Stephen: “Off and Running…”

At Eastman School of MusicLast weekend we lost our sixth-born to Eastman School of Music, Kilbourn Hall. Eastman School of Music where he’s just beginning a 5-year Ph.D. program in musicology. Last Supper with Stephen Of course, we’re thrilled for him, although after enjoying his company  here in Michigan for all his life (and approaching half of ours), Going to the Statue of Liberty it will be a huge personal “loss” to be without his affectionate hugs El Burrito and companionship as part of the foursome (with Alan and me) that’s remained Last dinner with Dan's Fam now that our five oldest are all married and only Stephen and Joel are single Stephen Samuel and his namesake Sammy and at home with us during summer vacations.
(Sammy is Stephen Samuel’s namesake.) Eastman School of Music It may be an even harder adjustment for Stephen and Joel, Stephe and Joel as children who’ve been pretty much inseparable buddies for almost 100% of their lives! Packing the van However, where would we be without growth, and that almost always presupposes some pain—growing pains—my mother used to say. The Makeshifts 2 Last year Stephen served as the music director at The Community in Ada, Billy Norden, senior pastor at The Community where he thoroughly enjoyed his experience working with their pastoral staff. (This is Billy Norden, who’s the senior pastor at the church and a great guy!) The Makeshifts Stephen was also a part of  “The Makeshifts,” who provide music for various community activities. George Eastman. Painting Going to Eastman has been a dream come true for him, Eastman Theater. Kodak Hall as “it is often ranked among the finest music schools in the world” Sculpture of Music is Essential, by John R. Stevens (according to Wiki, not just his mother’s biased opinion). Eat Sleep Music Needless to say, he’s thrilled…albeit super busy, since, Rochester not only did he just move to Rochester last weekend, Lincoln Center. he’s presenting at a musicology conference at Fordham U. in NYC this week! Joel, Mom, Stephen Joel and I had the privilege of helping him move, so that soothed my heart a lot, Putting together furnituresince I love being able to see where my chicks build their nests Eastman School of Music Neighborhood and check out their new neighborhood. First Guests! Also, Stephen’s oldest brother, Aaron, and his family are heading west Crowned with leaves in their own move from NY to CA and stopped in Rochester Checking out the new digs to see Stephen’s new digs and give him hugs! Mediterranean Pizza We had a great time on our venture but are feeling quite nostalgic all the same. Victoire Restaurant in Rochester NYMay God bless and keep him, as I know He will! Music is Essential“The Lord God is my strength, and he will make my feet like hinds’ feet, and he will make me to walk upon mine high places. To the chief singer on my stringed instruments” (Habakkuk 3:19).

2 responses to “Stephen: “Off and Running…”

  1. Christoph and I wish him all the very best for his studies. May God bless him in all this. Five years is a very long time, so I suppose it means he has an awful lot to learn……

    • Thank you Sarah. I’ll be sure to tell him. Yes, he has a lot to learn…just like Johannes and all your other scholarly kids!! I guess one of the things we learn as we go is that the more we learn, the more we understand how much we don’t know!! 🙂

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