Tuesday, June 25, 2013


Gosh, it's fun to win, isn't it?
I have been a Blackhawks fan since grade school.
They won the Stanley Cup last night.

blackhawks win
photo credit scott strazzante

I think this winning thing is really super special because most of us don't win very often.
I know I have not been on the winning team very often in my life, neither have my children.
In fact, Katie is almost always on the team that comes in last.

But when you are a loser you really do examine your priorities.
You learn to play the game you love to play.

You learn to do what you love.
Just because you love it.

This applies to everything.

This philosophy leads to a life well lived...I do believe.

Today Katie is taking her first voice lesson with Stephie.
Is this leading toward something?
God only knows.

But what I do know,
Katie loves to sing,
she loves to be in plays,
she has dreams...

So taking singing lessons is a win in itself.

For the love of it.


Encourage one another,


  1. Anonymous9:41 AM

    It was a great championship series played by two very talented teams!!

    I agree with your philosophy on a life well lived. Good luck to Katie with her voice lessons! Singing is one of those things you can do all your life. And it can bring so much joy to both the singer and others! :)

    Mary Z

  2. "So taking lessons is a win in itself..." YES! And those lessons are with Stephie...what a JOY!

    Having spent more hours than I can ever count in debate rounds and basketball games, we have had a lot of winning and a lot of losing at our house. Losing is hard, but it sure does good work on the heart. And after losing, losing, losing, we sure don't take a win for granted.

    Happy Tuesday all,

    1. Anonymous1:01 PM

      Happy Tuesday Di, hope Claire is feeling better and you got to go look at schools.

    2. She is great, Jep. Has to have some follow up with her wisdom teeth doc next week, but we had a fantastic time together. A French cafe and talking about her future...it was a little bit of heaven. Thanks for remembering us (-:


  3. Anonymous10:12 AM

    I remember our parents going to the games. My mom would get all dressed up to go. How funny that now they were anything, jeans, jerseys, etc. And my mom would be all dressed up as if she were going to a fancy dinner. And my dad loved Hockey. He would be SO excited right now!
    Kris Schwarz

  4. I have been so confused thinking - Hockey? This is a summer sport? How do I have ZERO memory of professional hockey in the summer?? At the same time as the NBA finals?!?! And someone told me that it was delayed this year because of a strike or something - that made me feel some better because hockey has NEVER been on my radar [except in college. Go Pointers!] :) Glad your guys won, though. That's fun!

    1. As a huge sports fan, hockey totally missed my radar. The only hockey I have watched was in Love Story...Ryan O'Neill made a cute hockey player (-:


  5. Happy for Katie :)

    A little taste of what it was like in Chicago last night...

  6. I can just imagine how happy Chicago is right now.

    I'm delighted to read about Katie's voice lessons. Oh what a joy!!!

    Basically I am your typical alto with a 5 note range. Learning how to sing correctly would be awesome!

    Which reminds me of a joke my dad would say: "If she only had in her upper register what she is so sadly lacking in her lower register, she'd be a great singer" ha! I resemble that remark :-)

    1. Anonymous1:02 PM

      {{LIKE}} jep

    2. I loved your father's joke.

    3. The older I get, the more I quote my Dad's jokes!

  7. Anonymous1:09 PM

    Yay for your Blackhawks! I am like Stephanie, I can't keep up with when play offs are anymore. When I was a child we had the Baseball World Series played while we were still in school or maybe it was we were just starting the year...I just remember recess periods when we did not go outside and got to watch the games on an old black and white TV set in our classroom. The crack of the bat, the whir of the oscillating floor fan and me being so very sleepy. ;-) Great attitude about winning...and have fun learning about singing Katie...wow, are you a lucky girl. love and prayers, jep

  8. We were happy to see the Blackhawks win especially since Toews is from Winnipeg! And our Winnipeg Jets aren't exactly Stanley Cup material anyway. Interesting fact - there were two identical Stanley Cups made to honour outstanding hockey in Canada. The second one sits on display at the RCA Museum housed on the Canadian armed forces base in Brandon, Manitoba. I have held it in my hands many times while I was working as a consultant at that Museum.
    Also - all 3 of my children took voice lessons for years and I truly believe that it gave them confidence in themselves and, of course, a love of music. None of them will ever be a star but how I loved those voice concerts!

  9. I grew up singing in church and learned how to play piano as a little girl. I transitioned to flute as a 12 year old, and 25 years later, I still play flute. I played all through college and have had opportunities to play and sing in my church. Music is a wonderful thing to learn and can be used in so many different places. Hurray for Katie!

  10. do ray me fah so lah tee doh! GO KATIE GO

  11. Anonymous3:43 PM

    The hills are alive with the sound of muuussssiiic!! I hope your first vocal lesson went well, Miss Katie. : )

    I like your philosophy on winning, Donna. Very true.

    Sarah P. from Iowa

  12. Anonymous6:26 PM

    Thats really exciting to be taking voice lessons. I always wondered if a really good teacher could teach anyone to sing, or you have to have a certain amount of talent to begin with............obviously Katie has that!

    you're such a great Mom Donna, giving her this opportunity! Karen F.

    1. I totally agree Karen -- I've wondered the same thing.

      (also nodding my head in agreement over here - Katie is going to love it and Donna is an awesome Mom!)


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