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, Emmanuelle Grace. Today has come too fast. What I once thought was eons away has quickly eluded me and stands closely in front of me requiring acknowledgement. You’re 13. You’re beautiful and deep, and you constantly try to figure out how to grow up and understand more of your observations. Know that you are surrounded by people who are fast to love. You will be met with people to cheer you on. We love you, Monkey and pray your birthday verses with you. We are so proud of who you are. ? asdf?Some Favorites: Clothes: Maxi Dresses, TShirt + Leggings, Poofy Tulle Skirts Food: Bacon, Fried Pork Belly, Shrimp, Salmon, Pizza @ the mall, taro bubble tea slush, Nutella Instrument: Violin, Uke, Voice TV Shows: Fuller House, Star Vs. Forces of Darkness, Nick Shows Movies: Mamma Mia “HWGA”, “Greatest Showman”, Pitch Perfect 3 Songs: Mamma Mia Soundtrack, Greatest Showman Soundtrack, Kina Grannis, Songwriter Vibes, Imagine Dragons, Pitch Perfect 3 Soundtrack Color: Tiffany Blue Hobbies: Listen to music, Singing, texting friends, Indoor rock climbing, rollerblading, writing songs, playing her uke, Playing Pokemon, Loves: Musicals, Swimming, Washi Tape, Sleepovers, Places: Beach, B+N, Target Notables: She continues to write songs. On my […]
We’re so proud of Emma for being one of the featured duets in her spring concert. Even more so, we’re proud of the courage she overcame, bringing her talents to a new School, where the pool of musicians really challenged her to become better as well. She mustered up the strength to become friends with her musical peers, be noticed by her teachers, show everyone her passion for music, and tackle challenging music to perform. The concert was also a personal treat for me since her chamber orchestra played Dvorak’s heartbreaking Cavatina, and the 7/8th graders played Mozart’s heart racing Amadeus- first introduced to me back in high school when the movie came out + I became obsessed with the soundtrack.
So proud of Emma for committing her time + adding to her tight schedule to join in her middle school musical. I don’t remember being so brave when I was her age, but she got out of her comfort zone to join her first musical. We’re super proud of her resolve to conquer fears, try something new, + pave the way for her sisters. Staying late in school every day for practices, finishing her homework so she can get to sleep on time, maintaining her grades in her core subjects, + practicing her violin everyday for lessons and groups, have not been easy. Great job, Em. I hope this experience continues to build your confidence, and extend your tribe within the things you love. PS. Emma’s only part of the ensemble in her musical. I asked Perze to buy simple flowers to give her after opening night, and he came home with 2 dozen white roses.
Did I mention that Emma tried out for Orchestra Regionals? This was her first year. Emma said she made tons of mistakes. However, we as her parents, made mistakes as well, as it was OUR first time having our daughter try out. We’ll get to that. Since fall started, Emma’s been learning her piece, Nardini’s 1st movement of Concerto in E Minor. Initially, she wasn’t so keen on the music. I couldn’t really blame her since I also didn’t like it all that much. Musically, it was tough on the ears at first- the sporadic timing and changing of eighth, sixteenth notes, triplets, trills…etc. and an aggressive melody in a minor key. She hated practicing it because the timing just didn’t make sense to her. But things changed in December-January when she really started finishing the song, when she became more confident in playing the song. She still had some timing issues, but there were actually places in the music where she soared. The day of the auditions, Perze and I made mistakes helping her find the scales and parts of the solo that she had to play for the judges. I think if she had that bit of information, […]
Encountered some milestone while in the Philippines. On this trip, Zi learned how to swim using her forward strokes above and in the water. She also learned to combine back strokes into forward strokes as well as jump into the deep end and swim into the shallow part. Now all she needs to learn is to tread water. ?? This is about the same age when Emma learned how to swim. The day of Isabel’s birthday, we went to a bicycle park for Isabel’s birthday. They all chose bikes ? to ride around this surprisingly breezy day. Emma was frustrated, but persisted to learn to ride a bicycle. So after a few scratches, some tears, falls, she learned how to ride one!
Happy birthday to my beloved Emma. Honestly, I’m so thankful for this girl’s heart. She has one of the biggest hearts I know, so ready to give to those around her, and so easy to forgive those that hurt her. I’ve seen this many times this year, with how she tries to help her friends in school by tutoring them in subjects they have a hard time with. She’s a constant encouragement to friends, the usual peacemaker between people, and even when people have said mean things to her, she has always had an open heart to forgive them. I also see this in our family, how she tends to her younger sisters; I even catch her teaching Zi ways to get better in playing her violin or reading to Elle, or playing with Elle even though the game might seem juvenile for her age. Emma is also so determined for her age, trying out for solos in her school choir, being 1st violin in her orchestra, getting on principal’s list, writing a song to sing to her teachers, getting to green belt in PAMA, getting into the science fair and advanced math, being in the children’s church choir, & […]