** 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}} **

Friday, December 11, 2009

THE BITTERSWEET END
and
A NEW BEGINNING

(at the end of a VERY long game day!)

Last weekend marked the end of our high school football team's season and, thus, the end of marching band season. Our football team went undefeated through the entire regular season and then continued all the way through the post-season to the semi-final playoff game! It was truly incredible! They fought hard and did such a tremendous job. However, in the end, it just wasn't meant for our team to make it one more week to the State Championship. We were really hoping and praying they would because we really wanted to see our team play and our band march in The Georgia Dome!

It was a very bittersweet weekend for our middle daughter, Mo - and for her parents, too! Mo is a senior this year, which means the loss last weekend marked the end of what has been a very important and exciting part of her life.


(Mo, in the middle, with her c0-drum majors this year)

When Mo started marching her freshman year, she was still very much a shy, reserved little girl still trying to find her place in the whole scheme of things. At the end of that school year, a 6 week drum major clinic was held in order to replace the current drum major who would soon be graduating. Plus, the band was growing so they were going to be choosing two.


(Mo on the left as a sophomore)

Although Mo would just be a graduating freshman, and it is highly unusual for an upcoming sophomore to be chosen, she faithfully went to the clinic and then auditioned for the highly coveted leadership position. Just a few days before school ended, Mo found out she and one other person had been selected! My, how fast things change!



She went on to lead the band the next three years. She is now a very confident and skilled, yet humble leader who is exceptional at her craft. She will be graduating in May and has plans to pursue a PhD in Music Education when she heads off to college in the fall.



We are so proud of her and we can't wait to see what the future holds!


We love you, MoMo!

Picture Source - MParker Photography

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31 comments:

Casey said...

What a beautiful tribute to your daughter! Reading this reminded me of how I felt at the end of marching season my senior year. Your daughter is beautiful!

Lynn said...

Yay I used to be in marching band too! I miss those outfits.

My best, Lynn

Shelley said...

I totally LOVE the high school marching bands.....LOVE them.

Marie said...

What sweet memories! She looks very confident in her craft now. Great post.

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

What a great post! She is sooo adorable! I'm glad for you and her!
love and
hugs hugs

Trudie said...

aawww, they grow up so quickly! Thanks for stopping by and visiting my blog! Love your posts and I am officially a follower!

Joan said...

Wonderful post! I love that last picture!

At Town Square said...

You must be very proud of her. That's amazing. It's just so great when yours kids go out in the world and make something happen. I just wanted to thank you for stopping by from SITS and appreciate your comment very much. Yes that snow was fun. Maybe we can check in on each others blog. Audrey

Jessica Nunemaker said...

She looks very confident in the photos -- no wonder you are so proud!

Happy SITs.

Ms. Diva said...

I marched with my high school and college band. And now work with my kids high school band!! Love marching bands!!!

Happpy SITS sharefest!!!!! I'm following you!!!

Crown of Beauty said...

Hi dear Teresa,
I've been away for a while, and I'm glad to be back at visiting my friends' blogs.

It was so nice to read this post about Mo. Sorry to hear about the team not making it, but I hope and pray Mos career as a drum major will not end. My daughter was part of the drum majors in her gradeschool years. It is so much fun.

Thanks for shaing this story and the pictures as well. I wish your daughter all the best and the future is bright for her! I am sure you are very proud of her!

Love
Lidj

Yaya said...

That's awesome!!!!!

Kathryn said...

Aww your daughter is beautiful!!

Teresha@Marlie and Me said...

hey proud mama! what a wonderful dedication to your beautiful daughter. I wish her continued success!

K a b l o o e y said...

What a terrific tribute to your daughter -- what did she think of this post? The pictures are great, and I think I should use the one with her arms outstretched as an inspirational poster around here. Great to see a young woman develop confidence and leadership ability. And she is absolutely beautiful as well.

saltsays said...

Wow!! That is such an incredible accomplishment for your daughter! You must be so proud. :)

Congrats to her on the upcoming graduation!

And thank you for stopping by my blog. :) Lovely place you have here!

Jenny said...

What a great post! Your daughter is beautiful. I know you are so proud of her. I pray that my only daughter grows into a confident young woman who is a leader and not a follower, and one who loves the Lord with all her heart. You should be proud-you have obviously done a great job as parents!

Thanks for the comment on my blog! The SITS community seems really fun!

Heather said...

Oh the Qtips on the hats take me back quite a few years. Congratulations to her for her accomplishments! She is a beautiful young lady!!!

septembermom said...

She looks wonderful in her uniform! You must be so proud. Congratulations to this beautiful girl for all her achievements.

Mommyof2girlz said...

The last picture with her smiling and proud is beautiful. Thanks for stopping by on my SITS day it is nice to meet you. Have a wonderful holiday season :)

christy rose said...

Teresa, Thanks so much for stopping by my blog and leaving such a sweet comment. I love to make new blogging friends. I can tell you are one proud momma. The last picture of your daughter is so good. She looks so happy. :)

Thanks again for stopping by,
Christy

The Not So Perfect Housewife said...

Hello there!!
Thanks so much for stopping by my blog and becoming a stalker.. oh I mean follower.. LOL. Just kidding!!

What a beautiful girl you have here! What a proud mama moment!!

Can't wait to come back by for another visit.

Blessings
Mikki

Christy said...

you can really see how much she loves it by the photos. It is so great that she found her passion at such a young age.
Too bad they didn't go further...playing in the georgia dome would be pretty awesome.

Twincerely,Olga said...

stopping in from SITS! you have a beautiful daughter!! A drum major!!
That is Huge!!I was in band all thru middle and Highschool adn your post brought back alot of great memories!!! please stop by

Alex said...

Wow, I have 3 daughters and I hope I can feel those same proud moments with each and every one of them!

Geezees Geezees Custom Canvas Art said...

Wonderful post...beautiful daughter!

Melissa Papaj Photography said...

Looks like fun! Stopping by from SITS!

Connie K said...

Great post !!and your daughter is so beautiful what a proud mama :)

marfmom said...

Oh how terrific! Congratulations to her! I was a "bandie" too, pit percussion. Band memories are my favorite high school memories!

American in Norway said...

Such a sweet post! Popping by via SITS.. Happy Monday! : )

Jeanne said...

Teresa,

What a beautiful post honoring your daughter's transition from shy to confident. It sounds like she knows exactly what she wants in the future too. Good for her! That's wonderful. (I have a feeling her supportive mother deserves some of the credit for her thriving so). Great pictures!

Jeanne

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