Since September we have been taking Madeleine every Wednesday for 30 minutes a few streets away for her piano lesson. Her teacher is so patient and kind and we feel so blessed to have her in our neighborhood. This week was the year end recital. Every single person who played was amazing! Encouraging Madeleine to practice every evening brought back lots of memories of my own mom "encouraging" me to practice, but we already told Madeleine that she is going to continue to take lessons (whether she likes it or not!). I am just amazed at how much she learned in 9 months, she went from knowing nothing to being able to play pieces with both hands!
Lee and Madeleine
Grandpa (my dad) and Madeleine
Madeleine with Aunt Kristin (my sister) and cousin Sydney. Forgive Everett's head on the bottom right of the picture...
Grandma (my stepmom) with Everett and Madeleine. Grandma brought a corsage for Madeleine to wear! It was beautiful and it made Madeleine's night! Note Madeleine's lack of teeth, she has to eat everything on the side of her mouth, it is amusing to watch.
Madeleine with Mrs. Joy. Mrs. Joy was Madeleine's Sunday School teacher when she was 3 years old at Lovers Lane United Methodist Church. Mrs. Joy lives 2 doors down from the piano teacher so every week Everett and I go play at Mrs. Joy's during Madeleine's lesson and then Madeleine joins us. We are blessed to have Mrs. Joy in our lives! (I am also in a great book club with Mrs. Joy that she started 25 years ago and is still going strong!)
Madeleine moved her corsage to her hat, it is more fashionable that way I suppose...
Click on this link to enjoy this movie of Madeleine (could not get it to load on the blog). She played two songs at her recital, both with the teacher.