Friday, April 24, 2009

Nick and Natasha are engaged!

I apologize for not posting sooner about this news! I can't believe it's taken me so long -- chalk it up to being distracted.

However, here we go.
Above you will see why we love Natasha so much. She's just a great person! There she is at her parents' house, very soon after being popped The Question.

The wedding will be August 29th in San Francisco! Here you have the best picture I could find of the ring, and if you are like me, you really want to know! (I just love jewelry, don't you?)
But the picture I most want to show my grandchildren is this one:


I think it would help them to understand that their mother, while charming,


and undoubtedly fashionable,


and sweet,


and always kind,


and a California Girl, which we hardly can approve of (being dour New Englanders ourselves),


nevertheless,









has some spunk!

Thursday, April 23, 2009

As Prophets Had Foretold!

*I think you can view it now!*

Here is the video I took of Suzanne's concert. That is she conducting the world premiere of her piece!

I will add the words as soon as I get them -- it will enhance your viewing experience to know what is being sung.

*Here you go!*

I. Sing, O Daughter! (Zephaniah 3:14, 20)

Sing, O daughter of Zion; shout, O Israel...and rejoice with all the heart, O daughter of Jerusalem. I will make you a name and a praise among all people of the earth.

II. Magnificat (Luke 1:46-49)

My soul proclaims the greatness of the Lord,
My spirit rejoices in God my Savior;
He has looked with favor on His lowly servant.

From this day all generations will call me blessed;
The Almighty has done great things for me
And holy is His name.

III. And there shall come forth (Isaiah 11:1, 4:2)

And there shall come forth a rod out of the root of Jesse and a flower shall rise out of his root. On that day, the branch of the Lord will be luster and glory; and the fruit of the earth will be honor and splendor for the survivors of Israel.

IV. Ave Regina Caelorum (Traditional)

Hail, O Queen on Heaven's throne!
Root of Jesse, gate of morn!
From you unto us true Light has shone,
Hail, O Queen of Angels!

Praise the Father, praise the Son,
Holy Spirit, Three in One!
O God Most High, we Thee adore;
Grant Thy grace evermore!


To help you listen for a couple of things, I will say that the first and third movements are prophecies from the Old Testament, and the hopefulness and perhaps uncertainty is expressed musically by some dissonance.

The second movement is the Magnificat. I will have to get you the name of the beautiful singer.

*Elizabeth Hai!*

The fourth is the Ave Regina Caelorum (the first verse of which is translated by Bridget!). Listen for the descant on the second verse. The soprano singing that is Jennifer Russo, a voice to remember! (I would also love to hear Rosie singing that!).

Enjoy!