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Tuesday, August 24, 2010

You Go, Girl!

A clip from Kamberlynne's latest work in progress...

Contemporary composer Jon Schmidt's "Waterfall". Cool, huh? The composer's note was to "play piece with obnoxious body movement and facial expression". She's still working on it!

Sunday, August 22, 2010

Our Hero

Things are going to happen. They just are. We had one of those, and we are so glad Jonah was around!

I was upstairs working on Saturday chores, Brian was outside doing the same. When you're a momma, you always have a part of your brain on alert and a listening ear for the kiddos, no matter what you're doing. You mommas know what I mean.

And I heard something. A mixture of Briella coughing/gagging/crying/hysteria. I haven't heard that specific combo before. I bolted downstairs to the kitchen and took her in my arms. My Jonah calmly explained that he had been making and eating apple slices from the corer-slicer-thingy, and she had been standing on the chair next to him, helping. And you guessed it, she started to choke. Jonah said he could tell she was trying to cough it out, but no sound was coming.( Now remember, Brian and I are both seconds away, and he could have called for help, but he said he didn't even think of it.) He wrapped his arms around her, just above her tummy (thanks heavens she was standing on that chair) and performed a perfect hiemlich maneuver. It was at that point that the coughing/gagging/crying/hysteria sound began, and within seconds I was there.

It was only after Jonah told the story did I realize what a lovely sound that combo is.

And in the next moment I remembered how blessed we are to have Jonah in our family. I have seen many of his gifts over the years, but to see him problem solve a potentially life threatening situation calmly and act appropriately without hesitation isn't one I've witnessed in him before. What a special special guy. And I get to be his momma.

Bless you, Jonah.

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Eight Months, Eight Roses

Through many dangers, toils and snares
I have already come;
'Tis Grace that brought me safe thus far
and Grace will lead me home.

The Lord has promised good to me.
His word my hope secures.
He will my shield and portion be,
As long as life endures.

(Amazing Grace verses 3 and 4
John Newton)

We held our beautiful baby for only a day, and somehow, we have made it to eight months later. "Tis grace that brought me safe thus far". The only way it has been possible is through the Lord's promises, hope, and love. His grace is amazing.

We gave Mariah her middle name long before she was born, but how much more power it has to us now.

We miss you so much, and love you even more, sweet angel baby. Sending kisses to heaven for you.

Thursday, August 12, 2010

Another perk...

of homeschooling---

Fortunately, you don't have to do too much of this.

I pretty much despise doing the "pack your lunch" thing. I only have one more day left after 5 weeks in two different sessions of theatre camp this summer, and I am grateful all over again that we homeschool!

What would I have done without Bj's?!?!?

You momma's that do the real non-Bj's thing everyday for a whole school year amaze me.


Monday, August 9, 2010

Grab some Popcorn....

...and enjoy the show!

We're back in our second theatre camp for the summer, but we thought Rebekah's first show was so cute, we wanted to share it before the next show is over!!!!

The show was a musical version of "Jack and the Beanstalk". The first number was the opener about looking forward to "Good Things (which) are Bound to Happen". Just remember, these guys are ages 5-8!

Our Peachie Pie is to the very left of the screen in pink!

Along with playing the chicken that layed golden eggs, Bekah also got a big solo as "the bean seller" who convinces Jack to trade his cow for the "Magic Beans"! Hang in there for a few minutes of dialogue, 'cause you don't want to miss the song!(Even though Jonah was in the other show, he doubles in our cast as the Sheriff and got in a few minutes on stage as well! Oh, and that's Indy as the cow...they just love filling in holes for me!)

As the director, I always sort of fear doing these little guy shows...worrying about if they are gonna remember their lines, their dances, and just about everything else in the production (like when Rebekah sang nearly her whole song with her bum toward the audience...)But I tell you, seeing these little guys pull it off it is so very rewarding...especially when my own little cutie is so adorable!