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David Archuleta ~ Chapter 10: The Gift of Gratitude

Posted by Angelica on Wednesday, November 23, 2011

By PaulaFOD/Staff Writer

“I sincerely appreciate all of the amazing things that have happened to me over the past few years.  I absolutely love singing and the opportunity it allows me to meet so many people and to share all those special feelings I’ve talked about earlier on, but I’m totally grateful every single day of my life for all the other less obvious blessings that have come my way.”  
-David Archuleta, Chords of Strength, Chapter 10

On this Thanksgiving 2011, may we know what it means to be thankful every single day.  Thanksgiving is born from a grateful heart.  A grateful heart is born from the gift of gratitude.  The gift of gratitude is, well… a gift.  And a gift is….

“… a gift is something that passes from one hand to the next, as a gesture of goodwill, as an act of compassion and love.  “Talent” implies some degree of unique skill, whereas “gift” takes the simple description one step further and makes that talent something meaningful to share with the rest of the world.  Talent mostly serves the person who has it – but a gift, by definition, is something special to give and receive.”
-David Archuleta, Chords of Strength, Chapter, 10

On this Thanksgiving 2011, I am grateful for God’s gift of gratitude, grateful that He gave this gift to David, who in turn passed it to all of us in his music, his attitude, his joy.  I am grateful for all of you reading this, for all of the precious Archies that began as strangers and have become friends.  I am grateful that we, in turn, have passed this gift on in charity.  I am grateful for Rising Star Outreach, Children’s Miracle Network, Stand Up to Cancer, Jonah and the Bone Marrow Registry, Make-a-Wish, Invisible Children, Childfund, and others who, out of their own gratitude, work to meet the needs of others.  Like love, the gift of gratitude grows when it is shared.  It trickles through our fingers, but is never fully given away because the very nature of a grateful heart is to see more for which to be grateful.

Gratitude is joyful, but it also fills hard times with hope…

“Everyone knows that the human condition comes with all kinds of situations-the good, the bad and the ugly.  Pain and hardship are almost impossible to avoid….Rather than feeling sorry for ourselves when the chips are down, we should take stock of the things that we actually feel happy and grateful for….Without the struggle, we can’t really appreciate the joy when it comes.”
-David Archuleta, Chords of Strength, Chapter 10

On this Thanksgiving 2011, I am grateful for the way we support David and each other… in hard times and happy times.

“If I had to break it all down to answer the question of how I stay true, it always goes back to the simple things: happiness, giving, loving, and sharing.  Those are the things that are important, and everyone has different ways of finding them.  You might think that sounds oversimplified, but I believe that when we simplify, we make life that much easier to handle.  I think the way my life has unfolded has only helped me to see those simple little things much more clearly.  The whole fame and recognition game makes the really important things stand out in a way that shows me how meaningful they truly are.  I have a deeper sense of appreciation for the small things in life that maybe I took for granted before all of this happened.  I’m able to enjoy life’s little treats with a new point of view, one that’s largely shaped by gratitude.”
-David Archuleta, Chords of Strength, Chapter 10

On this Thanksgiving 2011, I am grateful for life’s little treats…may we never overlook them or forget the simple things.  May we remember that every day in 2011 is a day of Thanksgiving…and that 2012 will bring a new year of Thanksgiving.

And David…thank you for Chapter 10.  And for Christmas tour.  And for your music.  : )

83 Responses to “David Archuleta ~ Chapter 10: The Gift of Gratitude”

  1. Marylee_DAangel said

    “Talent mostly serves the person who has it – but a gift, by definition, is something special to give and receive.”
    -David Archuleta, Chords of Strength, Chapter, 10

    Thank you, David, for sharing your gift with us ~forever grateful! ♥

  2. Angelica said

    Happy Thanksgiving weekend to all. I feel so blessed for family, friends, David, the upcoming tour, a loving and forgiving God, and all of you. Thank you for hanging in there with us these past 2 years. Thank you, Paula, for lighting up the holiday with David’s warmth and humility.

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    Photo taken by Nanaweize at today’s book signing.

  3. janhn said

    That is such a beautiful message, Thank you for this perfect Thanksgiving post. I was just sitting here thinking about CFTH/2009 and how the 2 concerts in SLC changed me. I can’t put it into words except to say that those concerts gave me such peace, It was tangible and to this day I can access that during times when it is needed. Circumstances are such that I will be unable to attend a concert for this tour, but I am so grateful to David for the CFTH tour and know I will hear him sing those heartfelt Christmas songs again. I am thankful that I had that experience and hope and pray that others will experience the same with his MKOC tour. Jana~Oregon

  4. nanaweize said

    I am also grateful for all of my blessing and what a difference my life is because of this nice young man. He was a pleasure to be able to chat with him for even a few seconds today. He is so kind and nice to everyone. This kid is going to go far if you ask me!

  5. Thanks to the Voice for the gift of this site – now & past 2 years for which I am forever grateful. Love this from his book. “… a gift is something that passes from one hand to the next, as a gesture of goodwill, as an act of compassion and love. “Talent” implies some degree of unique skill, whereas “gift” takes the simple description one step further and makes that talent something meaningful to share with the rest of the world. Talent mostly serves the person who has it – but a gift, by definition, is something special to give and receive.”
    -David Archuleta, Chords of Strength, Chapter, 10

    Beautiful article PaulaFOD. Perfect lead into mindset for the holidays. Thanks.

  6. Marylee_DAangel said

    Paula ~it was very late last night when I read your article ~the last thing I did before signing off in fact~would like you to know how much I enjoyed it & appreciate being reminded this time of year how much I have to be thankful for. Wishing you all a very lovely Thanksgiving ♥

  7. Dayzee said

    I am trying to pack for a flight to Vegas for Thanksgiving with my son. Should have known it would be difficult to organize anything after being struck by the Archu-gaze yesterday. Just doing my best to cope.

    While in Deseret book yesterday I noticed a plate with the words “LIFE is not waiting for the storm to pass, but learning to Dance in the Rain”. I remembered David had introduced us to this adage, but it seemed to reach out to me more this time around. I thought of all the people who dance in the rain. Instead of mourning the hardships, they celebrate the good stuff of life. Their positive attitude lifts us all. I bought the plate for my daughter who is a marvelous rain dancer.

    Thanksgiving is a great time. Nothing makes us happier than being grateful for what we have and sharing with others. I am so thankful for David and all the loving people he surrounds us with, especially my Voice family.

    Happy Thanksgiving!!

  8. angelofdja said

    “Happiness cannot be traveled to, owned, earned, worn or consumed. Happiness is the spiritual experience of living every minute with love, grace and gratitude.” — Denis Waitley
    I went searching for poetry regarding gratitude.This stood out, as it had me thinking about my own emotions. All the recent pouting I’ve been doing since my plan to attend David’s Stroudsburg concert has fell through.
    I can’t think of anyone who lives their life with such love, grace and gratitude than David. With this wonderful post, (thanks Paula!), that has me thinking of all that I have. I consider myself very blessed.
    Happy Thanksgiving to The VOICE! (That means you guys, and David! LOL!)

  9. Angelica said

    Angelofdja,

    Really sorry your plans have fallen through for Stroudsburg. Another time for sure. We will miss you there. :(

    Angelofdja is GIFTING 2 tickets to the Stroudsburg concert. She sent them to me and as the time is short, I will be bringing them with me. If you are interested, please email thevoiceda@gmail.com

  10. sweetonDA said

    Paula, thank you for this wonderful, heartfelt post. It is perfect for this Thanksgiving holiday. I love reading Davids COS. He is wise beyond his years and has taught me many things through is words and his example. I love Chapter 10 also.

    Wishing all here at The Voice a very Happy Thanksgiving. I’m so grateful to be able to come to this site and touch base with all who love and adore David. I’m thankful for meeting many of you in person and hope to meet many more.

    Just think in 7 days we will have video from his first MKOC Tour! I can’t wait to see what songs he is planning to uplift us with. Cheers!

  11. MT said

    Paula, what a lovely article for Thanksgiving. Those quotes from David are perfect, things that everyone should take to heart. He is grateful for his gift and appreciates all of the little things in life. This time of year really does bring home all the things we all have to be grateful for, not just the big things but the little things we take for granted every day.

    One of those things is this wonderful site and everyone here who helps us to share our admiration and fascination for this wonderful young man, including all the lovely fans who comment and lurk here.

    ♥ Happy Thanksgiving to each and every one of you!

  12. angelofdja said

    Angelica, Thank you! I’m looking forward to your recaps of his performances! Although, I will understand if you have to take a moment or two putting to paper what is often so hard to explain! :wink:

    It would do my heart good to know the people who are able to use the tickets, but I am just as happy if you end up giving them away at the venue.

  13. bebereader said

    Paula,

    Bravo! You really know how to deliver! Your article is heartfelt and a perfect lead in to the Thanksgiving holiday! I’m grateful for my family and friends and for being able to interact with a bunch of people who not only understand but empathize with my severe case of ODD. :) For that I’ll always be grateful.

    Chapter 10 was one of my favorite chapters in COS. I love how you incorporated sections of it in your article.

    Here’s a new interview. It gets cut off at the end but it’s worth it to watch.

    Thanks to JR!

    Holiday on Ice: Cast and Performers Share Their Favorite Holiday Traditions

    See David at 2:01.

    credit Disson Skating Shows

  14. Abrra said

    I am glad you took your lead from COS, Paula.

    The more I read COS, the more I realize how much wisdom David possess. Just as his music is soothing,so is reading his book. I am thankful for knowing him. It has lead me here to be among some of the kindest people on earth :) I wish you all a good day tomorrow.

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    I won’t have a turkey dinner tomorrow, by choice. I live near a turkey farm. Just.can’t. do. it.

    Abrra

  15. Angelica said

    For Abrra,

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    Now to go inject my turkey and make some pies. :razz:

  16. Abrra said

    David talks turkey with Jeanette on her UStream at 23:31 mark

    http://www.somethingboutarchie.com/2011/11/david-talks-on-phone-with-jennette-on.html

    Haha! Every time she waved the phone near the screen, I feared someone would see his number. ;)

    Not that I would ever do such a thing :)

    Abrra

  17. tawna21 said

    Paula, you have caused me to think even deeper about my holiday tomorrow. I’ve really been pondering Thanksgiving this year, and your article on gratitude has really increased mine. David’s example has really made us all think deeper and act more kind, and I, personally, have so much respect for him because of that.

    My sister and I, and our husbands, will be with our parents tomorrow. Dad and Mom are in their 80’s and just didn’t want to fuss with going anywhere, so we are taking it to them. Our kids will all be away this year so it’s just our parents and us, in our childhood home. ♥♥♥

    Tawna

  18. MT said

    hahahahaha Abbra’s turkey pic and Angelica’s turkey pics. LOL That is hysterical! Not gonna say any more. :)

    Except .. Happy Thanksgiving … in whatever way you celebrate it. ♥ May your day be filled with love and laughter and lots of good food.

  19. stenocruiser said

    A very Happy Thanksgiving from Canada to all our American friends. So pleased that David is home in Utah with family — he can enjoy those funeral potatoes and the rolls with orange specks!

  20. betsy said

    Happy Thanksgiving, all. :)
    Loved your article Paula.

  21. skydancer1x said

    Paula, thank you for your article, its just perfect for Thanksgiving♥.. I have a t-shirt that says “Gratitude is an Attitude” (Think I got it a decade ago when I was into radio talk show host “Dr”.Laura’s books )
    ……..
    As I was sitting here reading your article tonite, the phone rang and it was my 90 yr.old neighbor Millie who lives alone..She doesn’t usually call at 10pm, so I asked right away, are you ok?. She said “no, I have fallen and I am hurt” I am GRATEFUL I have keys to her house, as she does mine. I ran over in my jammies, got in,called where are you? and found her on the floor beside her walker in the kitchen.There was blood all over the floor, and the cabinets, and baseboard. I picked her up, a struggle for both of us, but got her in her walker seat.I cleaned her wounds, bandaged her up, got her into her bedroom, cleaned up all the blood, got her into her bed, all tucked in, with an ice pack for her hip,and sat with her for awhile till her sleepy pill kicked in.Then shut off lights, locked up, and now I am back here. I am so grateful she called me,so GRATEFUL I was home, and GRATEFUL she is ok.And so thankful she is my friend.♥
    what a night!

    To bed now….Have a wonderful day tomorrow everyone!
    Gobble! Gobble!

  22. PandasMama said

    Thank you Paula for this beautiful article. You and this article exemplify everything I love about David and his fanbase – some of the most loving, generous, talented, and grateful people in the world. I am so thankful I tuned in to a certain TV show on that one special night back in 2008. My world has never been the same since.

    Happy Thanksgiving Y’all!!!

    (Wish me luck. We’re eating dinner at my sister-in-law’s house again this year. Never know what you might be served there. The meal is always more unusual than traditional. It has gotten better the last two years since she has decided to let her daughter’s cook. No matter what the food is like, we will all be thankful that the patriarch of the family, my father-in-law, Bill, will be with us again. He has survived a second surgery to remove more of his lungs due to cancer.)

    Margy
    ***I’ve got a new blog post up too, if you need something to divert your attention.

  23. jans11 said

    The excerps from David’s COS is so perfect for your article. I feel so thankful to have had him in my life since AI. I love his sayings about how to live life and it’s taught me to be more consious of my surroundings.

    Happy Thanksgiving to all my friends on The Voice!

  24. Angelica said

    Aw…you guys are so aw…esome!

    PandasMama, your ABC’s of David, http://www.cacophonyvsharmony.blogspot.com/
    is so sweet. Made my heart swell with pride and love for him.

    Sky, your neighbor was so blessed to have a ministering angel near that she could call on. You made a big difference in her life tonight. I know she is so grateful you were there when she needed a friend. What a nice way to celebrate the spirit of Thanksgiving for you both! Hope the morning finds her feeling and doing much better.

    Well, I’ve made my pies, (pumpkin and pecan) and got the dressing, green bean casserole, and turkey ready for popping in the oven tomorrow. I can finally rest now and enjoy the time off. Hope you all have a restful and happy weekend!

  25. bebereader said

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    Enjoy the day!

  26. Heidijoy said

    Happy Thanksgiving gals and guys!!!!

  27. archiesfan4life said

    I haven’t had time these past few days to keep up with new articles and all the comments, but wanted to stop by and wish everyone a very Happy Thanksgiving! I am thankful for all that this young man has brought into my life – and this site and all of you are at the top of my list!

    Can’t wait to meet those who are going to Stroudsburg!!!

  28. Abrra said

    #23 Panda

    I must meet you some day! Love your take on things. I woke up to read:

    “The meal is always more unusual than traditional. It has gotten better the last two years since she has decided to let her daughter’s cook.”

    Haha! I will get a belly laugh all day over that. I bet many here can relate. I might be right in there with your sister in law. I am making a big pot of 4 bean chili today. :)

    Abrra

  29. emmegirl said

    Happy Thanksgiving to this funny, caring, diverse, incredible group of turkeys!

  30. betsy said

    Happy Thanksgiving :)

    Sky, you are so sweet. So caring. Thanks for taking such care, such love with your neighbor.

  31. djafan said

    Paula, Thank you. You have know idea how much I love what you’ve done. Your words of thanks are perfect and the excerpts from David’s COS amaze me. A nineteen year old with such words of wisdom and understanding of the meaning of gratitude blow me away every time I read them (have read COS 4 times) I can perfectly understand Edith when she said David has been her idol for 70 years irregardless of it being a flub or it just may have been her soul speaking to his.

    I give thanks to God for all the experiences in my life. I give thanks for and to my family. I give thanks to all of you who share and partake in this David fan world. And I give thanks to David for unknowingly bringing music back into my life.

    Have a great day all!

  32. TXNancy said

    Happy Thanksgiving to each and every one of you. I have been blessed by your post, Paula…..for what you are thankful for and for sharing some of David’s beautiful thoughts. He has taught us so much, even to be thankful for ‘simple gifts’. If it weren’t for this remarkable young man, this site wouldn’t exist. It is a gift, to visit here a few times each day, to share our love for David and for one another. What a blessing he is!
    Sky, I pray your neighbor is OK. What you did last night was a beautiful thing.

  33. emifriend said

    Wonderful article! David’s gratitude is sincere and comes from the innermost parts of his being. He has taught me a lot about it by his example, and I am better for it. Here is an article I wrote for the Voice last spring; http://thevoicedavidarchuleta.com/2010/04/27/an-attitude-of-gratitude/ about the power of gratitude.

    Love to all of you for Thanksgiving. I am grateful for all the love and support you have sent my way this year as I walked “thru the fire and thru the flood.”I wish you all cheerful hearts filled with beautiful melodies or our favorite singer!
    emifriend

  34. tawna21 said

    thank you, emifriend, for re-linking your article… it’s a great one and adds some more to this day. ♥

    Sky, angels are among us, and your sweet friend is so lucky to have you as one of them. ♥

    abs…I made a great pulled pork chili the other day..umm ummm. Enjoy your non-traditional Thanksgiving feast in this amazing ‘land of the free’. ♥

    Happy Thanksgiving to all!

    Tawna

  35. tawna21 said

    Man, I almost forgot…I woke up at 5:20 am this morning and was quite upset that I couldn’t get back to sleep (it’s a day off work, for heck sakes!). I pulled myself up and started to get the day going, turned the radio on and stared at myself in the mirror (bad news!). Then, at 5:35 am MST, I’m hearing the intro to “Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas”. Yeppers, David (and Charice) sang to me this morning. Suddenly, I was quite glad that I couldn’t go back to sleep, and pulled the bed off my back. ♥♪♥♫

    One more Happy Thanksgiving to you all!!

    Tawna

  36. Angelica said

    Ah, Emifriend, thanks for linking your article too. Worth a reread. Good to see you again on the site! Good seeing all of you.

    David is watching the Macy’s parade and that reminds me, so thanks! That was always a tradition when I was growing up. Going to see if it’s still in progress. :)

  37. skydancer1x said

    Happy Thanksgiving everyone!
    Thank you all for being you!♥
    Just happy to report that Millie my neighbor is ok today, and will be with her brother and family for Thanksgiving as planned. They are coming to get her. She is amazing! She woke up stiff and sore, but didn’t even need help getting out of bed, or in getting ready for her day. Her kitchen floor is hard, ceramic tile.She raised her arms when she knew she was going down, to protect her head(sharp thinking and quick)and hence cut both her elbows when she hit the floor, and also her lower leg, and she will get that addressed tomorrow at her doctor..made her promise! Easy to tear your skin when you are 90 I told her it looked like a crime had taken place (last night), and she repiied,Oh MY it does! and you are cleaning up the evidence! I love her. Love you all,
    love David♥

    what are funeral potatoes…mashed potatoes?

  38. silverfox said

    Sending Happy Thanksgiving wishes to all!!

    Don’t know if this was posted here or if you all have seen this, but it’s just another example of the kind of person David is..
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    http://musicalitina.tumblr.com/post/13195473314/my-david-archuleta-experience

  39. Angelica said

    Here you go, Sky.

    http://saltlakecity.about.com/od/lifestyles/a/FuneralPotatoes.htm

    SF,

    That is so sweet! He’s one in a million.

    Well. I took out the turkey at the time it was supposed to be done and even tested with a meat thermometer. Hubby went to carve it and it’s not done all the way. Back in the oven now to dry out. Fail! Oh well, we got pie! :razz:

  40. refnaf said

    Happy Thanksgiving to all of you “Voicers”
    EEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEeeeeep Tour starts in ONE WEEK!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    (((hugs))) and ***waves***

  41. skydancer1x said

    Thanks Angelica! they sound good, and a recipe too!
    S.F., Is he not just the sweetest person ever in the whole wide world of people?

  42. Abrra said

    More book signing pics and a blog post

    http://piccadillywhimsy.blogspot.com/2011/11/holy-smokes-i-met-david-archuleta.html

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    Look at her smile!

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    David’s ride!

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    AAAHHH!! Oh my word, oh my word, breathe…That adorable boy let me take my picture with him, which was quite fortunate because three girls later in line, they would no longer take pictures. I asked him if I could take a picture with him and he replied, “sure, of course!”. When Emily went to stand by him to take a picture, he gently grabbed her shoulder and told her that she could get in closer, and Sarah asked to shake his hand in which he did (she plans on marrying him someday). He signed our CD and addressed it to Sarah, Erica and Liz (my Mom)-David Archuleta. After we met him we just stood with our jaws hanging open about two feet away from him staring like creepy stalker fans as he signed autographs…we couldn’t force ourselves to leave for a good half hour afterwards because he was just such a pleasure to stare at. :) And yes, we had to get a picture by the Escalade he rode in. How awesome was today?! Pretty dang awesome.

    Thanks Erica for taking the time to blog about your visit with our guy at the Orem book signing. ;)

    Abrra

  43. Blueberry Ice said

    Wishing everyone a wonderful, safe and Happy Thanksgiving!

    Paula; Emifriend; After reading your beautiful posts, I am reminded why I love this place so much … thank you for your sharing from your heart.

    Sky; I can feel your warm and caring heart from across the state lines … what a blessing you are to your neighbor and so glad to hear that she’s ok.

    Abrra; #14 … You’d be happy to know that one half of our meal will be vegetarian. My hubby is making a vegan sausage toscana potato & kale soup so we’ll see how it turns out.

    Finally a prayer for David to keep him healthy and rested.

  44. jans11 said

    #38 Sky, funeral potatoes are the same as hash brown casserole, or cheesy potatoes as some call them. David said they are just called funeral potatoes because that is a food that usually shows up at funerals. We had them today and they are delicious!!!

  45. jans11 said

    #38, Sky, Funeral Potatoes:

    32 oz. bag frozen shredded hash browns
    2 (10 3/4 oz.) can cream of chicken soup
    2 C. sour cream
    1 C. grated cheddar cheese
    1/2 C. butter melted
    1/2 C. chopped onion
    2 C. crushed corn flakes
    2 TBS. butter, melted

  46. jans11 said

    Whoops forgot the directions…here is the whole article brought over from Fanscene…6 Responses »Nov 242011

    For some reason I just can’t get “Funeral potatoes” out of my mind. Why could that be … oh maybe because one David Archuleta mentioned them in just about EVERY interview he did this week.

    What are funeral potatoes? The have their own Wiki:

    Funeral potatoes are a traditional Latter-day Saint (Mormon) hotdish or casserole dish that originated in Utah, United States.

    Funeral potatoes get their name from commonly being served as a side dish during traditional after-funeral dinners. Funeral potatoes are often served at social gatherings, such as potlucks, in Utah and other areas with a large Latter-day Saint population.

    The dish usually consists of hash browns or cubed potatoes, cheese (cheddar or parmesan), onions, cream soup (chicken, mushroom, or celery) or a cream sauce, sour cream, and is topped with butter and corn flakes or crushed potato chips. Other variations include cubed baked ham, frozen peas, or broccoli florets.

    During the 2002 Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City, one of the souvenirs included a pin featuring an image of funeral potatoes.

    Nellie sent into us her mother’s recipe for funeral potatoes – a Thanksgiving favorite. I am all for buying a bag of hashbrowns instead of peeling and dicing all of those potatoes to mash

    Funeral Potatoes:

    32 oz. bag frozen shredded hash browns
    2 (10 3/4 oz.) can cream of chicken soup
    2 C. sour cream
    1 C. grated cheddar cheese
    1/2 C. butter melted
    1/2 C. chopped onion
    2 C. crushed corn flakes
    2 TBS. butter, melted

    Put potatoes in a 9 x 13 greased pan. Combine soup, sour cream, cheese, the 1/2 C. melted butter & onions. Gently blend into potatoes. Combine the crushed corn flakes and @ TBS. melted butter. Sprinkle on top. Bake at 350 for 30 minutes. (Note: she makes them without the cornflakes

  47. PaulaFOD said

    I hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving! What a surprise today-my sister-in-law fixed a version of funeral potatoes!

    Neighbor helping neighbor, so glad that your neighbor is doing well today, Sky.

  48. skydancer1x said

    Jan! you are so incredibly sweet,thank you so much!
    Hope to make that recipe this week (I copied) they sound really yummy Bet our David can put those away like nobody’s business! ha!
    Doesn’t he look really happy in these pictures?..and of course so gorgeous!
    43.Loved these pics and blog post. Thanks Abrra.

    39. Silverfox, I got a kick out of the lady with hand on Davids neck♥ uh huh. (and the hair still amazes me!)

  49. PattiNC said

    Happy Thanksgiving to all…thankful for the joy that David has brought to my life!!! (and video so I can see his MKOC tour :) )

  50. Abrra said

    Recent upload HQ GGTT


    Credit CASBAA

    Abrra

  51. Abrra said

    Pattirae has an update!

    http://www.caringbridge.org/visit/pattiadams

    Abrra

  52. bebereader said

    Happy Thanksgiving to all! I was away all day at my in-laws for the holiday, two-hours of traveling time each way but so worth it. Getting together with family is what it’s all about especially on holidays. I knew this before but David reinforces it and for that I’m grateful.

    Sky, You get the prize this Thanksgiving for taking good care of your neighbor when she really needed you! Kudos to you, my friend. Stand up and take a bow.

    PaulaFOD Your article continues to inspire us every day. And the comments from so many today including PattiNC, Jans, Silverfox, Blueberry Ice, Ref, Tawna, Emifriend, Nancy, Betsy, Emmegirl, AF4L, HeidiJoy et al are inspirational as well.

    Here’s a 49 second sneak peak at Pandora:

    credit Disson Skating Shows

  53. emmegirl said

    Abrra, thanks so much for Pattirae’s update. Wow, she is amazing. Amazing.

    Paula, much thanks to you for a wonderful article.

    #43, is she adorable or what!

    Bebe, oooh, thanks for that sneak peek, can’t wait!

    Abs, Angelica – loling at your turkey feud pics!

  54. MT said

    Hey eveyone! I hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving.

    Sky,
    That was such a wonderfully kind and caring thing you did for your neighbor. ♥ She is lucky to have you close by.

    Bebe, thanks for that sneak peak. We’ll be seeing the whole thing soon!

    And TOUR starts soon!! We have so much to look forward to in the next month. I’m getting excited just thinking about it. I can’t wait for the pics and tweets and vids and recaps to start pouring in. :)

  55. Abrra said

    Emmegirl

    Angelica likes to torture me. There will be a price. ;)

    Abrra

  56. bebereader said

    New interview up from Charlotte, NC

    Thanks to JR!

  57. Abrra said

    Bebe
    Best interview evah!! FANBOY alert!

    Abrra

  58. bebereader said

    Kariontour is back on tour with David!

    Nellie1983@@kariontour @suttygal what?? are you managing David again or just as a tour manager? It will be good to see you in SLC!

    kariontour@Nellie1983 I was never his manager. Just hired by his management @ the time. Happy 2 b asked back. He is wonderful 2 work for & 2 b around.

    kariontour@suttygal thanks! Hope your day was wonderful! See you in PA! Cannot wait to get going! Just a week away!

    Marylee_DAangel Mary@kariontour Just learning we’ll be seeing you on the @DavidArchie MKOCT!!!Yeah!!! Looking forward to seeing you again! Gonna be EPIC! :):):)

    kariontour@Marylee_DAangel me too! And happy to meet all the ones I did not get a chance to meet last year!
    58 minutes ago

  59. betsy said

    #57m, Bebe what a great interview! My favorite yet this month. :)
    There was such a nice flow of conversation between the two of them. The interviewer clearly knows what David is about. Loved that he was trying to sell that cd, lol.
    Fanboys FTW!

  60. betsy said

    Thank you, Gemzone!
    From tonight at the booksigning, moments ago. ♥

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    http://twitpic.com/7jprot

  61. betsy said

    That picture. ♥
    (real smile)

  62. betsy said

    Thanks for turning my link into a picture. Gemzone really grabbed a smile out of him. :)

  63. bebereader said

    Oh my…that pic! Yowsa..THUD.
    Did gemzone survive seeing that in person?

    Last chance to sign an online birthday for David. The more signatures the better. Reading through them just now I see so many names that are unfamiliar to me. David has so many fans! The messages are heartfelt. Sigh. He is so loved.

    Last day to sign and the day is almost over:

    http://www.groupcard.com/c/0D_qqP33hAT

  64. bebereader said

    More from gemzone from tonight’s book signing:

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    One more:

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    From Deseret Books, courtesy of pabuckie on Twitter

  65. bebereader said

    More from Deseret Books:

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    http://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.10150484817407533.419853.82837442532&type=3

  66. bebereader said

    David Archuleta greets fans at Salt Lake Deseret Book
    ksl.com Utah

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    SALT LAKE CITY — Hundreds of happy David Archuleta fans lined up at the downtown Deseret Book for a CD signing Friday.

    The former American Idol contestant has just released his 2010 Christmas Concert album with the Mormon Tabernacle Choir. Fans brought posters, CDs, DVDs and magazines for the artist to sign.

    Archuleta said he has spent the majority of this year in Los Angeles but is really happy to be home, at least for a little while.

    “It’s great ot be able to come home, relax, spend time with family, (and) just enjoy the peace that’s here,” Archuleta said.

    But he doesn’t have long to rest. Archuleta’s My Kind of Christmas Tour kicks off Dec. 1 in Westbury, New York.

    http://www.ksl.com/?nid=148&sid=18233534#.TtBkIG8mNbo.twitter

    Link to ksl’s slideshow: http://www.ksl.com/?sid=18233534&nid=460
    (really good pics)

  67. bebereader said

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    @ambforevah :)angelerr
    met @DavidArchie for the third time(: he’s such an amazing person!! pic.twitter.com/ca2uUU1C

  68. MT said

    Awww .. . thanks for the pics.

    66. Those faces, David’s face, the faces of the fans … ♥♥ So beautiful to see such happy, happy faces. David spreads the joy in so many ways.

    61. That face could melt a heart of stone.

    64. The hands.

    And can I just say that I love the way he looks each person in they eye.

    David, can you come to the south for a CD/Book signing? *wishing*

  69. betsy said


    He’s a stand up guy/wince :)

  70. bebereader said

    Thanks, Betsy
    You can’t help but smile when he smiles. :)

  71. Ok, so I stumbled upon another CASBAA footage of David’s epic acoustic performance in HD – don’t ask me how I found it cos at times I also can’t believe my luck! I was doing research project on communication in Asia – totally David-UNrelated, when I saw some curious possibilities in a government site ;)

    Anw, ’twas a HUGE file- was uploading since yesterday! It comes from CAM #2 which has some funny shots – you’ll see. But what I love about it, apart from not having skips or lags – the audio clearly captures the audience reaction which we did not get from the live streamed version.

    DAVID UNPLUGGED IN CASBAA HK SHOT FROM CAM #2 – HD, GREAT AUDIO, NO LAGS, NO SKIPS! (28:49 MINUTES)

    Be sure to download the MP3HD which I included in the description box and tweeted earlier – great way to beat traffic and nice addition to Abrra’s Candy Jar :).

    I bet an HD vid combo of cam#1 and cam#2 is lying there somewhere… hmmmm…..

    Hope you had a great Thanksgiving celebration!

  72. SF – so glad to see you are posting again :) I missed you and I can’t wait to read your stories from your MKOCT experience :)

  73. Abrra said

    Thx JR for the Hong Kong video. I do wonder how you get in the back room of these places? LOL

    And today from David’s OS we have some Behind the Scenes videos of his Asian Tour 2011 with many “new” pictures.

    Manila

    Vietnam

    Kuala Lumpur

    They are a screenshot feast ;)

    Abrra

  74. Abrra said

    Exhibit A

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    Exibit B

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    /sigh

    Abrra

  75. Abrra said

    I removed the old mp3 of David’s Hong Kong concert from the Candy Jar.
    Here is an edited (removed the intro) version using JR video in #72. I did this to make it a smaller files, but it still has all of David’s songs. Much better!

    UNPLUGGED IN CASBAA Hong Kong(FULL).mp3

    http://www.mediafire.com/?9xpla0y8n2gmdlv

    Abrra

  76. joymus said

    Hi Abbra,

    Those last 2 pics – what can I say?
    Double sigh….lol! What a stud!

    I normally try to stay unaffected when it comes to pics of David but sometimes it just can’t be helped. HaHa!

    Good Day All! \o/

  77. Abrra said

    Joymus

    Good Luck with being unaffected.

    /resistance is futile

    Abrra

  78. skydancer1x said

    And here I thought black Friday had nearly killed me. I get here and David finishes me off with his killer self.
    76. Thanks for exhibit A and B Abrra. Please keep them on file as evidence i.e.for future trial.
    He will certainly be found guilty, (beyond a reasonable doubt!!!) of killing off his fan base one by one

    (In case you go before I do, I am making a copy of exhibit A)

  79. Hi Abrra,

    Have also added per song MP3s of the CASBAA file (less the spiels/banter) to the same media file folder – http://www.mediafire.com/?op9ovr1fbe899

    Enjoy everyone!

  80. Djafan said

    Hello all!

    What a find Abrra and JR!

    A feast for the ears an eyes.

    The TV appearances, the signings have been a great build up to MKOCT. I’m glad David appeared in most of them alone. He did an awesome job with the promo the other guy not so much.

    FIVE more days!

  81. emmegirl said

    joymus, he can make it difficult, at best, sometimes. ;)
    (and this is without trying!)

    SF, nice to see you again. Best wishes and prayers to both you and your sis.

    Those Asian tour behind the scenes videos are really nicely done. Glad to see this kind of stuff on OS! So cute (in the Manila one, I believe) a group of teen girls, some giving the peace sign and the others with their hand on their chin, ala D, lol! And that interview with the dj’s in the Kuala Lumpur vid is priceless!

    Thanks JR and Abs, you’re the best!!

  82. Abrra said

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    http://www.livestream.com/thevoiceunplugged

    Abrra

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