I love my December baby. She was my first and the best Christmas present, ever. To be gifted with motherhood by such an amazing human like Embug makes her birthday every year a celebration and a bit tearful for me. The time is going by so fast. It hit me that 6 birthdays from now will be her last birthday at home before she graduates from High School. The last 12 birthdays have gone way too fast, so I know these next six will pass before me at the speed of light. **Sigh**
All I want to do is slow down time. This time of year that seems to be near impossible. I love the bustle and hustle of preparing for Christmas, but I also dislike how it shortens the moments of time that you can slow down and enjoy your friends and family.
On top of Embug being amazing in general, she has an amazing gift for music and specifically with her voice. She is part of a special performance choir called “Cantare’ Children’s Performance Choir” sponsored by White’s Chapel United Methodist Church. This is a community choir, so any child 3rd through 12th grade can try out. We have been with them now for two and half years. We love it… except that it makes any family time or time with friends and parties very challenging. Embug over the past two years has missed more than her fair share of Christmas parties, sleepovers and holiday get-togethers. The rest of the family has had to shuffle, re-structure and spend numerous hours via phone and text to keep communication lines open in order to be sure that all normal and holiday responsibilities and events are not forgotten. Any last minute addition to the calendar can cause this delicate balance of schedules to topple into a chasm of chaos.
Nonetheless, it is worth it. Our Christmas angel shines. Her radiant smile, melodious voice and the joy she exudes makes the two weekends of extra rehearsals and six performances all worth it.
Here is a rough video of their songs they performed (warning it is about 10 minutes long and really only meant for proud grandparents, aunts and uncles):
I imagine this is how most holidays will be for us. I can’t imagine her not performing or participating in some sort of holiday event. It’s in her blood and she loves to share the joy of this season too much to not share it through one of her most amazing gifts, her voice.
Happy 12th Birthday, Embug! AND…