When your 17 year old books the hotel room.....

This last weekend was a time warp moment for me. My oldest daughter Bethany,  embarked on a dream that she has had since 7th grade. S...

This last weekend was a time warp moment for me.
My oldest daughter Bethany,
 embarked on a dream that she has had since 7th grade.
She is now the driver of her life as she moves forward to her dreams

literally............... and I am now the passenger.
We made a trip to Seattle 3 1/2 hours from our hometown
 and she drove the entire way
as I sat in the passenger seat. 
No, I did not sleep, I am not quite used to my new position in the front of the car. I found that I was forcing myself to be quiet and trying not to say too much as we sped down the freeway. She had successfully mapped the directions from our home to the hotel.
 When we arrived at the hotel, she said "you might need to come in with me because I am still a minor." The truth was she didn't need me at all. She had booked her hotel room online with her own debit visa card. They took her information, had her sign and
the desk clerk did not bat an eye.

As she was checking us into that hotel room, I again... had one of those, "she is a woman/child moments". 
It is the mixed feelings of I am not ready for her to go, 
yet she is reaching for independence.
We were in Seattle for AMTC (Actors Models Talent for Christ). Bethany set up her audition in April when AMTC was in Portland. I will admit, I was completely skeptical when I took her to the audition yet I wanted to be supportive. When we sat in the presentation with her I sensed  this was something that she had longed for and could not quite grasp. She auditioned that day.....she sang, read a script and walked the stage. 
I asked her on our way home what she thought and she said mom....
"I feel like these are my people"
To her...it meant this is where I fit. 
So we went home and the next day she got a 'call back'. The people that called told us to pray about it. We took a week to pray about it and Bethany my "woman/child" decided to pursue her dream. She has committed to it and will be funding 
and fundraising this  training herself. 

We were there in Seattle for the AMTC orientation. We got up the next morning and went to the orientation. Those in the program  read scripts, sang if they were singers, and introduced themselves. All the while being critiqued by the hub mentor 
who is an AMTC graduate himself 
and working in the entertainment industry. 

After the meeting we went to Pike's Place Market.

If we are going to drive all that way we must have a little fun.
As we walked around the city

 Bethany kept making remarks how she loved the busyness.
All I could think of, was I hate the traffic.......

She pointed at a building and said, 
"when I get enough money I am going to live here someday"
And I thought.................so far away from the country..........

It is the reality that our kids do grow up.....
they may be a "rocker" at heart, when you like "pop" music.....
they like to wear 4 inch heels..........
you prefer flats..........
you prefer the solitude of the country.........
they love the hustle and bustle of the city.........

It is the realization that they have their own relationship with God,
they can hear his voice, they know his calling 
they need to be free
Free to be who God has called THEM to be.  

 If you want to find out more about AMTC 
you can check it out here AMTC

If you do wish to give to 
Bethany's training feel free to message me.

Holly Barrett



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Cindy Fincher: When your 17 year old books the hotel room.....
When your 17 year old books the hotel room.....
Cindy Fincher
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