Friday, December 12, 2008

Christmas concert


Last night, the homeschooling community in our area put on a Christmas Craft Fair and Concert. The Monday craft day that we have spend with friends paid off as the items that the kids made sold. Liv was very proud and it was so cool to see all her little buddies selling their crafts. I was SO impressed by what these kids had created and thought of. Such little crafters!
A few days ago, Liv had said to me that she'd like to perform in the concert. We had not practiced anything so I was a bit nervous not knowing if she'd balk at the idea of every eye on her. She decided that she'd sing 'Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star/Baa Baa Black Sheep/ABC' so that everyone would know that they all shared Mozart's melody. She looked so small and sweet standing up there at the front of the loaned church. Briar joined her and offered his support by standing there playing with his 'invisible dog on a leash' (one of the cool crafts made by one of Liv's friends)...Sam also came to stand with his "Wia" at the end of her performance.
As I watched her stand there, her little elbows clutched to her sides, shy smile on her face, I fought away stinging tears wishing that Jeff could be here to see his 'Bean' and what a big girl she's becoming. He would have whistled and whooped when she was finished; scooped her up in his big arms and hugged her close until she squirmed to get down with her giant toothless grin.
She enjoyed herself so much. She asked that we do it every year and has already started planning her 2009 performance! She is so much of Jeff it amazes me. There is no way I could get up there and sing....Jeff would have done it....in his underwear if he felt like it. But last night, it was Liv. And she was great.
*Thanks for the picture, Krista! I have to try to figure out how to compress the video I took of her singing. I'd like to add it here!

9 comments:

Crash Course Widow said...

I'm proud of you, Jackie, for making it through the performance (fairly?) intact. Those are the kinds of things that have historically really made me miss Charley and make the performance really difficult to watch, knowing how proud he'd be of our little girl. Hugs to you....

Poppy and Mei said...

Awwwwwwww, bless...XXxx

Ashley said...

G;ad the kids items did so well, don't you love how proud they are of ther accomplishments!

Funny that Jeff called Live his Bean. That has been my nickname as well since I was a baby. My dad still calls me that more than he does Ashley :)

Krista said...

I will send you the photo of Liv, now. It's stunning. You must post it up!

Annie said...

Hey! That was so great last night- all of it. Your kids were adorable up there.

I can't imagine what you are going through. All I can offer are the warm thoughts I've had thinking about it all. You're so strong. So brave. I don't know what to say.

Amber said...

Ok I am sitting here crying at this post. What a wonderful little girl. I am sure her daddy would have been proud of her and I am sure he would be so proud of you. You are amazing....xx

leigh in the sav said...

you have lovely children. i know jeff is proud of you and them!

Jill said...

Sweetest picture! Make my eyes tear up. Isn't love grand!

Hang in there through the holidays.

Roads said...

Christmas productions. Yes, they tear you apart. Still do.