small pieces of joy

pieces of joy in each day


on July 26, 2013

a small thing from yesterday: a musical surprise

As many of you know, the last many months have been very difficult for my family. My dad has been battling brain cancer since November and things are not getting better. It is hard to talk about. We have really been trying to help each other look at the bright side of things and look for a silver lining every day.

That is where our community has been invaluable.

Ever since this began we have experienced an outpouring of love and support from all around us. A neighbor set up a meal planner so people could bring meals. Cards arrived in our mailbox with well wishes and gift cards. We have received text messages and phone calls of kind words. Dad has talked and laughed with numerous visitors. Our community has raised money for the family to pay medical bills. The list goes on.

The most recent overwhelming generosity has been for Dad’s bucket list trip to the Grand Canyon. People, even some we haven’t met, have been donating all the things we need to make this trip happen. I can’t even wrap my head around it.

Yesterday was a perfect example of the community we live in.

Members of the high school marching band came to our house and played a short concert on our front lawn for Dad. We heard the fight song from inside the house and walked out to the band and many neighbors, family, and friends on our lawn smiling, clapping, and even bringing black and gold balloons to complete the effect.

band surprise 3

I was filled with so many emotions that I can’t really describe here. All I know is that there is so much good in this world and we have been blessed to see a lot of it.


Band has been a huge part of our lives, so this was so meaningful. Dad was in the marching band in high school and college, mom played in high school, as well as me and both my brothers. My parents were involved as parent boosters for the high school band for about 15 years. What a tribute to a great family tradition.

Thank you to such a wonderful community of people who have reached out to hold us up through this difficult time. Most days it is hard to see any good in this situation, but because of our family and friends, we are able to have good days, and even great ones.

Here is video of the serenade!


5 responses to “community

  1. Keithy says:

    OMG that first picture made me cry!


  2. Anonymous says:

    It was an awesome performance. What a wonderful tribute to your Dad.


  3. jensamayoa says:

    Kari, this is so so so beautiful! I love that the band came and played for your father and your family. I am totally overwhelmed…there really are no words. I am praying for you guys! Love you.


  4. Ellen says:

    Band concerts don’t get much better than that! 🙂 Your family has done so much for the band. What an awesome surprise!


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