Family First: Why I suddenly cleared my schedule and left town

Family First: Why I suddenly cleared my schedule and left town

(Connie McKendrick of Scotland showing love to my lil bro.)

When I woke up yesterday morning I had a big day planned. I was going to work on music for my album that I am releasing this summer, make plans to rehearse with my DJ for my show at Berlin Nightclub on May 24th, plan my sister's trip to the spa that I am giving her for her birthday, and I was gonna take my 5th Flywheel spin class.

Instead I just stepped off of the tiniest American Airlines plane that I have ever seen, visiting Kansas to see my younger brother, Vince, before he deploys to Afghanistan.

Regular readers of my blog and/or my Facebook wall know that I have had a hard time adjusting to the fact that my brother will be in Afghanistan for nine months. The article that I wrote about my little brother being deployed is being featured in the Red Eye, you can click here to read it online or go grab a copy. I am really appreciative to my friends & fans who have been supportive of my family and me through all of this.

Initially we were told that he would deploy on May 17th, but my brother called my mom this morning and told her that he was gonna be leaving on the 13th. My mom and I almost freaked out. We decided to clear our schedules and fly out tonight. American Airlines could have totally screwed us over on the last minute ticket pricing, but they were very understanding of the situation and gave us the ultimate hook up.
Honestly, for the past few months I have been spending far more time in Chicago than I usually do. That is mostly because I wanted to stay close to my mom and my sister. They are putting on a really brave face, but on the few occasions when they have needed emotional support I was glad that I had made the choice to stay in town. I have passed up and/or delayed a few pretty substantial opportunities to be able to stay in my hometown and be with my family right now, but I'd do it again in a heartbeat.

My brother is really happy that we are here and has vowed to keep my mom and I up all night watching movies. I am operating off of 3 hours of sleep, but I'm gonna try to hang in there. He just read the letter that I wrote to him that is being featured in the paper, and he was really moved by it. So yeah. I'm really glad I'm here.

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