Our Happy Dance

Joy in the day to day! Joy in who we are together! Joy unspeakable (1Peter 1:8)!

Spring Violin Concert

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Every single day you fight us, daughter, on these lessons. You fight until you hear the music come out the way its meant to.  Last year and this, Daddy and I wondered how the recital was going to go. We wondered if there were to be tears over a forgotten note. We wondered if you’d just freeze when you see how many people, perfect strangers, are in attendance. Your teacher, Joanna, coaxes you into proper form during every lesson, reminds you of your bow hold. Reminds you to relax too. Daddy and I see the transformation that comes over you when the music starts and its pure joy for all of us.

Great Uncle Milt gave us the down payment on that violin for your birthday, blessed our socks off, and made this dream manageable. Then Daddy and I worked to get the instrument paid off. Nothing worth having is worth half as much if it comes easy. This is a mantra around here, isn’t it?

Its your violin now, Baby girl, your instrument; and you are God’s. Both of you are meant for beauty. When you stand in that college chapel of ours, there in front of the altar cross, Daddy and I, we realize again just how blessed we are. You’re wearing pearls and such a sweet smile and when you curtsy after Lightly Row, you look more destined for Camelot than our cookie cutter town home life.  I look over at your Daddy, who has bravely walked toward the stage to get the important photo. His face says it so eloquently. Every single good gift comes from above, from the Father of lights, you my sweet girl, are one of the most precious gifts, He has ever given us.


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Kids Choir Concert

My daughter has had such a great year in large part due to all the friends and mentors she’s received by joining kids choir at our church. We’ve been blessed to watch her grow in her faith and we feel fortunate to be part of such a welcoming church family. For her final concert this year, her grandparents drove the hour commute in rush hour traffic to celebrate with her. The Choir Director had the students well prepared to sing every song they had learned during the year and it was truly a beautiful concert. Just after the finale, the church provided Dilly Bars for the house! Can’t wait for next year!

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Hunting for Easter Eggs in the Snow

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Can’t ever seem to get these three precious kids to look at the camera at once. In any case, smiling or pouting, they fill my heart to overflowing!

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Let’s Go Fly A Kite

Photos from Easter (I’m that far behind).

Traditionally, as much as possible, we fly kites on Easter weekend. I’m not sure why we do this except to say that Hubby has a sweet and dear Aunt (love you Aunt Sue) who lived on a beautiful farm. When we’d go to visit her, she’d hand us kites. We had such fun it became a tradition. It does seem to me a really beautiful way to celebrate the risen King! She gave us another tradition too, her pineapple casserole which is a welcomed addition to my Easter dinner always.

Hot Pineapple Casserole

3  two ounce cans of pineapple chunks, drained well

6 T flour

3/4 c of sugar

2 c shredded cheddar cheese

1 c Ritz cracker crumbs

6 T. melted butter

Combine flour, pineapple, sugar and cheese in a 9×13 buttered pan. Sprinkle cracker crumbs over the top. Bake at 350 degrees for 20-25 minutes.

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