January 2013

January 2013
Our Little Family of Three

Friday, April 26, 2013


I went back to school Fall of 2008.  

And I finally completed my undergrad this semester.

I say this in the most sincere way possible: 
I could not have done this without the belief and support of many people:

1. Travis
  • The love of my life. Travis has been incredibly supportive and patient with me as I tackled many assignments, performances, trips, etc. He attended EVERYTHING. He supported me participating in EVERYTHING. I don't think it's possible to understand how time consuming music is unless you're married to a musician or you are a musician. Travis made the whole thing possible. 
  • There were many nights I would be in tears feeling like I wasn't capable, feeling limited. He would give me one of his amazing hugs and say, "It's okay, Babe. Just take it one day at a time." I am so grateful for his insight. I love my Mr. Braun.

2. My parents

  • They have allowed us to live in their basement while I finished. This has been a huge relief for us as we haven't had to stress about finances because of their kindness. Not only did they offer us peace of mind, they also offered their unending support. When I was discouraged, they were there. When I was overwhelmed, they were there. When I was performing, they were there. When I was struggling, they were there. They have ALWAYS been there. I simply can't say enough about them and how grateful I am for the enormous sacrifice they made in our behalf.

3. My Mercydez
  • Mercydez changed me in a deeper way then I've ever experienced. My Mercydez is. That may not make sense to you but it makes complete sense to me. She simply "is". Thank you my little fudge bur-ownieeeee! I lubba you.

4. My siblings
  • Kade & Megan
  • Nic & Ashley
  • Kacey
  • Kody
  • Auriel
  • Kolton
    • Ashley, Auriel and Megan were my little cheerleaders when I was preparing for my junior recital. This was a big undertaking, bigger than I realized. The night before my recital my sisters stayed up until the wee hours of the night/morning making beautiful refreshments for those who attended. Everything flowed beautifully and I credit them. They pitched in and worked together. It was absolutely amazing. 
    • My brothers aren't into opera or the world of classical singing but they attended performance after performance. I remember looking at one of my brothers during a specific performance and he had tears streaming down his cheeks. Music is powerful. Family bonds are even more so. That was a very tender, sacred moment I'll hold onto for the rest of my life. 
      • I love my family. Family is everything to me.

5. My Grandparents
  • Music was/is a huge part of all of my Grandparent's lives, this was the case with both sides of the family. Whether it was the organ in their living room or the piano, there has been music. I am grateful for the way they have inspired and influenced me. They have also believed in me and 'my music'.

6. My wonderful in-laws
  • I almost hesitate calling them my in-laws because to me they are more than family by law. I love them as my own, legally bound or not. 
    • My parents-in-law, Bruce and Mary Kay, have always been interested in my educational experiences and opportunities. They are constantly asking how things are going, what's new, etc. Although they live many, many miles away they find ways to be supportive and "show up". One of many examples is they watched my recital via the live webcast, which was wonderful. I didn't ask them to do this, it's just what they do. They care. They're involved. They're incredibly thoughtful and aware. I love them.
    • Cam & Alicia: We have become very close to Cam and Alicia over the years. It helps we live near each other. Despite their incredibly busy and demanding schedules they find time to show their love and support. They show up. Even when it's not the most convenient. I can't tell you what this has meant to me. 
7. My friends
  • Both my life-long friends and those I've made since returning to school have been...I don't know what word to use...amazing...I have a deep love and respect for my friends.

8. Serena
  • This woman is a master at her art. She is an incredible musician and one of my closest friends. Serena is my vocal teacher and has shaped me and my voice. She is honestly incredible, a master at what she does. I have always said, and will continue to say, I was lead to her by divine intervention. We get each other. I told her she is my "bosom friend" and I mean it. I am excited to continue my studies with her throughout the years. I absolutely love and adore this woman. 

9. Kozette
  • This little girl has, without knowing it, pushed me to complete what I started. I did this not only for myself but for her and her future siblings. I want our children to know how important an education is. I want them to know this not only through talking about it but by showing them through example. I love my bug-a-boo more than life. 

Onward and upward...
 Sorry it's blurry. I was in the process of "walking". :)

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