Tuesday, June 19, 2012

A Passion Begins!!

So often we look at our children and either claim a trait or blame a trait on our spouse. All of the good ones belong to me, and, of course, all of the bad ones belong to Kyle ; ). I so want to claim Ella's singing as a gift from me, but my Mom would be the first to tell you that is a lie. I would also like to say her confidence and fearlessness come from me, but, again, I would be lying. 

Ella has many loves and interests, but for a long time now her main passion and love has been music. She sings incessantly and has excitedly started piano lessons and hopes to start guitar lessons soon.

Four weeks ago my little girl's passion went public when she walked up in front of her peers and teachers and put herself out there to be judged – and quite possibly rejected. I was a nervous wreck to say the least; I was shaking and waiting for her to turn to me with tears in her eyes saying "I can't do this!!".  I had planned it out, I would rub her back and encourage her, but ultimately I would never push her. 

Instead, a classmate of Ella's sat down next to me bubbling about what she was going to sing. She was all smiles. As her turn approached the girl began to cry. She told me "I'm scared, I don't want to do this." Now this I understood!! I rubbed her back and told her it would be okay either way, if she went up there she would be great, and if she didn't she was still great. All this took place while my Ella girl sat quietly on my lap. 

Her name was called and my hands shook while I tried to steady the camera to record her audition. She hopped up from my lap and walked right up on stage. She sang a couple verses of her song, smiled, talked to the judges and came right back to my lap. She sat down on my lap and whispered in my ear "That was fun!! I wanna do that again." What??? Who's kid is this???

Amazingly, Ella was chosen as the only 1st grader for the talent show. With squeels of excitement and a determination to know all her lyrics by heart she spent the next month practicing and generally entertaining our family. 

As I dressed her in the outfit made with love by me and fixed her hair, I asked my little "Tiny" if she was nervous about singing in front of her whole school? She looked and me as if I had hit my head, smiled, and replied "Nope." I walked her into the gym and sat her down with the other kids that would be performing that day. Most of the kids in the talent show were in fourth grade and up, and then there was my little Ella with the maturity and confidence beyond her years. I asked her if she wanted me to stay with her. She smiled sweetly at me and said "Nope, I'm fine." I walked away shaking my head at this beautiful little creature that is quickly becoming her own person completely separate from her Dad and me.

Yesterday I watched in awe as my sweet girl took the stage in front of nearly 700 people and sang her little heart out. While taking a breath before her last verse of the song the audience began to clap. I was so bummed for her and so proud of how she just rolled with it. She looked to her teacher and then took a bow. A little professional despite the mishap, I couldn't have been more proud of her. 

It is my pleasure to share with you the full version of her song, as well as the version from the talent show. Kyle and I are both so proud of our little girl. I hope you all will see in her what we do, one special and very talented little girl. We love you Tiny!!

Please leave a comment!! I am sure Ella would love to hear what you all think!!

{Shine On}

... Lindsay ...


  1. Ella, I posted on your dad's FB but since you read this...I wanted to post here as well. Jessie and I were so impressed when you sang for us the last time we stopped by your house for a visit, and even more impressed with the videos. I can't believe you have the courage to get up in front of that many people and belt it out the way you did. I practically get embarrassed singing to myself in the car. You've got a lot of talent, such a sweet voice. Keep practicing and having fun with it...as that's the most important thing. We look forward to seeing a video of you singing while on the piano or guitar soon! :)

    -Drew, Jessie, and Mason

  2. Ella- YOU ARE AMAZING...AND BRAVE...AND REALLY CUTE! I loved listening to your sing on the videos. Keep singing! Never quit. You are a budding musician and I can't wait to hear more of your performances.

  3. Amazing!!! You are an inspiring, beautiful girl with a beautiful voice, Ella.

  4. What a beautiful and talented little lady you are, Ella! This is one of my favorite songs and now I love it even more. You are wonderful.

  5. Ella! I am so proud of you, girl! As a professionally trained singer, I can tell when someone has a special gift. This song was so perfect for your sweet, innocent voice. You sang with such feeling! What a brave girl you were to sing at such a young age in front of all those people! I hope you will share more videos of yourself singing. Maybe next year you can be in a musical!

  6. Go Ella! You're a little star with a big future. Love & Hugs from New Zealand.

    Linda xoxo

  7. WOW ELLA! That is one of my most favorite songs too and you did great. Hooray! :)

  8. Grammy & PapaJune 19, 2012 at 9:48 PM

    Your amazing, little Miss Ella! You truly are amazing!

  9. That was really terrific !!! Your voice is like an instrument the way it managed to sing out and reach each note so beautifully...you're a wonderful performer/singer Ella, thanks for sharing! I haven't heard too many people attempt to sing that song, either, great job!

  10. Wow Ella!!! You blew me away! What a sweet voice, and great job staying on key! Love the dress Lindsay :) keep it up Ella, like drew said, I want to see you singing with a piano or guitar soon!! Xoxo