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A Birthday Wish

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Lesli NolenBy Lesli Nolen

Published June 2011

Well, it has been a busy couple of months at the Nolens’ house. We have all turned another year older, had a block party at our church, Skylar graduated the 4th grade, summer time is here and Father’s Day is just around the corner. But I wanted to share Skylar’s birthday with you.
This year was special for Skylar. She turned 10 years old. She is officially double digits; or as she put it, “The big 1-0.” Needless to say she was pretty excited to turn 10, and she was pretty excited to be spending her birthday with the gang from Ragtown Gospel Theater, not knowing they had a little something special for her.

The name of the play we were going to see was called, “Heaven.” This was their last performance of this particular play and we couldn’t miss it. Skylar was so happy to be spending her birthday listening to Chip Polk play the piano and sing and seeing Glenn Polk take to the stage in character. But she had no idea a little birdy (Thank you Randy and Sharan Bush) had told Chip it was her 10th birthday.


We took our seats directly in front of the stage about four rows back, and the show began. A sweet spirit filled the room and the stage came alive when Chip began his soulful renditions of classic Gospel songs. Then about half way through his performance, he stood next to the baby grand piano and asked Skylar if she would please stand. She did; she shy fully rose from her seat and stood there. Chip then told the sold out crowd of over 300 people in the audience that it was her 10th birthday and she wanted to spend it with him! Skylar was enjoying the spotlight, and then, while everyone was clapping, she turned around and gave her princess wave. It was awesome! A very wonderful moment, a moment I don’t think she’ll ever forget. A moment I don’t think I’ll ever forget. But it wasn’t over.  Chip then dedicated the next song to her: “Jesus Loves Me.”  He sang that song and it brought tears to my eyes. There was my 10-year-old little girl praising our God at Ragtown Gospel Theater on her 10th birthday. All I can say is, wow—God is good.

Ten-year-old Skylar Nolen is congratulated on her birthday by Glenn Polk at Ragtown Gospel Theater in Post, Texas.

Ten-year-old Skylar Nolen poses with Chip Polk at Ragtown Gospel Theater in Post, Texas.


After a short intermission, I dried my eyes and it was time for Glenn to take the stage. He played the character of King Solomon, the Archangel Michael, Mary’s sister, Martha, and the king himself, Elvis, in a divine comedy called “Heaven.” It was another riveting performance by Glenn. If you haven’t been to Ragtown Gospel Theater in Post, Texas, yet, you are missing out!! Needless to say Skylar had an amazing birthday thanks to some amazing people.

Skylar also got to celebrate her birthday again with her friends. She had a great time skating, eating and opening presents and I’m sure everyone there heard the story I just told you at least once.

Moving on, we now get to celebrate Father’s Day. And I’m going to brag just a little bit. Breech, my husband, is a wonderful father. Skylar loves her daddy very much and always tries to make him feel special, not just on Father’s Day but every day. Breech is the dad that will hit golf balls with her, throw the ball with her, have a water fight in the house (something I would never do). He is the one that gets will to be a kid with her, something I’m not very good at. Sometimes I wish I could be the dad and not the mom. Mom is the strict one, always telling the kids what to do, making the lunch, taking them to school, being the grown-up. Now don’t get me wrong, Breech does the grown-up thing too, but in our house, dad is the cool one and mom is, well, mom. I love how Skylar looks forward to her dad’s birthday and Father’s Day and she can’t wait to do something special for him. She truly enjoys showing her love for him and he deserves every bit of it.

So to all the fathers out there, I hope you have a wonderful Father’s Day! May you all be blessed today and every day.

Well I have to get back to work getting ready for a family reunion, working on the last minute details for Vacation Bible School at our church and planning another trip to Ragtown Gospel Theater. And who knows, the near future may even include a water balloon fight in the house!


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