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please stand for the national anthem…

September 10, 2008

my daughter, kass, led the national anthem this week for her high school assembly. this is her rendition of it and, of course, i think it’s just smashing! and check out her ‘person’alized mic stand. very high tech here!

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  1. September 10, 2008 11:32 pm

    She was awesome! I mean, really good! I know you are so proud. I love her version. Your girl has major talent!!!! And she really doesn’t seem at all nervous. Go her!

  2. September 10, 2008 11:55 pm

    She gives me goosebumps every time I hear her sing, and she’s so lovely to boot. You deserve to be proud. God has been so good to you guys!

  3. September 11, 2008 12:11 am

    Yeah! That a way Kass!!! It’s no wonder our band is so awesome!! I mean, come on, just listen to her!

    God Bless

  4. September 11, 2008 1:21 am

    I think you’ve got a future American Idol on your hands, she ROCKED it! And Mom was afraid of the kids being mean… I wish I could sing that well at karaoke! 🙂

  5. September 11, 2008 1:22 am

    Good for her. You and Brent have ample reason to be proud.

  6. September 11, 2008 4:45 am

    Kass & mom – papa is teared up – God has given you a blessed talent and use it wisely. Be a strong witness for him! Beautiful! Hug you soon!

  7. September 11, 2008 5:02 am

    OH! I never thought I’d be jealous of someone half my age. But, I think I am now.

  8. September 11, 2008 5:17 am

    That is now my most favorite rendition of our national anthem. Bravo Kass!!! You are an inspiration!

  9. wanita permalink
    September 11, 2008 5:24 am

    WOW! that girl can sang!! very beautiful. i tly loved it!!

    i had no idea highschoolers were that annoyingly loud. i had to turn the volume down for them! 🙄

  10. Heidi permalink
    September 11, 2008 5:28 am

    Ok.. that was beyond awesome.. when is she going on Leno…

    WOW… goosebumps and tears

  11. September 11, 2008 5:32 am

    I’m in awe. That was amazing. And I’m espeically moved considering I’m listinening to this on the anniversary of 9/11.

  12. September 11, 2008 5:49 am

    WOW!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Tell me she’s not the most popular girl in school! She rocks!

  13. September 11, 2008 6:14 am

    Awesome! That was really great.

  14. September 11, 2008 6:18 am

    That was amazing Tam…I’m not just saying that to leave a nice comment. Besides the fact that she sang incredibly, the arrangement was great. Way creative for a high school student.

  15. September 11, 2008 6:19 am

    she’s going somewhere for sure. so great.

  16. September 11, 2008 6:44 am

    I love to see young people involved in positive things. Great job. Yes, the mic stand was high tech, for sure.

  17. September 11, 2008 6:45 am

    HOLY CRAP…THAT WAS AMAZING…great control of her voice…wow…get her on CD now!!

  18. September 11, 2008 6:50 am


    She did an amazing job! You must be so proud of her. I love that arrangement too.

    That girl has some amazing things in store for her.

  19. marksadams permalink
    September 11, 2008 7:20 am

    Very impressive! I know you’re proud.

  20. September 11, 2008 7:31 am

    WOW. I never had enough signal to listen to her sing before…WOW.

    Kass, you reminded me of Christy Nockles from Watermark…
    very cool:) I look forward to what God has planned for you in the future:)

    Tam, that’s your girl…so I guess you need to show us something you sing now too;)

    Love ya!

  21. September 11, 2008 7:33 am


    Thank you, Kass!!

  22. September 11, 2008 7:51 am

    That made me cry!!! Way to go, Kass! Woo Hoo!!!

  23. September 11, 2008 8:01 am

    wow. ok…that’s been said. amazing…nope that’s taken too.

    I mean, how can anyone follow that? What came next? Like..was it the principal just standing there with his/her chin on the floor? That’s where mine is…I’m still trying to pick it up.
    Kass, you have a great talent. I’m blessed to “know you” sort of…hope to…pray to…

    way to go Tam & Brent. You are raising such a beautiful, talented GROUNDED (and Kass you know what I mean!) kid…well kids..they both are. You are what I aspire to be as a parent…

  24. September 11, 2008 8:02 am

    tam – as you panned the crowd, i shuddered from my flashbacks of high school. and your heart must be so big right now. you are a wonderful wonderful mom.

    kass – you have so much courage, and such a beautiful voice. i can’t wait to see where you end up. kudos, girl.

  25. September 11, 2008 8:07 am

    that’s AMAZING. musically… her confidence level… the fact that she IS a freshman. You’ve got nothing to worry about, tam. The boys are all intimidated by her now because she’s COOLER THAN THEY WILL EVER BE. 🙂

    I kept waiting for the band to kick in… drums, bass, electric, string line on keys…

    I’m also impressed that she doesn’t want to kill you for walking into her school with a video camera running. 🙂

  26. September 11, 2008 8:16 am

    Kass’s talent, personality and humility should go a long way to helping her High School years flow smoothly – and ease her Mom’s tension about them 🙂

    As long as you can handle any jealousy from the not as talented kids – and their Mom’s 😉

    WTG Kass! 🙂


  27. September 11, 2008 8:30 am

    oh my gosh. Tears. She was absolutely AMAZING!!!!!! I am so proud. So proud! 😀

    And, I am so jealous they get the have their assemblies in the cool theater and we had to have them in the nasty gym. That was so wierd seeing all of that. She goes to my old highschool. So not right. 😕 I’m not that old.

  28. September 11, 2008 8:31 am

    p.s. that was the greatest version of the national anthem I have ever heard. EVER.

  29. September 11, 2008 8:46 am

    melissa1970 – i didnt even think about that it was 9/11 today. how timely!

    nate – kass actually put that arrangement together in the 6th grade.

    ive said this before, many times, but i can not help but to think, when i see such a young one like that, that God has put those gifts and talents in them. cuz thats just not normal 😉 whether they use them for Him or not is their choice. but i believe its His gift!

    it brightens our day that you all enjoyed this so much!

  30. Jennifer Griffin permalink
    September 11, 2008 8:51 am

    I cried! She has a great voice!! She really reallly does!

  31. September 11, 2008 8:57 am

    i dont think i like that last guys “WHOA!!!” at the end!

    im gonna keep my eye on that one 😕

  32. September 11, 2008 9:22 am

    [i’m still jealous]

  33. September 11, 2008 9:23 am

    OMG OMG OMG! That was just amazing. She is destined for greatness – and I really mean that!

  34. September 11, 2008 9:56 am

    She pretty much tore that up! Give her a high-five for me.

  35. September 11, 2008 10:45 am

    Absolutely incredible! What a powerful voice!

  36. September 11, 2008 10:46 am

    I had to watch it again. I think it’s my new favorite song. 😯

  37. September 11, 2008 10:48 am

    ive watched it, like, 5 times already today! not including all the times i ‘had’ to when editing! 😀

  38. September 11, 2008 10:52 am

    Awesome stuff! She maybe a Freshman but she’s wiser than most Seniors!

  39. neilbontrager permalink
    September 11, 2008 10:53 am

    amazing! I would have to agree… she tore it up… time for Brent to begin polishing the shotgun on the front porch…
    (tam said, September 11, 2008 @ 8:57 am
    i dont think i like that last guys “WHOA!!!” at the end!
    im gonna keep my eye on that one)

  40. September 11, 2008 10:53 am

    there’s only one way this could’ve been better…if she had a topless drummer helping her out…great stuff…you should be very proud!!!

  41. September 11, 2008 10:58 am

    a topless drummer? 😯

  42. September 11, 2008 10:59 am

    yes bran – kota was topless in one of the vids we did of their band. he aint right 😕

    i cant wait to have kass read all these encouraging comments!

  43. September 11, 2008 11:00 am

    neil – i am so not ready for the “boy” thing!

    must. breathe. must. breathe. must. breathe.

  44. September 11, 2008 11:11 am

    the boys just watched it. Dylan got embarrassed. Which means he liked it. 😆

  45. September 11, 2008 11:12 am

    oh yeah, I remember that one! Hahaha!!! Kota, topless. ha!

    hey, he could have backed her up!

    Oh wait, that’s what Jon Mark meant huh?

    I’m slow. 😕

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  47. September 11, 2008 11:57 am

    beautiful, i am so impressed she did it as a freshman! that’s one secure daughter you have, and that’s a GOOD thing! 🙂

  48. September 11, 2008 12:01 pm

    Thanks so much for sharing that on today of all days!
    What a talented young lady.
    I LOVED her rendition of it.
    God Bless America!

    As Michelle said above: “Goosebumps”


  49. September 11, 2008 12:35 pm



    Like her mama.

    Wish I lived closer. Id come see you and Id make you something. Maybe soup and salad. Food is my Hallmark card.


  50. September 11, 2008 12:49 pm

    Oh I just love it! She rocks!

  51. September 11, 2008 12:54 pm

    amazing. she sounded like she was leading worship, but with the national anthem.

    loved it.


  52. September 11, 2008 1:22 pm

    That was an awesome performance. Many professional singers have talked about how hard a sing it is. I loved the fact that Kass she did her own rendition.

    If I tried that at my high school I would have forgot the words, after I dropped the guitar. 🙂

    I also agree that High School kids are some of the meanest people on the planet. 🙂

    My only question is did Kass know you were coming to school? I know you are a very cool Mom, but for most of the kids I knew the last person they want to see in school is a parent. 🙂

  53. September 11, 2008 1:33 pm

    Ed, my senior year, my mom showed up at my prom! She came to take pictures of me and my friends but was hiding b/c she thought I’d be mad. She said she was so nervous I’d “catch” her and be upset. When I saw her I ran to her squeeling b/c I knew why she was there…..her big ol camera clicking away. I was so happy she had thought of it and b/c of that I have some of the BEST pictures of my senior prom…with me IN them instead of taking them. I love that she thought of that and wanted to do that for me. She stayed for a long time. In fact when she was ready to leave I was asking her to stay to take more! 😀

    It’s nice when you’re mom wants to be there at your special moments to record it in some way for you. 😀

  54. September 11, 2008 1:35 pm

    I guarantee Kass felt loved. 😀

  55. September 11, 2008 2:00 pm

    THAT was awesome. Way to hold her own up there. That was great. It certainly did look as though she was completely comfortable. Wow. Awesome talent. Your heart must be [———————————————————————————-] big right now. 🙂

  56. September 11, 2008 2:00 pm

    I dig it. Way to go Kassi!

  57. Randy permalink
    September 11, 2008 2:14 pm


  58. Randy permalink
    September 11, 2008 2:16 pm

    very very good ima freshman my self well done

  59. Heidi permalink
    September 11, 2008 2:19 pm

    I had to come and listen again…. still got goosebumps

  60. September 11, 2008 2:57 pm

    WOW! Can I please borrow her for our Youth Worship Team??? 😉 Seriously…that girl can SING!

    OK. Seriously Tam. How did you NOT cry while watching her? I cried. She’s not even my child.

    BEAUTIFUL arrangement Kass:)

  61. September 11, 2008 3:51 pm

    THATS MY GIRLLLLLLL! sorry tam lol!

  62. kassincahoots permalink
    September 11, 2008 4:17 pm

    Hey guys. Thank you so much for the encouragement. I love it! Some of you guys are crackin’ me up tho.

    Just to let you know, this wasn’t the first time I’ve done it. I did it all three years in junior high. The first time I sang it, it was for a boys basketball game at Scenic. THAT was scary!!! 😯

    Ed: yes I did know she was coming. I asked her to… and I knew she would come anyway!


  63. September 11, 2008 4:22 pm

    how pathetic does this make me? shes done this for 3 years and i STILL get nervous. her? nope.


  64. littlemissmary permalink
    September 11, 2008 4:25 pm

    Hi Kass,

    I like your song. Maybe I want to do that in my school someday too. You sing good. I think you play guitar good. I think I’m gonna sing the same song as you.

    Hi Miss Tam!! It’s me, Mary again!!!

  65. Tracie permalink
    September 11, 2008 5:04 pm

    Can I have an autograph? 🙂

  66. traciejane permalink
    September 11, 2008 5:08 pm

    Oops, that was me up there requesting autograph!

  67. traciejane permalink
    September 11, 2008 5:08 pm

    Ps. Tam I miss you at Mandy’s blog. Sorry I sent you off with my Regis comment.

  68. September 11, 2008 5:12 pm

    traciejane – you did NOT send me off girl! ha! never 😉

    ive been mia this week. i was suppose to catch up there last night, and didnt 😦 i am tonight tho!

    yay – love your happy avatar! makes me smile!

  69. September 11, 2008 5:13 pm

    HI Mary!!! i love it when you drop by sweetie!!!


  70. September 11, 2008 5:41 pm

    Tam.. That was simply beautiful. Kas’ voice has a great tone, and it rings. It is a true God given voice.

    And being nervous for their children is what Mom’s are suppose to do. 😉

    Love to ya sister.

  71. traciejane permalink
    September 11, 2008 5:42 pm

    Oh good… I feel better now!
    Yay, I was waiting for you to comment about that! Totally thought of you when I replaced my photo!
    Yeah- it is actually my surprise face I make but it turns out to be a happy face… surprises are happy, right?

  72. September 11, 2008 5:57 pm

    Amazing! You are an wonderful Mom and Kass is an amazing girl. Watch out world, here she comes!

  73. September 11, 2008 6:10 pm

    What the heck – that was stellar! Did she pull that version together herself?

  74. September 11, 2008 6:36 pm

    Boomin’ voice.

  75. September 11, 2008 6:54 pm

    That was AWESOME! She is precious, so talented. I love that she did her own rendition. Be proud!

  76. September 11, 2008 7:19 pm

    cj – yes. thats her rendition. she came up with that in the 6th grade and has been performing it for functions ever since. crazy!

    traciejane – yup – you got the happy avatar again! love. it!!!

  77. September 11, 2008 7:49 pm

    Publish and copyright that arrangement. Totally Super Bowl/World Series material. Seriously. I’m not kidding. Gee, do you know anyone who could record that for her? Hmm. THAT ROCKED!!!!! She is officially “that cool girl who rocked the national anthem at the assembly”.

  78. September 11, 2008 7:59 pm

    I just watched this, AGAIN, with Jake and after it I said “isn’t that amazing?! AMAZING!” I couldn’t stop saying AMAZING! Jake was impressed. 😉

    Also, this is the first time watching it without noise in the house, and I just realized you kept saying highschool kids were scary and mean! 😆 😯 HAHA!! Oh my goodness. heehee

  79. September 12, 2008 12:02 am

    Ok, I just came here from Pete’s blog, but if you keep having more videos of her singing I’ll for sure be checking back. SHE’S AMAZING!!! And so comfortable in herself while performing. I’m going out on a limb here to say you might be just a touch proud! 🙂


  80. traciejane permalink
    September 12, 2008 2:54 am

    Saw you back on MT bloggy blog. I heart you Tam! 🙂

  81. Tom Lister permalink
    September 12, 2008 3:05 am

    She is great!! What a brave person to stand in front of the school like that. But it is awesome to see her using her gifts. Great job!!!

  82. Terry Lister permalink
    September 12, 2008 3:08 am

    She is an amazing talent. Do whatever you all can to share this with everyone. She is a future star for sure! Good stuff, looking forward to more.

  83. September 12, 2008 9:07 am

    As the associate director of high school ministries at my church, dealing with tons of high school girls…i TOTALLY understand when you say high schoolers are mean and scary! 🙂 BUT…let me just tell you…that KILLER performance just won her over about a million friends as a freshman. She’ll be the talk of the school. 🙂 You should be very proud (as i know you are)!! 🙂

  84. September 12, 2008 9:11 am

    traciejane – i heart you too!

    listers – yay, two of you!! terry, we are doing everything we can to help her utilize this gift and talent. the hard thing is the small town we live in. maybe God will move us onward…maybe…

    angie – i was afraid, because of the H.S. mentality (insecurities, bullies) she would get some negative response. just the opposite has happened. shocked me! a good shock 🙂

  85. September 12, 2008 1:05 pm

    haha – “why am I so nervous? High schoolers scare me?”

    They’re thinking “what’s this old lady doing here?” “who invited her?”

    I’d have been checking out all the guys checking out my baby and beating them with a stick!!!

    Awesome – can’t wait to buy her CD!

  86. September 12, 2008 4:09 pm

    I just got to see this. I love the take she has on the Anthem! Her voice is right on as well. Nicely done!

  87. September 13, 2008 4:17 am

    Wow, Kass! you are so awesome, and this is wonderful! soooo I know you are a fear and all….but how about just alittle inside thoughts…love you and that mama of yours….she is just as awesome, and sings like an angel! missing my dutch this morning, and wanting to go for a walk and see mountains! love you!

  88. September 13, 2008 2:24 pm

    i remember her singing & learning guitar back in ’05, sneakin’ up on stage after church. i knew she’d only get better…she seems the type to know her gifts, know her limits & yet push past them. i pray she realizes her full potential & the joy that results!!

  89. September 14, 2008 3:52 pm

    oh my goodness… i’m so freakin’ proud of her and i don’t even know her! amazing, tam… please tell her i think she’s amazing.

  90. abbey7 permalink
    September 18, 2008 3:02 am

    Hi. I’m new to your blog. My daughter (Alece) sent me the link to your daughter’s National Anthem. Her version was so special. She is very gifted. God bless her. Diane

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