I went each week and stood by her side to help her with timing, making sure the music was situated the right way, etc.
Here’s part of what made my heart swell up so much:
We got set up and those kids were off to create some beautiful music.
Those elderly folks were pretty endearing, and were a happy audience.
And these handbell players were pretty happy too:
…which is kind of a big deal because they only take a certain number of performers from all over the valley and it was fun that these kids got to be “the show” one of those nights.
We loaded up the van again, as well as my car this time and headed on over to set up.
We were sending Elle videos so she could “be there” with us, and I think this one was my favorite:
And the head-bob to the counting rhythm is my favorite part.
Here’s another one:
That girl is a serious counter I tell you!
I loved that concentration behind that music stand…and I loved how for some reason she “swirled” her bell to hold on to the sound.
(That’s not a handbell technique in case you were wondering 🙂
So proud of those kids…and their teacher/conductor too.
If you look close you can see the statue of Christ behind them in that building:
This girl was pretty happy about that performance.
And was even more excited when she realized how many cousins and aunts and uncles had come to enjoy the music.
Oh how I love them.
We had called it quits on all sports lessons and extracurricular stuff so we could be there and enjoy that night together. We stayed to check out all the lights and my heart was so full.
We were all pretty proud of our little handbell girl.
We went through the visitor center on our way back to the car and of course had to stop at the “I’m a Mormon” station place because these girls always have to watch the one we’re in.
(see me above Claire up there?…kind of fun for them…kind of embarrassing for me!)
If you haven’t watched our “I’m a Mormon” spot, it’s here:
I cannot believe how much these kids have all grown up!!
Those handbell players had one more performance, this time during the music concert at the school.
They performed in between the orchestra and band performances.