I told you on Friday that my son was competing in a talent search at the Ky Opry. Well, I wanted to share our trip with you.
I was so excited about going because I love road trips, and this was going to be Jonathan’s very first singing competition!
It was just Cy, me, Jonathan and Luke. Adam stayed at a friend’s house because he had some basketball games he didn’t want to miss. And Eli stayed with Dad and Janet.
It took us about 4 hours to get there, but it really wasn’t a bad drive at all.
We actually got there an hour earlier than we thought we would because we forgot about the time change!
So we were able to walk around the building and check it out. Here is the main stage…
The lobby of the Opry is filled with all kinds of pictures of famous country singers. It was fun to check out the history of the Ky Opry.
Here’s Cy checkin’ it out…
Jonathan was thrilled to be there. He has wanted to compete for a long time, so this was a dream come true for him.
Here are my three goodlookin’ boys! I love every second I get to spend with them!
Jonathan was actually very calm. Not really nervous at all. Let me just say that his mommy and daddy were not quite as calm! Our stomachs were in knots!
Isn’t funny how “tied” emotionally we are to our kids? I felt like I was the one performing!
So glad I wasn’t!
Then it was time for the show to begin!…
There were 21 contestants total, but only 4 in Jonathan’s category (beginners).
It was Jonathan and 3 girls.
He sang, “Broken Road” by Rascal Flatts.
After all of the contestants sang, they brought them all back on stage for the audience to see again. Everyone in the audience had a voting sheet, and we had to vote for our favorite singer out of each category.
The winners were chosen by the judges vote, but the audience’s vote added about 5 points to the total, (I think).
Then there was an intermission, and we got to get up and stretch and get a drink. After the intermission, we all sat back down to enjoy the Ky Opry band perform for about 45 minutes. It was a great show!
I love country music so much because I was raised on it. As a child, I remember waking up in the morning to Dad listening to country music as he worked in the garage. And the Ky Opry reminded me so much of my dad’s parents, Papa and Grannie.
My grandparents loved to camp every summer, and as a kid, I LOVED going to visit them at the campgrounds. There was always a country or bluegrass band playing at the campgrounds. Such great, sweet, innocent childhood memories! Wouldn’t trade them for anything!
After the Ky Opry band played, it was time to hear the results of the competition.
They brought all the contestants back up on stage and announced the winner of each category.
And Jonathan Won!!
Let’s just say that this mama was screaming her head off! I was so very proud of him!
He did such a great job for his first competition!
We counted our blessings all the way home,
which included a large Coke from McDonald’s!
To think that 10 years ago, when we discovered Jonathan’s hearing loss, I thought he may not even be able to talk as he got older.
And now I get to sit back and listen to him sing his heart out.
God is so very good! (But even if Jonathan couldn’t sing or even talk, I would still praise Him!)
My cup runneth over.
Jonathan will compete again in the Elimination Round in the middle of April. I will let you know how it goes!