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Dear Diary

Dear Diary,

It is December 9th, 2011 and there is snow on the ground outside of our house. We're home for Christmas and I cannot believe it's only about 2 weeks away! This year has been one of the craziest years we've had in a while. This spring we got to tour with Brian "Head" Welch, Decyfer Down and The Wedding. By the summer, we finally got into a bus like we'd been wishing and praying for for the past few years. We did so many amazing summer festivals this year too. My goodness, were some of them HOT!!! Anyone who went to Cornerstone this year deserves a metal because it was 110 degrees, sunny and humid. And there were many others that we're just as hot. But you know what, that's what festival season is all about. Crazy weather, crazy conditions, crazy fans and crazy music. Matt, Mark and I even got to bring out some of our family for short trips this summer. And one of our dogs got to tour with us for a while too which was nice.

In August, Mark and I flew out to LA to do a photo shoot for a branch of Affliction called "Remetee". It was pretty sweet to see the Affliction Headquarters building. They designed it to be as rock and roll as their clothes. That was a fun trip cause while we were in Cali, we stopped by Diamond Bar, California to go to the Whosoevers Friday Nights church service. We got to do some worship at the beginning of their service and it was a blast.

Throughout the Fall, we did more shows including a trip to Canada for a Billy Graham event. It was AWESOME. Finally got to meet Lacey of Flyleaf which was nice. The show itself was great, except when Mark rolled and fractured his ankle on stage. But there were about 10,000 people watching so needless to say, the show went on. He didn't even realize the amount of pain until after the show was over and the adrenaline wore off. He had to wear a medical "boot" for 6 weeks, lol! Fortunately, he healed up just in time for our 4th year in Germany trip that we left for at the very end of October! We were smart enough this time to plan 3 days of sightseeing in Paris before doing the shows in Germany. What a fun trip! Got to see the Eiffel Tower, the Louvre, the Statue of Liberty (yes there's one in Paris too), some spots where they shot parts of the movie "Inception", and tons more. Then we took a bullet train to Germany and rocked and rolled for the ever-amazing German crowd. Gotta love the European trips.

Thats where our touring came to a stop this year. HERE'S THE BIG NEWS… The show on October 30th was our last show that we'll be doing this year. We've all decided to take a much needed break from touring starting in November because Mark and I are thrilled to be expecting our first child, due to arrive this winter!!! We toured as long as we could while I was pregnant and now, we're focusing on getting ready for our son. But we aren't just focusing on him, we're also focusing on making the most of this time home by writing for the new record! We've been writing all year, but now Mark is going to start a weekly video blog of some of the writing sessions and post it to Facebook, Twitter, and all that stuff. We'll be writing up a storm for a few months and then we'll be going into the studio to record our Sophomore record.

So there's going to be lots of new stuff happening in 2012 personally and professionally. I'm going to be posting updates about everything through this blog and Twitter, Facebook, MySpace, ReverbNation, and YouTube. Don't forget to request us at Festivals for 2012. See you at a show in the Spring!!!

Yours Truly, Sarah