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This is seriously one of our kiddos’ favorite things to do: play music!   And they actually all GET ALONG WELL while doing it.

Serenading Mommy on my birthday

Music is quickly becoming serious business in the Starr household.  It’s in their genes… on Mommy’s side, anyway (I used to be a musician back in the day).  Jonah is already finishing up his third year at Children’s Music Academy, an amazing program where he has learned music theory, piano, rhythm, ear training, and now guitar and recorder.  The boy knows intervals by ear… at age SIX.  I’m telling you, if I could sing (CMA founder and Jonah’s teacher) Jan Cross’ praises all day, every day, it would not be enough.

Jonah at his first CMA recital (January)

Jonah performing with his class at the CMA recital

Posing with his wonderful teacher, Mrs. Cross!

The younger two have also caught the music bug, assisted by Nonna (my mom) and her thoughtful musical Christmas gifts: a stand microphone and toy guitars.  Bode is chomping at the bit to start his own CMA classes with Mrs. Cross this fall, and Annie… well, she’s convinced she’s a rock star already.

This boy takes performing SERIOUSLY.

Annie putting on one of many solo performances

Every rock star must have the attitude that comes with it...

I’m thinking in about 10-12 years, we’ll have ourselves a little Nickel Creek-esque band.  Which will pay for their college tuition… and their parents’ retirement.

An early-years band rehearsal

At least that’s the best plan we’ve come up with so far!  😉


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So much has happened during these past few weeks… still processing…

While we pray and ponder the future, how long it will be until we see our newest daughter, how long until she finally comes home to stay… today I choose to have joy in the midst of waiting.

And I choose to listen to some fun music.

This is from one of my favorite bands out there, MercyMe.  You’ve gotta love when folks with talent let loose like this.  Apparently they shoot these “cover tune grab bag” songs backstage before concerts.  So fun!

Enjoy.  🙂

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Happy New Year!

… from your friendly neighborhood pint-sized chewing machine.

Don’t let that innocent puppy-dog face fool you.  🙂

We wish you all a wonderful, sanctifying, satisfying, jubilant 2011!

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(Thanks to Susan for the link!)

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Jonah (6 yrs old) was cutting some leftover fabric at the kitchen counter tonight after dinner… and the following conversation between he and Daddy ensued:

J:  “Look at this.  I’m cutting this fabric into money.”

D:  “Great!  Now I won’t have to go to work tomorrow!”

J:  “Daddy, you don’t just go to work for money.  You go to work for God.”

Touche.  🙂

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#51-100, the Book Edition


The Starr boys, reading in one of their favorite spots

I’m going to cheat a bit… but since I love books and all (and I’m boring myself to death with all this talk about me… seriously, I’m not that interesting), I’m going to wrap up my list by giving you some all-time fave reads of mine.

Yes, all 50 of them.  🙂

51.  The Bible, by God

Historical Fiction

52.  Quo Vadis, by Henryk Sienkiewicz
53.  The Brothers K, by David James Duncan
54.  Safely Home, by Randy Alcorn
55.  The Red Tent, by Anita Diamant


56.  The History of the Ancient World, by Susan Wise Bauer
57.  John Adams, by David McCullough
58.  1776, by David McCullough
59.  Mayflower, by Nathaniel Philbrick
60.  Democracy in America, by Alexis DeTocqueville
61.  The Rise of Theodore Roosevelt/Theodore Rex, by Edmund Morris


62.  Til We have Faces, by C.S. Lewis
63.  The Chronicles of Narnia, by C.S. Lewis
64.  The Hobbit, by J.R.R. Tolkein
65.  The Lord of the Rings Trilogy, by J.R.R. Tolkein
66.  A Wrinkle in Time Quintet, by Madeline L’Engle
67.  Leepike Ridge, by N.D. Wilson
68.  100 Cupboards Trilogy, by N.D. Wilson
69.  C.S. Lewis’ Space Trilogy
70.  Percy Jackson and the Olympians Series, by Rick Riordan
71.  Fablehaven Series, by Brandon Mull
72.  The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy Series, by Douglas Adams


73.  Deadline/Dominion, by Randy Alcorn
74.  The Mysterious Benedict Society Trilogy, by Trenton Lee Stewart
75.  A Canticle for Leibowitz, by Walter Miller
76.  The Penderwicks/The Penderwicks on Gardam Street, by Jeanne Birdsall


77.  The Screwtape Letters, by C.S. Lewis
78.  A Praying Life, by Paul Miller
79.  Mere Christianity, by C.S. Lewis
80.  Desiring God, by John Piper
81.  Vintage Jesus, by Mark Driscoll
82.  Adopted for Life, by Russell Moore
83.  Family-Driven Faith, by Voddie Baucham
84.  Heaven, by Randy Alcorn

Social/Educational/Family Issues

85.  Good News About Injustice, by Gary Haugen
86.  Bringing Up Boys/Bringing Up Girls, by Dr. James Dobson
87.  What He Must Be If He Wants to Marry My Daughter, by Voddie Baucham
88.  Just Courage, by Gary Haugen
89.  Amusing Ourselves to Death, by Neil Postman
90.  There is No Me Without You, by Melissa Faye Greene
91.  The End of Education, by Neil Postman
92.  The Abolition of Man, by C.S. Lewis
93.  What is a Family? by Edith Schaeffer

Kid Stuff

94.  The Jesus Storybook Bible
95.  The Big Picture Story Bible
96.  Little Pilgrim’s Progress
97.  My ABC Verses/Big Truths for Little Kids
98.  Songs for Saplings (CD, I know)
99.  The Sword and the Scroll/The Princess and the Kiss
100.  James Herriot’s Treasury for Children

So there.

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(I’m continuing my “100 Things About Me” post; #1-25 can be found here)

26.  I gained about 75 pounds with my first full-term pregnancy.

27.  Bryan took a picture of me a few days before Jonah was born, and to date it has NEVER been printed.  Not once.  Much to my dear mother-in-law’s chagrin.  🙂 I do, however, use it sparingly as a tool of encouragement to friends who are in those same last days, when they feel like beached whales.  Once they see my enormousness, they tend to feel a bit better about themselves.  🙂

28.  I gained 50 or so pounds while pregnant with our #2, Boden.  Not quite as heinous.

29.  I gained only 38 pounds with Annie, our third-born.  A mere pittance.

30.  I like to read.  A lot.

31.  My favorite genre of books varies, although juvenile/adult fantasy fiction seems to be nose-to-nose with my history biographies at this point.  It’s a toss-up.

32.  Speaking of history, my favorite president of all time was Teddy Roosevelt.

33.  My second favorite was John Adams: brilliant, sacrificial, and totally under-appreciated in the history books.

34.  Both were chosen for character, rather than political, reasons.

35.  I have the metabolism of a snail.  Seriously, if another person tells me “oh, you’re skinny, it must be easy for you to keep weight off”, I may not be responsible for my actions in response.  I have to work my tail off to battle my genes, my family medical history, my natural tendency to blow up like an inflatable apple-shaped fat balloon.

36.  Some days are more successful than others.  I have to learn to deal with that.

37.  I have been in love with horses for my entire life.

38.  I have never lived on a farm, nor have I lived anywhere else where actually owning a horse would be feasible (although I for years dreamed I could set up a stall outside the back garage door just like in the book “Summer Pony”… but my mom wouldn’t go for it).  Cruel irony.

39.  I’m not a super-clean person.

40.  My husband is… like in the OCD category of clean.  For his benefit (ahem, his sanity), I am trying to be better about having a more regular cleaning schedule, but God bless him for putting up with me in the meantime.

41.  In particular, I hate dusting.  Why can’t someone invent a super-suction centrally-located vacuum that only attracts dust, then you could just flip a switch and all the dust yuck in the entire house would be immediately sucked away into oblivion?  I would buy that in a second.

42.  I do, however, love to organize… I just have no time table for completing said organization.  Therefore, there are almost always numerous piles of things throughout the house that are “in process”.  Drives my poor husband nuts.

43.  I have a very sensitive musical ear.  If something is the least bit out of tune, I go a little nutty.

44.  One would think that this musical ear I have would mean I also have perfect pitch… or at least a good singing voice.  One would be wrong.  (my band director was shocked, I tell you)

45.  I did, however, play a mean French Horn back in the day.  There are many days when I miss it terribly.

46.  I think playing the Horn for so many years gave me a sincere and eternal appreciation for good classical music.  A well-played Horn sure makes for a beautiful and haunting melody.  If you’re interested, I have tons of great Horn music I could share.  I know you’re dying to hear it.  😉

47.  I loathed marching band in high school, in large part because of the nasty polyester uniforms and the way my braced teeth would practically fuse to my mouthpiece during halftime of a particularly chilly football game.

48.  I had to give up playing in college because I couldn’t afford to pay for my own Horn (I had borrowed one from school).  Stinks.

49.  I have since spent several years playing an African drum in various church worship bands.

50.  I’m not NEARLY as good at the drum as I was at the Horn… one of the many reasons I don’t play at our current church.

(If you’re still reading at this point, I applaud you!  Stay tuned for more!)

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