Thursday, June 5, 2008

Of Wishes and Things...

Last weekend marked the bigger ladybug's first dance recital. I danced all my life, competing and teaching. I truly loved every moment of it. I never expected my children to like what I like, though. I want them to choose their own path and find their gifts and use them as God intended.

This year Emily surprised me by choosing cheerleading and dance (my two all-time favorites) as her activities. She has loved both and has asked to do both next year also. She and her friends did beautifully at the recital. I think Em was the only one who had never been in a recital before. They danced to the "Wish Song" and all of those little girls danced and sang their hearts out. At the rehersal she ran backstage and breathlessly told me it was "way too short" and she could not wait to get back on that stage! My mother has been teaching her the songs to Annie since she was a year old...hmmm, maybe it will happen:)

Emily and her friend Emma


Hamming with the girlies just before rehearsal


Outside the theater after rehearsal (probably praying for the chocolate ice cream she wished for)


Just after dancing, proud of her wristlet!


My brother married into a wonderful family some twenty years ago and my sister-in-law's family is the same as my own, it is such a blessing. This is the ladybug's cousins' cousin, Laurel. Laurel danced a fabulous jazz number and came back stage to congratulate Emily on her first recital. So sweet. Emily was star-struck that a teenager would hang with her for a few:)




Did Hannah like the recital?? Yes, she did. She was thrilled to see her sister and bee-bopped along to the songs she knew. She was not in picture taking form at the theater but posed at home afterwards!



20 comments:

redmaryjanes said...

Beautiful beautiful girls. We have lots of lovely red heads in our family and we're waiting for our Asian beauty.

Sheri said...

Em looks absolutely adorable and her eyes are just filled with joy! What a special time for her and for you. Looks like you may have a few dancers in your family.

mommy24treasures said...

Oh I am so glad the recital was such a scueess!
Love all of your pics. I just love the maigcal look in Em's eyes:)

Linette said...

Great job Emily! You can tell from the pictures what a wonderful night it was for her. Isn't it so great to see our children enjoy the talents God has given them! :)

prechrswife said...

How fun! It looks like she had a great time. :-)

Kate said...

Ohhh....waht magical pictures of a sweet little ballerina!! I'm telling you...these are the PRICELESS moments in the motherhood journey!!

Thanks for sharing these beautiful pictures!!

Jodee Leader said...

Great pictures! I never took dance but I am soooo hoping Kamree wants to someday!

ADELE said...

Her costume is just so beautiful on her. The colors are just gorgeous on her. Glad she enjoyed her recital and performing on stage. I love all of the pics. Have a great week!

Denise C said...

OH sweet Emily looks so gorgeous! How wonderful that she chose to follow her mommy's footsteps! Special days!
Blessings!!!
Denise

redmaryjanes said...

I am working to put together a recommended book list for adopting parents and their children for the new blog No Place Like Home. Do you have any recommendations?

redmaryjanes said...

I am working to put together a recommended book list for adopting parents and their children for the new blog No Place Like Home. Do you have any recommendations?

Kimber said...

Aww..she looks so beautiful and so happy! Congratulations Em! I can feel the happy emotions all around in this post:)

Kim

Blogs by Danielle said...

These photos are SO cute!

Way to go Emily!

Dawn said...

Congratulations...she looks so beautiful...that hair is just gorgeous!!

DiJo said...

Way to go Emily!!!! You looked absolutely gorgeous!!! How fun for your little sister to be there to see you and to cheer you on! I can imagine your smile from here!
Blessings for many more recitals! Congratulations!
-Your Minnesota Friends
(Diana, Ainsley & Ruby Mei)

P.S: Congratulations on completing Kindergarten too!

Karen said...

Great pictures! Your girls are absolutely adorable!! Have a wonderful weekend!

Karen

Christy said...

What beautiful collages!!! Your little ladybugs are just precious and how cocol that Em is so into dance. I also love dance and cheer and hope Mia is led to those sports as well. Very cute pics!!

Christy :)

Beth said...

Congratulations on your first recital performance Emily! I hope you got that chocolate ice cream you wished for! You look lovely in your costume. Of course the color is beautiful, but it is your smile that completes the perfect look. :)

Beth

The Byrd Family said...

Oh...I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE all of that beautiful red hair! So glad she was pleased with herself!

Amy said...

Heather, Emily looks darling as always in these shots. I love the clothes of little dancers :)!

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