Today I have a very special post to share that I hinted about on yesterday's post. My son is graduating from college in May with a degree in music performance, and this past weekend was his senior recital. There were a lot of stressful months leading up to this day. He chose some very difficult music to play, and incorporated a lot of different percussion instruments and techniques into his recital. There were many times when he worried he wouldn't be able to pull it off. And I, as his worrisome mother, was stressed out and worried for him. But after much prayer, and diligent practice (some days rehearsing for over six hours!), he not only pulled it off, but many people said it was the best senior recital they ever attended.
HERE? My family loves to tease me and sneak in on the photographs. I love Jason's fashion forward stance and how his blue shirt matches my outfit! :)
My son has many amazing qualities but the two I have always appreciated the most are his honesty and his humbleness. Having two children who have been seriously involved in music their whole lives, and also my experience as a theatre arts student and worship team member for over twenty five years, I've met a lot of arrogant musicians in my life. Humbleness as a musician is a rare quality. Jordan is so gifted musically, and yet, he still remains so humble and has a good perspective regarding the use of his gifts.
To make the card I first stamped 'Musical Score' from Stampendous onto a sheet of Sahara Sand card stock. I then adhered that sheet onto a piece of black card stock, and finally onto a white card base. The sentiments are from retired Stampin Up! 'Congrats' and 'All that Jazz', and I used an MFT die to cut the banner shape. I sponged some black ink onto the edges to make them pop more. My main image was cut using a Cricut machine and the 'Quarter Note' cartridge. It was cut twice: once in Not Quite Navy and once in Bordering Blue. Candi Dots were added for embellishment.
When we were done cleaning up, we headed to our favorite Minneapolis restaurant to celebrate: Buca di Beppo. We absolutely love the food, and environment of this restaurant. Many celebrities have visited this restaurant and their pictures and autographs are all over the walls. One time we went there after seeing a musical, and got to see the cast there enjoying dinner as well. That was a neat experience!
We always order the same thing: Spaghetti with Meatballs and Lasagna and then we share it. This time however, I decided to try a Raspberry Italian Soda. It cost $4.00 but it was worth it! I loved it! It didn't taste like your typical U.S.A. drink: it was carbonated water with raspberry flavoring. It was absolutely delicious. Now I will want one every time!
In the drive over to the restaurant, Jordan shared a story with us about how after his jury was over and it didn't go well, he stepped outside to get some fresh air and his teacher Zach had come out to check on him. Jordan shared with him, that above all, he just wanted to make his parents proud and he had to choke back tears. I was so touched by that. He didn't care about looking good to his peers, his professors, or anyone else. He just wanted to make his parent's proud. I wondered, doesn't he already know how proud I am of him? I feel I am always praising and encouraging him, taking his picture, talking him up to others, etc. etc. and yet, he still felt the need to 'make his parents proud' in this single performance. Well Jordan, you did make us proud. I was grinning ear to ear during the entire recital and marveling at your skill and stage presence. But most of all, you make me proud for who you are: a sweet, honest, tender hearted man after God's own heart. I'm so thankful to be your mother.
Have a great day! Amy