Celebrating Ten Years

Ten years ago a friend of mine asked me if I would teach her daughter piano lessons because she was having trouble finding a teacher that would take someone who was so young. 


I haven't touched a piano in four or five years!

What on earth could I possibly teach someone about piano?

Where do I start?

What books do I use? 

I'm. so. scared!

"Sure, I'd love to!"  And thus without my knowing it began a new chapter in my life. 

I thought this was just a short term commitment until my friend's daughter was old enough to be accepted by another teacher.   God saw it differently.   Starting with just three students, it quickly grew to five students, then six and seven.   I had no idea what I was doing and was learning as I was going.    In less than a year, I had enough students to fill the time I had available with Mark working full time and a one year old running around the house. 

God has used these ten years as a faith journey: 
  • Stepping outside my comfort zone
  • Overcoming the childhood fear of playing in front of people
  • Trusting Him to provide for our family 
  • Discovering new talents and joys I didn't know I had

I have enjoyed the opportunity to work with many students, and have learned from each of them.   I have learned about myself and what it is to be patient and understanding.   I have learned about life in general and how to relate to different people.  They taught me how to love music, wasn't that supposed to be my job?!  I am grateful for the people who have sat at the piano with me as we learn and grow together.   I appreciate the parents who have trusted me to work with each student, many of you have become close friends as well. 

To each of my students and their parents, present and past, I thank you. 


  1. Wonderful post of reflections and thankfulness. I wonder what He has in store for your next 10 :)

    1. Thank you Tiff, I also wonder what the next 10 years look like! :)

  2. So good! He is full of surprises, and when we lean in Ed see the gift within us He has prepared to give. Thank you for giving to us.

    1. Shoot! Should say we, not Ed! Oh autocorrect!

    2. Thank you Jules, He certainly is full of surprises. I love the thought of Him giving a gift through us.