Some of God's Greatest Gifts are Unanswered Prayers...

     Wow! Where have I been?! Has it really been so long since my last blog post? I've been in my own little world lately since my shows have slowed down. It's been really weird having some time off. Well, not completely off; I've been planning some stuff for next year that I think you guys are going to like. I honestly can't wait.
     As most of you know my birthday was this past Saturday on the 22nd! Thank you so much for all the sweet birthday wishes. I was so overwhelmed by all the messages I received. You guys made me feel truly special. It was a great way to ring in seventeen.

     In honor of my birthday my Dad got us tickets to see Garth Brooks in Greensboro. Everyone who follows me knows that Garth Brooks is one of my BIGGEST heroes. I use to spend hours watching the DVD set my Dad had of him. One of the DVDs was the "This is Garth Brooks" special they did on him in the 90's. I can practically quote the whole thing. The irony is that he quit touring before I was even old enough to care. When I heard he was possibly going to be touring again I immediately made a video message to him talking about how much he has inspired me as an artist. I may have also suggested that it would be REALLY FREAKING COOL if I could maybe open for him... I posted it to my Mom's YouTube channel and tried to get it to him before he even announced he was going back on tour. That was almost exactly a year ago.
     Friday night at the concert I was super excited to finally get to see him in person but I'd be lying if I said I wasn't a little disappointed that he didn't see my video and ask me to open for him. When he appeared on stage (out of nowhere might I add!) I forgot about it and practically jumped out of my seat all the way in the nose bleed section. After a few songs something magical happened. He started playing a song that made me want to cry. Unanswered Prayers. Just him and his guitar. Now let me tell you something, that got me to thinking.
     If you had asked me five years ago, when I was twelve, where I would be when I was seventeen I would've said signed to a major label, touring, with my first LP Album. Boy was I wrong! If you had asked me a year ago when I made that video message to Garth where I would be when he played in Greensboro I would've said "Opening for him obviously!" I have always been a big dreamer. My motto is if you pray about it endlessly and tell God how much it means to you it could very well come true. It's happened before for me.

     As Garth was singing 'Unanswered Prayers' I couldn't help but think about all the times I had prayed about wanting to get on a tour. Any tour. Especially Garth's tour. But as I heard that packed arena sing, "Just because he doesn't answer doesn't mean he don't care. Some of God's greatest gifts are unanswered prayers." I thought about how even though it feels bad right now, God has something so much better planned. I might not get why he hasn't answered but one day I will.

     Even though I might not be where I thought I'd be at seventeen I'm still extremely blessed and I have done so many amazing things that I didn't even imagine doing. With it being Thanksgiving I have so much to be thankful for. Even the unanswered prayers.
     I hope you all have a blessed Thanksgiving! I love you all to the moon and back!

xx Carson

Garth Brooks- Unanswered Prayers- Greensboro, NC Nov. 21st 2014 video credit to Nikki Clements

My Message to Garth Brooks This is completely embarrassing. Just so you know I'm trying to copy the way the "This is Garth Brooks" special starts. I'm lame... I know... haha.

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