We have had a pretty busy week this past week, thus the reason for lack of posting! Some of the many things we accomplished this past week was revising the end of our homeschool year, hosting a homeschool sale and workshop at church, Steve preaching on Sunday (our pastor was out of town), getting together with dear friends and my daughter's recital! Janai (pronounced Jah-nay), who is 15, has been taking piano lessons for about nine months now----is a natural on the piano. She is very talented in the area of music, although if you ask her, she would never admit it. She plans on taking 2 years of piano and 2 years of violin and perhaps after that look into becoming a music instructor when she graduates (since this would also be something that she could teach her own children one day or use to generate income for her family from her own home if the need arises--did you know that instructors get paid $15 per half hour lesson?!) I'd like to share that video of my beautiful, smart and gifted daughter at her recital:
After it was all done we were cheering for her as a family---I think I was the most elated (and loudest?)---she was working on that piece for quite a while and I thought she was quite a smashing success! We then went to celebrate with some Baskin Robbins and a trip to the nearest park.
I am proud of Janai for several reasons---she is not afraid to try new things, she is a leader, she is trying to walk right with God, and tries to be a good influence on her siblings. At home, there is a side to Janai that no one gets to see---the Janai that delights in her baby brothers, the Janai that diligently gets up early diligently and reads through her Bible (this is her 5th year reading completely through the Bible), the Janai that sweetly cares for her home and instructs her smaller siblings. I know that the Lord has great plans for Janai, and I am looking forward to what He might have in store for her life. I pray many, many blessings over my dear daughter, whom I love immensely, and pray will serve the Lord with her whole heart. And what a lovely verse from the Bible:
"That our daughters may be as corner stones, polished after the similitude of a palace." Psalm 144:12
May the Lord richly bless my oldest daughter, Janai and guide her in all His ways for all the days of her life. May she be richly blessed with many children, that she be kept safe from Satan's snares, an that she draw closer to her Savior to continually experience His neverending love and unfailing grace.
I love you, Janai!