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The story of our precious little girl's 17 months of life with Trisomy 18 (July 4, 2010 - December 15, 2011) and of us, re-learning to live "after Lilly."
"I will praise you for I am fearfully and wonderfully made ...." Psalm 139:14

Friday, May 6, 2016

S is for Symphony

Solomon spends a lot of time these days asking me how to spell words.  He is fascinated with letters.  Hence the title of this post.  My brain is just locked in spelling mode.  ;)

Yesterday the boys and I got to go to the symphony for our monthly field trip with our Charlotte Mason group.  We went to Meymandi Concert Hall in downtown Raleigh to see a special program for children performed by the North Carolina Symphony.

ready to leave for the show

The only thing Hunter didn't like about the symphony was that he had to wear "church clothes."  

inside and waiting for some of our group to arrive
The place was packed with homeschoolers, private schooled kids, and public school kids. Solomon had to sit in my lap because his chair kept closing up on him.  (It was funny to see it folded on him and his legs sticking straight up!)

waiting for the performance to begin
The conductor was Welsh and very good at interacting with his audience.  We heard familiar classical pieces and were introduced to each section of the symphony.  

Hunter declared he liked the tuba best because it reminded him of Larry from Veggie Tales.  Both boys liked hearing "The William Tell Overture" because they recognized it from an episode of "Thomas the Train."  (That song always makes me think of a funny scene from my past - I remember my brother Patrick playing it at the piano.  My stepmom had a pet bird in a cage named Habirdy on top of the piano.  Well Habirdy would start headbanging every single time Patrick would play "The William Tell Overture."  It was too funny.)

I wanted to get a picture of the boys outside the concert hall after the performance, but it was POURING outside.  So we simply ran.  (Got in my running practice.)  We ran down the street to a parking garage.  A very memorial ending to our field trip indeed.

Music is such a gift.  Especially live music.  I love hearing Tabby practice the piano.  It is just soothing to my soul. 

"And whenever the harmful spirit from God was upon Saul, David took the lyre and played it with his hand. So Saul was refreshed and was well, and the harmful spirit departed from him." - 1 Samuel 16:23


  1. TOOK ME BACK. i DO REMEMBER, MANY MANY YEARS AGO HEARING THE NC symphony ..must have been in Raleigh, around Christmas time. They played "Sleigh Bells"....PHS school class went xoxo love how beautiful you 3 look in church clothes mj

  2. Tell Hunter that Dennis likes to wear his church clothes every once in a while, because all the girls will tell him how adorable he looks!
    I miss going on field trips. I loved them way more than the kids did I think. At least you got a picture before leaving the house. You all 3 look fabulous.
    I do wish you got a picture of poor Solomon folded up in the chair, but I can visualize it. haha
    And a head banging bird?? I've seen videos. LOl