God has enumerated numerous lessons through the choir ministry. Since 2009, I’ve seen plenty and seen a few in our choir, but God shows me that it is never about the numbers. He still provides the reason to bend with the music and work to bring everyone together on the same musical page, to keep united with the same goal in mind. There is no room for pride in a choir, no room to be better than the next, no room to keep hidden and hide behind bigger voices. Everyone is expected to give, to understand the music, and move together. Thank you Lord for the opportunity to move together to worship you, to come and see; to go and tell. You are good every year, faithful to finish what you’ve started, and always showing those who serve You, the immeasurable joy to be part of the work. I am humbled by them every year. God’s love can only be the reason we do this.
Emma’s orchestra winter concert. This was their ensemble group. She started off the song with a small solo. She’s really worked hard to be heard in her orchestra, esp. after being the new kid last year. Super proud of her. Zi’s biggest fan was Emma. It may be because Emma was so proud and could relate that Zi can finally experience her 1st school concert. So Emma and Elle insisted that we get flowers and a small reminder of her hard work. Zi named it Pengi Wenceslas, after the song where she had her duet. Zi has great cheerleaders! Last school winter concert of the year. This time, it was Emma’s choir and TL Singers. These were just clips of my favorite songs from the night. 1st song: Light One Candle (Emma sang a short solo)2nd song: River in Judea (my favorite from the night…made me tear up during the whole song)3. Morokeni 4. The Climb (Yes…a Miley Cyrus song)My parents were able to attend; my mom said my dad cried because he remembered his younger days when he’d perform. ?Super proud of Emma for her commitment, getting up earlier to attend practices for TL Singers. It’s her last year in Middle […]
winter doesn’t creep it comes charging with a shield and sharp branches unmerciful and filled with pain unrelenting it runs like a flame fueled by bitter feeling and once consuming what sustains warmth it does not speak it is silent. and peaceful. and dares us to try again.
Beginnings. Fills my heart when I see my kids serving. They don’t know it yet, but slowly their hearts are being wooed to a long lasting romance. Emma jumps at every musical opportunity, but Perze and I were surprised that Zienne asked if she could help this Sunday with harmony vocals and keyboard. And even Elle jumped in, resolved to play the box drum.
Weekly prayer meeting fell right on the day before the girls are going back to school so we were able to have a devotion about trusting and waiting on God, and not be fearful. And we each prayed for specific things that might take us away from giving each of our best this year + that they may be extensions of God’s love to their schools. We also prayed for their cousins, their friends, and school peers who will be entering into another year. Be mighty, little ones; take courage in the One who leads your paths. One-two-one-two! Get ’em, Ababas. SOMETHING OLD, SOMETHING NEW: This year, I decided not to buy any new school clothes for them or backpacks. Thankfully, their sneakers still fit and was still in good condition. Only Elle had to get new sneakers because her feet are growing so quickly and I could never keep her sisters’ old sneakers because they were so beat up from each year. Also, after school ended, we kept all their old crayons, colored pencils, markers, erasers, pencils, highlighters, unused post it notes, tore out the old pages from their composition notebooks, binders, colored folders, calculators, paper, […]
Happy birthday to our darling, Elle, who continues to be an example to us with her bravery for accepting challenges that test her mentally + physically, her fervent pursuit for friendships, and her unconditional forgiveness that chooses to see the greater sides of people, despite sometimes being treated unlovingly. We are so blessed by her affection, the plethora of bear hugs + random kisses. She is the color yellow ? in our home, with her shining smiles and joy- every day. We love you, little one. We pray your Bible verses over you and hope you continue to live your purpose with a smile. Some things from her 5th Year: FAVORITES: COLOR: tiffany blue TV SHOW: Fuller House, Teen Titans MOVIES: The Lorax, Monsters Inc., Goonies, Mamma Mia “Here We Go Again”, Greatest Showman BOOKS: Little People Big Dreams Series, Treehouse Series, Elephant + Piggy Series FOOD: Mac + Cheese, Spaghetti, Vienna Sausages, Fruits, Soda, Fried shrimp RESTAURANTS: Red Lobster, Rai Rai Ramen HOBBIES: Swimming, Reading, Roller Skating, Playing Roblox, YouTube, Indoor Rock Climbing, Riding a Scooter, Going to the Park, Playing Pokemon, Dancing THINGS: Sleepovers, Parties, Being With Friends, Chuck E. Cheese, Unicorns, Rainbows, Target, Musicals, LOL Dolls, […]
You know how people try to “bless shame” others, calling them out on a humble brag? Well, I guess there’s some truth to that, but when I’m closing out on 39, reflecting on my little corner of this universe, how else can i describe my life? Imperfect- yes. Present with struggles- yes. Not the most healthy- yes. Trying to maneuver parenting- yes. Raising a teenager- yes. But BLESSED? – YYYYESSSS! Our lives are not problem free- from drama in church, to having our pastor resign, to raising a 13 year old with crushes and motivating the girls to be their better selves, to living on a one income household, to holding onto our commitments in ministry while trying to encourage the body to keep serving, to bodies that ache, to dealing with familial struggles outside of our home, to keeping up with menial household responsibilities to upkeep our house’s needs, while maintaining a balance for our family to connect and make lasting memories. But I cling to God’s goodness, that we have a home, we are fed, we get sleep. Our kids go to a great school where their teachers care so much for their education, where they have strong […]