Monday, November 14, 2011

Gratitude Challenge – November 14

Today is one of those days when we’re on the run. . .
Gracie rehearsed for the Central Pennsylvania Homeschool Orchestra, and got a spot as First Violin. I wanted her to try out for the experience of the audition – actually getting a spot was a huge surprise.  And First?!  Quite an honor for an 11-year-old who’s only been taking lessons for 2 years. 

Anyway, today I’m very thankful for the wonderful people in Gracie’s life who teach and encourage her to develop her musical talents.  Last year, I expressed my gratitude for her piano and violin teachers. These ladies are both the perfect match for Gracie – they are excellent teachers with a serious side. They aren’t afraid to challenge her, and they both know that she will rise to the challenge. They have both taught her so much over the years.  I love hearing her sit down at the piano or go upstairs and pick up her violin – the music in our home has certainly come a long way over the years – and it’s a beautiful thing!

Now, in addition to these 2 special ladies, we’ve added her orchestra conductor, who has been another great source of training and encouragement to Gracie. Having been a part of a violin ensemble in the past, and learning to play duets both in piano and violin, have trained her to be able to play along with others (who are playing different parts).  The orchestra experience is brand new, but she’s been comfortable with it. Again, the conductor is no-nonsense – he makes his expectations known, and he expects the kids to rise to the challenges that he presents them with.  I’m anxious for their performances in the spring.

Ever since we brought Gracie home from Vietnam, I knew that God had a special purpose for her life – a purpose that could only be fulfilled here in the USA, with a chance.  I don’t know, but it could very well be that her purpose is her music. It will be interesting to see where she goes with it. 

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