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Fabulous Family Friday–Family Purpose

I didn’t get a chance to do a video for this week’s post–hopefully I can for next week.  My “videographer” was busy! :)



Today I was listening to two of my daughters play a piano and violin duet in the living room.  I looked up at the pictures of the children on the wall…..looked out the window that has the same curtains we put up 20 something years ago.   Sitting in the rocker we’ve had for 21 years.   The one I’ve rocked our children in.



I got kind of nostalgic…thinking back to the many times I helped my girls practice their violins and cellos in this very room.   The tears.   The wishing we could tear our hair out….    




And the fun! :)




I remembered years ago, when our children were really little, how Dallas and I discussed music for them.  He said music was something they could take with them into all of life.   I played flute in high school, took a little piano, had one semester in college where I took music theory, and I sang.




We started lessons, and after a few years he suggested we sing for the local senior citizens’ “Meals on Wheels” gathering.  They enjoyed it, we had a fairly good time, and it gave us a reason to practice.  Of course, I had to come up with things we could do together–it used to be pretty tough to come up with 20 minutes’ worth of things to sing/play!  (Now it’s hard to limit it to 20 minutes!  LOL!)






We added color coded handbells….character songs….eventually some of them could read music, but I still had to “arrange” some things more simply so we could all play together–those college music theory classes sure came in handy!





All this was going through my mind (at lightning speed, of course!), and I thought how it has been worth it.





Every dime spent on instruments and lessons.





Every “talk” we had to have about practicing.






Every “want to pull my hair out trying to make this work” arranging.






Every giggling, slap-happy, “it’s getting too late to practice but we have to” session!





Every reward system we came up with.





I wish I could describe the incredible feeling of peace and joy that came over me as I sat there, listening to the beautiful duet my daughters were playing!





I just want to encourage you—don’t wait until they’re older and can practice on their own.





Whether it’s music lessons, learning to cook, sewing, serving……find something you can do together.




Even if you’re “not musical”, you can still support and do what you can to help foster your children working together in their talents.




Maybe your strength is serving together.   Or making something together.   Or making food for families in need.  Or making cards and visiting shut-ins.




You get the idea.  Music is wonderful and worth every bit of effort and financial investment.   But if you’re not “musical”, don’t let that stop you!




I pray you may someday look around and see the fruit of your efforts….fruit that you might have thought was soooo far away in coming.





Mama, time goes faster than you realize!





One of the best things you can do is find something you can do together. Think of your strengths, or something you want to do or learn to do.    Ask our loving Abba Father for ideas.   He will give them to you!




And then go do it!




Yes, even if you sometimes want to pull your hair out!




Even if you wonder if it will ever go smoothly!





Even if you are stretched to your limit in creativity to make it work!





It will be worth it all, Mama!   And someday you will have such wonderful joy and peace in your soul as you watch your children blossom beautifully and have fun–






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5 Responses to “Fabulous Family Friday–Family Purpose”

  1. Elizabeth says:

    Isn’t it amazing how quickly the years have gone by? i remember all those wisdom searcher’s posts we used to write about how to manage with all of our little ones and now here we both are with so “Biggies” and only a few “Littles” left! Where, oh where, did the years go??

    Your daughters are a huge blessing to many!!! I know you are proud of them.

    • Trisch says:

      Oh, you are so right, Elizabeth! Seems just yesterday we were sharing all our dc’s antics, begging for prayer and encouraging one another on Wisdom Searchers!!! Where DID those years go?!

      Thank you for your sweet words! Yes, I am very proud of them! And I am often saying lately–“It was worth it all!” :)

      So glad you stopped by!



  2. Thank you Trisch ! I am in the trenches right now with the music & schooling … we have 4 students taking music lessons right now and depending on what week it is for a group lesson as well, we have lessons 3 days in a row. I’m only gone from the house for close to 1.5 -2 hours each time, but it’s still a great challenge . I TOTALLY believe it will be worth it all ! but in the meantime …… ahhhhhhh ! LOL …. anyhow, thank you for your supporting words :)
    Blessings ~ Heather

    • Trisch says:

      Oh, I know it’s such a busy season! But before you can blink your eyes they’ll be older, Rachel will be driving them to lessons and you’ll be hearing sweet music all over the house! ;) My house sounds like a practice hall at times! :D

      And when they get to being silly and playing together….well, it’s just too much fun!



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