Friday, December 30, 2016

Mini harpist in the making.......


 Caleb was so intrigued with sitting on my lap and listening to me practice!
                           
 Then he wanted to try it himself!! Maybe he'll be a harpist someday too........

Tuesday, December 20, 2016

Ten down and Three to go!

                    Program number 10 is over and we only have three more to go!! (not sure if I should be feeling sad or glad, I think I'm sad.) =(



  "Come On Ring Those Bells"
A fitting song for our family, I think! Also, the first bell song Jonathan and Laura have participated in! Cheers!!
 
                         Always lots of things to bring in. Everyone helps and it's done in short order!

                                                     Oh yes, Caleb does his fair share too. Except when he starts following one of the older people out and gets lost in the process. He brings lots of smiles to folk's faces!

   "My name is Laura. See, it's right there after Jonathan's name. And that's me in the red dress in the picture on front"



                                                  More instruments to load! Even mom helps!



                                                Laura's favorite part......the treat afterwards! =)
                                                         Jonathan, our faithful door opener!


And of course, I'm partial to this beautiful decoration at one of the assisted care homes we played at today!

Caleb was pointing at all the figures saying things like "moo" or "mumma".

              Selfie with mom, except I'm more interested in this toy I just pulled off the Christmas tree.

                                               

  The activities director asked us if we had gotten the age of this sweet older lady sitting on the front row. She told us she was "106 years young!!" So, we just had to get our picture with this dear lady who has lived over a century!
                                                        Laura and Caleb had fun visiting with these jolly men just their size! Laura even decided to borrow his glasses for a minute. 

Till next time,
Susanna

Wednesday, December 14, 2016

More Program Pictures!




                     "Oh Holy Night" with Mom on the viola and Dad accompanying her on the piano.


Truly He taught us to love one another
His law is love and His gospel is peace
Chains shall He break for the slave is our brother
And in His name all oppression shall cease
Sweet hymns of joy in grateful chorus raise we,
Let all within us praise His holy name
Fall on your knees
Oh hear the angel voices
Oh night divine
Oh night when Christ was born
Oh night divine

Oh night divine


What beautiful words, and what a powerful message!


  Here, Jonathan is handing out our family card with our picture and contact info on it, to the older people for a keep sake.
                    And this is the mountain load of "things" we pack in and out of our van every time! =)


                               

Tuesday, December 13, 2016

Gearing up for Christmas Programs!

Christmas at our house involves lots of practicing and many hours of preparations!  Here we are polishing our handbells.  Each bell gets a dab of polish, a lot of rubbing out the fingerprints and smears, and then a thorough buffing.  Then we do repairs as needed, tightening handles, adjusting clappers or replacing parts.




                                                      This bell needs a good polishing!
                                                           
                                                               This one is done!
             
Everyone is in the Christmas music spirit.  Laura recently discovered our half-size violin and has  been practicing ever since.


                                        Oh yes, little bro has some practice tips for big sis!!
                                             

First Program of the Year!

 Actually, I suppose I should say the first two programs of the Christmas season, because we shared our music twice the same day, at neighboring assisted care homes. What a blessing to be able to share in music with these older people who so rarely get to see young children and families anymore. That's what Christmas is all about for us, spreading joy and cheer to those who need it most!

                                       
Our loaded van complete with 5 bell cases, 3 tables, (not to mention the 3 foams, table skirts and toppers to cover the bell tables) 4 music stands, a cello, 3 violin cases, keyboard and bench. The sound system (speakers, mic cases, mixer, mic stands, etc.) ride up front with the eight of us people. Oh yes, and all the music books! I always marvel at the pile of stuff sitting outside the van at loading time, and wonder how on earth Dad manages to pack everything in just right! But he does, and we've never had to leave anything or anyone behind! :)
         The double assisted care homes we shared our music with yesterday.

The little ones patiently waiting while we set up!

 Till next time,
    Susanna