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Curtis & Elayna + 8 (Part 1)


One time at Band Camp…

(insert inspirational soundtrack here…)

At the tender age of 24, I was a brand spankin’ new high school band director.  One time at band camp (no…seriously!), my percussion students ended up with no adult instructor, and all of my attention was being spent with the horn line.  My hands were tied, and with little-to-no experience.

I was stuck.

A band dad approached me asking if he could help the percussion students for the week.    Um… Yes (secretly I was cheering, crying, and saying prayers of gratitude inside…)!  Little did I know what a fabulous investment I had just made!  This “band dad” ended up being a phenomenal, dedicated instructor to his students, as well as me.  He continues to instruct the percussion program to this day!  (GO SV!)

Meet Curtis & Elayna +8.  (Don’t worry, you will hear more about lovely Elayna in Part 2, later this week!)

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Band camps. Band trips. Staff Meetings. Bus rides. Competition nights. Judging Reviews. Saturday rehearsal. I have a lot of memories with this family.

Through these memories, Curtis & Elayna were devoted first to 1 thing.  FAMILY.  They lived it and breathed it. Their greatest investment in life is FAMILY.

Family is not an important thing.  It is everything.
— Michael J. Fox

This was no humble devotion that I saw.  No sir.

They are fiercely devoted to raising this family.

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Their fierce devotion has lit a spark of goodness in their kids.

(NOTE to KIDS:  Be sweet to your parents, you are so darn lucky!)

The boys are hard working. Kind. Protective.  Let’s just say I’d be fearful to to any young man wanting to date one of their sisters…

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The girls love life! They seek the good in others. They seek the good in others. They laugh together.

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What greater investment can we make in life?

Their happiness was tangible, and I came home so uplifted!

Thank you, Curtis & Elayna, for inspiring me to dig in and INVEST in my own family.  I think you are only beginning to see the beautiful fruits of your labors.  Little did I know that day at Band Camp, what a great investment I had made for the band and for my own life.   You are remarkable.

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P.S. This session became “doubly-special” as this guy was leaving in just a few shorts week to serve a mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in AUSTRALIA.  For the next two years he will exercise his own fierce devotion to his faith. God speed, Elder.


How do you remain invested in what is most important?
  • September 25, 2013 - 6:54 am

    Elayna Pedersen - Sarah: You captured the joy of our being together again for the first time in five years….time together that is not going to happen again for a long time. We treasure the moments you have preserved for us. Thank you!ReplyCancel

  • September 30, 2013 - 11:22 pm

    Be at the Crossroads » Sarah Grace Photography - […] Those 100′s of hours turned into life-changing conversation.  I saw that fierce devotion to her family I wrote about in Part 1. […]ReplyCancel

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