Homeward Bound

Tomorrow I am packing up my car and my dog and heading to Texas for three weeks.

Three weeks.

I haven’t spent that much time in Texas in the last ten years. And of course, I pick three of the hottest weeks of the year. {I need to have my head checked.}

“Why would you submit yourself to such torturous heat and humidity?,”  you ask.

Well, several reasons.

First and most importantly, I am going to spend some quality time with the family. While my immediate family is typically spread across the Southern half of United States, for the month of July everyone is congregating in Dallas. And I realized this might be my only opportunity to experience a true “summer vacation” with my three adorable-but-growing-like-weeds nieces. I am stoked to be a part of their daily lives for several weeks.

I want to hang out with friends, old and new. There are a host of people in Texas that I love that I never get to see. I hope over the next few weeks I can change that.

I need to get out of Nashville and force myself to find some time and space to dream. So far, my job search has consisted of me reacting to one opportunity or another. Don’t get me wrong, I realize how extraordinarily blessed I am to have opportunities to react to. But I also know how desperately I need to pause, take deep breaths and allow myself to process through what I want my life, and my next career move, to look like. Even though it totally freaks me out.

And lastly, I am attending the Echo Conference. Some of my favorite creatives are descending upon Dallas, Texas, from July 27th to the 29th. And you all know, I am a girl who hates missing a good conference.

I am going to miss Nashville, my church, my friends, my people, but I am sure looking forward to my Texas-sized road trip.

So, the question of the day is, what music, podcasts and/or audio books do you recommend for my road trip tomorrow? 

Oh, and if you are in Texas. Look me up. I would love to see you!

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Lindsey has a sincere love for her precious dogs Molly and Maisy, a good red wine and the Delta Sky Club.

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  • Heather

    librivox.org has free audiobooks! i recommend anything by george macdonald.

  • My favorite podcast = Freakonomics. It’s short (usually 20-30 minutes) and usually covers fascinating information.

  • I’ve just loaded my iPod and iPhone with tunes and books and such. One recommendation is the Chronicles of Narnia done by Focus on the Family’s RADIO THEATER. I’ll be putting 3500 miles on a vehicle in the next few weeks and expect a bunch of those will fly by while I journey with old friends!

  • ooh, “unbroken”, audio book.  was listening on the plane from ethiopia this week… Amazing!

    • Gosh, everyone is talking about Unbroken. I will check it out. 

  • Have you ever listened to a Mike Ashcraft sermon? He is one of my favorite pastors at the moment.

    Check out his “Dream Job” series. Incredible. I think they are 6, 7, 8, and 10 on this list. Be sure to listen to “A Good Job” first. Mike is trained as an architect but went into the ministry. Hope that you enjoy it.


  • I’m liking The Brilliance right now. Catchy melodies, simple lyrics.

  • Marlette


    Your trip sounds wonderful.  We had a lesson in church recently about two Greek words for “time.”  Chronos is progression, chronological time.  Kairos speaks more of defining moments.  I hope your 3 weeks in Texas provide lots of Kairos.  And Blue Bell ice cream.

    Try this for your iPod:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nMhaehb5AnE.  

  • S. Aboulhosn

    No recommendations for you on the ride home….but I wanted to tell you to soak up the time that you have in Texas. Take time to enjoy not having a schedule. Enjoy the nieces…have a girls day out!!! Relax…breathe….listen…enjoy!!!

    I enjoyed getting to chat with you at Serving Saturday and will be praying for you, Lindsey!!! He has big plans for you!!!

  • I’m also going to recommend The Chronicles of Narnia.  I listened to the unabridged versions from a London-based drama company.  Kenneth Branagh and Patrick Steward were two of the voices.  It was fantastic.  Or some of the Janet Evanovich books if you haven’t read them.  Or I always love the O’Malley series by Dee Henderson.  

    I like mellow music, so I’d do a Patty Griffin/JJ Heller/Carole King/Nichole Nordeman along with some Mumford and Avett Brothers and maybe throw in a little Augustana in there for some craziness.

    I’ll stop there 🙂  Hope you have a safe trip!! 

    • Your music tastes totally align with mine 🙂 I need to check out the Chronicles of Narnia audio. 

      • CS Lewis got me through several 2-hour commutes.  Made them seem like nothing.  I highly recommend.  Oh, and great taste in music 😉

  • ‘Ello ol’ fren! <—That's my English accent. 

    I'm SO excited to connect with you in Dallas. Woo-to-the-hoo!!!

    Fav music: Pandora's Adele21 station. I love. 


  • you def need some good ol’ Texas country! Be safe! and have fun! oh, and from a fellow Texan, WELCOME!!! 🙂

    • Made my friend Keely sing me some George Strait because I didn’t have any on my iPod. 🙂

  • As a Dallas, TX resident welcome! I’ll pray it rains for you while you’re here! lol

  • Sounds like a sweet trip, Lindsey! 

    Try The Album Leaf….great music for drivin’ and reflectin’. Sorry, that’s my California take on a Texas accent. 🙂

  • Stream Season 1 of the FreshPod on your iPhone while you drive. The host is terrible, but the guests are great.

    see you at Echo!

    • Are you coming to Echo? Yay! It’s going to be fun!

      • somehow tricked them into letting me lead a breakout, so yeah I’ll be there. should be great.

  • I am praying with you, friend. 
    And if you ever want to take a road trip north 🙂 


  • Jenny G

    I drove from Birmingham to Dallas a few months ago, and a good mix of Hillsong, Amos Lee, and 80s music kept me company!  🙂