Last evening in Virginia. No other words needed. ❤❤❤. Love, Lisa
The Scene: 5th Grade
The Characters: A music teacher, a mom, and an insecure 10 year old
The Setting: Small town Virginia, 1970s
In fifth grade, a very exciting and unusual thing occurred. Our young, beautiful music teacher announced that she was having auditions for a big musical, “Oklahoma,” by Rodgers and Hammerstein. Yes, the original Broadway version of the musical, edited of course for 5th grade appropriateness. Live music and everything.
We were all beside ourselves with excitement and nervousness. I went home and announced the news to my mom after school. She was a wonderful musician herself, and promptly ordered the “Oklahoma” album so that I could learn and practice the songs to get ready for the auditions. She calmed my many anxieties and steadily encouraged me that I could do this.
Auditions came and went, and lo and behold…..Ado Annie came my way. After a brief disappointment that I didn’t get Laurey (which, by the way, was much too high for my singing voice and not right for me), I dived into the role and thrived under my music teacher’s encouragement and direction.
Somehow, that group of untrained, untried fifth graders pulled off the musical, and we gained confidence and memories that would last a lifetime.
So thank you, Mom. Thank you, Debbie Greeley. You made a huge difference with your love and encouragement. Love, Lisa
P.S. If any of you reading happen to know this song, it will do wonders for your mood to sing along with it this morning. By the end, you will be singing your head off and loving it! 🙂
P.S.S. If any of you would like to share stories of someone who encouraged you along the way, I would love to hear them in the comments below. 🙂
P.S.S.S. Cathy Liles Sweeney….you better be singing along! LOL
I have been singing the bridge of this song on repeat this morning…..
“I lift my eyes unto the hills, where does my help come from?
My help comes from the Lord, the Maker of heaven and earth…”
Here is my cover of “Praise You In This Storm” written by Mark Hall & Bernie Herms.
Praise God for music….refocuses me in an instant. 🙂
Be blessed today. Love, Lisa
Second Chapter of Acts is a trio of two sisters and a brother from the seventies and eighties. “It Is Well With My Soul” is a wonderful track from Hymns II, 1988. Enjoy their unique harmonies and arrangement. Love, Lisa
A tiny, friendly hummingbird looked at me through the window yesterday evening. He didn’t seem particularly afraid as he gazed at me. His small body stayed still as his wings moved with unimaginable speed.
In my mind, I imagined that he was reminding me to fill the front hummingbird feeder, as it is getting low. Such are the thoughts of an animal personifier. 🙂
I am thankful for life’s reminders:
- My wedding ring to remind me of the best husband in the world
- Spring flowers after the harsh winter to remind me that God makes all things new, even things I think are past hope.
- The check engine light so I don’t ignore my trusty car past fixing.
- Memories of childhood….riding bikes, cartwheels in the yard, reading The Hobbit on repeat, playing badminton in the backyard till dark…to remind me of how to have fun and really relax.
- My dog dinging his metal food bowl up against his water bowl, to remind me that he needs more food.
- Memories of all the times God has rescued me through the years, pulled me out of unimaginable pits, to remind me that He is faithful and will never leave me nor forsake me.
So now, I am going to refill the hummingbird feeder.
Enjoy your day and all the little reminders. Love, Lisa