Thursday, October 19, 2006

Katie's perm

My oldest daughter, Katie, has always wanted curls. Alas, she inherited my stick-straight hair, only even thicker and heavier. We had tried every tool available to curl her hair, all to no avail. If we did manage to produce a weak curl, it was gone within an hour's time.

So, I finally agreed to let her get a perm. She started 7th grade this year, and that's how old I was when I got my first perm. I looked at it as another rite of passage of sorts. She is less and less a girl all the time. She's growing into a beautiful young lady.

It took four hours for the beautician to roll her hair, and we had to go back after about a week for a touch up. That hair just didn't want to curl!! In the end, though, I think it turned out beautifully. Much nicer than my first perm, which was one of those frizzy 1980's poodle perms.

Music Recital

Last Saturday evening, Katie and Mackenzie had a music recital. Katie played two pieces on piano, "The Pink Panther" and "Whisper of the Heart" and two pieces out of her Suzuki book on cello. Mackenzie played "Romance" on piano.

They both did so well and I was really proud of them. Music is such a wonderful gift from the Lord. I pray that my children will use the talent God has given them for music for His glory.

We also recently learned that Katie has been selected to participate in the Illinois Music Educator's Association festival orchestra in November. She and her best friend auditioned a couple of weeks ago, and they were both chosen to participate. Hooray!!

Here are a couple of pictures of the girls with their instructors. These young ladies are also homeschooled, and with two other sisters play in a string quartet. Not only are they tremendously gifted musicians, but they are some of the sweetest, most goldy young women I have ever met. I could not have asked for better role models of grace, purity and excellence for my girls. They call themselves Eden String Quartet, and they just released a CD of hynms that is so beautiful. I bought several of them as pastor's gifts for this month.

Mackenzie with Therese Miller

Katie with Leah Miller