Yesterday I went to the primary program rehearsal at the church and recorded most of her solo so here it is:
When the primary presidency came over and asked me a few weeks ago if I thought that would be okay(for her to sing a solo...which they apparently had already practiced in primary) I told them I thought that would be fine and that we could give it a try. Then I decided that I would do a few things to help her prepare for this without her really knowing that was what I was doing. First of all, when she told me that she sang the solo in primary I just said, "oh cool, I bet you sounded wonderful. You know lots of teachers have told me what a beautiful voice you have(which is true)." And that was that. I made sure that I never even mentioned the words, "scared, nervous, anxious' etc around her, so for all I know she's never heard those words in her life(minus 'scary' as in monsters and witches...she's into princess movies so that's sort of inevitable)...and I don't intend on using them now that she's finished her solo either. Last night was the first and only time she mentioned not wanting to sing in the microphone. Though I didn't hear her say that, Scott told me about it and so later that evening, just before bed I sat with her on her bed and we watched her video on our camera of her singing it earlier that day at the primary practice. After it finished she was smiling and I told her what a beautiful voice she had and how I loved to hear it and that I was so excited for daddy to hear it the next day. I told her that I was so pleased with her sharing her beautiful voice with everyone(they also had her sing it for the singles ward sacrament last week as a practice run through, along with a couple of other songs that the entire primary did) that after the primary program was done that we could do something fun on Monday as a celebration....so we're going to Arctic Circle tomorrow! Another thing we did was that each night for the last couple of weeks I choose for my song(we sing three songs every night: Char, Elisabeth and I each pick one) for us to sing the first verse of I am a Child of God. Granted, she already knew the song perfectly, but I still wanted her to be so familiar and practiced that even if she did get a little flustered from being up in front of everyone that she'd be able to sing the words out of habit and without having to think about it at all. And she really did sing beautifully and it was such a sweet site to see this little angel, who was barely able to see over the pulpit, singing this beautiful song about God and families.