Spring Solo Recitals are always somewhat nerve wracking…ok…for me. Hhahaha. The girls have been working so hard to perfect their solos, practicing every day. This challenge always gives us the opportunity to instill the importance to strive for excellence, but to be gracious despite mistakes; to take control of the song, but to give the performance to God; to concentrate and focus, but have fun and feel the music. It’s soooo tempting to measure up your kids to the next (violinist). I’m guilty of this, trying to find the correct mechanics to improve their technique, but I have to remind myself that they need to be reminded to reach for their potential, but they also have to learn how to love musicianship and music their own way. I can’t draw that path for them. I’m just praying God will lead them the way He’s led Perze and me, passionately, curiously. So, here they are. We’re proud of the both of them. Emma has been playing for 2 years now and Zienne’s first.
“I like how it feels being five.” Zienne admitted that to me this afternoon after coming home from celebrating her birthday with her preK class. Five years ago, Perze and I welcomed Zienne into the world, praying over her and reading Psalms 20. I look back at those verses every birthday and I’m reminded not just of Zienne as an amazing blessing for us, but how good God is. Zi, You are an amazing little girl, full of spirit, pensive potential, and a ball of such promise. I’m just amazed with you, the crazy and brilliant things you say, your persistence to learn new things no matter how frustrating. Your drive to mirror your older sister has catapulted you quickly from being a toddler, to a quasi preteen sometimes- attitude, behavior, knowledge, and interests. The thought of you growing older each year always brings me to a doorstep of ambivalence, knowing the sadness of leaving behind your unimaginably cute idiosyncrasies yet excited to see your talents and purpose grow. Nevertheless, as we step into today, we are ever grateful, ever thankful of just being able to see your smile and hear your present laughter, all the things that make you […]
Speaking of Valentines, that morning, the girls were giddy with excitement when Perze came home that they bombarded him. Every year, since we had Emma, he always made a point not to leave them out of our Valentines. They are, of course, our hearts outside our bodies… Girls, your future suitors have a huge task ahead of them. Sorry not sorry.
On Monday, the kids had their rescheduled Valentine’s parties at school. Zi came home with a card she made for us, and in it was a letter her teacher enclosed for us telling the story of Zi bravely singing “Let It Go” in front of the whole class. Her teacher said it had brought her to tears. I love how at such a young age, Zi is a blessing to those around her. Every day, I tell my girls, specifically, to practice their voices. As girls, I know how hard it’s going to be to find their voices- to know who they are, be comfortable with themselves, AND be able to let themselves be heard. You don’t know how many times I’ve been to meetings, classes, in work, in school, in church, in the group of friends where the guys monopolize the conversation because they just feel comfortable and want to be heard. Even during Bible studies, more men lead the teaching and discussions. Even in the educational scope, statistically, men are in the science field, engineering and math. My point is that I’m raising three girls who I hope will one day be strong individuals. Not strong, as in […]
Last night, before bedtime, Zi asked Perze a question about salvation and heaven. This morning, during breakfast, Zi asked me if I loved and trusted Jesus. Then she told me if I did, I would go to heaven. Perze said they were reading Genesis 2-3 and talked about the intricate dance between God’s Love and Punishment. if there is one thing that resonates with these girls, it’s the notion of being punished as a result of disobedience.
I’m gonna go ahead and maximize on the use of substitution to get across a very funny conversation I had with Zi without being too obscene. I’m gonna need my readers to have a really good imagination as to what “Oh Lord, Really? Why?!” is…so go ahead and take some time to ponder what that is for a bit. Zi: Mama, do you still have a “Oh Lord, Really? why?!” ? Me: ummm…what the, why?? Zi: Because Lola said that when you get older, you lose your “Oh Lord, Really? Why?!” . Me: What in the world?! Zi: Does Lola still have her “Oh Lord, Really? Why?!” ?? Me: According to Lola, no. ———— Thanks for coming, folks! Until next time.
Morning conversation with my 4 year old:Me: You know that Sailor Moon is the mom of Mini Moon?Zi: Yes, that’s because Sailor Moon is Queen Serenity. Me: How did you know that?Zi: It’s super easy if you just watch the show. You should watch this show. It’s really good.Me: Are you competing for world’s cutest kid right now?Zi: Yes.Me: What place are you in?Zi: Kinde-ga-ten.