Last week was vacation week, so today’s edition of W&L covers two weeks worth of life in the Brash cave…
- The first week of summer break was just as enjoyable as it should have been. Our week was easy-going with a few appointments and errands here and there. We are certainly looking forward to the rest of the summer months.
- I booked a two-week gig at the end of June co-teaching at Playhouse on the Square during their summer conservatory. Most of it will be accompanying audition pieces and group songs, and I am ecstatic to add this to my resume! Stuff like this is a result of being friends with Memphis musician, Gary Beard.
- Saturday was just an all-around great day and night. Becca’ folks volunteered to babysit so Becca and I could go out on a date. Thanks to gift cards, the date itself only cost us $2.75. Now my new suit that we bought on clearance is a bit of a higher number than that, but I digress…We went to see Wonder Woman (which was fantastic) and finished off the night with dinner and dessert at The Cheesecake Factory. We had a marvelous time together and always look forward to the days when both of us get to ride in the front seats of the car.
- America’s Got Talent premiered last week and what a premiere it was! With a new host and a Gold Buzzer before the night was over, it’s already proving that this season will be a wonderful show. I’m looking forward to Tuesday nights!
- House issues plagued us this last week. We’ve had a leak in our upstairs guest bathroom for over a month now and between us, my dad, and one plumbing company, nobody could figure out where the leak came from. Unfortunately, our home warranty doesn’t cover leaks (what sense does that make?). I finally discovered it, called another plumbing company, and had the issue fixed in about 20 minutes. I wasn’t too keen on the price tag that came with it, but at least my downstairs floor isn’t damp anymore!
Confession: I am a Baptist that actually enjoys high church and prefers following the Christian church calendar. It’s not a dealbreaker when it comes to the church I attend, but I find great meaning and teaching opportunities when the liturgical church calendar is followed. Having been a Baptist my whole life, my only exposure to the church calendar was Easter and Christmas for the major holidays and Good Friday for the minor holiday. Continue reading
- The 2016-2017 school year at FACS wrapped up without a hitch. We enjoyed an Italian luncheon on our last day, and the checkout with the principal was easy-peezy. Exams were given and graded quickly and I lit out of that parking lot lickety split on Thursday afternoon. Life is good.
- We had a host of extended family arrive on Friday in preparation for Reagan’s baby dedication on May 28 (more on that next week). We’ve really enjoyed our time together with everyone here, and look forward to it any time it happens. Lil’ Gipper has been extra expressive with all of them, which makes their visit that much sweeter.
- Reagan had her 3-month checkup this last week. She’s growing at a steady pace and received two more vaccines. They didn’t come without a few tears and exhaustion, but we are thrilled to know she is healthy.
- The latest season of DWTS wrapped up to many shocked fans. We all assumed Simone Biles would win it, and when she was eliminated, we were all convinced that the mirrored ball was going to Normani. But this season was not lacking in surprises. I was not completely thrilled with the outcome, but it’s not about what I want.
- We’ve had a leak in our upstairs bathroom for over a month now. Two visits from our home warranty service still haven’t fixed it. We’re trying some homegrown methods (with the assistance of my dad) in hopes of fixing it ourselves.
My stars, did the month of May move quickly! Here we are on Ascension Sunday, the day on the church calendar when we remember Christ’s glorious ascension into the heavens. Today, we will sing a Getty song that speaks of our ascension with Christ . In the final chorus, we sing “death is dead, love has won, and Christ has conquered!” Happy Ascension Sunday!
- Our little girl turned 3 months old this past week. We are in complete awe as we watch her develop week by week. She is orally communicating with us a lot more now. We can tell when she is mimicking sounds we make or just carrying on a conversation the best she can manage. It’s so much fun being her dad.
- FACS graduation was held on Saturday morning. I was quite the busy one as I had to play the organ for processional and recessional. I also played the piano while diplomas were presented. The ceremony went on without a hitch. It was a pleasure to present the Thespian of the Year Award to MW, one of my very talented theatre students this year. I am certainly going to miss several of these students as they press forward in their next steps.
- We had a “birthing class reunion” with some friends on Saturday night at Pyro’s. We all got to catch up and see each others’ babies, which was quite the treat. We dubbed ourselves the Presidential Class because every child born out of the class bears the name of a president. Totally unplanned coincidence.
- Now that my ducks are in a row, I can make public the new music teaching position I have accepted at Southaven High School. This position involves teaching class piano, general music, and accompanying all the Southaven choirs. My time at FACS has been wonderful, but I have learned that teaching theatre is not my forte. I love the art and everything about it, but this ol’ boy doesn’t have what it takes to show somebody else how to do it. It will be nice to get back into music. This new position puts Becca and I in the same school district. GO CHARGERS!
- With regards to graduation, it was very tough bidding farewell to several seniors. I didn’t watch these students grow up, but I did get to know them this year and had a ball with them. This small group of 7 seniors out of 85 will never know how much they meant to me this year. We had such a blast in my classes and in rehearsals. If you’re reading this, know that I am extremely proud of you. Thank you for making my year at FACS a memorable one.
Today’s Sunday song takes me back to the good old days of Music Theory II. We were studying part-writing, and Dr. Dennis used various hymns to illustrate the proper way to do it. Our favorite hymn was “This is My Father’s World.” We would sing through it on our respective parts and analyze how each part was written. We loved singing this hymn because of it’s beautiful melody and poetic text. Enjoy!
- The major hills to climb were climbed this past week. Becca completed all of her concerts, recitals, and banquet to wrap up a most successful first year of teaching. Although she still has 1.5 weeks left, it should prove to be an easy-going remainder of time.
- Wednesday was a proud teacher moment. Two of my students spoke in senior chapel and did an exceptional job. MW spoke on her experience making big plans, and how the Lord totally transformed those plans into something she never expected. TS gave a testimony of his character transformation that came with transferring to FACS. I was so proud of each of these students and will miss a whole bunch of these seniors when they graduate on Saturday.
- Thursday night found me once again at the piano in the rehearsal hall of Theatre Memphis. I had really missed playing for these people, and was quite excited at the opportunity to play again. They are preparing a production of South Pacific, and I was relieved to hear it since I have played that show before. While there, I made a contact from the Orpheum Theatre, and I’m that it will prove to be a noteworthy contact!
- I took the day off on Friday to hang out with my sister and Reagan. Our usual sitter was graduating from college, so this seemed like a good excuse to take the day off. And am I glad I did! My sister and I really enjoyed our time with Reagan, and the day went by so smoothly.
- I spent Saturday morning at Grace Chapel Primitive Baptist Church at their annual Sacred Harp Singing. I unfortunately didn’t get to stay for the whole event, but it was a treat to pull out my Sacred Harp hymnal and sing out of it again.
- Despite overcoming a bunch of hurdles this week, we were hardly home. Both Becca and I had somewhere to be during the day and evening every day last week. What makes it better was that none of the events were avoidable. We actually HAD to be there. We were both exhausted by the time Saturday came around, and took it VERY EASY around the house on Saturday. We are looking forward to every evening (except one) at home this week.
Her mama and I have been running around the world over the last week. And lucky for Reagan, she got to tag along to most of those events that have beckoned us. Here’s what has kept us busy lately: