When I was a kid, I loved back-to-school time. I loved picking out my backpack, buying pens and pencils and dreaming about what my new teacher and classroom would be like. There was also always a small undercurrent of anxiety. Would I fit in?Read More
I love romantic movies… Sleepless in Seattle, You’ve Got Mail, the remake of Sabrina. The funny thing about all of these movies is they end right when …Read More
Last year we took Lucy to the orthodontist for the first time. After looking at her teeth, the doctor told us she had four baby molars that were fused to her jawbone and would never fall out on their own. She would need oral surgery, and would need to be put completely under to do it.
I scheduled the surgery several weeks out …Read More
If you found your way to this post, it probably means that you struggle with fear like me. The first thing I want to tell you is that you’re not alone, you’re not going crazy and God is not disappointed with you.Read More
A couple months ago my daughter Lucy went to the orthodontist and found out she needed surgery to remove four baby molars. They were fused to the bone and would never fall out on their own. I scheduled the surgery several weeks out and proceeded to worry about it every. Single. Day …Read More
I'm a mom, so I know the struggle is real when it comes to children's music. Here are my two problems with music my kids want to listen to:
1) I don't really like it to begin with. 2) My kids want to hear it over and over for all eternity.
Can you relate?Read More
It’s been incredible to watch my little girls graduate from diapers, baby food and cribs to bunkbeds, backpacks and homework. I know everyone says this, but it happened so fast! One day they were learning how to walk, and now they’re …Read More
When I was in college, I went a missions trip with a small group of students. We had several get-to-know-you meetings before we embarked on our journey and I had an easy time getting along with everyone in the group. Everyone except for one person who drove me absolutely insane. We’ll call him ...Read More
I’ve been processing a lot about you and me, and how this whole music thing works. If you have five minutes and are willing to read some ramblings, I’d love to share my heart with you. Here goes…Read More
When my daughter, Lucy, was two years old she decided to see what would happen if she put her finger in the hinge of the refrigerator door as it shut. I remember the sound of her sobbing as she cradled her poor, tiny little finger like it was a wounded butterfly. Before I assessed the damage, I scooped her up and told her that I loved her and everything was ...Read More
This is a story of how non-stick cookware changed my marriage forever. Once upon a time I was single, and in search of a husband. The tricky thing about dating is the slow revelation that the object of your affection isn’t as perfect as you thought they were. Over the course of weeks and months it is slowly revealed to you that ...Read More
Two to three times every month, I kiss two sweet little faces and tell them I love them and that I’ll be home soon. Sometimes everyone is fine with it and we simply accept it as part of life, and other times I cry on the 40-minute drive from our house to the airport ...Read More
Sometimes when I walk into a room full of people, there’s a feeling that starts expanding under my ribs like a balloon full of nervous energy. It’s the you-don’t-belong-here feeling.
This is the exact feeling I had a couple years ago in Florida, when I was ...Read More
I’m in love with Autumn. It’s like hitting the restart button on my little corner of the world. It’s a visual reminder that summers full of energy, activity and adventure cannot and should not last forever. There comes a time to slow down and rest.
There is undeniable beauty in the color of dying leaves, but beauty is not so easily found in the death of all things. I think of my friend ...Read More
When my daughter, Lucy, was six she had an assignment to give a presentation at school. We practiced and practiced until she knew it like the back of her little kindergarten hand. When she came home from school, I asked her how it went, feeling confident that we… I mean she… nailed it.Read More
A few days ago, my baby strapped on her backpack, laced up her shoes, and headed off to kindergarten. She was so ready, and that made one of us. I’m not sure if I’m relieved to finally have some time to myself, or if I’m just terribly sad ...Read More
Happy back-to-school season! As you probably know, I’m releasing a new single on the first Friday of each month, and my August song is for all you parents who’re busy gearing up to send your kiddos back to the classroom. I LOVE this song ...Read More
Earlier this year, MOPS International (Mothers of Preschoolers), asked me to write a theme song for them this year. They didn't have a budget for the song, but I loved the theme so much that I took it upon myself to make the recording with the help of fans like you on Patreon.com/jjheller ...Read More
As you may or may not have seen, this past Friday (11/11/16) was the fruition of months of hard work on my new Christmas album, UNTO US (my 10th full-length record of my nearly 13-year career as a full-time musician). I have an incredible network of fans who are willing to support my music, and over 2,000 Kickstarter backers helped fund the making of UNTO US this summer ...Read More