Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Pastor Carrie's Daily Lenten Devotion

Hey, check this out. This is a nice, thought-provoking, blog, with a message for each day of Lent.

Today's topic-
Give us this day our daily bread… (Matthew 6:11)

It is written by Pastor Carrie-a former pastor at our church. She's pretty special.

Saturday, March 21, 2009

Photo of the day

Saturday, March 14, 2009

Piano-Moving Forward!

I am excited about piano. I was taking a break from lessons, due to time pressures, and some health issues that my piano teacher is experiencing. Now I am going to start taking lessons again, with my piano teacher-who is dear to me.

I have had the greatest lesson setup: I would take lessons at our local church (my teacher, MP, works there as an ass't organist and also at the church assisting the music and pastoral staff). What we would do, was schedule lessons every week or so, in the morning, after I got the kids to school. She would come in a little early that day, then slip down to a practice room, give me a lesson, then head back to her office, back to work, etc.

Well, last spring, she was diagnosed with breast cancer. It is metastatic cancer, meaning that the by the time the cancer was diagnosed, it had spread to her spinal system. She has been treating it through radiation and various drug therapies.

She continues to work and accompany the high school choir as she had done before, fitting in the treatments, doctor appts, etc. However, she had to cut down on some of her teaching commitments, due to lagging energy. Radiation can be quite tiring. Coming in early for our lesson became too tiring for her. So we suspended lessons for a while.

At any rate-about a week ago, she gave a wonderful, inspiring, beautiful piano recital. She selected pieces that allowed her to share about her personal life, her spiritual journey. Very special. This photo shows her and her husband after the recital.

We talked last week, and she is ready to take me on again as a student. Since I work for myself, I can be flexible about the time. I am pretty much at her disposal, and will come whenever she will have me.

I am so glad that I will have the benefit of her deft ear, guidance, motivation, technical skills, and just all around nice lesson experience. I am so blessed in this way.

And I greatly admire her courage, each and every day.

Saturday, March 7, 2009

Recipe for a Great Day

Ah, busy weekends. Today's mixture...

- Drive S. to softball practice
- See friends, rejuvenation
- Pick up S.
- Give blood (the gift of life)
- Hair appointment, take Super G. along for a cut too
- Errands, if time
- Dinner with fam
- Game nite with friends

Oh yeah!!

Sunday, March 1, 2009

Piano Teacher's Piano Recital

Today there will be a special treat. No, I don't mean the kind with sugar!! My piano teacher will be giving a recital. It is called: My Faith Journey Through Music.

There will be classical pieces and spiritual pieces. I know she is playing Grieg's Wedding Day at Troldhaugen, a piece that I am working on. I can't wait to hear her interpretation of it!! I am also guessing, predicting, that she will play Beethoven's Moonlight Sonata, because this is one of her favorite pieces.

She has had quite a journey this past 8-9 months, as last May she was diagnosed with breast cancer. She has now just finished her third round of radiation, treating the cancer in her bones. She has a great amount of hope, and she is one of the most unselfish people I've ever met. What a gift she is to me, and to so many others, through her music, and through her life example.

I know it will be a beautiful event. I can't wait to be still and listen.