorite song, but once you hear them live, the game changes and a single choice becomes almost impossible. So different, so good, and so David.

Screen Shot 2017-09-25 at 9.14.18 PMWe heard the Orion songs too. As David moved to the piano to accompany himself on “Say Me,” a male voice hollered out from the back of the hall, “David, I like your hair!”
“You do?” David responded. And then he launched into a hilarious soliloquy about styling his do. He managed to stop in time to remind us that we were having a concert, but that little conversation about a blow dryer had already been given the designation of “classic.” It will remain somewhere in an archive where we are allowed to bring it forth again and again to enjoy it. And we will.

David yielded up another goodie with his introduction to “He Lives in You” and asked the familiar “Do we have any Disney fans here?”

This question generated a big response and an additional observation from David, something to the effect of: “When it comes to Disney, I can always count on you, Utah. Disney is part of us, right? It’s who we are.”

I enjoy David’s stories, and he finds them much easier to share now; but I had to smile when he scolded himself three times for talking too much, and then followed it up with some muttering about how his manager wasn’t going to be happy about it. (“My manager is going to kill me.”)

David’s spiel about the children he has encountered through Holt International is always humbling. He followed his talk with a lovely rendition of “Broken,” but he did not linger in that mode for long and began to wrap up the concert with some lively numbers to get people up and moving.

The crowd didn’t need much encouragement to dance. In fact, they became part of the entertainment. I wanted to stand and do my part, but couldn’t. I felt a little guilty about it, hoping David wouldn’t notice; but as real craziness ensued, I realized I was having a great people-watching experience. (I will not name names.)

Several fans were still dancing their way into the foyer when it was over. The post-concert chatter mostly contained praise for the music and several declarations of love for David Archuleta. Fans left the venue so happy they hardly noticed the serious blizzard going on outside.

Yes, snow!

Those of us heading back to the valley had a white-knuckle ride, but with plenty to talk about.
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There is a popular LDS hymn, “High on the Mountain Top,” which is not only sung by LDS congregations, but is also a standard number for the Tabernacle Choir. The lyrics were written in 1853 by Joel Johnson, a Mormon pioneer. Although they are meant to reflect his thoughts about when and why he crossed the plains to join others in the Salt Lake Valley, my own brain was hearing the music, and did one of those inexplicable leaps from the beginning text of the hymn to what I had just seen and heard at the DeJoria Center:

High on the mountain top
A banner is unfurled.
Ye nations, now look up;
It waves to all the world.

It was a banner night all right, and David unfurled everything he had to give us with his performance: new songs, new dance moves; more energy, more confidence, more surprises. David was having as much fun as we were. You could see it!

Will there ever be an end to the surprises? I certainly hope not. What should end are the questions about how he wants to share his talents.

Look up, and listen. His intent is his alone, for all to see, wherever he goes.

(“You can come along or stay, or give it up, give it up.”)

I’m staying.

–TaterZen

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Top photo and B&W shot: The illustrious Shelley

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A few vids for ya….

His voice on Someone to Love though… like buttah!!!

DAVID COVERS IMAGINE DRAGONSSSSSS!!!!!

BUT WAIT, THERES MORE (see my previous post lol) #davidarchuleta #imaginedragons

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and looooove this!!! Look at that crowd!!!

Couple shots from the show last weekend with @davidarchie and band @jbits @splinter__ @chadtruman #tour #livemusic

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Random post is random

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okay, I know there are lots of Kamas vids to catch up on… primarily on Shelley’s channel HERE , Cheryl’s channel HERE, and Shirley’s channel HERE (thank you, guysssss!!!) … but what is fascinating me, this fine day?

This IG post.

And the story in the comments that went with it about how this pic came about:

I was actually the one that went up to him, chad saw him and wasn’t 100% sure it was him and then he told me to go look and I could tell that he noticed i was looking at him and he started to smile as he was trying to go unnoticed 😂 so we just broke the ice and went for the hey we’re big fans can we get a picture with you!! He was pretty shy and probably sick of getting this all the time but he was very nice to let us be dorks and get a pic with him!

Can you not just picture this exchange? lol So David.

And I can’t help but wonder why he was in this very interesting store, called Smith & Edwards (looks like my hubs’ dream store, where you can wander the aisles looking at everything from wrenches and canoes to 1739592839 types of string). Was he picking up Chapstick? Cap freshener? Organic free-range beef jerky??

The store’s Google blurb says: “Get ready for that big adventure! You’ll find all the gear and supplies you need for your horse, your outdoor adventure, or that project in the kitchen…” or your amazing, dancey, electric, out of this world concert appearance … that’s what they need to add if David be shopping there.

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BUT WAIT, THERES MORE (see my previous post lol) #davidarchuleta #imaginedragons

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(thank youuuu, Donna & Tina!!!!)

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His smile here tho’ (source)

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and I just love this perspective of the crowd

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When facing and fighting cancer, one thing that naturally came was the desire to surround ourselves with things that were uplifting. I suppose there was a great need in us to be built up emotionally, physically, and spiritually. For some reason, listening to some of David Archuletta's songs would bring light and peace into Ashtyn's hospital room. When times seemed so dark nine months ago, a new song of his was released that seemed to put our own feelings into words: "Sometimes I am afraid and I know that's lacking faith, but I'm beginning to understand that for me you have a plan. I'm learning everyday that I won't always have my way, but I'm beginning to understand that for me you have a plan. Heavenly Father, I am grateful for you hearing my prayer. I am learning to be patient and that you are really there. There are answers I'm receiving. No, they're not always immediate. Sometimes I have felt defeated, that's when I kneel down in prayer." Thank you @davidarchie and to everyone who uplifts by sharing your light. #happysabbath #davidarchuleta #mylittleprayer

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