If Brandon Heath could offer a word of advice about how to navigate a well-lived life, he would sum it up in three words: faith, hope and love. These tenets of the Christian faith have provided an unshakable foundation for his own journey with Jesus through the years, and they continue to be the three virtues he claims in times of both joy and struggle. For Heath, it’s simply “instruction for a good life,” and this trifecta of wisdom converges on his sixth studio project, Faith Hope Love Repeat (Provident Label Group), an album that fuses his signature pop sensibilities with his storytelling gifts.
A Nashville native, Heath quickly won the hearts of listeners when he released his major label debut in 2006. With four No. 1 singles to his credit, including the RIAA Platinum-certified “Give Me Your Eyes,” the singer has garnered five GRAMMY® nominations, an American Music Award nod and an Emmy Award. In addition, he’s earned eight Dove Awards, including two consecutive Male Vocalist honors (2009, 2010) and a win for Song of the Year (“Give Me Your Eyes”). He’s also been recognized as a top lyricist in his field with numerous songwriting accolades, including being named BMI’s 2014 Songwriter of the Year.
There may never be a time when he doesn’t battle fear of some sort, but for today, Brandon Heath is taking his own advice, choosing to say “yes” to the open invitation of faith, hope and love. Repeat.
Ruth McKeaney is a former Assistant Attorney General for the State of Virginia, and Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney. Ruth and her husband, Bob, are now raising their five children on their restored historic farm in Berwyn, PA. (Hillside Farm was featured in the books Stone Houses and Theology of Home and has been exhibited in multiple home tours.) They have flipped many historic homes over the last two decades and joyfully lived in each one of them. They have company more often than not in a given year.
As a constant host (to literally thousands of people over the years), Ruth goes to the heart of what makes one feel at home. Every day, her goal is to make her home a safe place so her family and her guests have the opportunity to have deeper needs met. Intentional homemaking, in its most idealized form, is creating a setting where vulnerability and honesty are valued and protected, where understanding and grace are fostered and love freely given.
It’s time to recover the richness of community that’s been lost in the hustle and bustle of today. We can still slow down. We can still prioritize our family and friends over our “to-do” lists. We can still find beauty in the midst of chaos. We can still sit around the table with bowls of pasta and laugh until two in the morning. We can still go home.
Sue and her husband Ken have been married for 46 years and have 4 wonderful adult children and 9 very incredible grandchildren. They have lived in the harbor for 45 years and her favorite 4 days of the summer are when she hosts her annual Cousins camp with just the grandchildren and no parents.
Sue has been the owner/operator of the Best Western Wesley Inn & Suites in Gig Harbor, Washington for the last 22 years. She loves serving her guests at the hotel and making sure they leave feeling special.
Sue has a passion for children and has worked as a volunteer Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) for over 20 years after first being exposed to the Foster Care system in the process of adopting her youngest son from the system. Seeing the extreme need children living in Foster Care have for stability, Sue founded the Homestead Community to try and give these special children the opportunity to grow up in a loving, consistent place they can call home.
When not at work or volunteering she loves running and taking walks with friends is her way of staying in touch and connecting with many of them.