Our church is blessed to have several piano players. For many, many years that wasn’t the case, and I was pulling the load by myself. You might think that’s not a big deal, but when you start adding up all the special music for every service, choir rehearsals, ALL congregational singing for every service (we have 3 on Sundays and 1 on Wednesdays) and then the extras like Christmas cantatas and Easter services, it can get exhausting and overwhelm your schedule. And that doesn’t even include offertories, which are basically a performance level piece played as a solo every service. Really, that’s where most of my time goes when it comes to preparing for church services.
I’m not complaining at all, mind you. I love it! I would feel so weird going to church and not going up on the platform to play for the services. But in the last few years, I’ve had a young lady who’s grown up in our church (I used to babysit her when she was a toddler) and has developed into a wonderful church musician. She plays the second piano with me every week and helps bear the load of all the special music groups and choir rehearsals. Until this summer, when she abandoned me! 🙂
Rachel went to work at a camp all summer which was a fantastic experience for her. But still- she didn’t ask me first if she could go! The audacity! Here I am, slogging along all on my own again. Well, hallelujah, she’s coming home in a week! I put together a little gift to leave on the piano bench for her when she comes back to where she belongs. 😉
School supplies make me swoon, so this is one of my favorite times of the year to go shopping. The aisles at Wal-Mart were overflowing with wonderful new backpacks, pencils, lunch boxes, and best of all: notebooks. There’s something about a brand new, fresh, never-been-written-in notebook. Even though I’m not going to school, I found myself drawn down that aisle.
This year, Sadie Robertson (yes, THAT Sadie from Duck Dynasty) has partnered with DaySpring to create a line of notebooks and folders that are perfect for young ladies. The messages are uplifting and encourage girls to “live original” and appreciate the fact that you are unique in this world. These are the kind of gifts for girls we need to be giving!
I’ll readily admit it- I bought a pack of folders for myself. 🙂 I loved the black and white and pink polka dots. They even match my laptop case! But more importantly, I bought a package of folders and matching notebook for Rachel. I tied them together with some simple twine and tucked in some pretty gel pens to match. The last thing I did was create a graphic to frame with a great little quote by Piglet (written by A.A. Milne.) I think it pairs perfectly with the verse from Psalm 139 that is printed on one of the folders.
I will praise thee for I am fearfully and wonderfully made: marvellous are thy works, and that my soul knoweth right well.
I think Sadie Robertson is a refreshing role model for young ladies today! Sharing love, faith, happiness and originality is a great way to live your life. Send the young ladies in your life back to school with a positive message!