Check One Off His Bucket List

Crazy has always drummed.  Since he developed any sort of his own identity and personality, he was pounding out rhythms.  It is cute when a little preschool boy asks for a drum set, so for Christmas ‘04, we went off to Toys R Us and got him this high end model for $50 and thought we had done our fair share.  He shredded it by beating on the drum heads with JP’s wrestling trophies.  He wasn’t easy on things.  


If thine enemy wrong thee, buy each of his children a drum. – Ancient Proverb 

Once upon a time, this Crazy Man decided to stick his middle finger through the hole of his cymbal.  Yup, warranted a trip to the ER where a staff of wonderful doctors, nurses, and maintenance men cut the cymbal off for us.  They had never seen such a thing.  He was pretty impressed with himself. 



I guess 8 year olds don’t drum on broken baby drums, so a few years later, we got Crazy his bigger set.



(He decks it all out for Christmas.)

Over the years, we have added a few new pieces.  But now he wants a whole new set.  Guess the tweener set isn’t going to cut it now that he is going pro.  He wants this one but in white:

White, yes, that makes perfect sense for a pig.  “Black shows dust,” he says.  My answer, “Dust is the least of your stink hole of a bedroom concerns.”  We got him this sign last year.  He hangs it on the music side and JP changes it to the biohazard  side – both are truths.

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We have poured into his drumming passion with all the extra drumming we could sign him up for, knowing that some day, he would be able to use his gift to play at church.

"As each has received a gift, use it to serve one another, as good stewards of God’s varied grace:"

1 Peter 4:10 ESV

We had no idea that this would happen at the young age of 13.  Today, I played percussion next to my son, who played the trap set.  It was pretty much awesomeness for this mom – worshipping with my kid knowing his heart was also thrilled because one of his goals had been accomplished.  It is really cool how God uses different gifts, personalities, and willing hearts to make His church what we are, and that age doesn’t matter at all.


And that, my listening audience, is how this drumming thing seems to go for Crazy.

Crazy’s favorite drum jokes:

How can you tell when the drum riser is level?
Drool comes out of both sides of the drummer’s mouth.

What do you call a drummer with half a brain?

What’s the best way to confuse a drummer?
Put a sheet of music in front of him.



Drum jokes came from 


(un)important tidbits

Good news!!  I found a wonderfully beautiful thing at Fleet Farm.


Now I can make salted caramel cupcakes!!!  Joy of joys!!  That is the highlight of the world tonight!!

______________________________________________________Our school library has a pumpkin decorating contest – decorate without puncturing to represent a book character.  No adult help accepted.  My kids love this!!  FYI, it was wear your clothes backwards day when we took these pictures. 

 20101027_073838_5788Crazy Man fine tuned his paper Mache skills – Scarecrow

 20101027_073905_5789princess happily went digging in Dad’s garage supplies…Tin Man

20101027_073918_5790  Curly loves her Little House on the Prairie books…Mary


Bill and I had a foster care meeting tonight and the kids left us a few treasures when we came home.  First, when we walked in the door, we had this lovely reminder:

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Tooth Fairy is going broke tonight – 4 teeth.  One for each boy and 2 for Princess.

Then we rounded the corner and found this request:


It must have been Crazy Man’s great drumming night because he also found time to do this:


And because Lucy has been so cute lately begging as I cook, she wanted a picture on my blog too.

20101027_184521_5795  How can you resist this face – give the puppy a carrot!!