Friday, August 14, 2009

My "Girard Girl" experience

I have received so many wonderful comments in regard to the "Girard Girls" video, that I thought I'd share the experience I had that day. My daughter Alisa had been booked to play services at Calvary Chapel Costa Mesa, CA that Sunday. I was in town, and came along to help in any way I could. Alisa did the 3 morning services by herself, and after the services, we went back to the hotel to rest for the afternoon. Later when it came time to go to sound check, I was informed that I needed to stay behind to watch my grandson Matthew. I was glad as I was tired and didn’t really want to go early. What I didn’t know as that the performance was planned and being kept secret from me. I arrived a few minutes before service started, and saw that my daughter Kristin had come down for the evening service. I still suspected nothing, and went into the sanctuary to get a seat toward the back so I could slip out after Alisa sang. Alisa started with a couple of congregational worship songs, and then went into the setup for “Little Pilgrim”. As she began to sing, I was already getting pretty emotional, as I’d never before heard any of my kids perform one of my songs publicly. Then these women walked out on stage. My first thought was “Who’s crashing Alisa’s party?” It has been very rare, but I have had singers and even musicians come on stage to accompany without my permission, and thought that’s what might have been happening. It took a minute to realize who the ladies were, and within seconds, I was reduced to a pile of goo right where I sat. I had really never heard my granddaughters sing, and was amazed by the maturity in their voices. When granddaughter Lauren started to sing, I had to look carefully as I thought that voice couldn’t be coming out of one so young. Granddaughter Kailyn harmonized with Alisa like an old pro with rock solid harmony. I had only heard daughter Kristin at church leading worship, and was amazed by the overall sound and anointing on these handmaidens of the Lord. Altogether, an awesome, wonderful, thankful, humbling moment in my life.

For those of you who have commented, there is some talk about doing a CD. We are waiting on permission and direction from the Lord. We will keep you posted.