Sunday, November 17, 2013


My life flows on in endless song;
Above earth's lamentation.
I hear the real though far-off hymn
That hails a new creation.
Through all the tumult and the strife
I hear the music ringing
It finds an echo in my soul
How can I keep from singing?
No storm can shake my inmost calm
While to that rock I'm clinging;
If love is Lord of heaven and earth
How can I keep from singing?

Hi. My name is Elise, and this is my blog. Welcome! I'm glad you're here.  

Starting this blog is a little bit scary for me...there is so much unknown! Will anyone read this? Does that even matter? What will people think of what I have to say? (Think I worry much? Might as well be honest from the beginning.) Speaking of which, where do I even begin? 

Over the past year I have spent a lot of time reading blogs. I have become a faithful follower of many, in fact. Recently I found myself interested in becoming not only a follower, but a participant. I felt a tug to write my own reflections...share my heart-thoughts...record my memories in a special and intentional way. So that's what I hope to do here.

Even before I made the decision to start blogging, I daydreamed about what I might name my blog if I ever had one. The name I ended up choosing came to mind rather quickly. As a Catholic musician, I thought of my favorite hymn: "How Can I Keep From Singing?" "My life flows on in endless song," it begins. How perfect for a place where I plan to write about where my life is flowing, moving, changing, growing...where I try (and fail and try again) to follow Christ on this journey towards heaven.

My faith is why I am the woman I am. I don't, however, always have the opportunity or the courage to share that part of my life with others. I am hoping this blog gives me a chance to do a little more of that sharing. I'll also share other things, like stories and pictures and songs and recipes...we'll see where the song leads. For this blog's song is just beginning...
The peace of Christ makes fresh my heart,
A fountain ever springing;
All things are mine since I am His
How can I keep from singing?


  1. Welcome! You have created a beautiful space here, Elise...
    I am looking forward to visiting often.

    I too read and followed many wonderful blogs before I started my own.
    And now I am so very happy to say I am friends with the very same women who's blogs I so enjoyed from afar...

    So again, welcome! Glad you're here. : )

    1. Thank you, Billie Jo! You just made my morning. Your warm welcome is so appreciated. Hope you have a great day!

  2. Beautiful blog and story behind the name :0)

  3. Lovely. Now I'm super jealous of your gorgeous Catholic wedding. We converted a few years after we were married and I drool over Catholic weddings pics. So beautiful!

  4. Heavenly blog name.... Lovely blog-naming story.
    Thanks for the link to your first blog post. Am I the only blog reader who always checks out a new blogger's first post?

  5. What a beautiful blog! I love the name. I think blog names are important in encapsulating what you hope your blog will be about. You chose a great name, and this post is so beautiful. I look forward to reading your posts (I'm a new follower).

    - Hannah

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  7. You are truly blessed!
    Thank you for sharing your journey-may you continue to radiate God's abiding love in endless song!


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