** Due to the increasing severity of MY ILLNESS, it has become impossible for me to continue to post on a regular basis. Unfortunately, as much as I desperately long to, I am also unable to visit each of your blogs often or reciprocate all the loving, supportive comments many of you continue to leave - even though at times it may appear as though you've arrived at some long ago, forsaken blog! With that said, I really want you to know that I miss every single one of you and that I really am still here! I'm just too sick and too weak most days to be able to sit up long enough to create a brand new post...or even read one. However, I absolutely do receive AND read every new encouraging word you leave (and, often, the old ones, again and again!) and I cherish them now more than ever! I truly appreciate your love, support, and, most importantly, your precious time spent on your knees in prayer for my family and me. It ALL means the world to me and I am truly blessed to have friends like you!
~Hugs and Sister Love, Teresa

FYI: All comments come to my email, which I can easily read on my phone. I also enjoy Facebook on my phone because I can catch up on A LOT in a very short time there. Soooo, if you're on Facebook, come 'friend' me there! {{HUGS}} **

Monday, October 26, 2009

AND THE AWARD GOES TO....

I haven't wanted to mention this because I had serious doubts if we would be able to pull it off but, praise the Lord, we did it! I did it!

This past weekend was the very last marching competition of the season for my two youngest daughters, Mo and Bek. In fact, since Mo is a senior this year, it was going to be her last marching competition, period. Because I have been so sick, I have not been able to see any of their performances this year and I have been having an extremely hard time dealing with it. I hate missing out on all their activities, especially when it comes to band. Therefore, my husband started trying to figure out a way to get me to the last, most significant competition of the season. The biggest hurdle was the fact that it was going to take place approximately an hour and half (80 miles) from our home and I do not do well on long car rides. Heck, I don't do well on short car rides! We knew we had the long car ride, usually a long distance from the car to the stadium and then the long time of sitting in the wheelchair waiting on our band to play and then waiting on the awards. We had A LOT to overcome. We knew we had to come up with a really great game plan!

What we ended up doing was finding a super nice hotel really close to the high school where the competition was being held on Saturday. We booked it for Friday and Saturday nights. When my husband got home on Friday evening, we slowly made our way up there. It was not an easy trip but thankfully I was able to go straight to bed once we made it there and then sleep late Saturday morning. That was REALLY nice!

When it came time to go to the high school Saturday evening, we were just mere minutes from the school. Plus, we were able to park in the handicap parking, which was practically right next to the ticket booths just outside the stadium. You can't get much closer than that!

Although we weren't able to see a lot of the other bands, we did arrive in time to see a couple of the other bands before it was our band's turn to perform. It was perfect!

Our band was SO incredible! I had seen them on video but nothing ever compares to seeing them in person. Oh my! It was truly awesome! Our middle daughter, Mo, is their senior drum major and our youngest, Bek, marches alto saxophone. Watching them made me so proud!

When it came time for the awards, we were on pins and needles. We wanted them to win so badly. I mean, we ALWAYS want them to win, but this time it meant just a little bit more because it was Mo's last competition. They received all 1's (Superior) in each category - drum major, color guard, percussion and band. Then they received the award for first in their Class, 4A. However, at this competition there was also a Class 5A, which is somewhat unusual, so we knew winning Grand Champ was going to be a little more difficult.

But they did it! Out of 18 bands, 0ur band was the GRAND CHAMPION of the Georgia Bandmasters Championship!

We were so thrilled! I am SO excited that I was able to make it there and to see them win! It has taken a huge toll on my body and it is taking me a long time to recover, but it has all certainly been worth it!! Now, it will just take me a few days to get to feeling back up to par.


See ya soon!

18 comments:

Judy Harper said...

Awesome! It does need a "Praise The Lord"! I am so proud for you and the girls. I know it meant more having you there to cheer. They will always remember what you did for them. Even though you probalbly did a lot of it for yourself. Rest and recoup. I'll be thinking of you!

Tori Jean said...

Enjoying the blog! Have a great night:) SITS shoutout!!!

Lee the Hot Flash Queen said...

WOO HOO! Congrats and so so exciting!!

One Cluttered Brain said...

Congrats!!! Way to go!!!
Hope the rest of your day is going great!!!

Marina said...

That's super awesome....as if God orchestrated it all so beautifully....woohoo.....He is so good!!!Congrats to the great band!!

N now rest, rest, rest!!!

Ekanthapadhikan said...

I can feel the pride and excitement in your words. Congratz to you and do covey my Congratz to your daughters.

Betty Manousos:cutand-dry.blogspot.com said...

Congrats !!!
I'm glad to hear that:)
Have a wonderful time!
hugs hugs

Julie M said...

How wonderful you were able to be there for it T. DH is certainly a keeper for making it happen! Congrats to the girls!

Amandasaurus said...

I'm so glad to hear you made it! I'm sure it meant so much to your daughters to have you there in the audience. They'll always remember that =)

Yaya said...

Yay! I'm so glad you were able to be there for it!

Shraddha@theselfloveproject said...

yay! how cool is that!! congratulations...

The Redhead Riter said...

That is fantastic! Congratulations!

Have a great day ♥

Michelle said...

THat is so exciting! But where are the pictures???

Lamonica Epps said...

It's great that you got a chance to see your daughters perform. Congratulations to the band!

Have a great day!

septembermom said...

That is so terrific!!!!

Congratulations! I'm glad that you were able to celebrate with them :)

Take care. God bless.

Teresha@Marlie and Me said...

I am so happy for you and PROUD of you!

Lacey said...

thats wonderful it all worked out:)

Crown of Beauty said...

My dear Teresa, I've not been very active on blogland the past weeks, but today I am choosing your blog to catch up on. This post is such a delight to hear... their winning the championship made it all worthwhile! You did have a great plan to book into a hotel for the weekend. I am sohappy you were able to do that!

Congratulations!

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