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David Archuleta ~ Heeeeeyyyyyy, whachadoing??

Posted by Angelica on Saturday, July 5, 2014

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There was this going on too if you care about that sort of thing, which I don’t, but apparently he totally does now. Somebody get this guy a man cave!

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But back to the important stuff. The really intense stuff that all of us fans can get pumped about and cheer about. What do YOU think his little project is? I spy with my little eye video/recording equipment and one of those little snappy things they use when the director yells “cut!” GO DAVID!!!!

70 Responses to “David Archuleta ~ Heeeeeyyyyyy, whachadoing??”

  1. bebereader said

    Jans,

    Your suspicions may be correct!
    Last thread you commented :

    “I think they went down there to shoot a video for the Spanish song he wrote….that’s my story and I’m sticking to it. :)”

    The clapperboard is proof that they are filming something!
    Could it be a video?
    A commercial?
    Inquisitive minds want to know!

  2. I am pleased that David has projects on the go, something everyone hoped for.

    Meanwhile I am watching a hurricane take down century old trees breaking hearts as they go. I watched as my 35 foot magnolia toppled over lying there as the winds continue. Our whole town has been hit hard.

    We will be in the basement for the night just in case! Many other places throughout N America have had stormy weather thanks to Arthur. Hopefully with the datkness will come the calm. :(

    Be Still My Soul! :)

    SB

  3. bebereader said

    Bringing this over from last thread:

    tawna21 said
    Saturday, July 5, 2014 at 5:10 PM e

    Jans!!!!! Here’s hoping you’re right!!

    It makes me a little nervous to see things chained and a huge waterfall….. please be careful, David!!!

    and

    jans11 said
    Saturday, July 5, 2014 at 5:18 PM e

    OMGosh! Maybe we are right Tawna! Here’s hoping…..I’m so dang happy for David!!!! Whoo hoo! :)

  4. bebereader said

    #3SandyBeaches,

    So sad when those old trees are knocked down.
    But more importantly, stay safe and informed.
    Will be keeping you in my thoughts.

  5. beloirti said

    SB#3, So sad the trees! More important, you stay safe.

    I tried to connect David to the World cup in Costa Rica–hoped he was singing someone’s anthym (sp?). A video or commercial sounds more like it now we see this equipment. He looks like he is going for the “cup” himself! More power to you, David. You stay safe and Kari, too

  6. Yes, getting more difficult to stay safe for so many reasons.

    Our Nova Scotia bird society has discovered today that the eye of the storm brought many many birds in it from Florida and they landed here tired and battered but people are gathering them in.

    I know this is off topic but the eastern seaboard is where many of us reside.

    Now back to David’s exciting new journey…always fun to figure out.

    SB

  7. jans11 said

    Had good comment and hit the wrong button and poof…there it went. Sorry about the nasty weather SB.. going to see Wynona here…she’s not David but…… still think he’s shooting a video…..but won’t be the first time I’ve been wrong. Blame all errors on my phone. :)

  8. tawna21 said

    I’m sticking with Jan…. a video :)

    SB…. my prayers and heart is with you…. may your soul be still ♥

  9. Abrra said

    Today’s Sunday puzzle!

    http://www.jigsawplanet.com/?rc=play&pid=399fbda21550

    Abrra

  10. djafan said

    Good morning! It’s been a busy weekend, hope you all had a wonderful independence day. I became a soccer fan after having all my grankids play so i was rooting for Costa Rica and get such a kick seeing David’s futbol tweets, yep he needs a man cave!

    Now what is going with video epuipment and chained ??? I see the camera guy filming oh and what incredibly beautiful scenery. And Kari’s tweet with “DA2014″??? I’m super excited for whatever it is.

    Now please all join me in prayer or send postive vibes, first for David’s safety in all his upcoming travels and for those watching him’ that they open their hearts and ears, and a camera to record and upload for us to hear and see! Amen.

  11. emmegirl14 said

    Two days, just enough time to shoot a video of a newly penned song – I like how you guys think!

    Stay safe David, hope to see you singing soon!

  12. tawna21 said

    Fun puzzle, Abrra…. thanks! :)

  13. Dayzee said

    I did the puzzle left-handed. Took forever. I am living in a left-handed house and everything is a little off kilter. Like David’s mirror image video. Even the scissors are strange. My son, his wife and his 3 daughters are all left-handed. I thought I would try out that aspect of David’s life, since I will never learn to speak Spanish

  14. djafan said

    Emmegirl, hey there! Soon can’t come soon enough!

    Tawna, going to give that puzzle a shot.

    Dayzee, wow that’s interesting, an entire family of lefties. I wonder what the odds are of that happening.

    Wonder when David is flying back.

  15. Abrra said

    Morning tweet!

    David Archuleta @DavidArchie
    Costa Rica, I hope I can go back someday. #PuraVida instagram.com/p/qJwe2nFy2h/

    Image and video hosting by TinyPic
    davidarchie A quick but amazing trip in Costa Rica. The Latin American colors, the beaches, street treats like copos, and watching Costa Rica play in the World Cup with Los Ticos. #PuraVida

    Some info on PuraVida

    “Here at Pura Vida Bracelets we aim to do more than just provide jobs for artisans in Costa Rica. That is how the Charity Collection was born. The Charity Collection was created to give back to charities all over the world through the sale of individual charity bracelets. In 2013 we were able to donate over $140,000 to 190+ charity organizations and we’ve only grown since then. On top of that, we’re a 1% for the Planet Member donating back to over forty 1% for the Planet non-profit partners through our Enviro-Causes Charity Collection. From the protection of our ocean habitats to cancer research, we try to support as many causes and organizations as possible.”

    http://puravidabracelets.com/pages/story

    David made the most of his short trip !

    Abrra

  16. bebereader said

    Whether David was there for a charity or to shoot a video or both, he always makes me feel proud to be a fan.

    I got curious about copos , the sweet treat he mentioned above. Had to research it, of course. ;)

    Similar to snowcones in the U.S., but made with shaved ice, flavoring, powdered and condensed milk.


    credit ESwanson

  17. djafan said

    I just love David’s love of life. What incredible experiences he’s had at so young of age.

    Someone mentioned that the clapper has two words that say “De Mi” which means “From Me” at the end. Could that be part of the title???

    Here is a link to the english transcription by Bebereader!

    http://thevoicemyblog.wordpress.com/?page_id=24237&preview=true

    My goal is to translate it to Spanish in a bit lol

  18. djafan said

    Just FYI – Pura Vida also means Pure Life. It’s a pretty common saying in the Latino culture like Just Do It in english. Not that he couldn’t be talking about the charity but in the context used I don’t believe so. He’s just loving life.

  19. Dayzee said

    It wouldn’t be a travelogue from David without mention of the local food. Looks yummy.

    Bebe, he always makes us proud. Never need to worry what shenanigans might show up in the press when you are a David fan.

  20. djafan said

    ‏David is one busy dude!

    @josie_svendsen
    Hanging out with David Archuleta this morning. 😎

    ‏@josie_svendsen
    @josie_svendsen live tweet #recording

     photo davidrecording77_zps41e82916.jpg

    MarthaPB ‏@mlpb3
    @josie_svendsen Is that David Archuleta on the screen? Just curious.. Thanks.

    ‏@josie_svendsen
    @mlpb3 yeah

  21. Abrra said

    I ponder if they are dubbing a song to the video shot in Costa Rica. But not sure because it looks like he has on a suit.

    Abrra

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  23. lynnella said

    #13 Dayzee, I feel your pain (haha). I’m left handed. Imagine living your whole life left handed in a right handed world. When I worked full time I had to learn to use a mouse with my right hand, because that’s the way the computer was set up at work. My husband was ambidextrous. We had 3 sons, one righty, one lefty, and one ambidextrous. But with both lefties, the odds of having all lefties is pretty good. Also, a left handed person is right brain dominent. So, as I like to say, I’m in my right mind. David is too.

    Lynne

  24. Abrra said

    And we get a tweet from someone who met David today.

    Image and video hosting by TinyPic

    Bam Bam’s BBQ
    Had the pleasure of meeting the one and only @davidarchie at June audio today. He was such a nice guy. Plus he loved the BBQ ‘

    I looked up June Audio. He has been there before. It looks very familiar. :) Click the Studio Tour picture on the left. Beautiful set up!

    http://juneaudio.com/

    Abrra

  25. tawna21 said

    I’m lovin’ what we’re seeing here! :) BamBam must have been the catering at the studio today.

    You know, it’s incredible for me to think that David is working just 15 miles from me… and I’m clueless that he’s there! Seriously, David! Call me and I’ll bring cookies over!! :D

  26. Angelica said

    So he’s back in the studio eating Bam Bam BBQ and recording the day after he jets back from Costa Rica and before flying off to the Mid-East. Smooth operator. “He move in space with minimum waste and maximum joy.” I love his love of life too, dja. And I like that shirt. Maybe that’s what he’s wearing on the screen in that pic. What is written on that notepad? A set list? (yes, I turned the laptop on its side) Also, why is he on screen? Are they recording video too? hmmm….the plot congeals.

  27. Angelica said

    Interesting insights into what David and company are headed for tomorrow. I found this website for Jah Works, a reggae band that toured the mid-east in 2007. Afghanistan was originally on their tour but was cancelled due to “unknown reasons.” Nice to know they have a POC (point of contact) assigned to them at each stop and have to attend briefings. I hitched a ride from Germany to the States on one of those cargo planes as its only passenger when I was in the army. If you click on the first photo, Kuwait, you can scroll at the bottom of the page to the next stop with a short write-up and pics.

    http://www.jahworks.com/pics.htm

  28. djafan said

    So funny that just a bit a go some thought David wasn’t working and now I say dang David you have my head spinning lol David said “patience” Kari said “good things take time” and David said “I’m not LAZY” .. He sure wasn’t kidding lol

    Tomorrow he travels to the middle east. Praying for safe travels and video!

  29. skydancer1x said

    28.Dja,that’s for sure.He is not lazy! I remember we were always worried about him getting enough rest!
    Safe travels David! Take all our love to the troops♥

  30. gladys1961 said

    Today I received this news in my google alerts, is a Costa Rican newspaper, talking about David. (In Spanish).

    http://www.nacion.com/ocio/musica/Exfinalista-American-David-Archuleta-Costa_0_1425257748.html

  31. gladys1961 said

    sorry, maybe this site will not work.

  32. Abrra said

    Today David will begin his journey to the middle east. Wishing him a safe trip and a wonderful experience serving the troops with his magnificent voice.

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    Here is Silverfox’s prayer:

    Dear Lord,

    Please take care of David.
    Watch over him, protect him from all harm.
    Cloak him with your love and give him the strength to endure all that is thrown in his path.
    Give David the courage and guidance to say no to those who ask for more than he can reasonably give.
    Surround David with loving and supportive people who love him unconditionally as we, his devoted Archangels do.
    Separate David from those who have agendas other than for his well being.
    Give him rest when he feels weary.
    Give him stamina to sustain his hectic pace.
    Give him assurance when he feels doubt.
    Give him joy when he feels sad and never allow David to feel alone or lonely.
    Give us the wisdom to always do right by David.
    Help us support David so that it’s always in his best interest.
    Cloak him always in your protective arms during this time on his journey.
    Keep David and his voice healthy and strong as he fulfills his Destiny which was written in his Book of Life before he was born.
    Though we may be unworthy Lord, we humbly pray. Amen

    David, have a good & restful night’s sleep with sweet & happy dreams. Thank you for all you do and for who you are. Keep with you all our love, support & prayers always.

    Contigo siempre! We are with you always!
    ~ Silverfox

    Abrra

  33. Angelica said

    Anna Kaelin ‏@annakaelin · 2m
    Today my dad & @DavidArchie leave for the middle east on a USO tour! Good luck, have fun, can’t wait to hear incredible stories in 3 weeks!

    Looks like he’s bringing his voice coach. :)

  34. Angelica said

    Uncle Neddy@StongStarter
    Yo @DavidArchie we in seats 36 FED. Come say what up

    Uncle Neddy@StongStarter
    Oh my god David Archuleta is on our flight

  35. bebereader said

    What did we do in the days before Twitter?
    Was there even life before Twitter? LOL

    How cool to find out that Dean Kaelin is accompanying David on his trip to The Middle East and Africa!

    And that there are fans on the plane with David!

    Thanks for that info, Angelica. )

  36. MT said

    Abrra,
    That’s a great picture of David. He looks so good all dressed up. You know how I love a man in a jacket! :)

    Angelica,
    Thanks for all the info. I’m so glad to see Dean Kaelin is going with him. David always says he likes the moist weather (it’s good for his throat) so I’m guessing the dry weather over there might give him some problems vocally. But Dean should be able to help him keep his voice in good condition. :) (I always worry about his voice.)

    Nice to see there are fans on his flight, too! Although I doubt you could put him on an airplane anywhere in the U.S. that wouldn’t have at least a few. LOL He’s that loved. ♥

    Bebe,
    Life before twitter? hahaha You are too funny. :D

    Safe travels, David!

    I hope we get videos soooooon! :D

  37. Angelica said

    MT, I know, that dry desert air is not good for his vocal chord. Nervous about that. Nervous about the flight and the destinations. Nervous about his first performances of non-hymns in front of a live audience in 2 years. Does anyone else just wish they could button that top button for him, give him a pat on the back and tell him everything’s gonna be fine before he goes on stage?

  38. MT said

    Bebe,
    I just wanted to say thanks so much for the English transcript. Even though I watched and understood the English chat, it’s so nice to have it where I can really take my time to see it and fully understand what he said and how he meant it.

    I know it had to be quite a lot of work! So … to you Bebe, and to Gladys and to Dja, thanks for all the hours you put in to transcribe and translate those for us. . :)

  39. MT said

    Angelica,
    Yes, I definitely wish some of us could be there. If only we could be there, right up front, to let him see fans in the audience to boost his confidence because he’d know that no matter what anyone else thought, he’d have a group up front who loves him.

    *sending out good vibes*

    David, ♫ I know, things are gonna be fine. ♫

    Speaking of …

    credit: zzcali

    I’ve always loved that performance. ♥

  40. Abrra said

    A thank you tweet from David!

    David Archuleta @DavidArchie
    Thanks to all who have sent fan letters and stuff to the fan PO box address! Nice seeing the birthday books and letters :)

    He finally got to read some mail!

    And a P.S. tweet from David!

    David Archuleta @DavidArchie
    P.S. I know a lot of you are concerned about me not having clothes, but I already bought new clothes so don’t worry about me :). Thanks

    (translation: Please do not bring him clothes gifts to concerts. haha)

    I hope he picks up a set of camouflage fatigues along the way in the middle east. I don’t know why, I just do. ;)

    MT

    The day after that MDA performance, I played that song all day as I worked! Definitely a fav of mine.

    Yo! A shout out to my sistah TerryTampa who has moved to Kuwait(?) about 3 years ago. Hoping she sees this and can get herself to the “not a David Archuleta Concert” in Kuwait.

    Abrra

  41. djafan said

    I’m so happy Dean is going! He seems like a genuine nice guy who loves David, big plus in my book :)

    Happy to see fans tweeting about seeing him, hoping for the same where ever he goes!

    Do you think David was receiving clothes? I think so haha You got to love us fans.

  42. Angelica said

    David Archuleta @DavidArchie
    P.S. I know a lot of you are concerned about me not having clothes, but I already bought new clothes so don’t worry about me :). Thanks

    Another translation: I know how you guys worry about me but don’t worry. Remember the cough vlog? lol. He knows us too well.

  43. Angelica said

    @DavidArchie: Man, I feel kind of depressed for Brazil after watching that game. Gotta show some respect for how much pressure that is.

  44. djafan said

    Angelica, he sure does. Remember, he has a relationship with his fans and he’s getting reacquainted with us, I feel it.

    Wow, David has become a true futbol fan, I love it.

    Tweets!

    Ashley Michelle @TheAsh_Michelle · 5h
    @DavidArchie So you’re headed to Bahrain?! Can’t wait to meet you! Thanks for coming out to support us sailors!

    skinny ‏@brigs_jensen 2h
    On a plane with @DavidArchie right now so that’s pretty rad.

    Elsa Jensen ‏@elsamjensen 2h
    Whoa, David Archuleta is on our flight. We have arrived.

  45. djafan said

    Jason Hewlett writes about the trip and David! I had only posted the David parts but had to come back and add the entire blog after I read it. In tears. What an experience this will be for David and all involved.

    http://jasonhewlett.com/performing-for-the-us-troops-at-wartime/

    I write this as I fly to Afghanistan.

    I never thought I’d have the chance to actually say that, since I never thought I’d have the opportunity to serve my Country in any real capacity. Instead of signing up to serve our Country as an Army or Air Force stud, I went on a service mission in my early adult years, and upon my return performing became my calling.

    There’s a certain feeling associated with this trip unlike anything I’ve experienced since leaving my family as a 19-year old boy for a 2-year mission to Brazil for my Church. I recall that feeling to this day: I felt completely and utterly sick. Knots in my stomach would have been welcome. I was having a true pain of the sorrow of the unknown, the questions lingered whether I would make it back alive.

    Same feeling today, only magnified by about 10,000.

    You’d probably never hear this kind of concern from a real soldier going over there, at least I’m not even sure if they feel the same way, since they are incredibly brave and ready for the task ahead of them. But in my vulnerability I sit here in complete fear, coupled with faith, and can only hope for the best.

    When I left for my church mission as a young man in 1997, I had graduated from high school 2 months earlier. I had no idea about the world. Bright eyed and bushy tailed, I was ready to spread joy and light to all in my path. However, once the reality set in that I was going to a different country, with less amenities, teaching a gospel I barely knew but felt was right for my life, and to do all of this in a different language, that’s when it hit me.

    I may not come back. I may not survive this. Would I see my family again?

    And so the preparations began.

    I sat for days and wrote letters to my parents and four siblings, for every birthday and holiday, purchased and wrapped presents for every moment I would miss of my family during my two year absence. This was a monumental effort and set me up for my extra cautious methods before every trip from then on. When you see those Mormon boys with nametags and ties walking the streets you might want to understand they work their whole lives to pay for that service time out of pocket, and go unpaid in their efforts, while only having 2 calls home per year: Mother’s Day and Christmas. And then being rejected by 99% of the people they talk with. Sets them up nicely for dating when they come home though….

    It’s a lonely, scary, and yet incredible time.

    But today the stakes are higher.

    I am married now and a father of four young children.

    Not only that, but I have a really great career. Things have never been better.

    And then I get this call to go and perform for The Troops in the Middle East in the middle of wartime for the month of July. For free. I would have to cancel the couple of gigs I had lined up. Pay out of pocket for those artists replacing me at the canceled shows.

    Not only that. I would also be missing out on the main month I had reserved to spend with my family, having booked only a few dates in order to have the month of July together, since most of my year is spent away from home.

    And the call came to give something to my Country. A smile. Laughter.

    That call had never come before.

    It was a no brainer. I have never been so honored to be asked to serve my fellow service men and women in their time of service to us.

    I was surprised to learn other entertainers had been invited and turned it down. I don’t know their reasons, and can respect why they would. It’s a very dangerous time out there. It’s a fairly unpleasant travel experience. It’s a long time away from family. It’s hotter than Arizona mid-summer. In fact, I’ve been told it’s between 120-140 degrees right now. For a pale boy like me that’s suicide in and of itself. I’m the guy hiding under a tree at the beach, or my own towel.

    All of those things crossed my mind as to why the others wouldn’t go, but it didn’t cross my mind for one second NOT to go just because of the excuses. I even had agents laugh when they heard my enthusiasm for going, retorting, “Wow, you must not realize what you’ve gotten yourself into, every performer I’ve heard won’t go.”

    Question I have is: How could I NOT go? To me, this is the most important thing I’ve ever done in my life.

    And yet, that HOLY Canolies we could die there, Batman, feeling lingers. A pain that is deep. A concern that is grave.

    I have joked in my nervousness that “the insurance is up to date!”, or “Honey, you’ll be better off without me, the house will finally get paid off!”, and “usually I’m supposed to kill on stage, but I’m just hoping to not bomb….” Humor that works to get you through the pain. Darker humor than people are used to hearing from me, but legitimate humor in this case.

    And as I wander into the abyss of the unknown, scared unlike anything I’ve ever felt, I wouldn’t turn back due to fear. For what have I to fear compared to those that risk their lives in harm’s way daily? Who am I to feel I am above those who protect us? Soldiers marching into war and I’M concerned about me? No. I pray for them every day. I cry every time I see a flag wave. Every morning I’m home and raise the stars and stripes from our front porch pillar I feel a pride unlike anything I can express for my gratitude to be an American. I know those hosting us will do all they can to keep us safe while we’re there, and I know the general suggestion is that it will be a wonderful experience. But that doesn’t mean I’m not scared out of my mind.

    It’s the similar feeling I had before my first day of Scout Camp when I was 12.

    Similar as my mission at 19.

    That feeling asking my girlfriend to marry me when I was 22.

    Closest to that feeling as we sat in the doctor’s office to find out whether my wife carried the genetic disorder of Huntington’s Disease that had ravaged her family, killing her father, sister, uncle, step-brother, grandparents, etc. (Thank our God she was blessed to not have it)

    The feeling I had 3 Father’s Days in a row as my wife told me we were expecting a child, and another one, and another one….

    That eery feeling I had as I lie awake in the saddle of the Grand Tetons, contemplating bidding for the summit or wimping out.

    Sort of that concerned feeling I had last Monday before I took the stage to perform for my peers at the National Speakers Association.

    But it’s a different kind of scared. It’s the feeling that I very well am in harm’s way and have chosen to actually risk it all. But it’s that reassurance that if I don’t return at least I went doing something significant. For my Country. And in that I couldn’t be more excited, more proud.

    As you’d expect, all of my ducks are in order. Nothing left undone. The will, trust, insurance, passwords, I’ve informed all of “my people” what to do if there’s a problem. There’s a note under my wife’s pillow she’ll find tonight, just as there is every trip I leave for. There are individual gifts for my children they will find through their lives left for them in strategic places. But I do this before every trip. I understand the risks of traveling on planes, yet the irony that it’s safer than driving my kids to school, and even safer than eating at McDonald’s…

    As my wife and I returned from a day of shopping for everything we could imagine I may need, appropriate for the region of the middle east, southern Asia, the customs, and mostly the weather, having purchased over $1,000 in desert boots, packing gear, tan mountain man pants, long-sleeve light colored airy cotton/poly shirts, hats that cover a majority of the people in the vicinity, and more sunscreen than you’d find at a beach house for nuns and Irish immigrants, I sat my kids down in the living room.

    “Kids, what does Daddy do?” I asked.

    “Make people laugh for money!” they shouted with pride in their 8-years and under chorus of voices.

    “Yes, sometimes we make some money, that’s pretty cool isn’t it?” I said.

    “Yes, you are famous, and everyone at my school thinks you’re funny!” they offered.

    “Thank you kids, I am kind of famous at your school, I did 3 assemblies this year, it’s got to count for something.” I stated. “But kids, WHAT does Daddy REALLY do?”

    They thought for a moment, “Make people LAUGH!” And then they ran in circles giggling like little Raptors (I don’t know where they get that but it’s cute, it’s only sad when I need to pull out the tranquilizer).

    “YES, Daddy makes people laugh, and when people laugh, what does that make them?” I lobbed.

    “It makes people HAPPY!” And the screaming and running around began again. So cute. OK kids, sit just for one more second.

    “VERY good guys, Daddy helps people feel happy, and joy, and better about their lives. That’s such a neat thing! And guess what? We live in the United States of America….” I began, to which they jumped to attention, hands over hearts, and recited,

    “And to the Republic for which it stands….”

    “Yes, kids, very good, sit down just for another second and we’ll be done. Daddy has a special job that can only be because we live in a free country. That means we can worship who we want, have the jobs we want, live the American Dream if we work hard enough. And there are countries where people aren’t allowed to have those things and our Country is free because of those people protecting our Country.”

    This was the quickest lesson in history, government, and finances I could give my toddlers. But somehow, they understood it.

    “So, you’re going halfway across the world to make people protecting us – HAPPY!”

    “Yes, my children, isn’t Daddy lucky that Mommy would let me do this? And that you guys would support me leaving to perform for those protecting our freedoms?” I said.

    As we ended the discussion I invited each child into my room to give them a special Father’s Blessing, usually reserved for the first day of school, or a birthday, or when they are sick. As an ordained Elder in the Priesthood I have the honor of blessing my children when the time is right. As each blessing began I lost it with each child. I sobbed my eyes out. I normally feel a touch of spirit that will bring a tear, but this was like turning on the faucet at Hoover Dam. After the children were blessed, I offered a blessing on my wife and our home. It was a sacred experience.

    I only share this with you because it is my life and is reality. In our sorrow, fear, and concern there must be a belief in something greater, a faith that we will be protected, and we must do all we can to leave this world a better place.

    And so we fly through the friendly skies to skies and locations that aren’t.

    Whether you approve or disapprove of the military efforts overseas you, like me, support and pray for these Troops incessantly. Whether you believe in the God I do or have your own traditions, how grateful are we to have the ability to choose? Whether we have the chance to serve our Country or just sit back and enjoy the freedoms we have been bestowed, can we not agree that we must be grateful at every moment for the Country we live in?

    My children don’t really know where I’m headed. I hope they only find out someday as they hear the stories and begin to realize this is a risky move. As we hugged at the airport and the tears flowed once again, each time I turned around they were running, waving, reaching for Daddy… My two year old asked, “Where are you going, Daddy?” I just embraced and kissed him and said, “I’ll be back soon. I’m leaving to keep you safe.” And they kept running and waving, jumping to see me all the way through the security line….

    photo

    I’m not a soldier. I could never be so great. Never so brave. But for one moment, I felt EXACTLY what I know each and every one of them has felt as they left their families at the airport. This pit in my stomach of the unknown. And yet I’m only gone for 3 weeks.

    I started this writing with the thought that those great people would never have felt like me, they’re just too brave, too courageous. But I know today, for a fact, they’ve ALL felt it, and that is the feeling of Bravery.

    To you, the reader, I encourage you to do something BRAVE today in honor of those braving it out in the storm and fight for our freedom. Maybe it’s apologizing to the friend you offended, or working on that task that’s been essential but you’ve put off in order to surf Facebook, perhaps it’s writing a note to a loved one for no reason other than just because, or to finally quit that job and start the business you’ve been meaning to jump in with both feet for too long.

    How can you show you are BRAVE?

    Or as The Man of la Mancha would sing: “To be willing to march into Hell for a Heavenly cause….”

    I am not alone on this trip. Figuratively or Spiritually.

    The original call and invitation to go on this trip came from one of my true heroes and Speaking mentors. The man I would consider the greatest speaker I’ve ever heard in any setting, Dan Clark, CSP, CPAE, Hall of Fame. Dan will make you laugh, he’ll make you cry, he’ll make you think and reconsider what you’ve done with your life and reach for more than you ever realized you could. He is the ultimate example on and off the stage of Living The Art of Significance.

    When Dan called me I was on the front row of a seminar. When Dan Clark’s number comes up on your cell you leave the seminar. I’m grateful I did, as he needed an answer immediately and I had no hesitation but to accept. Dan has been over there before, loves the experience, can hardly wait, and is bringing me along.

    “American Idol Finalist, and one of the world’s most beloved young singers, David Archuleta, is on this trip. Actually, we may have been upgraded to First Class at the airport because David is with us! You would have thought the Pope was out for lunch in Rome walking through the Salt Lake Airport with David. I kept pushing people away, shouting, “Just let the boy sing, give him space to breathe and catch the next note!” I think I’ll be his bodyguard on this trip since he’s so shy, kind, and fits in my carry on. Playing keyboard and guitar for David will be the Vocal Coach of The Stars, Dean Kaelin, who’s pupils have gone on to fame and fortune for 2 decades. It is a power packed line-up. And then I’m here, too. The 3D’s and a J.

    The flight path is SLC to Atlanta – Amsterdam – Abu Dhabi – Afghanistan. We will perform 18 times in 21 days. We travel to places like Bahrain, Kuwait, Djibuti (pronounced “Ja-Booty”, for which I requested the chance to do my Beyonce impression and sing, “My body’s too Djibuti-licious for ya babe!”, which was immediately knocked out of the running in favor of David singing “Be Still My Soul”), Kabul, Abu Dhabi, etc.

    The show will flow as follows: Dan Clark will Emcee with his incredible humor and motivational stories, David Archuleta will then sing inspirational songs such as “Imagine”, “Bridge Over Troubled Water”, and “Bring Him Home”. The audience will be sobbing by the time I come out on stage, at which time I will attempt to bring them to laughing hysterically.

    Rinse and repeat.

    Our goal is to flood these wonderful Troops with joy, perspective, love, happiness, memories, gratitude for life and a willingness to hold on for one more day.

    Our message is sobering and painful: Suicide Prevention. The leading cause of death of our servicemen and women is taking their own lives. And we will give them An Evening of Music, Comedy and Motivational Theater in hopes that we can remind them they have a reason to live now and later upon their safe return home.

    May God be with you, with us, with our Troops, and that our message might give those in need a breath of life and fresh understanding of their significance in order to carry on, to return home safely, and know there is an entire Country cheering them on, to know they are loved, and most of all, appreciated for their sacrifice that none of us can even comprehend.

    God Bless America.”

  46. djafan said

    And David tweets again! Dang I’m so glad God chose me to be his fan!

    ‏@DavidArchie
    Long ✈️ to go see and perform for the troops. 🇺🇸 :)

  47. djafan said

    From Dean’s facebook!

    Dean Kaelin

    I am currently on a plane from Salt Lake to Atlanta. From there I will fly to Amsterdam, then on to the middle east. We will do something like 15 shows in 17 days. I am traveling with David Archuleta (singer), Jason Hewlett (Comedian) and Dan Clark (Motivational speaker). I’ll be playing piano and guitar for David and a few feature numbers of my own. It should be a great experience. I will try and keep you all posted on the experience!

    https://www.facebook.com/dean.kaelin.18

  48. djafan said

    You can also follow here for updates on performers and performances for the troops!

    https://www.facebook.com/ArmedForcesEntertainment

  49. MT said

    We were wondering on another thread which “Take Me Home” David would be singing. I found this one tonight. Could this one maybe be it?

    Take Me Home – Us The Duo

    I could almost hear David singing this one in my mind while listening to it.

  50. lynnella said

    Did anyone notice that Jason Hewlett said that David would be singing Bring Him Home. That’s the song from Les Mis that Alfie Boe sang with the MoTab Choir when he did the Christmas Concert. I hope he’s right. Ever since I heard that song I’ve wanted to hear David sing it. Here is a video of it, so beautiful:

    Lynnella

  51. MT said

    Hmm … so I wonder which title is correct?? But either one would be beautiful with David singing it.

    Hopefully we’ll find out in a couple of days because we have video! *fingers and toes crossed*

  52. Angelica said

    What a beautiful blog Jason wrote. I think they are all so brave and good to go there. I’m sure the military will do all they can to keep them safe but there’s no denying they are putting themselves in harm’s way.

    MT, I know we were given the song “Take Me Home” earlier on that news show with Dan and I posted vids of John Denver and Phil Collins. But now Jason is saying it’s “Bring Him Home.” My mouth fell open when I saw that in his blog! It would make perfect sense for David to sing a song from the musical that was the catalyst for his love of music and singing. I posted this before when David’s mission was drawing to a close. It seems even more fitting to sing to our soldiers.

  53. Angelica said

    Lynnella, GMTA!

  54. tawna21 said

    Here we are again, praying for David as he goes into a foreign land. Thank you, Abrra, for posting Silverfox’s prayer.

    MT, that song is beautiful! I can totally hear David singing that version.

    Lynnella, my heart skipped some beats when I read that he would be performing ‘Bring Him Home’. Oh my gosh, just imaging David’s (and Dean’s) interpretation of this song. It will be something to behold.

    Dja, when I read Jason Hewlett’s blog I cried. What a from-the-heart writing. And he loves David! ♥♥

    Angelica, thanks for all the tweets. I rarely venture into Twitterland any more, so I’m always happy when someone brings them here. :)

    Bebe, thank you for the English chat… while I listened to it, I was so intent on watching David that I really didn’t pay that much attention to what was being spoken (yeah– fan girling). So, it was good to be able to read it and ‘hear’ what was being said.

    More prayers for David and the company that he’s with. ♥♥

  55. skydancer1x said

    Gosh,experiencing so many emotions ,after reading Jason Hewletts blog, and reading all the comments tonite,and seeing Davids tweets!!
    Couldn’t be more proud of David,yet I feel nervous and a bit worried (even though I know without a doubt, that he is in good ‘Hands’)
    David will return home with yet another amazing experience that will affect him deeply, and he will positively affect those serving our country that hear his heart in his voice.
    ♥♥♥

  56. Angelica said

    http://www.nytimes.com/2014/07/10/world/asia/civilian-casualties-surge-in-afghanistan-fighting-un-says.html?_r=0

    In a reminder of the dangers faced by civilians in even the most heavily guarded parts of Afghanistan, a group of suicide bombers attacked the Police Headquarters and the office of the governor of Kandahar Province in southern Afghanistan on Wednesday, Afghan officials said.
    Both buildings are in a densely populated area of the city of Kandahar, and initial reports offered by Afghan officials indicated that civilians may have been killed or wounded.
    The assault began around noon, when the attackers detonated at least two motorcycles laden with explosives outside the governor’s palace, Dawa Khan Minapal, a spokesman for the governor, said. At least seven attackers tried to storm the building, though by early afternoon government officials said that they had all been shot after failing to breach the compound.
    At least two border guards were killed and four other members of Afghan security forces were wounded in the attack, said Mr. Minapal. Details of civilian casualties were not immediately available.
    Around the same time, several suicide bombers tried to storm the Police Headquarters, said Zia Durani, a spokesman for the police in Kandahar.
    The police quickly confronted the attackers, and “firefights are ongoing, and the bombers are trying to enter,” Mr. Durani said. “They are positioned near the headquarters and are engaged with the police.”
    He said there were an unspecified number of police and civilian casualties in the attack.

  57. Dayzee said

    This will be a long 3 weeks. Plus travel time. Lots of knots in tummies.

    Jason’s blog was excellent. Always finding the good stuff here, thanks to The Voice admins and contributors.

    Great to have hourly tweets from David. He knows we worry.

    Bring Him Home? So hoping for that!

  58. djafan said

    Oh Angelica, scary stuff.

    On a lighter note I think David is going to get a kick out of Jason. He made me cry with his blog and he made me laugh with this video lol

  59. djafan said

    This is great!

    lct @germanyet · 7h
    Looks like @DavidArchie will be touring on a base where my son is! OMG!

    says on FOD says this, glad for it.

    . says:
    July 9, 2014 at 1:37 am
    David will not be leaving the military base in Afghanistan. They will fly on military aircraft from Abu Dhabi into Afghanistan and land at the base. The base is very secure, no one in without strict clearance. The countries he will be going to can be scary but he will be kept safe.

  60. Dayzee said

    I see a duet coming, Jason and David singing Crazy

  61. skydancer1x said

    hahahaha!

  62. skydancer1x said

    David may learn to make some new faces from Jason.Dayzee, thanks. comic relief needed.

  63. djafan said

    Good news from lct’s son!

    lct ‏@germanyet

    Reassured me that security is very tight. Not to worry @DavidArchie fans!

  64. skydancer1x said

    Thank you, Dja for posting that tweet♥

  65. tawna21 said

    Thank you, Dja…… feeling more peace after reading that tweet.

  66. djafan said

    They are at their first stop!!!

    Jason Hewlett @jasonhewlett · 22m
    @dangitdavid Thank you for sharing! Yes, I plan on keeping everyone up to date as I can. We just arrived in Bahrain, show later tonight!

    Jason Hewlett @jasonhewlett · 21m
    @GoodPlaceDA2014 Thank you for sharing. We are safe in Bahrain, perform later this evening. Tour plans may change. Updates on my Blog

    Jason Hewlett @jasonhewlett · 19m
    @kimak Thank you for being the first to share post. Arrived safe in Bahrain, show tonight, tour plans change as we go, updates on my blog

    And this from his blog!!! http://jasonhewlett.com/performing-for-the-us-troops-at-wartime/

    MUNK July 8, 2014 at 11:32 pm
    Thank you for sharing your thoughts! God bless you all! You and your families are in our prayers! I am sure you will touch many lives for good! Take care!

    Reply
    Jason Hewlett July 9, 2014 at 10:41 pm
    Thank you so much, Maryanne. We hope to spread joy and light to all that hear us. Your prayers are greatly appreciated!

    Reply
    Jana Norton July 9, 2014 at 1:28 am
    Jason,
    You may make people laugh for money, but this made me cry for free. Admittedly, I got here because I am a supporter of young Mr. Archuleta, I now am a huge supporter of you, Blessings for your family and loved ones. Godspeed to you, sir, and thank you for your service to our country and mankind. Respectfully, Jana Norton in Oregon..

    Reply
    Jason Hewlett July 9, 2014 at 10:40 pm
    Oh my goodness Jana, what a sweet comment. We are so honored to be here, just landed in Bahrain and excited to get in front of those incredible service people protecting our freedoms. Young Mr. Archuleta is as sweet of a young man as I’ve met, I’ll post pics of some of the funny exchanges between him and his fans from Atlanta to Amsterdam to our hotel lobby in Bahrain! He is loved the world over. Thank you again.

    Reply
    sunny July 9, 2014 at 1:51 am
    Jason, enjoyed your blog!! Have a wonderful and safe trip! What you guys are doing for the troops is AMAZING!

    Reply
    Jason Hewlett July 9, 2014 at 10:38 pm
    Sunny, Thank you so much! We are excited to be here, safe and sound so far. I’ll keep this updated.

    Reply
    Cheryl Nelson July 9, 2014 at 4:27 am
    Thank you so much, Jason……….that was truly beautiful. Many of David’s fans will be praying for all of you and for our brave troops. May Heavenly Father bless all of you and your families while you are away and keep our troops safe. What a great country we live in…….so proud to be an American! Hoping we can get some videos of all of you performing……….thank you so much for being willing to go…………..and tell the troops we love them and appreciate all they are doing to bring peace in our world.

    Reply
    Jason Hewlett July 9, 2014 at 10:38 pm
    Cheryl, Thank you so much for taking the time to read this blog post. David is a wonderful young man, I’m really honored to know him a little better now. For anyone wondering if he’s as nice as he seems, trust me, he’s as nice as he seems! Actually nicer. People in every airport in the world just recognized him and he’d stop to take photos with all of them. And I took photos of that :) We are excited to be here, and perform for the troops our first show later this evening! Thank you again!

    Reply
    Mary Dee July 9, 2014 at 6:43 am
    I wish I know how to thank you guys enough for your generosity and compassion. Thank you. May the Lord bless you and your families as you bless our troops with love, time, and talents. God bless our troops and their loved ones waiting for them to come home safe.

    Reply
    Jason Hewlett July 9, 2014 at 10:36 pm
    Mary Dee, Thank you for your kind words. We are the ones honored to be here for those serving, such a thrill! We just arrived and perform later this evening. Can’t wait! Bless check back as I’ll be updating regularly.

    Reply
    Patty-Ann July 9, 2014 at 11:14 am
    I’ve read this so many times now…it is that beautiful. Wishing you a safe trip, prayers on your journey. May the show bring hope, joy, and love to all of our troops and to everyone! God Bless you All.

    Reply
    Jason Hewlett July 9, 2014 at 10:35 pm
    Patty-Ann, you are so kind, your comment makes me well up. We just arrived in Bahrain, all safe and actually in a hotel (I wasn’t sure if we’d be in tents or what, but they are making this truly a one-of-a-kind experience for us!), and we begin performing our first of many shows later in the evening. Thank you for your kind words and support!

    Reply

  67. Angelica said

    Oh gosh! So glad they have arrived safely in Bahrain! Show tonight! I am so glad Jason is on this trip taking pictures and blogging about it! Yay!!

  68. Abrra said

    While we wait for more news from overseas, I scanned twitter for any pictures posted of David’s adventures.

    Here is one from Costa Rica.

    Image and video hosting by TinyPic
    DavidArchieVenezuela @DavidArchieVzla
    @DavidArchie – #EN New picture from Costa Rica, possibly visiting a Temple! pic.twitter.com/bElI2fRvKM

    I’ll add more as they show up.

    Abrra

  69. Grammyj said

    From Dean’s FB:

    Dean Kaelin
    about an hour ago
    OK, just over 24 hours on planes and we eventually get to Bahrain. It took us a while to get past the customs guy, then to the baggage carousel only to find out that are bags (including my keyboard and all my cables) didn’t make the connection in the Netherlands!! So, I guess I’ll be playing guitar for our first show tomorrow night! Good thing I carried on the guitar!! haha. Thanks to all of you for your kind comments and interest. Btw, it was 96 degrees and about that much humidity at 9:30pm when we landed in Bahrain, and they told us we haven’t even gotten into the hot season yet!! So enjoy your lovely weather wherever you are.

  70. tawna21 said

    Dean probably feels about his keyboard & cables not making it as I would if my make-up bag didn’t make it! :) Hopefully they are reunited with their luggage ASAP!!!!

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