Harmony in Marriage

15 years ago this month, I married my best friend for life. My husband and I are very different in many ways... he is a software engineer and well, suffice it to say, I am NOT. I was an artist before my children came along, and that is something he would never attempt to be. Our personalities are a tad different too, but we balance each other well.



Aside from the bigger things in life, like faith and family, we do share some common interests, as evidenced here on this home decor blog. Lucky for me, my husband's hobby is home improvement. I have the vision and he implements it beautifully. We're a good and dangerous team. Dangerous because it's caused many a move in which we got itching to start a whole new project. We're always in the middle of something.

My husband and I met in college at a coffee house we were both performing at. Our musical styles and influences were worlds apart in those days. Over the years though, our tastes started melding as one, and we started writing music together. Being Christians and desiring to meditate on scripture more effectively, we started putting scripture passages, word-for-word, to song. It was our desire for our children to benefit from these songs as well. Some friends started encouraging us to record the songs for their own children. So that's what we did.

The response to the albums has been very positive. The albums won't win any songwriting or production awards... they are just simple songs. We wanted to stick to the KJV or NKJV translations, and let me tell you, it's not an easy task to use words like "hath" and "reckon" and "vessels" in a melodic way. But what the songs lack in style, they are made up for in substance. And that was the whole point.

In celebration of our anniversary, we'd like to share three FREE downloads for you today. The first two songs are from our two Scripture in Song albums. The third song is from an album we are currently working on. It's going to be an album with hymns set to new music. We hope you enjoy them. Thanks for celebrating with us! For free download, click the song titles below.


Free Download: A New Song (Psalm 40:1-4a KJV)


To purchase Volume 1 album: click here


Free Download: In the Morning (Psalm 30:1-5 NKJV)


To purchase Volume 2 album: click here


Free Download: Found by You


Full album to come.

44 comments:

  1. How wonderful! I use the KJV because to me it is poetry.

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  2. Congratulations! And, thanks for the beautiful music! xoxo Beth

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  3. Happy Anniversary to you both! Your music is beautiful, thanks for sharing!

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  4. Congratulations to the both of you!!!!!
    what beautifull songs!!!!!
    Love the idea!

    greetings

    Lynda

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  5. What a handsome couple you are. My sound doesn't work.....but I bet the music is beautiful.
    Happy Anniversary.

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  6. Ya'll are darling! Happy Anniversary! I look forward to listening to the downloads!

    Enjoy!
    Cathy

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  7. Happy Anniversary! Beautiful music. You sound like Sarah Mclaughlin. WoW!
    :) Jen

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  8. Happy Anniversary! You are a beautiful couple and it sounds like a match made in heaven :)
    Thank you for sharing your beautiful music on this special day :)
    God Bless you both.

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  9. Congratulations!!!!! And, thanks for the beautiful music................

    Hugs from Ria

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  10. You have such a beautiful voice! Love your music. You have so much talent - with your eye for design included. Congratulations to you!

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  11. rie. you never stop inspiring me and encouraging me with your life. no one can take away who God made us to be and what he's done in our lives.

    your life...your parenting...your marriage is a real inspiration.

    i will SO buy the album.

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  12. Happy Anniversary and such a wonderful post!

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  13. WOW! Your music is so beautiful and I love the harmony. Thanks for sharing and Happy anniversary!

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  14. How needed in current christian music. So beautiful and tender.
    I read your blog often, and will definately let others know of your album and music on mine too, and will also be watching for the next post to let us know when we can purchase this complete album!

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  15. 'Joy cometh in the morning~' to be able to make such beautiful music!

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  16. Congratulations on a happily ever after. In this day and age it is no small feat.

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  17. JOY!! What a gift to your children to have parents truly Raising them Up with word and melody. A beautiful blessing! lisa

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  18. I am so amazed at what you accomplish! Wow, you and your family are awesome! Congratulations on being just about the cutest thing ever.

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  19. Your voice is amazing! Thanks so much for sharing.
    Happy Anniversary and many blessings to both of you!
    Health and happiness,
    Angela

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  20. Never cease to amaze! I just love coming to visit you hereon this blog! Would love to have tea sometime...you are such a cool lady!

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  21. Rie, I have goose bumps after hearing just the first song and I'm looking forward to listening to the rest. What a talented lady you are, and your husband, as well. Happy Anniversary! I am also married to my best friend and feel blessed to call him mine every day of my life. xx P&H

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  22. Really beautiful...Happy Anniversary to you both...

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  23. Lovely blog, lovely marriage story! Congratulations on your anniversary! Rachael:)

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  24. That's sweet! You are an adorable couple :)
    I was wondering if you have disabled the download feature though, I am sad that I missed the boat :( I usually check in each day so I'm surprised I missed out!

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  25. Happy Anniversary to you both Rie. Thank you for sharing your music, your voice is so beautiful! I have to tell you that I played your 'Found By You' track a few times this afternoon and when I came back into the living room from our kitchen, our little Charlotte was playing with her toys and 'singing' along to your song, it made me smile so much:) Charlotte says she loves that song (she is 3yrs)... Wishing you and your sweet family a wonderful weekend Rie ~ Tina xx

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  26. Your songs are lovely, simply lovely. What a wonderful testimony to the gift of a great marriage the Lord has given you! Congratulations on your anniversary.

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  27. hi rie,
    happy anniversary!
    i too loved your music. the melodic softness was so calming and beautiful. your voice is lovely.
    our family is a music lover of many genres, which most likely fueled our daughter's decision to major in voice & piano (she graduates from college on saturday!) i will be sure she listens to your songs as i'm sure she will enjoy them as much.
    i most enjoy listening to christian/scripture lyrics when they are set to new music. (denver & the mile high comes to mind)
    thank you for sharing your life and your music!
    judi ;)
    the1829farmhouse.blogspot.com

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  28. Happy Anniversary! Thank you, Rie for sharing your music! You are truly blessed with talent and what a joy that you use that talent to glorify Him! "I was Found" is truly my favorite...even though it seems hard to pick one!!

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  29. Thanks for sharing your music Rie! You and your husband communicate the TRUTH so creatively, angelically(your voice), and authentically. Love it.

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  30. Hi Rie,
    Wow I listened to the downloads and you have such a beautiful voice. I loved "I Was Found." You are so talented! Thank you so much for sharing these
    Janice

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  31. I just tried to listen again (My first listen was the other day) and I see that it is gone. You will have to let us know where we can buy your album!
    Janice

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  32. Just wanted to say Thank you! I am a homeschooling mom who has enjoyed your blog so very much! We listened to your music today as we did our devotions. It is truly beautiful. I can't wait to purchase your Scripture in Song, Vol. 1 album. Thank you for sharing on the blog.

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  33. rie! i want to hug you :) thank you for doing this! hiding the word in our hearts is so important and when we hear it to music it makes it so memorable and enjoyable. what a gift God has given you!

    happy anniversary!

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  34. How absolutely lovely...
    what an inspiration you and your family are.

    Thank you ...
    Im following you and looking forward to getting to know you better :)

    Deborah \0/

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  35. Your music, like your house, is simple and beautiful! Thank you for sharing. Happy belated anniversary!

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  36. Beautiful Rie, I am just sitting here allowing God to minister to me through your music. Thankyou so much for sharing this.
    Are you of Irish descent? Your voice is so pure it just got me wondering.
    Angex

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  37. Hi there- I love your music and your beautiful home. You are very talented! Is there a way we can purchase you music? I love the way you put the scriptures to melodies-very beautiful. Thankyou! -Patricia

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  38. Hi Patricia,
    Our first scripture album is available here via download:

    http://bluebehemoth.com/album/52731/

    Our second scripture album is available here:

    http://bluebehemoth.com/album/58029/

    The third hymns album is still in the making.

    Hope that helps!

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  39. Thanks Rie,
    Your music is beautiful and meaningful. I've loved 'learning to know you' thru stumbling across your blog one day! So great to find someone raising their family for Jesus! My husband and I don't have a family yet, but we share some of the same values as you that we hope to raise them on one day. Thanks for being a blessing! I look forward to your posts! - Patricia

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  40. Your music is delightful...i am truly being blessed with your songs. What a gift!

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  41. Oh!! Fellow (religious) songwriters! That's wonderful :)

    I am a bit of songwriter myself although I tend to translate Scripture from the Hebrew. That way, I can make a translation that feels most genuine to me. As for home-decorating... my husband and I are pretty awful at that. We can decorate, fine... but home-improvement? Not so much :)

    Isn't it funny how marriage causes your interests to merge somewhat? I think researchers even looked into this phenomenon. My husband started out with photography and I followed suit. I was the songwriter of the family and he got back into music. We're both avid cooks (with different styles!)

    Marriage is a wonderful thing. Sure, it requires work and intention but the fruits it bears are oh so sweet.

    Thanks for sharing!

    Blessings,
    This Good Life

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  42. Beautiful. I'd buy a cd so keep us posted. You are very blessed, thank you for sharing.

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  43. I found you on pinterest as we are building our own home and I hope God willing to be able to decorate it much like I love... then I found your music and it touched my heart this Shabbat. I am inspired by your creativity and would like to know how I can order a CD to Israel? Blessings

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