About

img_20200708_104806_4126101671728788119785.jpgHey and howdy! Welcome to my about page. I’m so glad you stopped in to say hello and find out a little about me. Nice to meet you, friend — I’m Kaci.
I’m from a huge family. My mom’s parents had 13 children in 20 years. The older children were married and having babies when my mom, number 13, was born. Some of her nieces and nephews were more like siblings. My grandparents ended up with 55 grandchildren. Yep, I’m number 55. When my grandma passed away in 1982 she had 300 + descendants. Whew! Did she ever get tired of writing birthday cards! My parents had five children, I’m the baby and only girl. Spoiled? Nope! “Come on boys!” I came runnin’.
0511011249This is my silly, fun-loving husband, Kevin. A delight to all he meets. He’s a grammar geek and my spellcheck guy. Good thing I married him! I happen to be a dyslexic author-to-be, so he is quite handy. He’s a great cook, he helps around the house, he even does laundry–I think I’ll keep him! I’ve been married to this wonderful gentleman for 35 years. I feel very blessed to have him in my life.

The Rigney Family Easter 2005

We have two beautiful and talented daughters. This photo was taken when they were still in school. But I love it — Easter Sunday 2005. The girls loved to dress up for special occasions — frankly, we all did. They are both married now and live 400 miles away, in opposite directions from us (one in Southern California and one in Southern Oregon.) We are the proud and blessed grandparents of six beautiful cuddly grandchildren and two super cute grand-doggers! Both girls love to sing and draw. Our oldest crotchets, knits, sews, draws, and homeschools. Our youngest is a singer/songwriter. She plays piano and guitar, paints with several mediums, and is a store manager for Sally Beauty Supply.

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Hobbies:  The photographs in my pages and posts are my own, except for the ones with me in them. My husband and I love to photograph gardens, waterfalls, rivers, cemeteries, (of all things) the mountains, the desert, the list goes on. Photobooks paired with my poetry have been a nice addition to our coffee table. I love to draw and paint, though I haven’t had much time to do so lately. Sigh. I enjoy playing  piano, recorder, guitar, and the Native American flute. Reading is a big hobby, some say too big, as we have over 2,000 books on five bookcases in the house. YES!!

img_20200708_1522414148536018615521886586.jpg Speaking of books, I’m writing one — well, actually two. The second is on the back burner for now. It’s a 30-day devotional based on songs I have written paired with scriptures, prayers, and photography.
Currently in progress is a Historical Christian Romance. It is full of intrigue and I am having a ball writing it. I started it years ago when our youngest was just a few months old. Life happened and I set it aside for a more convenient time. That time is now. So every morning I am building my platform through blogging, social media, writing, and editing — lather, rinse, repeat.

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My mom’s family was very musical. They were poets, songwriters, singers, and played instruments. Our family reunions were alive with music. Lots of people singing, hugging, laughing, and of course, eating. My dad and his two sisters, as well as several other family members, were artists (painters mostly.) Thank God, I got both genes! I have enjoyed a lifetime of art and music. My mom said that I was singing before I was talking. I haven’t stopped talking or singing since. Haha!

columbia gorge 11-03-09 kev's 49th birthday 284Choir, choir, choir! I started singing in the Tiny Tots choir at church when I was about two, having my first solo not long thereafter. I sang in children’s choir and youth choir at church as well as choirs and ensembles in middle school and high school. All I ever wanted to do was sing! So I did. I went off to California Baptist College (now University) for a music degree in 1982, where I crammed four years of study into five. There, besides the hours every day studying music and voice, I sang in ensembles and choir at school and choirs (paid or otherwise) at several churches. Choir was a part of my life until 2010. I have had the privilege of singing with some of the most amazing voices as I sang at church, with The Gary Bonner Singers (in Southern California), and with the Eugene Opera Chorus in Oregon. I laughed with a friend not long ago about how many choirs I had been in and how they overlapped. I tallied up all the choirs I was a part of and said, “I have been in choir longer than I have been alive!”

I got married while still in college and we had our first daughter the year I graduated. After a few years of odd jobs, I began teaching voice and beginning piano lessons and continued doing so for 25 years. During the girls’ growing up years, I taught children’s music at church and played in the hand bell choir. I also taught music for Agape Christian School in Riverside, CA, where my girls went to school. In 1997, I began a seven year stint homeschooling our girls. This paired with giving private music lessons after school hours as well as all the hats I wore at church. I’m tired just thinking about it!

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In 2000, while still in Riverside, I produced
“We Worship You/Bring Me to the Place,” a promotional CD of original worship songs.  This included songs for children, choirs, ensembles, and four solo tracks. In 2004, my friend, Janis Walton, and I recorded “Steppin’ Out,” a Broadway CD of some of our favorite show tunes. What a blast that was! (They are both available in my store.) From 1991 to 2007, I had the blessing of being a part of 15 other CD’s including the 15th Air Force Band of the Golden West (1), Magnolia Baptist Church choir (3), Steve Amerson (2), and The Gary Bonner Singers (9).

daddy and me We moved to Oregon in the summer of 2007, after a 14 day European tour with the Gary Bonner Singers to record with the City of Prague Symphony Orchestra. A lovely trip, even without our luggage. Lord, have mercy!
I joined the Eugene Opera Chorus that fall and enjoyed two and a half seasons with them. Glorious!
My husband’s father passed away March 2010 and we moved back to southern California to take care of his widow, Peggy. While there, Kevin and I were called to be the worship leaders for a church in Moreno Valley. Two years later, my dad called and asked me to come back home to Antioch to take care of him. He passed in October 2014.
wp-15942535051357343138209901903721.jpgWhen we moved to back to Antioch, my brother Randy invited me to play in the worship band at his church. Several years later, the church went to house churches where, I was worship leader (off and on.) I missed singing in a choir setting, therefore, we have been looking for a new place of worship.
Since my dad’s passing, I’ve been the lobby pianist for  Kaiser Permanente Hospital in Antioch. I have enjoyed playing and singing for patients, visitors, and hospital staff. This is a photo of me at the baby grand piano on Halloween 2018. I injured my shoulder October 2019, and had to take a leave of absence. I’m looking forward to COVID19 being over so I may return to this joy.wp-15942536197461950327459736370892.jpg

Other opportunities had me  performing at several rehabilitation hospitals, senior assisted living communities, and civic events. I’ve met some beautiful people and played with stellar artists in the area. Looking forward to sharing the gift God has granted me when we get the all clear (soon please!) Until then, I am pursuing writing. When the world gives you lemons, eat ’em with salt!

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Last, but by no means least, I am in love with Jesus. I have spent a lifetime failing, falling, and getting back up, but I know He loves me and forgives my unfaithfulness. We have all fallen short of His glory. I’m so glad He is faithful. His character–faithful, just, sovereign, compassionate, slow to anger, abounding in mercy, and full of grace and truth gives me hope. He loves me. He loves you. He died taking my sins and your sins with Him on the cross. I have given Him my heart and my life. I pray you have done the same, so we may spend forever with Him in His presence. God bless you.

“There is No Greater Purpose then to spend my life worshipping You.”

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4 thoughts on “About

  1. Hello Kaci. Loved your story. Are you guys back in Antioch still? I would love to meet up with you and do some singing together when COVID is done doing it’s thing. Lol. I’m on your Facebook page. Shoot me a message.
    Kay Martinez

  2. Hi Kaci,
    My goodness you have been busy busy busy. No one will ever say you didn’t live your life! You did! I enjoyed reading and learning so much more about you.
    Love always,
    Your cousin
    Brenda Hawkins Longfellow

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