Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Make a joyful noise unto the LORD

Last week the older four and K got to attend Music Camp.  They have only just begun piano lessons, so I wasn't sure how beneficial it would be for them to go.  Plus, I wasn't sure if I wanted to take a week off from school.  We were assured they had classes for beginners and I also thought it would be a good opportunity for them to be immersed in Spanish again (we have been speaking a lot of English at home and of course when we were in the US, so the kids confidence has fallen a bit).  We are so glad they went.  Three of the children picked a new instrument and worked on learning it, while Hannah stuck with getting better at piano.  Josiah broke his wrist the day before camp began, but still managed to play the penny whistle.  They had devotions, music doctrine classes, music theory, choir, and instrument lessons.  That made for a pretty packed day.  Most days from 6:30 am to 10:30pm or later, then of course you have to stay up and chat.  It took several days to recover and I still haven't recovered the laundry, but it was such a blessing.  I stayed here with Haden and studied for my upcoming medical mission intensive class and prepared to teach Children's Class for church for the first time in Spanish....more on that later.  Camp was about 45 minutes away, so Sam drove back and forth participating when he could there and keeping up his responsibilities here.  

On Friday night they did an outreach in a nearby village by putting on a concert.  It gathered quite a crowd.  Lena doesn't stick out at all, does she?

Josiah and another girl, both new to the penny whistle, learned to play Amazing Grace.

Sam and Adelina during recital on Saturday morning.  Sam was able to join in some of the violin classes, he began learning to play back in Jr. high, but it has been a long time.  Adelina was completely new to the violin, but enjoyed it very much.  

They even had a conducting class and Sam and K were good enough to conduct for the recital.

Or maybe just the best of the worst, I never really got a clear answer on that.


Josiah on his way to the clinic the day before camp.  He was pretty bummed he was going to have to be in a cast again.  He just got out of one in Jan.  Plus this week is his birthday and he'll be in a cast, but it is healing well and it's not slowing him down too much.  We made a good contact with the doctor at the clinic.  He gave me his personal cell in case I started going to births and had anything I couldn't handle or had any questions.  He's also checking into helping me get medications I need to carry.  Praise the Lord!  Oh!  And NICE splint job G.I. Joe daddy!

Music doctrine, I think.

Lena working hard.

Sam brought the guitar so he could learn a little, but Samuel liked it so much and was working so hard on it, he didn't have the heart to make him share.

Isn't this little guy adorable, I couldn't resist adding him here.

Sam made a yogurt, oatmeal dish that we made at the Children's Home a lot.  It was a big hit.  The kitchen staff invited us to come back and help in the kitchen next year!  LOL!

Theory Class

Creative use of resources, theory class in the bus.  K was able to learn how to say music words in Spanish and how Spanish theory is different from American.  Now she can use it here when she teaches.  Amen!

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