Byrne & Kelly 2017

Having my BFF is town from Germany at the right time to go see this concert will probably be the highlight of the year! As always, Neil and Ryan were super funny and shared stories behind the songs, which makes everything so much better! And we got to chat with Angie after. 🙂

Curious to know more? Check out their website and Facebook page!

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{Concerts} Emmet Cahill

kandihamble-emmet-1I was SO excited to be able to attend Emmet Cahill’s solo tour when he stopped in St. Paul. If you have a chance to go to his concert, TAKE IT! He recently released his first solo CD (YAY!!!) which you can find on Amazon or the Celtic Thunder website.

Emmet sang a lot of the songs on his album and shared stories about them. Hearing the behind the song stories always makes a song mean more to me. One of the most moving songs of the night for me was when Emmet sang How Great Thou Art.

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The craic was great, and I hope Emmet and Seamus come back next time! Here’s another song Emmet sang at his concert. 🙂

Find Emmet on facebook and his website.

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Duluth Here We Come!

This year my friend Kathy and I went to see Celtic Thunder in Duluth. Kathy treated us to the Sound Check Party, which was a blast to see some of the craic that happens behind the scenes ad also be able to take pictures! While we waited for the Party to start, we walked by the water and had fun watching ice melt.celtic_thunder_sound_check_party_duluth_minnesotaThe next morning, we packed up and drove up to Gooseberry Falls before heading home.

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2014 Year in Photos, Part Four

The final three months of 2014 were super busy with work, Janet visiting from Germany, and so many events my head is spinning a bit!


October was pretty much the busiest month of the year. Janet flew in from Germany on the last day of September, and we pretty much were always going somewhere, doing something for the next 18 days! We made the trip to Willmar and Sisseton one weekend, saw Hello Dolly at Chanhassen Dinner Theater with our friends Miriam and Kathy, and the tip-top highlight of the year: seeing Neil Byrne and Ryan Kelly at the Fine Line!oct

After Janet went home to Germany, things didn’t slow down! We made applesauce, the OCC Regional office moved to the Processing Center, and my church had a women’s retreat!


November was busy with setting up the PC, National Collection Week, Thanksgiving, and the start of volunteers streaming though our doors to start processing 706,000+ shoe boxes to be delivered to kids in Belize, Ecuador, India, Trinidad and Tobago, and Uganda! I also was privileged to see Celtic Thunder in concert with my friend Kathy.

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December was full-steam ahead with PC time, Warehouse Crud floating around the office, not much snow, moving back to the office, job ending, Christmas and my birthday, making donuts, and then…the end of 2014 came and went silently while I slept.OCC

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