Wednesday, February 28, 2007
Former Saddleback Church singer among Top 10 girls on American Idol
LOS ANGELES (PD) — Sabrina Sloan, one of 10 girls left in this season's American Idol competition, grew up singing at Saddleback Church.
"She's incredible and we want her to win," said Rick Warren, Saddleback's pastor.
At recent worship services, he joked with his congregation: "Don't even think of coming back to Saddleback next weekend unless you've voted for Sabrina 100 times this week!"
Warren considers Sloan like a daughter; in fact, he officiated her wedding to Chip Sloan. "Of course, I'm about to pop with pride over Sabrina, who has been like another daughter since she was tiny," Warren said.
Sloan's mother, Mary Scherff, was a long-time staff member at Saddleback Church and a friend of the Warren family.
"Mary is one of my dear friends and was an indispensable long-term staff member at Saddleback for years," Warren said. "She ran all kinds of ministries and orchestrated Saddleback's huge 25th anniversary celebration in Angel's Stadium in 2005."
Stand-out performerIn last week's competition, Sloan stood out among the 12 girls. After her powerful performance of "I Never Loved a Man (The Way I Love You)," judge Randy Jackson said: "We've finally got ourselves ... a competition. That's the way to put it down!"
Sloan, who calls Studio City in Southern California home, says she's been singing since she was 3 years old, when she stood on a table at Chuck E. Cheese and sang "Tomorrow" from Annie.
Sloan – known by her maiden name of Scherff at the time – is a 1997 graduate of Mission Viejo High School in Southern California, where she starred in school musicals. In 2001, she graduated from Northwestern University in Evanston, Ill., with degrees in theater and communications studies.
With faith, anything's possibleOn the American Idol Web site, Sloan says that her greatest obstacle in life came just one week after 9/11, when she moved to New York City and lived in a cockroach-infested closet apartment to pursue a singing career. There she landed a role touring the country in the Broadway musical Hairspray. After the Hairspray tour, she moved to Southern California, and then traveled to Minneapolis for the American Idol auditions.
"I'm now living my dream and am confident that anything is possible with faith and diligence," she said on the Idol site.
Sloan says that her mother is one of her heroes because she has lived her life by faith. Sloan's grandfather, Leroy Anderson, served as pastor of Prince of Peace Church of God and Christ in Buffalo, N.Y.
On the Idol site, Sloan listed her personal goals: "To provide for my family, to be able to support those in need around me and around the world, and to make music I am proud of."
Though American Idol contestants are prohibited from performing elsewhere during the show, Warren says he hopes Sloan will sing at Saddleback Church the first Sunday after the show ends – and he has faith that she'll be singing as the new American Idol.
"Of course our entire family, our entire small group, our entire staff, and entire church is TIVOing every episode and praying for her," Warren said.
Sloan will perform with the other Top 10 girls this Wednesday on American Idol at 8/7Central on Fox.
This article includes reporting from The Orange County Register and WGRZ-TV Channel 2 News.
She also has decided that she's too grown up for her bumbo seat...
Each day, it becomes more and more obvious that she is 'beyond her years' (months). She wants to be standing, jumping, or sitting upright at all times. Like I have said before, she's just not content being a baby...
Tuesday, February 27, 2007
Monday, February 26, 2007
Sunday, February 25, 2007
Saturday, February 24, 2007
As she grows, I feel my love for her growing and deepening. There is nothing like the feeling you get when your child wakes up from sleep, looks around for you, makes eye contact with you, and gives you a big smile, as if to say "I'm so glad to see you. You make me so happy." Man, there's nothing like being a mommy...
Friday, February 23, 2007
**She was saying, "Next year I'll be big and go to kindergarten." I was pouting, and she came over and said "that's not something to be sad about...that's something to be happy about!"
**"Daddy just smiled at me...*smile*...that means he likes me! When he smiles at me, that means he likes me!"
**Me: Isn't it fun doing the computer?
Avery: It is fun, but it isn't fun when you turn it off on me!
**Me: Avery, who's your hero?
Avery: Well, she's tall and she lives in our house...it's YOU!
Me: Oh, that's sweet? Who else is your hero?
Avery: Well, Daddy of course. But, not Liv, 'cause she's too small...but I sure do love her!
**At Applebees one night, while talking to PG, I said "Ugh"
Avery: I feel the same way about my crayons...ugh...they're just not fun anymore
Thursday, February 22, 2007
Wednesday, February 21, 2007
When the time comes, the baby starts to come out, and then, "pop" it comes out,
as baby Cinderella is doing in the photo below...
Tuesday, February 20, 2007
Let's see what the girls have to offer tomorrow night...I'm anxious to see...
Monday, February 19, 2007
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We really enjoyed having Nana here for a couple days. She came Thursday night, and didn't leave till Monday, so that was nice! She slept in Avery's room, so they had a slumber party each night, which Avery thought was really neat. Mom watched the girls for me when I went to work. I did call every hour to see how they were, and of course, they were fine, and probably better behaved than they are with me. Mom took me to get my hair cut, went grocery shopping with PG, and even let PG and I drive her new Dodge Dakota truck! But, most of our time was spent at home, watching the two most precious girls play. Avery has such an imagination, and we found ourselves laughing at her and looking at each other in amazement at how grown up she is getting. Liv loved having someone else to look at, hold her, and play with her. It is so nice to have another set of hands around here to help out, that's for sure. Mom always keeps the house more tidy than I, and just jumps right in to take care of what needs to be done. PG and I don't need a break from our girls, but it sure is nice to have someone else here to tend to them. And, the neat part.....I don't think she minds doing it at all!
Sunday, February 18, 2007
Saturday, February 17, 2007
Here is the desription of one of these dolls...
CBD Price: $45.99