I grew up listening to Christian contemporary music and dreaming of microphones and radio singles. As the years have gone by and musical abilities have flourished, the dream of becoming a "singer" has become true. Our family has started a music group with its own instruments and sound system, and we have begun singing at some venues over the course of the year.
My parents have been blessed with wonderful music abilities: my mom has a beautiful alto voice-right on pitch usually-and my dad sings and plays guitar extremely well. My brother Ben was in the Minnesota Boychoir for several years, and my older sister sang a few solos in church and had been playing violin. But I was not gifted with an ear for the correct pitch when I was a child. Let me give an example: one day I was singing to the radio in my room when Mom walked by. She called my dad over to listen. After listening a while, Mom and Dad looked at each other and said,"Oh dear, let's hope she doesn't want to become a singer; this girl can't sing." You see, I could not carry a melody and sing the tune as it was being sung. Now of course, I did not realize this and continued to sing.
The Garms family at King of Glory Lutheran in MN, October 2008