We got hitched a year and a half ago and after a sweet and very simple 2 day honeymoon we moved from Austin to Denton, TX. On the month of our year anniversary, instead of going on our dream honeymoon like we had assumed we would, we put all we had into buying our first home!! Motorhome, that is. We moved into Olga, a 1986 26 ft motorhome, 6 months ago in preparation for our first ever tour.
Since the first step, we've had one thing after another need fixing (normal in home ownership...especially in older homes) it has been time consuming and costly but what we have learned, more than how much it stinks to replace a RV fridge, is that our hearts are what needed the most preparation for this endeavor. As we've tried to dive into this foreign world of, not only touring, but staying out on the road constantly for an entire year, we've been made aware how little we knew. Frist of all we learned it's not about us at all. We feel called to this. It's not just about singing the songs that just pour out. It's not just about making the show dates. It's about sharing our stories. Sharing our hearts. Sharing our lives. And we'll do that in the hope that we'll get to know your heart too. To hear your story. To know you. It is the only way we'll be able to serve and meet needs while we're out there on the road--to know you is to learn of your needs. And we'll only be able to meet minimal needs b/c we are merely flesh and blood. But there is Hope that needs to be shared as well. The Lord is our hope. We don't have a story that is seperate from miracles He has done in our lives. We know that any spare time we have is for meeting people and serving any way we are able.
So we have worked and worked for this. Saved and saved (thanks in great part to generous friends). Cut unnecessary bills out, cut our budget down to extremely tight--tighter than I'd really ever experienced even growing up on the mission field. And we've come to the fact that we need your help.
We have saved enough to cover our regular bills (student loan repayment, insurance, and phone) for a year. But we are recording a new EP that will include The Viking on banjo, cajon, vocals, and anywhere else he comes up with an idea. This is a family effort. We are now both La Jeder. I still sing and write but he's very much a part of every decision, reinforcement with certain ways I end up taking songs, and just has an incredible ear for music, not to mention booking and PR.
Your support will be going towards recording, mixing, mastering, artwork, packaging, digital release, website, merchandise, maintaining instruments, posters, etc. and if you give above our goal it will go towards gas (because Olga is a big girl and needs her gas). Apart from this goal, we'll counting on tips or merchandise/music sold at shows to feed us or get us enough gas to get to the next town/show--heck we'll even wash dishes if it can get us to the next town.
Perk info::::Locally we know him as The Biking Viking--and if you choose the perk of getting your bicycle tuned up, you really are placing your precious bike in good hands. And I've been using my grandmother's tools and cannning books from the 50's and adding fresh twists on preserving as much local and organic produce as I can. All the ingredients are natural and organic--I've even juiced several pounds of organic lemons by hand in the name of putting the best into these jars. Also, if we will be cooking you dinner, we'd like to know if you are vegetarian, vegan, or an omnivore and also if you have any allergies or dislikes so you'll be able to truly enjoy our evening together.
Thank you so so much for your support. We love you family and friends and future friends/fans!!
Heather & Erik Fossmo