November 10, 2014
We had a wonderful experience last week with our daughter, Raquel, who is fighting a terminal illness. We enjoyed an intimate concert with a fantastic singer and musician, Mindy Gledhill.
Our friend introduced us to her uplifting music while we were in the hospital, and we bought a couple of her albums right away. We listened to them every day, as I mentioned in one of my previous posts. Raquel’s music therapist had a connection with one of the docs who knew Mindy, and they requested for her to come play for Raquel and the other hospitalized children. She accepted the invitation, but it was scheduled two weeks after we were discharged from the hospital. We decided to make a road trip back to hear her play. It was worth it, and it was a super sweet experience!
Mindy introduced herself and played some of her music. She performed several songs that Raquel and I had grown to love as we had listened to her music while we were in the hospital. Her music is so happy and uplifting.
Some of the lyrics sunk deep into my heart as I compared the messages with the challenges that we were experiencing. Several of the songs touched me so much and made me think of Raquel, especially the one called All About Your Heart, which Mindy had been inspired to write about her dear friend, Stephanie Nielson.
When she was done playing she announced that she had some giveaways and pulled out a box of her CDs. First she asked who had a birthday in the month of October and a few people raised their hands and got CDs. Then she asked who had only been at the hospital for one week. Then she asked who had the name of Raquel. We raised our hands and she came over with a big smile and told us she was worried that we wouldn’t be there because we had to make a special trip. And because Raquel’s birthday was in another week she got a second CD and Mindy signed them both. After the concert we discovered that she had a good friend in common with my husband. She was so sweet and wanted to take a photo with Raquel.
I’m so happy that we made the extra trip to take Raquel to hear Mindy sing. It was a wonderful experience! Here is a video my dad took of this special concert. I’ve included Mindy’s commentaries, introductions, and beginning parts of her songs.
Thanks so much for singing to us and inspiring us, Mindy! You are awesome!
Stay tuned for photos and video of Raquel’s sweet 16 birthday party!