Thursday, January 15, 2009

I carry you in me and in the dust on my feet

My good friend Jacquelyn and I decided to venture on a random, last-minute road trip to Austin, Texas about two weekends ago. I don't even think I realize how much of a getaway I needed until I was already home. We had SO much fun! Luckily, my awesome cousin Drew allowed us to crash at his place for a few nights. I had never gone to Austin before, and although we didn't get to see a whole lot, we visited the UT campus (don't be fooled, I'm a Sooners fan), walked around campus & the shops along the outside, visited 6th street at night and had fun on 4th street the last night we were there. Drew happened to know all the hotspots for nightlife so that was pretty sweet! We had so much fun. While there I decided to get a little...ahem..tat. I say this so cautiously because sometimes, in the Oklahoma conservative mindsets, it is taboo. Or so it seems. BUT, before you are quick to judge, let me tell you that this was not something I just up & did out of nowhere. I've been thinking about this for a year & a half (I even had advice from my mom to wait a year...which I did!) and the opportunity came so I did it. I just did it! And it hurt like nothing ever before..but I'm glad I did it finally.

After my first trip to Africa in 2007, my friend Hayley introduced me to musician, Brooke Fraser. At that point in my life I was in a very vulnerable state with my relationship with Christ. Now, I am not one to come on here & get all holy on you, but I will tell you that Africa completely changed my life. COMPLETELY. DRAMATICALLY. FOREVER.
On Brooke's cd there is a song titled "Albertine". She wrote the song about a child she grew close with during a mission trip to Rwanda. This song, much like my trip, instantly pierced my heart and I've favored it ever since the day I heard it. It is seriously my life letter to Africa and all that it means to me. I couldn't have written it better. A lyric in the song that has always struck me is "I carry you in me and in the dust on my feet". This line and the song in general has inspired me and touched my life so much that I wanted to remember it forever. I want to remember my experiences in Sierra Leone, I want people to know what it means to me and I want the opportunity to share with others in a unique way.
All this to say...here is my new ink! I edited the photo and mixed in part of the song so you can get an idea as to how it inspired the tat...although it's pretty much a given.
tattoo
"I carry you in me and in the dust on my feet...
Now that I have seen, I am responsible, faith without deeds is dead. Now that I have held you in my own arms, I cannot let go til you are...I will tell the world, I will tell them where I've been".

Albertine is the first song on my playlist on here so listen to the words, if you will.
Also, check out the music video here:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WGx-xU6TnU8

peace,
Abby

6 comments:

Jacquelyn said...

LOVE the new look! playlist is bomb, too.

i will refrain from my telling my side of the pain of the tattoo story. ;) seriously, you were a trooper!

Dana said...

Love it! Great story. So It is interesting that you got a tat there b/c I have wanted one that is not too different. So I need to know how bad it is on the foot. I have for years wanted the word beautiful in Hebrew on my foot fromt the that talks about how beautiful are the feet of those who go and share the good news. But the only thing holding me back is the pain!

Pascha said...

I love it abby...

Have you heard back from that internship in cali?

Jessica said...

I like it a alot!!!! I always wanted one on my foot too! I want to go with you to Africa..can we go together? Im serious right now!

Dana said...

We met when I was still at OBU, my senior year. We worked together at a childrens shelter and were just friends. Had no intentions of dating till I got back but fell in love in the mean time! So he moved back to HI where he is from for a job just before I moved to Russia. We will both be moving back to Edmond this summer though!

Brack Mosshart said...

Hey Abby. I don't think you're a stalker. I read other people's blogs too. Thanks for reading mine... and yes I remember meeting you at BFC. I don't know how you put up with Tyler. I have so many stories about him when I was in High School. Anyways thanks again for reading my blog. That's what it's there for. Have a good day.

Brack

p.s. This might be a stupid question. I'm new to blogging but how did you put a music player on your blog?

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