Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Abby's gift

Do you remember Abby? In July she and Asher organized a lemonade stand to raise money for Steve's health care expenses.

On Tuesday darling Abby turned 8. As part of her celebration, she asked her friends to join her for Christmas caroling at our house.

Abby, her friends and her friends' parents crowded on our front porch and steps to sing beautiful music. They were led by Broadway star David Gaschen (and Frisco dad), best known for his 1,300-plus performances as the Phantom in The Phantom of the Opera.

David sang to Cooper, Katie and me a gorgeous rendition of "Grown-up Christmas List." He also helped Cooper lead the group in "The Little Drummer Boy" -- Cooper's favorite Christmas song.

We all finished by singing "Silent Night."

I love Abby and her sweet soul. I love that we're surrounded by so many supportive families. I love that our children are growing up in a community that sincerely cares for one another. I love the reminder that the best gifts are the gifts of time and heart and spirit.

No more lives torn apart
That wars would never start
And time would heal all hearts
And everyone would have a friend
And right would always win
And love would never end
This is my grown-up Christmas list
(lyrics by Linda Thompson-Jenner)

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