ACHING HEARTS/REAL GOOD TIME

I’m sorry I have been a bad blogger lately but I promise to be better here in the near future.  In my defense, I have been hard at work on our new record “REAL GOOD TIME” which was released yesterday and is currently #2 on the itunes country chart.  Woohoo!  So I hope you will check it out if you haven’t already got it. Hint hint!  I haven’t posted anything in what feels like forever even though I have so many of Julia’s blogs almost ready to go… with that being said, I just wanted get some things off my heart because I have been on a rollercoaster ride of emotions today… 

Today has been a bittersweet day for my family.  On one hand there is the hype and excitement that comes with releasing a new album.  On the other, there is sorrow and heartache as we celebrate the life of the little girl we lost a year ago today.  I can’t help but think that instead of letting red balloons go in honor of her memory we should instead be having a strawberry shortcake birthday party right now.  I feel I should be posting pictures of a cute curly headed one year old brunette that has cake smeared all over her face but all I have is this sweet little black and white photo.  It would be an understatement to say that this last year has been a rough and rocky road, but rain or shine, God has seen us through.

What you do not know is that after losing Julia Grace, I cancelled all my fall studio dates.  Recording this new album was the last thing in the world that I wanted to do.   We did reschedule the dates for January and February but I still had my doubts.  The distraction of my broken heart was far worse than any form of writer’s block.  As the holiday season arrived, I quickly began realizing that in the next few months I would begin recording an album that I had not yet written.  The pressure was building.  Late one December night, out of frustration, I hung my guitar on the wall and I hit my knees in prayer.  I simply asked God for his help, nothing profound, and then I went to bed.  A week passed with no words or melodies….not one single note!   And then one day I woke up inspired.  In the following weeks I would write the bulk of the REAL GOOD TIME album as if it were no big struggle at all.  Looking back now, there is no doubt in my mind, my heart and my soul that this was God answering my prayer.   The fact that REAL GOOD TIME came out yesterday and has charted at the top of the Country Charts for album sales is but yet a tiny testament to the power of God.

You see, I have no choice but to give God all the glory.  There is no major label, no record executive, no publishing company, or mega marketing firm …there is only God.  He has blessed me immensely through my family, my friends and my fans.  And though I am flattered at the successes from this week I am not surprised one bit because my God is an awesome God and all things are possible through him.

JULIA’S BIG BROTHERS & BIG SISTER SENDING HER BALLOONS TO HEAVEN

More than anything, I just want to say thanks to everyone who has both supported my career and kept my family in their prayers.  I also want to say that we miss you Julia Grace and though we selfishly wish we could have you here with us, we know that you are at home in Heaven.  “At home in Heaven,” that is what I call a REAL GOOD TIME.  Knowing Julia Grace is up there with Jesus surrounded by all our loved ones makes me smile.

LOVE YALL,

AARON WATSON aka THE HONKY TONK KID

Jesus said, “Let the little children come to me…” Matthew 19:14

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  1. God bless you and your sweet family, Aaron. I told you at a show last November to give your sweet wife a hug from me. Do the same one more time. I’ll say a special prayer for all of you.

  2. This brought tears to my eyes! It’s so unbelievably evident that God is using you you and your family for his Kingdom’s glory. The beautiful and rare thing about your family is that y’all realize this and live in submission to Him, trusting His plan for your lives. Love you AW! This story will encourage so many people (including myself), and I thank you for that!

  3. Oh my Aaron, I’m sitting here in tears, just as I was reading your original blogs about Julia Grace last year. Saying a special prayer for your family today. God bless y’all. Thank you for sharing your story.

  4. Happy first heavenly birthday Julia Grace! I know my daughter, Aubree Faith, is attending your party with our Heavenly Father. What an amazing sight it must be to take your first steps on streets of gold!
    I pray for your parents and siblings left behind. I know your reunion will be a glorious day!

  5. I have always been an Aaron Watson fan and it seems everytime you write a song it is about something that is going on in my life. When you wrote Barbed Wire Halo and sang it at the Austin County Fair my grandpa had been diagnosed with lung cancer that had already settled to his brain. That song really spoke to me. Although I just know you through your music and don’t know your wife at all I think she is one of the strongest courageous women on the face of this earth. I had a miscarriage in July of 2011 about the same time y’all Julia was diagnosed with her problem. I had such a hard and difficult time with my miscarriage at 6 weeks but when I heard what you and your wife where going through she became my hero. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family today and every day. I just wanted to let you know your wife is my hero. See you next time you come to Austin County. My deepest sympathy’s Angie Grawunder

    Sent from my iPhone

  6. Incredible Mr Watson. My prayers are certainly with your family.

  7. Aaron, I’m from Ohio but I seen you in concert 2 years ago in El Paso when my husband and his buddies got home from Iraq. You were amazing. After hearing about your daughter, I love you even more! You are a great song writer and a very inspirational man. You are so blessed to have 3 beautiful healthy children and a beautiful wife. Just keep doing what you are doing and HOPEFULLY I will be seeing you very soon, in sold out stadiums in Columbus, Ohio! 🙂 Take care!

  8. Reading your blog makes my heart hurt for your family but your belief in God makes me proud to be a fan! I too strongly believe in God and know that your beautiful Julia Grace is in Heaven right now, which makes her not being with you just a little bit easier. I have always been a fan since the first time I heard your music but every time I read your blogs, it just makes me a bigger fan each time! God Bless you Aaron and God bless your family too. I know this year has been hard and it probably won’t get any easier as each anniversary comes around but just keep remembering that she is up in Heaven surrounded in God’s love and you too will one day join her. I read this in a poem earlier on a friends Facebook page (she lost her 2yr old to cancer) and this is so fitting for your family. I want to share it with you.

    The Broken Chain

    I knew that morning. God was going to call your name, In life I loved you dearly, In death I do the same.
    It broke my heart to lose you, you did not go alone, for part of me went with you, the day God called you home.
    You left me beautiful memories, your love is still my guide, and though we cannot see you, you’re always by my side.
    Our family chain is broken and nothing seems the same, but as God calls us one by one, the chain will link again.

  9. Happy Birthday Julia!! My prayers remain with your family, I’m really looking forward to seeing you tonight in College Station….I loved meeting you back in November the night before thanksgiving show. I know your heart hurts, unfortunately the pain never goes away……but as the years pass it’s more bearable. Give your wife and kids a big hug from me and hold them close as you always have. God bless you

  10. Keep the faith, my baby girl would be 30 years old this summer I miss her everyday but know she is with the Lord, and I will see her again. Know that is how you live with broken part of your heart. We all have mission in this life, you have brought much joy to myself and thousands more. Love your music and your message in life.

  11. I am sorry for y’alls loss but your faith and conviction in Jesus and how you remain humble is honestly so encouraging to see. For these reasons i am a loyal fan. Stay strong brother you bring the best to Texas country and are an inspiration.

  12. LOVE that sweet picture of Julia Grace! You can truly see that face of God in your precious angel. He gives the BEST gifts to us…..”when we all get to heaven, what a day of rejoicing that will be!”

    Covering your family in prayer today, Aaron!

  13. What an inspiring story. I am very sorry for you’re loss but I applaud your steadfastness in your faith. God will honor you for that, as I’m sure you are already aware. God bless you and your family. You keep writtin ill keep listening.

  14. We love you and your family, Thank you for sharing your life with us and showing us strength through faith.

  15. God Bless you and your sweet family. Yall were blessed in many ways we will never know by having Julia Grace such a short time here on earth. She has enabled you, no doubt, to touch someone’s life that might have really needed to connect somehow to God’s word through your touching blogs. Thank yall for sharing Julia Grace’s story. Very touching!

  16. God has. Ur heart love may all ur years b blessed

  17. Wow, Aarron, thanks for sharing your heart and baring your soul. Much love and prayers to you and your sweet little family. Even in the midst of the storm, God has shown favor upon you. I hope many more blessings come your way.

  18. Thank you for sharing your life with us and showing us strength through faith i applaud your steadfastness in your faith.. Stay strong brother you bring the best to Texas country and are an inspiration…I have always been an Aaron Watson fan and it seems everytime you write a song it is about something that is going on in my life. When you wrote Barbed Wire Halo ..i been a fan of yours i from texas i seen u last night in waco .

  19. Quel hommage magnifique!

  20. Once again amazing words from a man of God. Your faith, strength and determination is uplifting. Continued prayers to your family and your career.

  21. Mr. Watson
    You are such an amazing Christian / man / artist. Thank you for doing what you do! May God Bless you and your family!! I have not listened to your new album yet but I am looking forward to doing so.

    Best regards,
    Amy Starnes
    Waco, TX

  22. You are, by far, my FAVORITE singer songwriter EVER!! Of course the music is awesome, and your latest release is amazing, but you sharing your stories and letting us see a glimpse of “who you are” is the REAL reason I’m such a fan. I have a 16 year old son that I know has been filled with the Lord since he was a toddler, and he continues to be an amazing, faith filled teen, ( not perfect ) but a great kid. And to have someone like you that he admires (and loves the music) is why we will always be a diehard “AW” fan! Keep doing what your doing & God Bless you and your family!

  23. Aaron & Family,
    Julia Grace is walking her first steps on a golden road in heaven. How awesome that glorious smile on her face is! I know it’s been hard, but she’s been with you all along and will continue to bestow her blessings on you because she knows she is so very much loved and that her family will be with her always and forever! Much love to your family and thank you for sharing your lovely family and Julia with us. Your faith is amazing and unwaivering, and I am so very honored that you share that with us! All my love, Ophelia Downing

  24. The prayers are continual and fervent these last few days. May you be strong with the strength that comes from His glorious power, and may you be prepared to endure everything with patience while joyfully giving thanks to the Father (from Col 1:11). Thank you for sharing your story. What a light you are for the Kingdom work.

  25. You continue to amaze and inspire!!! God bless you and your testimony!!

  26. God has truly special plans for you, my friend. Your ability to share your heart, pain, love and faith thru your music is a gift from Him. My heart aches for you and your family, for the loss of Julia Grace. But it also is full of joy at knowing that you will all be together again. . .forever. There will be no pain, no tears. God’s blessings on you and your beautiful family.

  27. May God continue to bless you and your beautiful family! My daughter introduced me to your music 5 years ago! And we have seen you in concert many times and many places! You have always amazed me, the love for your family and what you do speaks through you! Keep up the awesome work! You and your wife! 🙂

  28. I have been listening to your music and attending your shows in Aggieland for years. Your music is great and has helped me get through some difficult times. However, your openness about your personal pain and faith is truly an inspiration. You are helping others out there who are going through the same thing. You and your family continue to be in my thoughts and prayers.

  29. Aaron, your blog is so moving…and is such an amazing testament to your faith in your marriage, your faith in your family, and your faith in God. I understand the feeling of being “lost” and losing some of your will to move on to whatever is next. I can attest to the feeling that no one understands what you’ve gone through and continue to live through each day…I can share with you that some days are good and other days are better. I pray that your sweet angel Julia Grace is playing in Heaven with my own baby angel, and I pray that those of us parents that have had to let our children go before us will find peace through supporting each other. Thank you for sharing a piece of your heart….

  30. […] HERE to read the rest of Aaron’s touching and personal […]

  31. Our God is Good. I believe God is using you and your family in a mighty way. Our God will never give you more then you can handle and when you get on your knees and dial him up on his direct line, which is prayer.
    He will answer your prayers. Our God is never late, He is always right on time..God Bless.

  32. I am humbled every time I see your blog. Aaron, my heart hurts for your family’s loss of Julia Grace, however the peace that comes with knowing she is holding our Lord’s hand makes me smile. You are an inspiration to us all. Thank you for sharing such a painful and yet quite celebratory time with us.

    Peace be with you and yours…..

    Lauri (Kaitlyn’s mom)

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  33. good post


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