Gratitude And Adjusting My Attitude

Y’all. We had the best weekend. Our event on Saturday was ahhhhmaazzzing.

I found myself repeating this line the past few weeks: I can’t wait for the day to get here, have the event, wrap it up and let’s move onto other things.

It was very time consuming, mostly for my husband, who, by the way never ever complains. Never. Although early Saturday morning he said: this is like herding kittens. Getting the artists here is always a challenge; sometimes the airlines like to switch things up or the artists themselves need to change travel times at the last minute. Creative people can be flaky; I’m not telling you something you don’t already know.

This was our fourth year for the Songwriters For Vets Event and each year we’ve been building onto the foundation. More sponsors each year (who by the way happily write big fat checks!) and we added silent auction baskets/gifts, plus some live auction items. I wasn’t able to see my craft table for the last few weeks…but today, I can see what the countertop color actually is.


Anyhoo, as we were setting up all the tables, merchandise area and silent auction items on Saturday morning, I was taken aback by all the lovely people in my life who always show up with a smile on their face, always ready to help.

Family photo photobombed by Mr. James Otto himself.

On Sunday morning as we were having breakfast with our kids at the hotel and discussing how the night went my girls also marveled at how many long-term ‘lifer’ friends we have. We are surrounded with good, quality humans and I adore them all. BONUS: Lolo, Linds, Nathan and Lindsay’s new beau were a huge help weeks prior and the day of; I appreciate my kids so much.

We’ve not settled up the funds yet, but Coach thinks we should net about 40k, but maybe more.

Channing Wilson, Kristian Bush, Patrick Davis, Angie Aparo, James Otto.

The Coach and I arrived home on Sunday afternoon and after unloading both vehicles we took the time to rest as we were going nonstop Thursday-Sunday morning. I think I slept 10 hours last night, and surprisingly, I’m still tired. Getting old ain’t for sissies!

Did anyone else attended a musical/charity super spreader event this weekend?

30 thoughts on “Gratitude And Adjusting My Attitude

  1. Nicely done. Those kinds of big charity events require an immense amount of planning and can’t be left to sort themselves out even for a few minutes. Now that it’s over and done, you can truly enjoy what you facilitated.

    (And rest up for the next one…?!)

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  2. I can only imagine all the work that went into this. Getting old isn’t for sissies, and neither is pulling off something of this magnitude. Congrats on a job well done and for doing so much for a great cause. You and your whole family are some dedicated, hard-working, fun people.

    Hooray for the long sleep. Now, go take a nap. (that’s what I’d do).

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  3. Bijoux

    That sounds as stressful as planning a wedding, but I’m glad it was such a success and that you raised a nice chunk of change. I attended a wedding over the weeknd (our old next door neighbor’s daughter, who I remember being born way back in 1995) and then my granddaughter’s 3rd birthday party, which featured unicorns. Can’t beat that!

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  4. M

    That sounds like a huge undertaking — and I just know you guys did it with such aplomb! Congratulations! I hope you guys enjoyed the night despite the craziness of the logistics and all; I’m sure $40K is greatly appreciated and awesome that it’ll go to well-deserving hands!

    Didn’t you guys just hold of of these recently? What was the one that was in Napa earlier this year?

    It’s always so nice to have that feeling — the realization that you are surrounded by great, loyal friends and family! Sometimes, it’s easy to forget, and when you do get reminded, you can’t help but feel intense gratitude!

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    1. Hey,
      We attended a Songwriters In Paradise event in Napa, which is similar, but not a fundraiser for Veterans. SIP is more entertainment than charity, but we use many of the same singers/songwriters for our event. We had a Songwriters For Vets event in June on the East Coast of Florida that was also a huge success.

      I feel like the luckiest person alive because off my amazing kids, family and friends.


  5. Pat Birnie

    Ahhhhmazimg is right! So well done and congrats on the success of the event. I bet it’s a blast. I suspect the reason you have all these wonderful long term friends is because you two are wonderfu and giving (not to mention fun). That’s what attracts amazing friendship.

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    1. Pat, thank you for your sweet words.
      We are fortunate in the friend/family department, that is for sure. I suppose you attract what you are. 😜☺️ Or something like that!


  6. Suz,
    Another great success for a wonderful cause! I’m so glad y’all do this every year and have so many helping out…so many. Even so, I can’t imagine the stress of putting one of these events together. At present, we have not been to any big social events recently. Even so, we just found out our daughter has Covid and we’ve been exposed, so we are now in isolation for the next week. Hopefully, we don’t come down with it. Fingers crossed. Ugh.

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    1. You are so sweet; thank you for your kind words. It’s a task, but what else do we have to do? 😳😜

      Sorry about the Covid hitting your home. Praying that your daughter has a mild case and that you guys avoid it altogether.

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