Friday, December 07, 2012

Friday Faves - 12/7/12

Welcome to Friday's Fave Five. It's Friday so that makes it time to look back over our week and look for those things we are grateful for. It may be big or it may be small and you have to dig for it, but there are always things we can be thankful for. Please join us as we share our favorite five. If you need the guidelines they are here

It's been a while, but I figured now is as good a time as any! But I've got so much to be thankful for...I'll just have to be choosy:

1. Second Chances. This week, my father wasn't feeling too well. A trip to the hospital and a whole slew of tests later, it was decided he should make a trip the hospital's little 'ole "Cath Lab" (for those of you who don't know, that's where they insert a catheter tube up through a groin vein into your HEART)! It was the right choice, as he had 100% blockage on one side of his heart. Long story short, not one or two but THREE stents later, he is feeling much better and hoping to return home over the weekend. THANK THE LORD that this trip was voluntary (IE - not a full blown heart attack) and that the amazing doctors have given us all a second chance at celebrating Christmas together (and hopefully many more)!

2.  Holidays. Thanksgiving was crazy, but successful (our first family hosting of the holiday) and our marriage survived! With Christmas right around the corner, we're looking at holiday parties, shopping, and the annual symphony this weekend. Fun, but exhausting!

3. Holiday Gigs. After years of very few holiday performances, perhaps because we are always too busy to book them, my a Capella group have four performances this December! One past last weekend, one this weekend, and two next weekend. This is awesome because not only do we get to learn (relearn) and sing holiday songs, but it gives us a chance to save a bit more funds for Ireland!

4. Ireland!  At a performance early this year, a man approached us and talked to us about a "friend" who runs a music festival in Ireland and said that he was going to tell him about Purely Vocals. We all smiled nicely and "yessed" him.  

Well, that will teach us! The guy was on the up and up, and he paved the way for us to perform at the Shannonside Winter Music Weekend festival in Shannon, Ireland this January. At first, everything was a bit iffy, we were promised housing and that we could sing at some small venues. The bigger shows had been booked full.  But someone pulled out and we were moved up and are set to perform Sunday afternoon as a larger show! We are blown away and thrilled to be welcomed so thoroughly and are very excited about our trip across the "pond"! I actually had to get a passport, having never been overseas!

Now, we're just counting the days...  

5. New Purely Vocals website Finally finished and launched the new PV website!
Check it out...

Many, many more things to be thankful for...but these are what comes to mind today. Hope everyone is as blessed as I am!


Anonymous said...

Wow. What a huge blessing your father is okay.

And what a huge blessing to be able to perform in Ireland and at a bigger show. Life is certainly full of happy things for you and your family. Yay!

Anonymous said...

Wow, that is so good that your dad's blockage was discovered before it became an emergency.

That is so neat about your group's gigs this month and especially that a trip to Ireland worked out! I am not a traveler but that is one place I wouldn't mind visiting.

Annette {This Simple Home} said...

Second chances, indeed!! What a huge blessing for your dad and family.

The performance sounds like an incredible opportunity!

Susanne said...

Welcome back! I'm so glad that they caught that early for your Dad! What a special celebration for you all this year!

So exciting about your Ireland trip. I love how everything is working out. You guys will have so much fun!