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Butterfly fly away

March 2012


Emily is 13 years old and performed at the school coffee house.

By performed I mean she signed-up for it, practiced with her music teacher and the night of the coffee house she stood in front of the crowd and did her thing!

I’ve been holding on to this video for 4 years.

I’m ready to show you!

But before you watch it you should know.

When Emily signed-up, I was proud of her and scared. Β I called her school and her music teacher said it would be fine… So I went with it.

Over the years, I’ve Β gone with it so many times.

Regardless of my feelings, if Emily wanted to try something, I said ok.

So there I was… sitting in a school’s gymnasium, with Jon, his mom, Barb & Greg and Lorraine & her family.

I was nervous while Emily was completely comfortable.

When her turn arrived, I started filming and asked the universe to keep an eye on my girl and make the crowd show love for Emily regardless of how it went.

In the video, you see Emily get ready and dedicate her song to her friend Chelsea and start singing. Than you see her realize she’s on stage and get the giggles 😊 once the giggles are under control, you can hear her sing better… Β Meanwhile, you can hear me sing 😳 as if I could help her get through it πŸ˜‚ I’m also crying at the same time…

You’ll see or rather you’ll hear!

The crowd clapped and cheered for her but I was the loudest.

The other students there high fived her as she walked back to our table.

To this day, I still have people who were there talk to me about it.

Emily touched many people that night.

Okay…. enough chatting, go watch her and come back to tell me what you think.

Coffee House

Butterfly fly away by Miley Cyrus

You tuck me in,
Turn out the light
Kept me safe and sound at night
Little girls depend on things like that

Brushed my teeth and combed my hair
Had to drive me everywhere
You were always there when I looked back

You had to do it all alone
Make a living, make a home
Must have been as hard as it could be

And when I couldn’t sleep at night
Scared things wouldn’t turn out right
You would hold my hand and sing to me

Caterpillar in the tree, how you wonder who you’ll be
Can’t go far but you can always dream
Wish you may and wish you might
Don’t you worry hold on tight.
I promise you there will come a day
Butterfly Fly Away
Butterfly Fly Away (butterfly fly away


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15 thoughts on “Butterfly fly away

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  2. Your daughter is a living testament to what LOVE can do…the video was awesome…your family is awesome πŸ™‚

  3. Love this post! Found myself swaying to the music, rooting for Emily, feeling inspired, and when it ended I had the biggest smile on my face. Thanks for a great start to my morning, and thank you to Emily for allowing all of us to share in these glimpses of her life and the courage and grace she teaches us all.

  4. I’ve said it before, but she rocks! I love that y’all haven’t held her back, out of your fears. She’s obviously fearless! πŸ™‚

  5. WOW what a beautiful young woman you have raised….she did a fantastic job…I could never get up and sing in front of one person let alone a room full of strangers…I am not that brave…..I am looking forward to following your story….your a lucky mom….what a great kid!!!

      • looking forward to watching your very beautiful, courageous young women of a daughter!!! she is very special in many ways…you can see her special magic in her twinkling eyes….kat

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