Tuesday, December 31st, 2002
Amy and Wendy with daddy as Joseph
Many years ago, our family became acquainted with the musical Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat
by Andrew Lloyd Weber. Mommy and daddy first saw Joseph
at the Pantages theatre and enjoyed it so much that they took us to see it as soon as we were potty trained and old enough to sit still long enough to watch it. Mommy made us Technicolor dreamcoats of our own to wear to the theatre. We had a lot of fun and enjoyed watching the orchestra in the pit below the stage. Afterwards, we were invited back-stage to meet Joseph and the cast. Since then, we have become Joseph groupies. Mommy and daddy have taken us to see many performances of this wonderful production across the country.
At one point, we went to see this production at the San Gabriel Civic Auditorium. The actress who played the narrator recognized us from another production which we had previously attended at a different theatre. During performance she sang directly to us as we sat in the front row. It was a lot of fun. After the performance, she took us back to meet the cast. At one performance at Pepperdine University, daddy was even invited back-stage to try on the coat of many colors.
Now, we have passed our coats on to our younger sisters, Emily and Kelly. The tradition continues....
For those you who may be unfamiliar with the story or the musical, it is a truly delightful story for all ages.
Here are some photos we have taken at some of the many different performances we have seen!
Daddy was invited to try on the Technicolor dreamcoat
Here we are with Joseph at Pepperdine University
Here we are. Can you tell us apart?
Joseph invited us back stage in Thousand Oaks
Here we are with our narrator friend, Janine Benson
Here we are with Joseph at the Glendale Centre Theatre
Here we are with Joseph in San Gabriel
Emily and Kelly meet Joseph for the first time
Kelly & Emily meet Joseph at the Bakersfield Music Theater
Amy & Wendy pose with Pharoah at the Bakersfield Music Theater
Emily, Kelly, Jospeph, Amy and Wendy
Friday, December 20th, 2002
Our littlest angel, Kelly
We have truly been blessed by the opportunities that we have been given
this year; we have had a full plate almost every week in school and at
home and Eric and Kathy have been very involved with the girls in their
This year, we actually managed to get our house decorated for the holidays
before Thanksgiving! The girls have all enjoyed helping to decorate
and enjoy the festivities.
Our Christmas Musical
Our homeschool drama group presented its musical this month. Kathy
ran the sound system and Eric recorded the event on video. In the
play, Wendy played a reporter, Amy a palace servant to King Herod, Emily
was Mary and Kelly was a little angel. (She still runs around the
house singing "Angels We Have Heard on High" every day!) The
production went very well and we are grateful to have had the opportunity
to be involved.
Mommy mans the sound booth
As we shared at the beginning of this letter, this year has been a challenge
financially as Eric's business has been severely affected by the post 9/11
economy. While it has been stressful and even nerve racking at times,
God has been faithful to provide for us and to help us keep our roof over
our heads, and the bills paid; but it has been very difficult. We
are grateful for the key clients that Eric still serves on a regular basis.
While Eric receives many client referrals; fewer businesses are able to
make the investment in his services at this time. We hope that next year,
we will see a recovery in the economy and in business in general.
The details we have shared above tell of some of the highlights of our
activities and events this year, but not of the truly important things
that we have experienced. We have felt God's presence in our lives
so very strongly. He has helped us build a strong marriage over
the years; one that could truly be celebrated and enjoyed this past year.
He has given us good health - most of Eric's health problems from
past years have been absent this year. God has given us a family
that loves each other deeply, enjoys encouraging each other, and truly
relishes being together.
Our faith has been challenged and we have grown a lot this year as we learn
to rely on God, rather than ourselves.
As we prepare to celebrate Christmas this year, we pray that you have the
peace of knowing our Lord. May your Christmas be a joyous blessing
of His love.
p.s. As I conclude this letter, it is 2:00 am, there is 4" of snow
on the ground, the gingerbread is almost ready to pull out of the oven,
and the kids will be awake in 5 1/2 hours. Tomorrow is another day.
Since I not employed outside of the home, many have asked "what does
a homeschool mom do with all of her free time?"
Now you know. :-)
Saturday, December 7th, 2002
Eric and the girls have returned from a quick trip to San Diego where the
that he coaches
participated in the
U.S. FIRST Jr. Robotics
team consisted of my our oldest daughters and four other homeschooled girls.
It was a fun opportunity for Eric to teach a little math, a little
science, how to build a LEGO robot, and how to give a presentation.
The girls had to give their research presentation as well as their technical
presentation before a panel of judges; scientists from the San Diego Supercomputing
Center. They were then called back throughout the day for additional
interviews with the judges.
At the end of the day, during the awards ceremony, the team was awarded
the Judges trophy for their excellent work on their technical and research
girls did an outstanding job on their research and presentation projects.
I am very proud of all of them.
Here is an emotional video of the girls being called down to receive the
judges trophy. (Amy is the one accepting the trophy)
- High speed
- Low speed
I plan to update the girls team
with more photos
and their newspaper articles soon.
If any of you have, or know of middle school-aged children, the U.S.
by Dean Kamen, is a truly wonderful group of people, dedicated to the inspiration
and recognition of science and technology in students.
Sunday, December 1st, 2002