Wednesday, December 09, 2015

Week 25: What Made My Day Special

This is a bit of an odd prompt but when I saw it was on for this week, I immediately knew I was going to write about last night.

As you may, or may not, know, I didn't get married until I was 36. However, I wanted to get married and have kids for a very long time. I was pretty okay being single until about age thirty, but the following years got more difficult as I wondered if it would ever happen for me. Well, fast forward ten years and here I am, at age 43, a wife and mother to a 6 and 4 year old. And last night was such a typical parent evening, that it made my day special.

First of all, Rachel had dance, and the last ten minutes of her dance class was a viewing for the parents. Rachel joined about half her class in dancing to The Nutcracker Suite and it was beautiful and hilarious at the same time. I posted about the last seven seconds of the dance on Instagram, but here is a slightly longer video.
After that we rushed to the school so Rachel could perform on stage in her "big concert" with her classmates. I videoed the first song but it is super-long (over three minutes) and Rachel is in the back so you can barely see her most of the time. Instead, here are a few pictures from the second song.
After she sang with her class, she decided to take a moment to acknowledge her fans!
You can hear her yelling, "Mommy! Mommy! Sam!" over the noise of the crowd and it melted my heart. Plus, as I've mentioned before, the kilt she is wearing is one I wore when I was six.

So after years of joining my friends to cheer on their kids at their dance performances and school concerts, what made my day special yesterday was being able to watch my daughter at her own events.

What is making today special is that we are heading to our nearest children's hospital to see a specialist about a small health issue which Sam has. We are praying that it will be corrected over time rather than with surgery and hopefully today, we will get an answer. So if you could pray for peace of mind for all us, no matter what the outcome is, I would really appreciate it.


  1. Praying for Sam and for you all!

  2. Oh so cute! I'm glad your dreams came true - I can definitely relate to that. I do enjoy being single, yet more than anything want a family of my own. Some day I hope :)

    Hoping Sam's appointment went well!

  3. Rachel is just way too cute! She's really a good little dancer! I'll be praying for Sam.

  4. That kilt makes me cute! :)

  5. Oh those videos are so cute! You will treasure those forever. Yes, those memories are definitely priceless treasures that I know you fully appreciate as a parent. I think you have a deeper and more profound appreciation for parenting than most that start the parenting business a lot earlier in life. I think our struggles and trials in reaching our goals make us appreciate the "rewards" so much more. :-)

  6. Oh and I will definitely keep Sam in my prayers. Any health concerns with little ones are hard to process because we don't want our kids to have to "suffer" or go through tough situations. I am still waiting to find out more about Mattox's hearing deficiencies and what that might mean for his future, surgery or otherwise.


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