Hands and house

Hands and house

Saturday, March 13, 2010

A night amongst the stars...

**** Please continue to pray and advocate for Lucy (see post below)************

     A few weeks ago Ravenna handed me a crumpled up flyer from school and insistently said, "Mama, Mama! I want to do this!!!" It was flyer for her school's talent show. Anyone who knows Ravenna very well knows that our little girl loves the stage. Her school is preschool -12th grade and pretty good sized. As I held that wrinkly paper I wondered what exactly she would want to do.

     As time went on, Ravenna brought up the Talent show and would mull over what she wanted to do. She finally decided that she would paint a picture. As the time got closer, we bought a canvas and "real" acrylic paints and one evening she sat down and worked on her painting. She knew exactly what she wanted to paint and how it should look...a picture of our home under a sky filled with hearts. She painted and painted, deliberately picking each color and brush, every stroke just where she wanted it to be.
     Tonight was the talent show. As soon as we got home from school she rushed into her room a make the final decision on her outfit. A week ago she had laid her "most beautiful clothes" on her bed and had been rearranging them ever since. The final decision was made and out she came ( 2 hours before we needed to leave), princess dress, a cape she had made out of fabric from her Grammie Pat, a tiara and her favorite flowers shoes. Head to toe she was our sparkly, frilly, regal Ravenna...ready for her debut.

     We got to school for our girly Mama daughter date and the parking lot was packed, almost every spot full. From the back seat I hear, " Oh man!!! How embarassing! To be on stage in front of all these people!" As she checked herself out in the mirror and proudly straightened her tiara. We held hands and giggled as we ran into the school and found a front row seat for the show.
      As we sat, she snuggled in my lap watching the musical acts, I could just see her face out of the corner of my eye. I wiped away tears as I saw the awe and joy on her face as the other bigger kids performed. My Ravenna was the youngest one in the competition by far. During the art exhibition, Ravenna stood in all her beauty underneath her painting. People strolled by and she proudly pointed up at her creation grinning as they "Oohed and Ahhed" she was truly soaking it all in!

      At the end of the musical acts, they asked the artists to come up on stage. My little girl bravely stepped up on that stage drawed by the bigger kids who had also done art pieces. Literally, the others stood feet above her and must have been middle school or older...and my Ravenna stood proudly in front in her beautiful costume. Pride beaming from her eyes, she took the microphone and gently said her name and what her painting was then turned with a huge grin right at me. It was definitely one of those moments that I want etched forever on my mind.

Little Ravenna with some of the big kids




Talking to the packed house about her art piece
       She came back down from the stage and nestled into my lap, full of her accomplishment when all of a sudden, as they were reading out the awards they said it, "Ravenna second place!!!!!" Out of all those kids, even the big ones.....my little girl had won second place. She looked at me with eyes giangantic with surprise and I scooted her back up on that stage. All by herself this time, she traipsed across the stage to accept her award then came back down only to be surrounded by a troop of 6th graders all giving her high fives.
Accepting her award

     I don't know if I can even put words to the look on her face as she cuddled up close to me. A quiet, heavy joy seemed to fill her all up. It was like the moment was so huge that she wanted to stay absolutely still and not miss the tiniest bit of it. I have no doubt she will remember it for the rest of her life. Finally, she reached her mouth up to my ear and whispered, "I am an award-winning artist Mama!"

    After the show  she and I went out for a late dinner to celebrate...this called for desert before dinner! As she closed her eyes above her ice-cream, in a quiet voice she prayed, " Lord please help the people in Haiti and Chile and Turkey who have experienced earthquakes. Send your Holy Spirit to help them. Make bread fall down out of the sky just like it did in the Bible so that no one will be hungry."....and at that moment I knew, awards are nice but this was something to be even more proud of. Even after such a big night, her heart was wrapped right around what really mattered. What a precious night with my priceless girl.
Our home!

12 comments:

Miller Moments said...

Yeah Ravenna!!! Did you know that you can go to thrift stores and find paintings on canvas and then paint over them? We've done that a few times (although I need to get some acrylic paints) and it works great! You just paint over the thrift store painting with regular white wall paint and then once it dries you can paint right on the white paint. Ravenna could create all kinds of master pieces.

natali said...

What a beautiful painting, Ravenna!And what a beautiful heart you have!

Ginny said...

That is so cute and what a brave girl!

Helena said...

What a beautiful painting and what an accomplishment. She had such motivation and drive and did it all by herself. I'm amazed at what a special child she is! Thanks for sharing! You're a lucky lady!

Rachel said...

Oh my Lord that girl has a huge heart. Thanking Him for what He has done with her prayers. Thanking Him for being faithful to her and for filling her with those beautiful gifts.

What a treasure she is!

Renee said...

My goodness! What a beautiful painting ~ what a beautiful girl... You must be so proud of her kind heart and courage to be "on stage" and share her talents...
Your girls remind me some of some of our grandchildren who have Korean and Filipino mommies....
I enjoy reading your posts about all your little ones ~ they make me smile.

Flamingo Mama said...

wow...that painting is really good!

lucy is just melting my heart. heart stirrings to do this again are commencing:)

Valerie and Jeff said...

She is a beautiful artist! And such talent at such an early age. I love that you guys had a special night together and also that you celebrated her success over ice cream ... FIRST! And her prayer was beautiful! What true reward. Oh you are such a wonderful parent to you children!
Blessings!

Gretchen said...

Oh my...tears are flowing!

Ravenna is such an amazing little girl. I know you are so proud of her. What a blessing to see her heart right where it belongs...with those who are in need.

Cherish this moment forever!

Leila Marsh said...

What a precious time you were blessed to share with you daughter. May you experience many many more with all of your children. ( Your gifts from God).

Wife of the Pres. said...

ABSOLUTELY Beautiful painting Ravenna!

Shannon, I can hear your awe and pride in your little girl right through your post. I love how you encouraged her to do this herself--right down to her outfit!

Hugs!

Heather McDougle said...

That is so adorable! Beautiful painting.

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