Kelsey's Wish List

Here is the long-anticipated, much-requested "Kelsey's Wish List." She began putting this list together after her 16th Birthday and she worked on it up until just a few days before she passed away. They are written in a journal that was given to her by Jason Wade, the lead singer from Lifehouse. They are listed here in the order she wrote them with very little editing on our part.

We know that many of you want to see the whole list so that you can accomplish some of the things Kelsey had dreamed of doing, and we think that is a wonderful tribute to her. With that in mind, it only seems fitting that you only check things off the list that you have done since she passed away.

Simon & Teresa


1. Get married to someone who really loves me.
2. Get a book published.
3. Win the Newberry.
4. Introduce a new word to the dictionary.
5. Swim with dolphins.
6. Order diet water.
7. Go on a Mediterranean cruise.
8. See Colonial Williamsburg at Christmas.
9. Make a discovery that proves God.
10. Speak/debate on abortion.
11. Make modesty fashionable.
12. Sleep under stars.
13. Visit every continent.
14. Spend a year in the UK writing and drinking tea in the countryside.
15. Go up a down escalator.
16. Speak in front of a large group of strangers.
17. Become friends with a stranger.
18. Plan a wedding.
19. Plant a lily garden.
20. Go firefly hunting.
21. Eat at a Food Network chef’s restaurant.
22. Teach a totally ignorant person about God.
23. Go a week without makeup.
24. Eat chocolate icing out of the can on a bad day.
25. Teach a child to read.
26. Audition for an ad.
27. Become fluent in German.
28. Invent my own recipe.
29. Save someone’s life.
30. Read the Bible cover-to-cover.
31. Rescue an animal.
32. Volunteer for disaster relief.
33. Eat cake with a fork. (?)
34. Go through a drive-thru after midnight, then have a movie marathon with the girls.
35. Watch the sunset over the ocean.
36. Have a boyfriend.
37. Get a henna tattoo.
38. See shooting stars.
39. Eat something not meant to be eaten (guts).
40. Eat ice cream in a Jacuzzi.
41. Visit the Holy Lands.
42. Create my own constellation.
43. Search for fairies in Ireland.
44. Go to Hershey, PA.
45. Get accepted into Emerson College.
46. Eat pizza in Italy.
47. Have a baby.
48. Be an extra in a movie.
49. Go on an American road trip with the girls.
50. Rent a castle.
51. Learn to Waltz.
52. Eat three scoops of ice cream on a cone.
53. Eat a pint of Ben & Jerry’s.
54. Eat at a Fuji place. (Japanese hibachi restaurant)
55. Eat at The Melting Pot.
56. Get a pair of pink satin slippers with bows on the toes.
57. See the Nutcracker Ballet.
58. Dye my hair lavender.
59. Eat Memphis BBQ.
60. Rent a cabin in Gatlinburg, TN for a week with the Mitchells and the “Grams” clan.
61. Buy a long, old-fashioned lace and ribbon nightgown, white.
62. Eat Chinese takeout from a cool box with chopsticks in front of the TV.
63. Learn to ski.
64. Learn to use chopsticks.
65. Eat a whole thing of Reddi-Wip.
66. Ride sidesaddle.
67. See a Broadway show.
68. Learn to ice skate.
69. Learn to snowboard.
70. Take Faith and mom on a mother-daughter lunch and shopping spree. Buy Faith a new outfit, shoes, jewelry, and smelly-goody stuff.
71. Buy a VS bra.
  • narnianheart
    That's a great list!
    by narnianheart at 08/16/09 3:15PM
  • dragon_blade
    Wonderful list. :) I think of Kelsey all the time, and hope that one day I can be the kind of girl that she is. She lives on in our hearts. :)
    by dragon_blade at 08/16/09 3:58PM
  • rebecca_mckay_howell
    Great list. I've done #5 and 15. 5 was amazing, 15 I was laughing so hard afterward!
    by rebecca_mckay_howell at 08/18/09 1:42PM
  • tryphena
    This list makes me appreciate my opportunities more. So many grand things on the list, and so many common things...what a special young woman you are, Kelsey!
    by tryphena at 08/18/09 3:42PM
  • bandie09
    I've done #38 too. I saw a shooting star at camp this year. At first, I thought it was just my eyes playing tricks on me, but then my friend zack said he saw it too. It was pretty magical.
    Also, I want to do a lot of these things too. I miss Kelsey a lot.
    by bandie09 at 08/19/09 8:51PM
  • southernpoet87
    I did #23 for her this week.
    by southernpoet87 at 10/20/09 7:00PM
  • brownblackeyes
    #47 almost complete
    by brownblackeyes at 12/12/09 7:35PM
  • mmbho
    Number 25 well on it's way...I love being the one to teach my 'babies' how to turn those confusing ABC's into words that can be read!! Livi is doing great at it!
    by mmbho at 01/28/10 10:33AM
  • mmswife
    I'm getting ready to do #37!
    by mmswife at 03/10/10 10:28AM
  • homeschoolmomma23
    #60 without the Mitchells
    by homeschoolmomma23 at 05/25/10 12:16PM
  • ptownflyswimmer
    58 was complete this morning!
    by ptownflyswimmer at 06/23/10 9:40AM
  • preachersimon
    We did #54 for Father's Day.
    by preachersimon at 06/29/10 4:18PM
  • homeschoolmomma23
    We did #52 in Buffalo.
    by homeschoolmomma23 at 09/06/10 9:29PM
  • you_and_me
    This list really inspired me to make one myself! Thank you so much Kelsey! Even though I never met you, I heard your story and it was such an inspiration to me! I'll meet you one day (hopefully) soon! Love, Elaine Green from IL
    by you_and_me at 02/22/11 7:21PM
  • kattath
    1. Get married to someone who really loves me.
    17. Get married to someone who really loves me.
    18. Plan a wedding.
    20. Go firefly hunting.
    23. Go a week without makeup.
    31. Rescue an animal.
    33. Watch the sunset over the ocean.
    36. Have a boyfriend.(I don't know if I could this one, because my hubby and I courted and never called each other "boyfriend" or "girlfriend")
    37. Get a henna tattoo.
    38. See shooting stars.
    53. Eat a pint of Ben & Jerry’s.
    61. Buy a long, old-fashioned lace and ribbon nightgown, white.
    62. Eat Chinese takeout from a cool box with chopsticks in front of the TV.
    68. Learn to ice skate.
    71. Buy a VS bra.

    There are a couple of these that I can't remember the dates on, and there are several on the list I've done but it was before she left us... I've looked at this list many times, but had never written down wich ones I've done until today... :) I'm glad I did...
    by kattath at 03/20/11 6:34PM
  • kiss_the_rain
    I have done #1, #63 and #69 :)
    by kiss_the_rain at 03/23/11 1:19AM
  • homeschoolmomma23
    We did #44 Go To Hershey, PA last week when we visited Jordan.
    by homeschoolmomma23 at 09/08/11 9:07PM
  • the_rainy_dog
    Kelsey, I walked for you at the Relay for Life at FC. I wish that you could be here. But I know that being with the Father is so much better. Even better than FC. There was even a two lights with your name on it! Isn't that awesome. It was so great to think about you tonight. It's funny how you can miss your sixteen-year-old penpal even 3-4 years later. Love you, girl. I'm even closer to meeting you! I don't know if you get to read these anymore. Haha. But it feels good to write this. :)
    by the_rainy_dog at 03/24/13 12:37AM
  • the_rainy_dog

    I played with a purple balloon!!
    by the_rainy_dog at 03/24/13 12:38AM
  • the_rainy_dog
    So I came on here tonight and was reading some of my old stories I'd written and saw your comment on one of them. You came up in conversation about a couple of weeks ago, too! Every now and again I wonder if you were still here what our friendship would be like by now, if we would have gotten to meet each other in person, if we would be really close. I like to think we would have been really good buddies because even just in our letters there was a sort of kindred spirit. :) Would you believe I haven't finished a story yet?! Don't worry, though. As soon as I do, you will definitely be in the dedication page. I love you, Kelsey, and am looking forward to meeting you!
    by the_rainy_dog at 10/21/15 12:30AM

Say Thanks To Jude Cole & Lifehouse

Okay, this is your chance to say thank you to Jude Cole & Lifehouse for all that they've done for Kelsey and our family. They have been, and continue to be, so wonderful to us.

If you write it, we can guarantee they will read it! ;)

At the end of your comments, please put your city and state. We want them to see the widespread appreciation!

Simon, Teresa, Jordan, Simon David, & Faith
  • fattad75
    Thank you so much! Your words in your music fit so well at her service. Thank you for being there for my cousin and her family! Do not under estimate what you have done for this family and please keep helping those whe are struggling out! Tad Niemeier Noblesville, Indiana
    by fattad75 at 04/17/09 10:23AM
  • kristianbunny
    Thank you :) knowing that you would take the time to make a differnece in a young girls life is wonderful. -Shanna-Kaye Betts, Tyler TX
    by kristianbunny at 04/17/09 11:38AM
  • unclebiskabobka
    There really aren't any words that can express how much we are all appreciative of the work and heart that you put into making Kelsey's life happier. Often, I see celebrities, and I'm depressed, because it seems like all of them are totally wrapped up in themselves. They don't care a bit about anything that would not put them forward and make them more popular. Thank you for being an exception to that general principle. Thank you all so much.
    Ryan Mayberry - Alvin, TX
    by unclebiskabobka at 04/17/09 4:19PM
  • purky
    Thank you for sharing your gift of music with a very special girl and her family. I had never heard of Lifehouse until Simon and Kelsey turned me on to you and now I listen to your songs everyday. It is so nice to listen to a CD without having to be ready to mute certain parts because of bad language. Please keep up your work. You are very much appreciated for what you did without publicity controlling your actions. Thank you again so much. Jill Purkhiser, Louisville, KY
    by purky at 04/17/09 7:39PM
  • vampyric_ky_girl
    I got so choked up when I heard that y'all had written a song for Kelsey! If anyone ever deserved a song written about them it was her. Thank you so much for taking time out to do something so special for her and her family! ~Whitney Garrett, Shepherdsville, KY/Tampa, FL
    by vampyric_ky_girl at 04/18/09 3:00AM
  • ptownflyswimmer
    Thank you so much. That sentance does not even show a fraction of the apprietiation I have for you all. Kelsey texted me after she left the studio in March, and said it was beyond awesome, and I thank you for that joyful experience. You and I both know that Kelsey deserved everything you did for her. I have been one of Kelsey's best friends for 2 1/2 years and she changed my life, and I hope in the few months you knew her that she changed yours'. The song Jason wrote for Kelsey was beautiful. Jude and the band, you all have a special place in my heart. I doubt I will ever meet you, but since you were so sopportive of the Harris' I will now support you! Thanks again. Even though thanks isn't nearly enough. Joelle Wildman- Plainfield Indiana
    by ptownflyswimmer at 04/18/09 12:41PM
  • mamap
    I'm sure you all feel that YOU are the ones who benefited the most from your experience with Kelsey and the Harris family and that may be true...I think it is safe to say that, in our efforts to support and encourage them all through this tough time, WE are the ones who received much love and support and encouragement FROM THEM. Still, I echo the many thoughts so ably expressed on this blog for what you did for them. It shines above others because of its uniqueness in present times. Thank you. Nancy P. Cullman, AL
    by mamap at 04/18/09 11:41PM
  • flyonthewall
    Thank you, guys, for making this young lady's dreams come true. Your compassion and kindness will not be forgotten. Kim H. - Athens, AL
    by flyonthewall at 04/21/09 7:23PM
  • forest_elf
    May The Lord bless you for your kindness you've shown the Harris family and all that you've done for them and Kelsey :) -INDIANA-
    by forest_elf at 04/22/09 10:06PM
  • nanna
    Thank you so much for caring about others! You have touched someone's life who has touched many of ours! -Hannah W.
    by nanna at 04/23/09 3:31PM
  • ambie_06
    Thank you for caring about Kelsey! I'm touched by the kindness that you all extended to her. I know it meant the world to her to get to spend time with yall! Thanks a bunch! :) Sugar Land, Texas
    by ambie_06 at 04/27/09 9:48PM
  • cherri
    Thank you so much for all you did for Kelsey and her family! Your kindness will not be forgotten. ~Cherri~ Indianapolis, IN
    by cherri at 05/07/09 11:38AM
  • stout
    Thank you very much for being with my friends :)
    by stout at 05/10/09 8:34PM
  • broadside
    You guys wrote an amazing song for Kelsey and you guys have done so much for the Harris family. Thanks. Joel from Crab Orchard, Kentucky.
    by broadside at 05/17/09 8:40PM
  • abi
    we all miss you !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    by abi at 05/28/09 2:00PM
  • farmercats3
    I am now a HUGE Lifehouse fan. Just downloaded some songs from I-tunes. As a matter of fact I am rockin' to your music now. Thank you for this wonderful music, for all you do for the Harris family and especially sweet Kelsey. I will forever be a fan. Rock on my friend and come to Louisville so we can see you in concert. We miss you Kelsey Dear. Love, Carla
    by farmercats3 at 06/03/09 7:49PM
  • kenzie1314
    kelsey ; * i just wanna have another day with you , thats all ! i miss you so bad , i know your in a better place , but i miss you with all my heart! ;* i hape to see you soon - love you ! :*)
    by kenzie1314 at 06/05/09 3:53PM
  • moe
    hey thanks for your careing hand on her katy Texas
    by moe at 06/15/09 9:09AM
  • beccas
    I am completely touched by all that y'all have done. I'm a big lighthouse fan now. :) Thanks. -Whitehouse, TX-
    by beccas at 07/01/09 3:04PM
  • stambering
    Kelsey has touched many lives far and wide. By helping her, so have you. Thank you.

    Amber Raif
    Alexandria, VA
    by stambering at 07/16/09 11:04PM

04/01/09 7:36PM

Ok, since March is pretty much over, I thought I'd post a quick recap of what had to be the best bday ever!

Feb. 28th: I went on a shopping spree and bought everything I wanted(!!!including 4 pairs of beyooteeful ballet flats.

Mar 5th: I went to the spa and got a mani/pedi, facial and a massage. And I got to keep my toe polish which is a gorgeous sky blue OPI and a deep sea somethin foot cream! The facial had to be about the most relaxing thing I've ever done. She didn't just rub one lotion on my cheeks for a minute. She used three or four different products allllllllll over for like a half hour! Sooo lovely.

Mar.6th We celebrateed my birthday on this day and I had a special breakfast and the Smiths, Aunt B, Mr. Michael, Knuckle Dave, and Gramma and Grampa ate my bday meal. (a description of which will be online tomorrow)

Mar 7th: first, we had donuts. i mean, c'mon!-that woulda been a good day on its own! then, at ten, i went to Alecia, a hair stylist from church.She did my hair, maakeup and eyebrows for my tea! And while i was there, my friend Kirby and her mom brought a lovely bouquet of lilies(my faaaaavorite) qnd a box of dove chocolate, which, to sound like Amy
March, is absolutey divine. I adore dove chocolate. In fact, I am eating some right now. :) Lovely.
Anyways, back to my bday extravapalooza.
When we got home, Gramma,Grampa and Uncle Dave had already left (oh yeah, Kirby and her mom had put a happy bday sign in the yard to greet us when we got home :)
) Tnen Daddy took Simon and Faitth out for a while and I attempted not move. Me and Momma had some girl time and watched What Not To Wear.Well Daddy gets home about an hour before the tea and says "what are those weird bags on the porch?" i said i didnt know and just moved on, thinkin he'd bring em in.But he insisted, so I hobbled outside. Sitting on the porch in bags were two of my favorite people in the world!! Hannah and Ashlyn!! I just kinda stood there and blankly asked "how'd you get here!?" annd then Mommy Laura and Uncle Dave walked around the corner! Then it was pretty much time for tea. We had the whole tea room to ourselves (ourselves being me, Hannah, Ashlyn, Kirby, and Jen). there were flowers on the middle of the table that someone brought over anoynously.
Me and Kirby got hot tea. They bring over this huge box of bags and then after you choose ( i got chammomile citrus which was quite good, very herby and smooth) they bring you over your own little pot, creamer, hunny (yes, i know thats the poohbear spelling! i love pooh) and a cup and saucer. Everyone got scones and Devonshire cream which is a soft sweeter cream cheese kinda. The scones tasted like muffin cookies and weere so good. We all got chicken salad on a very good floaky croissant and a fresh fruit cup with a tanngy poppy seed dressing, which I loved. We had to dare Hannah to eat some. She didn't like it, lol. For dessert we had cheesecake wirh red fruit topping. I loooove cheesecake and so does Jen, but Ashy can only eat so much, Kirby doesnt like it and Hannah didnt really have an opinion. As soon as they set it down, I dug in and everyone just watched. Finally, I asked why i was the only one eating ( with my fork in my mouth, lol). As if on cue, every started to sing happy birthday!

Over all we just had a fun, girly time. We took lotsa stupid pictures, tried 'a spot o tea', aqte a byproduct of volcanic ash (otherrwise known as Sugar in the raw, or volcano poop). It was everything
I hoped but better, cause Ashy and Hannah came. We had a great day together and Mommy Laura got us a joint birtthday cake because we all had significant bdays this year!

March 9th is my actual birthday. Everyone came in and sang to wake me up and then we had donuts! I had a cream, custard and apple fritter!Then it was off to LA!

I'll do the Disney part of my extrapaloooza later, becausse frankly, I dont wanna do it now.

But in case anyone is wondering, these are gifts I got and opened, like not in the mail:

Grams and Ppoppas: Twilight! Edward whenever I want!

Gramma and Grampa: A scrapbook of my life and moolah.

Uncle Dave: Never put Ketchup on a Hot Dog, a book all about Chicago dogs!

Aunt B and Mr. Michael: my tiara (which I wore to the spa, my special dinner, the tea, all day on my bday, the studio, and disney!) twilight chocolates, chocolate covered pretzels and bookplate stickers

The Smiths: photoalbum and Mickell's Pickles. The 2nd best pickles in the world.

Ash and Hannah: A book of my writings and pics of us.

Momma and Daddy: A book stampm aaaaaaaaand

Aine! (anya, its irish)


  • kristianbunny
    I love you Kelsey. May God give all of us the strength to live life without your shining in our presence. I look forward to seeing you again :)
    by kristianbunny at 04/07/09 12:25PM
  • tryphena
    Tell the Father I said thank you for the gift of YOU!
    by tryphena at 04/07/09 1:31PM
  • _fire_of_fantasy_
    When we all get to Heaven, what a day of rejoicing that will be!!

    I love you, Kelsey, and look forward to that day when we'll all be with Jesus!
    by _fire_of_fantasy_ at 04/07/09 2:04PM
  • juliamiriam
    Till we meet again, Kelsey. You were wonderful! :)
    by juliamiriam at 04/07/09 4:40PM
  • ethantweedie14
    Kelsey, thank you for who you were, and the legacy you left. "Life is more interesting when you're happy." SOOO true!!!!!!!!!!!
    by ethantweedie14 at 04/07/09 5:17PM
  • the_stephanator
    Thank you for being my friend, even though we grew apart when you moved, when I saw you at camp it was like time had never passed between us. You are my biggest example of what God wants out of us as his children, and now you are with him and Jesus and all the prophets. I will see you again someday and when I do I'll give you a big hug! I love you Kelsey!
    by the_stephanator at 04/07/09 5:54PM
  • mommarn
    Kelsey, you are an inspiration to us all. I look forward to meeting you in Heaven someday.
    by mommarn at 04/07/09 6:58PM
  • verny_mack
    I'm jealous of you right now.
    by verny_mack at 04/07/09 9:13PM
  • mrs_rosshead
    Kelsey, thank you for touching my life!
    by mrs_rosshead at 04/07/09 11:54PM
  • kenzie1314
    woah kelsey , im shocked . i miss yu with all my heart , and will forever!!!!
    by kenzie1314 at 04/08/09 7:06AM
  • ladymustang_08
    Thank you for being brave in a time when most people would have been down on themselves. I never met you but I hope one day I will meet you in Heaven. Prayers are with your family.
    by ladymustang_08 at 04/08/09 9:03AM
  • kenzie1314
    by kenzie1314 at 04/08/09 2:14PM
  • fadingsilence
    I never met you, but I wish I at least had a chance to talk to you before. But from all I hear, your life is definitely a huge testimony. Especially to me. Thanks! I wanna meet you someday in Heaven :D
    by fadingsilence at 04/08/09 5:12PM
  • purky
    Thank you Kelsey for your great example of courage and faithfulness to both young and old alike.
    by purky at 04/08/09 9:55PM
  • the_rainy_dog
    If you could read my words Kelsey, I would tell you that I love you and miss you, even though I never actually met you! =) I would thank you for all of your kind letters, your great example, and how you astounded me and are one of the most amazing young ladies I know. May your light continue to shine, my dear! May God bless you and help all righteous to reunite together some day never to depart again. I love you, Kelsey! I hope that I will not forget you!
    by the_rainy_dog at 04/09/09 12:32AM
  • emmylou
    I wish I could have spoken to you in person, Kelsey. You blessed my life so much and helped me remember that no matter what hard times might come, our hope is in the Lord. Thank you for your absolutely beautiful example and personality. I am so happy for you, because you're happy and perfect and free of pain and hardship today. I love you. And I will miss you. But I will see you soon.
    by emmylou at 04/09/09 8:21AM
  • sallyanne
    I wish I could hear your singing now! Praying for your family.
    by sallyanne at 04/10/09 10:10AM
  • lauriw1030
    Your courage is uplifting to us all. I know you are resting in Abrahams bosom. Till we meet again!
    by lauriw1030 at 04/11/09 10:31PM
  • bookworm
    i hope i'll get to see you again one day soon, Kelsey. And i know you're waiting. I'll never forget you. I love you.
    by bookworm at 04/12/09 12:06PM
  • dragon_blade
    You are a star in my sky, Kelsey. I miss you, and pray that someday we will meet again, in that undying land.
    by dragon_blade at 04/14/09 3:43PM


Okay you impatient people.I guess y'all can share my memories.

I have to admit, I was nervous on the way to the studio. I mean, this is my favorite band. I am just Kelsey! And you know, I'm really not that interesting. And we were staying ALL day. I could maybe pretend to be interesting for an hour or two. But all day!

Jude Cole, the producer, came to the garage to meet us. He's the one who arranged for our trip. He gave me a hug, a nice hug and told me how great it was to meet me and stuff. Before we even went in the studio, he told us that for today, this was our home. We were to go wherever we want, touch whatever we wanteed to touch, whatever! So then we went in and met Jenn, who got together tickets, reservations and all those details. So we rolled down this little hallway to this room from where there is coming really loud music.We go in and Jude says, "Hey guys, this is-" but the guyys were already comin over and sayin "Hey Kelsey". They gave me hugs too and asked how I was, then Jude took us through the studio.

The actual recordy part of the studio (hereafter referred to as the couch room) was very big and comfortable. There was a couch and coffee table in the middle of the room, and directory across from it kinda against the left wall were Rick's drums. Behind the couch were guitars. Kiefer Sutherland, who part owns the studio, collects guitars and they wrapped around the right wall. The two other walls were mostly glass. In the frontmost right corner there was a little box room with a piano and a mic where Jason would sing. It was all glass too. So then we walked through the rest of the studio, which happens to be Kiefer’s house when he’s in LA, He was in Germany though, so it was just us. His master bedroom was bigger than our whole house! There were exposed beams and awards and all kiinda stuff in Kiefer’s house. Jude trashed Kiefer in a buddyish kinda way, picking up awards and going, “What’s this? A SAG? Ah, who cares.” We stepped in the lounge for a sec and ate exceptionally good cupcakes and chatted a minute with Jude.

Then we headed back to the couch room where Jenn, Mitch, Winnie, Flo (who are all sound tech guys), and the band were hanging out We brought Kelsey quote shirts for each member of the band and I brought a copy of my poem, So we gave out those and then Jason had a birthday present for me! First I opened a little silver heart locket with a K on one side and ‘from Lifehouse’ engraved on the back. He said his wife picked it out but it was from the band ☺. Then I pulled out this beautiful leather journal with embossed detail in the corners and the middle. Jason said he picks up journal for songwriting wherever he goes and he picked up this one In Venice. He wrote the lyrics to “Everything” on the first page, which happens to be one of my favorite songs!

Then we all went to the control room which had three levels. The bottom level was a couch facing the couch room. There were four tvs over the glass wall with video of outside and info on what song is being recorded. The next level had the big slidey board and two chairs. There was a mac connected to the top of the big slidey board that actually recorded everything. Underneath the big slidey board were tons of little pedals and boxes, switches and wires. The next level was a big desk with tons of sound stuff and papers, laptops and more chairs where my family sat. Underneath the desk were lotsa stereos and other sound machines that I do not know the purpose of. The band got hooked up, Jason on guitar and vocals, Rick on the drums, Bryce on bass, and Jude on guitar in the control room.

I sat next to Flo, a German guy who controlled the slidey board. He showed me how he could isolate anything, even down to Rick’s left and right feet! They started playing, and every few minutes, someone would stop and make a suggestion. They’d adjust and start again. Or someone would ask to play a certain section of the song. Flo would move some buttons around, and everyone talked to each other. Jude said one time that ‘they kept it in the family’ and it really seemed that way!

Jason, Bryce, and Rick seemed like brothers. They teased each other and joked but they also listened to each other and took suggestions.There was no blaming when someone messed up, just teasing. Jude wasn’t exactly ‘fatherly’ because there was no superiority about him. There was no feeling of “I’m the boss, do as I say.”. It was more like, “Hey I think that’d sound good, what do you think?” and everyone else recognizes he knows what he’s talking about. He’s like the cool uncle or the way older brother I guess. Jenn
I guess was the mom. Not because she was motherly or anything, she just had everything under control. And as a big sister, I know I only wish I was that good. She made everything seem smooth and effortless and seemed capable of handling everything. Flo, Mitch and Winnie were cousins. Essential to the family, a huge part of the family, just not in the spotlight,. Flo was terribly nice, always making sure I could see and I had what I needed. He4 explained the slidey board to me and teased a lot. Winnie, I’m not gonna lie, I’d probably run away if he approached while I was in public by myself. But he was really funny and nice. He messed with guitars pretty much all day including one time when Bryce messed up something on his bass. I didn’t see much of Mitch.

It was like they spoke another language! They’d play a little and Jude would stop and say, “Bryce, can you choke it a little more?” and they’d try again. And I could hear a subtle change, but I had no idea why. Bryce choked ‘it’ til ‘it’ turned blue! Unless ‘it’ was a Smurf.. I am of the opinion that Smurfs turn purple.

Jude asked to change quite a bit of stuff and you could tell he was obviously awesome at what he does/ He heard things that were so subtle and tiny, but make a difference!You could tell they were all working to make the best music they could, not just to make money.

The whole time they played, Flo adjusted the slidey board, making subtle changes to each member of the band. Occasionally someone would stop and ask him to adjust something and those changes were a little easier to hear.

One of the funniest things was watching Rick get into his drumming. He drummed with his whole body.He wore a pink sweatband over his headphones and just banged away. He was so full of energy, but he was serious about his music. I just think he may have had a Monster or two.

Everyone teased and laughed a lot, but you could see the earnestness in the music. You could tell they really loved doing this and really cared about making it the best it could be.

Bryce and Rick went in by themselves at one time to just record their parts and Bryce went in by himself to do his part also.

After as few hours we decided to break for lunch. So the band came into the control room and Jenn brought in this giant book and we all discussed what we wanted for lunch. It was so normal, everyone just talking about what sounded good and what our options were. We decided on Indian amd so Jenn called for it. We just all hung out while we waited.

They told us about funny concerts and Daddy told Jason about India. Bryce and I talked about Disney and Faith talked about monkeys BTW, there are lots of funny stories, but instead of posting them in one blog, I’m gonna do one at the end of my next few blogs, k? It was just like hangin out with friends.

Then we went to Kiefer’s where all the food was on the island and everyone just helped themselves and sat down at the huge dining room table. It was exactly like when we go to a friend’s house to eat! We just talked about food and macs, and just hung out! Then after everyone cleaned up, Jude had to make some phone calls, so went back into the couch room and talked to Jason for at least a half hour. We talked about our favorite songs and Jason told us why he wrote them and we just talked. Jason was very open and answered all our questions. The other guys came in too and we all talked. Jude told us why he invited us to the studio and told us we’re the first people ever to come see Lifehouse! It was so relaxed and natural, it really did feel like just chilin out at home!

Then we went back into the control room and they listened to the instrumental a few times through and made a few little adjustments. Then they listened to it with vocals and Jude and Jason played around with effects on a keyboard,

Then they dimmed all the lights except for in the soundbox and Jason went in and just sang . With everything he had. And he sang it all the way through with no interruptions. It was so pure and loud and clean. I could have sat there all day and just listened to him sing. Then our car arrived and we had to leave. ☹ Flo and I played with the mic for a few minutes and made my voice really high and then really low. It was really funny. We took pictures outside and got hugs and then we waved as we drove away.

It was so cool just to be there and hang out. They were so genuine and nice! Jude, Jason and Jenn tolde me to call them if I needed anything and really meant it! I really felt at home and didn’t want to leave at all. BTW, I loooov e the song they recorded while we were there.
  • iddybd94
    Sounds like a great birthday present!!=D
    by iddybd94 at 03/15/09 2:14PM
  • grammaandgrampa
    We sure have enjoyed reading about your day with Lifehouse and that you had such a good time. We are anxiously waiting to read about the rest of your trip to LA. Love you lots.
    by grammaandgrampa at 03/15/09 4:56PM
  • dixiedawn
    that sounds so cool!!!
    by dixiedawn at 03/15/09 8:49PM
  • liveforit
    Thanks so much for was great reading about it all.
    by liveforit at 03/15/09 9:28PM
  • bucket_head
    That's awesome, Kelse! That sounds amazing. I'm glad you had a great time. :)
    by bucket_head at 03/15/09 11:19PM
  • purky
    What a TREMENDOUS experience. Glad you had such a wonderful birthday!
    by purky at 03/16/09 6:11AM
  • tryphena
    Happy Sweet Sixteen, Kelsey. I'm so glad you were able to experience such an indescribably cool thing!!
    by tryphena at 03/16/09 7:12AM
  • _fire_of_fantasy_
    Oooh! Kewlness! :D
    by _fire_of_fantasy_ at 03/16/09 9:31AM
  • matermagistra
    Do you know, I have never heard anything by Lighthouse but based on your experience with them I am going to check them out. It seems so rare to encounter sincere people in the entertainment industry. I got teary-eyed when I read about your locket. That was so incredibly thoughtful!

    And how cool is it that you got to eat at Keifer Sutherland's dining room table?!
    by matermagistra at 03/16/09 11:04AM
  • dragon_blade
    EEEEEEKKKK!!!!!!! THAT is SO AMAZING!!!! :) :D I can't wait to hear the song that they recorded!!! :)
    by dragon_blade at 03/16/09 11:14AM
  • kiss_the_rain
    Wow, this is SO neat!!! I love what you said about if Winnie approached you in public! So neat that you got to here a (new?) song!! I love the part about the Journal..what an amazing experience!
    by kiss_the_rain at 03/16/09 5:33PM
  • ericsgal
    how cool are you? will the cupcake be on lifebyfork? :) i've just started listening to lifehouse because of you - thanks for the cool music!
    by ericsgal at 03/16/09 5:43PM
  • mmbho
    You are so nice to share this with us. I read it the other night, right after you posted. I hope you are feeling better, and we will see you at 4H today. Thanks for the CD' were right (of course!!)...the music is AWESOME!!!
    by mmbho at 03/17/09 10:30AM
  • im_a_texan
    Wow that was a long post
    by im_a_texan at 03/17/09 9:41PM
  • cherri
    Kelsey, that is by far one of the coolest things I have ever read! It sounds like a fabulous experience!! Happy (belated) birthday, babe!
    by cherri at 03/18/09 8:00AM
  • purky
    I just bought my first two Lifehouse CD's. I'm really enjoying them.
    by purky at 03/18/09 9:20AM
  • cooljoke
    I enjoyed reading your latest entry. Such a neat experience. Even though we don't know each other, I've added you to my friends list.
    by cooljoke at 03/18/09 9:32AM
  • lauriw1030
    It sounds like you had an amazing experience! There are very few people that have had such an experience... It sounded wonderful!
    by lauriw1030 at 03/19/09 12:16PM
  • kristianbunny
    wow kelsey! that is aweosme!! happy belated bday :) lifehouse is thier music :)
    by kristianbunny at 03/23/09 2:58PM
  • badaim
    thats so cool! i love you kels and i'm glad you had a great birthday! :)
    by badaim at 03/23/09 11:30PM

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  • leahabigail
    HAPPY BIRTHDAY KELSEY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    by leahabigail at 03/09/09 8:49PM
  • kattath
    Happy Birthday!!!
    by kattath at 03/09/09 8:58PM
  • tia
    Happy Birthday, Kelsey!
    by tia at 03/09/09 9:02PM
  • abecedarian
    Happy Birthday, Kelsey! from Tammai, Cooper, and Caleb H.
    by abecedarian at 03/09/09 9:50PM
  • be_with_me_lord
    Happy Birthday!
    by be_with_me_lord at 03/09/09 10:17PM
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    by lauriw1030 at 03/09/09 11:03PM
  • stevenbraman
    Happy Birthday!
    by stevenbraman at 03/10/09 1:22AM
  • qtpie323
    Well, I guess I should say happy birthday. I saw that on her blog she said to say happy birthday to you... So I am saying happy birthday even though I don't know you. lol!! ;)
    by qtpie323 at 03/10/09 8:00AM
  • somebodystolemybday
    Happy Birthday!!!!
    by somebodystolemybday at 03/10/09 8:39AM
  • juliamiriam
    Hey, Kelsey! Is there any way you can add me to your friends list?
    by juliamiriam at 03/10/09 10:56AM
  • juliamiriam
    By the way, your food looked very yummy.
    by juliamiriam at 03/10/09 10:57AM
  • horselover13
    HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    by horselover13 at 03/10/09 11:32AM
  • on_eagles_wings
    Happy Birthday, Kelsey! Hope it was just spectacular!
    by on_eagles_wings at 03/10/09 2:32PM
  • daddyzgirl15
    Happy birthday!!! -I know you don't know me... But I go to hs camp also and I have been praying for you. :)
    by daddyzgirl15 at 03/10/09 7:33PM
  • skatebordingrox
    Happy Birthday! Haha, Im Kristyn.. she told me to some say Happy Birthday!(:
    by skatebordingrox at 03/10/09 7:37PM
  • mtnestr
    Leah invited me to help wish you a Happy Birthday - I sure hope you have one!
    by mtnestr at 03/10/09 9:50PM
  • lizzbeth
    Happy birthday! :)
    by lizzbeth at 03/10/09 10:45PM
  • hollander
    Happy Birthday from Louisville folks! Will we all be able to read your blog or will we have to sign up to be your "friend"?
    by hollander at 03/11/09 12:41PM
  • purky
    Hope you had a fantabulous, cool-a-ious 16th birthday!
    by purky at 03/11/09 9:27PM
  • joy2u
    Hope you had a GREAT birthday!!
    by joy2u at 03/12/09 10:55PM