Sunday, April 29, 2012

First Things First

Oh, photo-a-day, you taunt me.  I've missed 2 days for a wonderful reason, so I'll catch those up tomorrow to make sure I tie the bow on the package all tidy before the month ends.

But first things first...

And speaking of first...

This is my firstborn who is also the first place bassoonist in the State Solo and Ensemble Contest!  Yeah, first in state.  First!  I'm pretty proud of him.  And I'm proud of his humility and desire to give all the glory to the One who gave him his ability and drive.  Proud of humility?  Maybe that's an oxymoron, but I'm feeling all a big bundle of emotion for my big kid.

Relief that he's turning out okay.
Hope that he has a very bright future because he's turning out okay.
Tenderness that our time together in this season is quickly running out.
Pride in his determination and tenacity.
Curiosity about his future.
Love for his character.
Frustration for the smell of his stinky feet combined with the smell of Cheetos.  In a car.
Love for his thoughtfulness and kindness.

So much.

Anyway, now that I'm wiping my tears, let's recap the joyful day!

warming up to begin!

receiving his first place medal!

His score sheets were amazing.  Extremely happy comments from 3 very impressed judges.  I listened to 21 of the 22 bassoonists, and I totally think they made the right call.  I'm totally, completely biased, and am not a master at bassoons, but he really did stand out amongst this crowd.  I'm so happy for him.

sweetness upon sweetness...his sweet girlfriend placed 2nd for her clarinet solo!
she played so beautifully!

the top three bassoonist in Washington State! they've become much more friend than competitor over these last couple years, and they were all so happy for each other.  love the camaraderie and respect.

happy, happy, joy, joy!

So there it is.  The culmination of a God-given gift and love for music, hours upon hours of practice, lots of lessons and check writing, and miles driven...worth everything to see it all come together in a beautiful way!

 "The Lord has done great things for us, and we are filled with joy." Psalm 126:3

1 comment:

  1. wow, so proud of this moment for all of you! He is quite a man and quite accomplished. Very proud day for a Mom and a dad for sure. Cutie, there as 'girl friend' too. S.W.E.E.T.!