Archive for November, 2013

The Prairie Family has birthdays in pairs.  My birthday is close to Dan’s, John’s is close to Luke’s, and Brock’s is close to Kara’s.  Only Cosette gets a birthday that is all by itself, and I guess even it is shared with Christmas!  🙂

So, November brought us Brock’s 15th birthday on the 5th and Kara’s 10th birthday on the 8th. Yes, all of my kids are now in the double digits!

Brock Birthday 2013

Brock had a very unique birthday, because his special day happened to fall on the same day as the college talent show.  Before the show, I told the MC of the program (who also happens to be named Brock!) about Brock’s birthday, and that Brock led the whole audience in singing Happy Birthday to my Brock!  That was pretty cool–and something that he will always remember!

Kara Birthday 2013

Kara also got to share her birthday with a special event.  We went shopping for Operation Christmas Child Shoebox gifts.  This is actually the second year in a row that we have done this on her birthday, and I think it’s a pretty good tradition to continue.  Of course, she chose her favorite Chinese restaurant for her special birthday lunch, and that is always a special treat.

I truly love seeing my kids growing up.  It is a blessing to see how God is molding and guiding them.  I wouldn’t trade it for anything!

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A few weeks ago, a friend of mine that works at the local college gave me a heads-up that the Student Government Association was going to host a talent show as part of the college’s homecoming week and that she thought we should consider entering since it was open for public audition.  We kind of went back and forth about it, but finally decided that we should give it a shot, and, boy, am I glad we did!

There were basically three parts to this show:  the audition, the dress rehearsal, and then the performance.  We were really nervous about that audition!  And, not only did we take the string quartet, Cosette had decided on her own to enter a piano solo!  We asked the college if it was all right for her to audition as part of both acts, and they didn’t have a problem with it.  So, that’s what we did!  The quartet played a Scottish folk dance, and Cosette played “Beauty and the Beast.”

Well, both acts were accepted into the show, and then came the dress rehearsal.  The lady who was in charge of the event did a fabulous job of staging the whole thing.  She had an MC all lined out, and had it all thought through in advance as far as how we would get on/off the stage, how the interviews would go, etc.  She made it very easy!  The other acts were amazing!  There were piano solos, instrumentals, and lots of singing.  There was even another violin solo!  🙂

The performance was such a good experience for the kids.  Wow–what a night that was!  I was proud of them for performing on that stage to a nearly-full house.  They fought off their nerves and did so well.  And, yes, Cosette was great going out there all by herself and playing her piano solo!  Here is a video of that:

Now that the talent show is finished, we’re on to our next project: two Christmas parties. I am playing the piano for a party NEXT WEEK! (Yikes, that’s early!) Then on December 11, the O’Brien Strings are playing for a Christmas party for a local bank. So, this is exciting–and a little bit scarey too! We have been practicing a lot for quite some time, and I think it will go well. We’re certainly not professionals, but we have fun playing together and are thankful when opportunities arise for us to share our music. Hopefully we’ll be able to bring some Christmas joy to a few people! 🙂

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October 13, 2013, was a very special day for the Prairie Family.  All five of the Prairie Family kids decided to publicly declare their faith in Jesus Christ and their desire to follow Him by being baptized. Wow–what a great thing!  They all gave testimonies of salvation around the ages of 4 or 5.  That shows just how important it is to reach kids early while their hearts are tender to God’s call.  Then as they grow up physically, they can mature in Christ as well, and live full lives for Him.

I’ll tell you what, it was an amazing experience seeing them all take this step.  When given this opportunity, not one of them ever questioned if they should do it or not.  Praise God for that!  I have been reminded a lot lately that my kids are so precious–they walk with the Lord, and that difference shows in each of their lives.  My life has meaning–it has not been wasted.  Seeing my kids follow Christ; that’s what it’s all about.  I can’t wait to see what He has in store for each one!

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