Kellie Haddock
Kellie Haddock

Kellie's BLOG

 

Labor Day

1 Corinthians 14:1 “Go after a life of love as if your life depended on it — because it does. Give yourselves to the gifts God gives you.” Sometimes I feel like a fool for pouring so many hours into working on music. I think of all the other things I could be doing, but I’m not because I’m deeply focused here in the studio instead. I love it, I always have and always will. Music is... [READ FULL POST]


Defining Challenges

“If it doesn’t challenge you, it won’t change you.” My husband texted me this yesterday after I retold him the story of working with Eli on riding his bike. I remember the days when going to the park was ‘work’ for Eli. It was a challenge, it was therapy to learn how to navigate the stairs and muster the courage to slide down the slide. For many years there was very little fun about going to the park for Eli. But eventually, after... [READ FULL POST]


On Eating Well

I was recently talking with a friend whose daughter is struggling with an eating disorder. Her story sounded all too familiar. For 5 years I battled Anorexia and Bulimia, a battle I nearly lost and remember all too well. Though I’ve been free from this for nearly 15 years I will carry the scars for the rest of my life. Even after all this time I must make a conscious daily decision to continue to choose to live in freedom. I don’t talk about this often, not because... [READ FULL POST]


On Being and Artist Partner with Arocha

Enjoying creation helps me connect with God and understand love better. As an artist partner with Arocha USA, a faith based environmental organization whose mission is to 'restore people and places', I've enjoyed collaborating with other artists to write songs that encourage others to steward and savor our majestic planet. Collectively there are... [READ FULL POST]


Kellie & Peter Yarrow on the Role of the Modern Artist

I had the joy of sitting down with Peter Yarrow of Peter, Paul and Mary to discuss my new song: Song For The Refugee (which he loved!). We talked at length about the important role music plays in our culture in moving people's hearts to engaging issues that matter. We compared his experiences in the 60s to the present day challenges facing our nation and the need as artists to steward our voices to inspire... [READ FULL POST]


STOP AND GO

I love the adventure of going on early morning runs when we visit new places; exploring and surrendering to the unknowns of wherever the new path leads. Except, when I don’t. Today, here at the lodge near Mt. St. Helens, I woke up before the sun, tied my shoe laces and smiled as the crisp northern air hit my Florida sun kissed face. I breathed in deep the refreshment, paused to look left then... [READ FULL POST]


Song For The Refugee

We created a SONG FOR THE REFUGEE after my time in Iraq with Preemptive Love Coalition. We've been waiting for the right time to share it. Now in response to the gravity of the heartbreaking situation in Texas with more than 2000+ refugee/immigrant children being separated from their families and detained over the past few weeks we cannot wait any longer. This message is burning in me and must be... [READ FULL POST]


More Than Diamonds

Being a mom hasn’t always come ‘naturally’ to me. I am crazy in love with our three kids. But let’s be honest, when they were born I didn’t cry with happiness, I was more like, ‘who are you and what in the world am I supposed to do now?!?’ Motherhood has been a journey; a challenging and beautiful journey. I tell our kids often as they’re growing, ‘the bigger you get the more of you there is to love’. And I do cherish how... [READ FULL POST]


Arbitrary Lines

As a mom of a child with special needs, even though I’ve always had a lot of fantastic help and support, I still took the full weight of Eli’s well-being on myself. In some ways, probably a lot of ways, this was good, noble, appropriate and required. But even so, the full weight of this load bore heavily down on me. It comes from... [READ FULL POST]


Mother’s Day

Mother’s Day brings with it so many emotions. I’m so grateful for my own mom and her faithful love. I’m so grateful to get to be a mom, among the greatest privileges I will know in this life. I’m grateful for 3 healthy kids, for their unconditional love and generous cuddles. I’m grateful for their wellness today and do not take any of this for granted. There were so many Mother’s Days - I can vividly remember... [READ FULL POST]


Hide it under a bushel, No!

"Hide it under a bushel, No! I'm going to let it shine." I think this is where I went wrong, where my hope started to go sideways. As if the whole world is craving our lights if we only would let it shine. If only it was that easy. I feel a sweet contentment and gratitude for life and my calling. It has come in part from sorting through misguided and misplaced hope in the search to live in greater freedom to be who we are made to be. I put... [READ FULL POST]


Long Time Coming - FILM

In 1955, when racial segregation defined the South, two groups of twelve-year-old boys stepped onto a baseball field in a non-violent act of cultural defiance that would change the course of history and challenge their own perceptions sixty years later. Long Time Coming features Major League Baseball and Civil Rights icons Hank Aaron, Cal Ripken Jr., Gary Sheffield, Davey Johnson and Ambassador Andrew Young who... [READ FULL POST]


Live Oak

I was walking home from taking the kids to school this morning and passed the tiniest sprout of a tree. There was nothing impressive about it. Almost looked like a joke pushing up through the ground. Except that it had this little yellow tag tied onto it, naming it’s identity: Live Oak. This tree hardly resembled what we think of when... [READ FULL POST]


I Have A Dream

I have a dream. Martin Luther King inspires me deeply. His ability to be a dreamer and visionary of how things could be and should be calls us all higher. Last night as I tucked in our kids I prayed that they would be people who spread justice, light and peace like Dr. King. My hope is that in some way - for I know it will look different for each of us - we will each... [READ FULL POST]


On Gratitude

Some might consider me an expert on gratefulness. I’ve been interviewed on the subject countless times since our video ‘The Thank You Project’ went viral after first airing on the TODAY show a few years ago. It now has over 100 Million views. I don’t have a category for processing what that kind of virality means. But I don’t feel like an expert on gratitude, I’m just a girl who said ‘thank you’ because... [READ FULL POST]


2017 Year End Review

2017 has been both a full and a challenging year. While the unexpected - both good and hard - has marked these months, I have a genuine gratefulness for the growth and freedom it’s brought me. Earlier this year I spoke a lot about how ‘every no has led to a better yes’ and while I do still think this is true and possible, that hasn’t quite been the story of this year for me. The ‘no-s’ have... [READ FULL POST]


13 Years

I wanted to stay in bed all day, or crawl into a hole. The pull to stay so busy to not have to think or feel today is real. But instead, as I pulled my bones upright it felt more like climbing up the ladder to the high dive. With each rung the air gets thinner and harder to breathe as the knowledge that I’ll soon have to jump sinks in. And even though I’ve made this jump several times before... [READ FULL POST]


THIS TOO SHALL PASS

This to shall pass and rising out of this ash will be a strength that will last. The challenges surpassed by beauty forged in a perseverant hope. This tree sits in our front yard and literally overnight is transformed by these pink blossoms that spring forward in its surprising bountiful display of hope... [READ FULL POST]


Sidelines

When you hike down a waterfall creek and your husband documents the whole adventure! I've spent so many summers sitting on the side watching the kids have fun, confident I'm checking the boxes. Writing and singing my song 'More Than Diamonds' has helped me realize... [READ FULL POST]


LOVE FAILS

Love never fails. Except when it does. Don't get me wrong, I love Hobby Lobby and all the little signs they sell. I typically want one of everything when I walk through the store. But this particular metal sign grabbed my attention. The phrase, 'Love Never Fails' is so familiar but I've never really questioned it before. Do I agree? The simple answer is... [READ FULL POST]


I Will Survive

As I dropped off Eli at school for day #4 the song 'I will survive' popped into my head. I'd always heard this phrase as some clinging future hope, like 'this WILL eventually, hopefully - if I work really hard and don't give up - happen'. But as the words bounced in my head this morning it struck me quite differently... [READ FULL POST]


ON WASHING FEET

8 years ago as we said 'I do' we washed each other's feet. An act of service reflecting our commitment to a lifetime of serving one another. Marriage requires both service and sacrifice. This comes at a cost and in some seasons the price feels higher than others... [READ FULL POST]


To Be Still

God made us as human beings, but how often do we live more like human do-ings? We are so busy doing things that we have very little time or attention left for simply being. The doing is good, but not at the cost of an unsettled soul. I have tried to write a blog for weeks now—starting lots of them, but keep erasing, deleting and never finishing them. They feel forced and uninspired, like I’m writing because... [READ FULL POST]