Worship & Pants & Whatnot

Well, I’m writing this blog post while sitting at lacrosse practice. Don’t worry – I haven’t dragged my laptop to the bleachers or anything like that – I’m just sitting in my car, waiting for Alex to finish, and hoping that if I type, then maybe I won’t fall asleep.

Apparently I’ve entered the DREAM BIG phase of life. I basically just want to stay awake while I’m sitting in my car at athletic fields. The 40s are a non-stop adventure, y’all.

The last two weeks have been chock-full-o-activity. There’s been lots going on at work (like when I picked up FORTY-TWO DOZEN DONUTS last Thursday morning), lots going on at home, and lots going on at church.

Oh! That reminds me! I haven’t told y’all my favorite news!

I’ll tell you that first and then relay some additional (and random) info.


Okay. About seven years ago a former student from Baton Rouge emailed me about Daniel Renstrom’s music. He thought that I’d really like it, and sure enough, I did. Since then I’ve blogged about Daniel’s music an obnoxious number of times – his Christmas EP is a Hudson family favorite – and a few years later David and I got to meet Daniel and his wife Danielle when they were visiting our church.


Late last summer our church leadership began looking for a new worship pastor (our former worship pastor is now our senior pastor), and the weekend they announced they were starting the search, David looked at me and said, “Daniel Renstrom.” I said something like, “Oh my word – I can’t imagine that the Renstroms want to leave North Carolina,” and David said, “Well, he’s my pick.”

I didn’t think much more about it.

In the fall, though, I started to think that Daniel might be in the running, but I tried not to get my hopes up and ultimately decided that I was reading way too much into a situation I didn’t know much about. David, however, was still full of hope, and I wondered if he was setting himself up for disappointment.

We didn’t hear anything about worship pastor stuff over the holidays, and by the beginning of the year, I thought, Well, I guess we’ll know something when we know something.

And then I may have sighed.

So several weeks ago I met one of my senior girls for breakfast, and we’d been sitting in our booth for almost an hour, probably, when out of the corner of my eye I saw some people sit down at the table next to us. I looked over, smiled, and then I did the biggest double take ever because do you know who was sitting down at that table?

Daniel Renstrom. And his wife Danielle. And the student ministry pastor from our church.


I mean, what are the odds? So we talked for a few minutes, and then I left them alone because I figured a few minutes of listening to me be ALL WOUND UP was probably plenty, and then after I left the restaurant I called David and pretty much shouted the exciting Renstrom-related news.

Anyway, as of this past Sunday it’s official: Daniel Renstrom is our new worship pastor. And this probably goes without saying, but WE ARE SO EXCITED.

The world is a peanut.


Y’all know how I feel about the wide-legged linen-blend pants from Old Navy. For the last couple of years they have been my very favorite, and I think I have about five pairs of them. They’re so great for work and such a good alternative to jeans on the weekends. I heart them very much.

Well, a few days ago my friend Heather texted me and said, “THEY CHANGED OUR PANTS.” So I looked at the Old Navy website, and sure enough, THEY CHANGED OUR PANTS. They’re now drawstring instead of the yoga pant-ish waistband, but I think this might be a really good change because that yoga pant stuff could bag out at the end of a long day.

I ordered these yesterday.

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I will report on the drawstring change just as soon as I can.

Obviously it’s been a very exciting week.


Just FYI: it’s now Thursday night, and I’ve spent the last two hours trying to get someone from Home Depot to help us with the fact that the dryer they delivered to us today does not work. They have bounced us to GE who bounces us right back to them. And everybody blames the delivery service (which, in fairness, used our old dryer cord to install the new dryer – but we didn’t realize that until they were long gone and we pulled the dryer away from the wall and saw our old cord). However comma I believe we finally found an advocate in Cody, who’s an online supervisor with Home Depot, and I’m cautiously optimistic that someone will come to our house and remove the defective dryer over the weekend. FINGERS CROSSED.

Also: our washing machine is doing something weird, and David is now on the phone with the warranty people. BE NEAR, LORD.

Hope y’all have a great weekend!

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  1. I just love you Sophie!

  2. They changed the pants???!
    Please report soon

  3. I needed that laughter, Sophie. Thank you so very much, you know the day I’ve had! Didn’t leave school until 8:30 PM…nothing like 13 hrs of math.

    • I will trade you that laughter for the possible use of your dryer this weekend. :-) I’m glad you finally got home!

  4. Sara Ruckman says:

    I want to be one of your Sr girls! I’m 45 years old, but I really do. I accosted you in the hall at DotMom for a picture with Melanie and I’m still telling people about it! You’re such a joy is what I’m saying. Thank you!

  5. I’m glad you found an advocate in HD’s Cody. I think we had something similar happen when we got our new washing machine. The Best Buy people wouldn’t connect it with the old cords and lines and such though. I don’t remember much though, because I always let the member of the family with a MS in Electrical Engineering (the husband unit) mess with that stuff. He comes in handy for that sort of thing and getting stuff off of high shelves, because he’s tall as well as smart.

    I think the prayer-walk was a wonderful thing. Having an awesome worship pastor is one of things you just can’t explain until you have one. I know, we do at my church. Those pants look WONDERFUL to this mom who spent last night with a four-year-old with her first case of the throw-ups.

    BTW, you and Melanie totally got me interested in the whole “American Crime Story: The People v. OJ Simpson” show. Now my husband and I are addicted to it.

    I’m totally looking forward to the June 15th stop on the A Night With Big & Boo Tour!

    • Where did you find the schedule for the Big Boo tour? Things keep popping up on my schedule in June, and I am so afraid I will miss it!

  6. Melanie says:

    Cool on all of that, especially your new worship pastor. As for the dryer situation, I can relate, as we are in the midst of purchasing appliances. Funny thing is, my stores are so weird about insisting on their new cords…they won’t install without them.

  7. The world is a peanut. Yes. Congratulations to you and your church on the new worship pastor!

    When one appliance gives out, the others line up to follow. You’d think they don’t like our house or something. Hope the washing machine is just balking a bit.

    I’ll have to check out those pants. I hate drawstring, but if they are super comfortable I can let that slide.

    • Wait. I looked at the pants and it says “elasticized waistband with tie at front.” So technically they just added the tie for looks??

      • Nah. That’s misleading. Looking at them, they are definitely drawstring. Maybe they were scared people wouldn’t like them if they said drawstring…

  8. When I saw your title I missed the first “&”. I thought it said “Worship Pants & Whatnot”. I couldn’t imagine what worship pants were!

  9. Glad to hear someone was hopefully able to help you (I’m the one who tweeted the correct twitter to you). I work at the corp office in IT writing financial reports (so have no idea how to help customers) so really hoping it all works out.

  10. Jennifer S says:

    God bless you guys. I just have to say that this is one reason I still buy my appliances from Sears.

  11. Yes!!!! The britches are different!!!! I almost bought them but didn’t bc id gotten a pair of Capri linens last year from ON with a similar drawstring and didn’t care for them.

  12. I had a similar customer service bounce-around with Lowe’s last month. We bought a bathroom vanity and top combo and once we got it home and unpackaged from it’s protective packaging we noticed the top had a huge chunk missing in the front (evidently came from the factory that way). It was a Lowe’s brand so we called them. They told us to call another dept. then that dept. couldn’t help and told us to call the manufacturer. We did that and they said they could only help with the bottom and not the top. All that to say, we had to physically return it all to the store in the end and then open a few to get a decent one in stock. You may be looking at a full refund too.

  13. Sophie, your word is a light unto my path. And I hope you get that Amy Grant reference. I KNOW you do.

    Thank you.

    Much Love, Jen P.

  14. Lynn Manning says:

    Judging by your photos, it looks like you may have eaten those 42 dozen doughnuts. Try eating some carrot sticks from time to time.

    • Wow…really uncalled for. I’d really like to tell you where to shove your carrot sticks but I won’t because I’m from the South, a Christian, a Pastor’s wife…..and I’m just plain better than that.

    • Wendy N says:

      Readers here love Sophie for her her writing and fantastic sense of humor. Her physical appearance is a nonissue because we read her heart, not her looks. Please be nice or go away and be bitter elsewhere.

    • Hi Lynn –

      I tried to respond to your comment, but your email address wasn’t valid. Here’s what the email said:

      You know what’s funny? I didn’t eat a single donut. I have been gluten-free
      since August, trying my best to be more disciplined with eating and to make
      healthier choices. Like so many of us, I am a work in progress and grateful for a God who is patient with me through every bit of it.

    • I rarely respond to blog posts even though I am a long time reader, but this is just plain uncalled for. I couldn’t get this off my mind and had to respond.

      Why you felt the need to post something like this is beyond me. All I can hope is that it made you feel better in some small way. Other people might be more Christian than me……I hope Karma bites you in the rear!

      Sophie is nothing but a pure delight to her readers and gives nothing but her heart. And we love her for it.

      • Lynn, you apparently don’t know Sophie, nor do you know her loyal readers who don’t take kindly to the type of negativity that you wrote. Having seen Sophie in person at DotMom, I can attest to the fact that she is adorably cute, fashionable, and lovely inside and out. Her graciousness is off the charts – an aspiration for all of us who are a work in progress.

  15. Hi, Sophie! Love the blog! Daniel Renstrom used to be my worship leader back in the days of yore when I went to Providence Baptist church in Raleigh. I used to call him “extra curricular guy” because he would have us do stuff like, “stand up and turn to your neighbor and tell her God is good!”…that kind of thing :) Hee, hee….you’re gonna’ love him! Well, scratch that…you ALREADY love him….you’re just going to love him MORE!!! Glad you got your worshipful hearts desire!!!
    Happy Weekend!

  16. I currently go to Providence Baptist Church in Raleigh and we were sad when Daniel left us for another nearby church. I’m so happy for you and jealous that HE gets to go to church with YOU! His family is precious. Enjoy.

  17. Exciting news about the worship leader. Sounds like great worship ahead! We’ve had to buy two appliances in the past six months….Hopefully that will do us for a long time! Have a good weekend Sophie!

  18. Help! I accidentally deleted your latest newsletter without first writing down your music recommendations. Any chance you could check those out?

  19. Sophie-I found your blog after reading your books I loved both books and look forward to reading your new one. I have never commented but want you to know I love, love reading anything you write! You are a joy and always brighten my day. Don’t let anyone spoil the joy you give to all your readers. We love you! 😀

  20. Sophie, you are the best! We are so excited to be joining y’all in B’ham soon. Daniel and I just read this post and laughed… That breakfast encounter was AWESOME :) Oh, also I’ve recently discovered your podcasts (I’m kinda new to the podcast world) and have done the ugly-snort-laugh more than once (you know the kind where your husband looks over at you like you’ve lost your mind? That kind.) Thanks for the good laughs! See ya in a couple weeks 😊