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Brianna Lynn – New Granddaughter

Our second granddaughter, Brianna Lynn, was born late afternoon on Thursday, February 17…on what would have been her paternal great-grandfather’s 90th birthday.

Brianna weighed in at 8 lbs. 14 oz. and was 20 1/2 inches long. What a beautiful, sweet little girl she is! We’re so thankful that she and her mother are both well and healthy. We’ve many blessings to be counting….


Aliah says “Grandma”

Well, it finally happened yesterday–quite unexpectedly.  Aliah came to me, wanting to be picked up…and said “Grandma”.  What a huge moment! The day before, she said “Grandpa”.  All in all, it was a visit of note.

Aliah was enthralled with John’s cat, which she calls “Me oo”.  I love the way she separates those syllables so distinctly.  Unfortunately, “Me oo” was not as enthalled with Aliah, although she stayed close enough for Aliah to see her.  I’ve never heard Aliah “talk” so much all at once before.  Apparently there were a number of things she wanted the cat to know.

P.S. I got an A on my final project and course–but that was almost anticlimactic after “Grandma”.

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Aliah Turns 1!

I can hardly believe our granddaughter is one year old! The year has just flown by–filled with one delightful change after another. What a marvel this child is! I call her Little Miracle…and that’s what she is.

She’s not quite walking on her own, although she can walk just fine behind her walker or pushing a toy stroller–but she can walk partway up a slide from the bottom by herself, as she demonstrated yesterday!

I look forward to witnessing her continued progress throughout this next year. How she has enriched our lives!

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Orchestration 2

I registered for Orchestration 2 a couple of days ago, using scholarship funds to pay for it (a very nice option).

Everyone who’s taken the course says it’s about double the work of Orchestration 1–and that it’s the best course they’ve ever taken. Considering that Benjamin Newhouse’s Orchestration 1 course was classified the Best Online Course of 2008, that’s saying quite a lot. He’s a fabulous teacher, there’s no question about that. My concern is whether I’m going to be able to find enough hours to do it justice. I admit I’m anxious about it. At the same time, I’m looking forward to building a more solid orchestration foundation to support my compositions going forward.  I’ve got until January 13 to breathe…and then it’s going to be “heads down” until April.

Now, if I could only figure out how to work faster….

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Grandma Ponderings

It’s amazing how one little person can change the lives of the adults around her!

I’ve been so blessed to be able to spend time with my daughter and her new baby. What chaos that little scrap of humanity can cause…and how dearly she’s loved! Tenderness and love overflow my heart every time I think of her, see her, hold her.  I adore being her grandmother!

Now…if she could just let her mother get some sleep….

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New Family Member

Our new granddaughter, Aliah Marie, was born Saturday, July 11 (8 lbs. 3 oz., 21 1/2″ long).  Mom and baby are both doing well.

I’m so thankful for the marvelous blessing of this beautiful little girl.  What a miracle she is!

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Ultrasound Changes My View of the World

Last week my daughter sent me an electronic photo of her prenatal ultrasound.

I cannot begin to describe how I felt when I got my first glimpse of my grandbaby-in-the-making. Not quite 3 1/2″ from the top of his* head to the bottom of his rump, he still managed to tilt my world on its axis. (*sex unknown)

I’ve known about my daughter’s pregnancy for quite awhile, of course. But there was something about “seeing” that tiny little baby that really grabbed my heart. He suddenly seems so real! His hands and feet are about 1/2″ long now. Consider how tiny that makes his fingers and toes…and the bones inside them…and the nails on the tips of them!

I can’t help but think of Psalm 139 (New Living Translation):

13 You made all the delicate, inner parts of my body
and knit me together in my mother’s womb.
14 Thank you for making me so wonderfully complex!
Your workmanship is marvelous—how well I know it.
15 You watched me as I was being formed in utter seclusion,
as I was woven together in the dark of the womb.
16 You saw me before I was born.
Every day of my life was recorded in your book.
Every moment was laid out
before a single day had passed.

Lately I’m thinking God’s greatest miracles are His smallest.

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Introduction to Audio for Games – Week 1

Oh, boy! Where do I begin to express my ignorance on this topic? I bring no experience and no innate gaming skills to the table. Thank goodness for my son, an avid gamer. I’ll be calling on his assistance on a regular basis, I’m afraid.

One of my assignments this week was to take an online quiz on game sounds, where we had to identify the game by the sound played. I got 3/18…and counted myself lucky to have gotten that. (Apparently the odds on guessing aren’t all that great.) Three. Hmm. Wow.

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Film Scoring 101…almost done!

I can’t believe I’ve finished the last week of my Berklee Film Scoring class.  I’ve learned a ton over the last three months!  Our final project is to score a minimum of two of the cues for a 5-minute documentary film on Waterford Crystal (Ireland).  I suspect that most of us are going to try to score overlapping cues for the whole thing; I know I am.  Fortunately, I have until January 4 to complete this.  My days off this week are certainly coming in handy!

As you can see, my son has been working on my website for me.   (How’s that for a fantastic Christmas gift?)  My videos now display and play properly, so you can finally watch “Butterflies”.  :)   Additionally, he has set up a player, where you can choose songs to listen to.

I just added another video, “The Attic” (working with footage from the TV show, Providence).  As with the Butterflies video, this footage was provided for our student assignments.  The “real” videos had different music and better video files (with no SMPTE code printed on it).

December has been a cold month in a lot of places, so I invite you to listen to “Summer at the Lake”.   If it’s cold where you are, as well, close your eyes, relax for a few minutes, and let the music invoke memories of the warm, lazy days of summer.

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Turning on a Dime

Have you ever had one of those moments when you’re moving along in one direction and, suddenly, your life takes a U-turn?

That happened to me last Friday. There I was, Supervisor, Retail Administration, with my four-person team comfortably ensconced in their roles–as was I–when the VP called me in to discuss a new opportunity. Six days later, the change was announced to my team. Monday I start in my new role. Then, as though I needed another shot of adrenaline, I received a single-song publishing contract offer for “Bright Red Convertible”!

I’m feeling somewhat overwhelmed. Or maybe I’m suffering from whiplash. How can one’s world change so quickly? Perhaps I need to pinch myself….

P.S. For those who are anxiously holding their breath to hear how I’m doing in my Film course, I’m happy to report that I figured out how to use markers, and I got the video playing.

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