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Well this week saw me have parent teacher meetings for school and dance. It was lovely meeting her school teachers. Chatting with them about how Kyah is going. Each one of them commented on how lovely Kyah is; a wonderful student, such a polite child, well mannered, high work ethic, hard worker and always tries hard. They are all very happy to have her in their class and would be very happy to have “more of her” in their classes. What a great compliment  for me, as her parent.

She is doing well academically, and just needs to continue working hard, building confidence in her own abilities, and doing the work.

Dance feedback, was along the lines I expected. She needs to improve her fitness and strength and continue focusing on her technique and corrections. Lots of work to do, it all takes time, and time flies in this day and age.

We have found a lovely church close by us that we have attended. We are hoping to attend on a regular basis and hope this helps us feel like we are settling in to Brisbane life.

Kyah had a little incident last week, where she was dancing and jumping and unfortunately, she landed wrong and has strained her foot. Yes, the same foot, but totally unrelated to her previous injury. As far as we are concerned, that injury is totally healed. There is no residual issues with that injury. Like I have said previously, her foot is more stable than her right foot and it is more mobile and stronger than most other dancers her age.

Anyway, the doctor said this injury is very common among dancers. Not a really serious injury. Just a sprain of some soft tissues in her fore foot. The physio said the same thing. She should be able to start dancing early this week. Gradually working up to pointe work again. It is interesting how certain people want to tag Kyah as “injury prone” or a “liability” with regards to her foot. But  that would have to be so far from the truth. The more you move, the higher the risk of injuries, particularly in an activity such as dance. Prehab is so essential. Athletes are constantly working around injuries and dealing with niggles. Dancers are no different.

2 weeks have now gone from term 2. It is amazing how fast time flies. Kyah woke me at 4am on Wednesday to watch the ANZAC Day dawn service. It is always nice to dedicate that time to thank all of those men and woman that have fought for our freedom, and those that made the ultimate sacrifice.

ANZAC Day is a particularly memorable day for us, not just for the diggers, but because one of her uncles died on this day four years ago. She was old enough to be very aware of what was going on and he was very young and it was very unexpected. So we stop on ANZAC Day and remember those that have gone.

Unfortunately, I have heard some false accusations being made about Kyah. As soon as I heard these I knew this to be an attack on her. The accusations are extremely callous and attack the person that Kyah is. The concerning thing is that if these false accusations are believed by certain people, they can be very damaging for Kyah’s future. I am praying the source of these lies is silenced and that God will deal with those involved immediately.

I am asking those of you who have been praying with us for God’s plan for Kyah to come to fruition, to please pray that the truth is revealed, and that those people will be made accountable for their behaviour, words and actions.

We know that the enemy attacks from any and all directions, especially when God has something great planned for you. We are constantly battling, constantly climbing mountains, constantly dealing with stuff, and usually we get through. But these lies are blatant, vindictive and potentially very damaging to Kyah. We would love and appreciate any and all prayers, to specifically stop this attack, once and for all. Thank you all so much, in advance.

1Jo 4:4 You, dear children, are from God and have overcome them, because the one who is in you is greater than the one who is in the world.

Isa 55:11 so is my word that goes out from my mouth: It will not return to me empty, but will accomplish what I desire and achieve the purpose for which I sent it.

Psa 6:10 All my enemies will be overwhelmed with shame and anguish; they will turn back and suddenly be put to shame.

We are going to go for a wander around the GOMA and Queensland Museum tomorrow. Something relaxing and enjoyable to do. It will fill in a few hours of our day. It is always interesting to see what exhibits each place has. We are looking forward to it.

Back To It

Well Term Two has started for the Queensland School Year.

The Opening of the XXI Commonwealth Games Ceremony was a great experience for Kyah. She thoroughly enjoyed the entire process. She met some truly lovely people and made some really nice friends. Had some amazing worthy-for-the-memory-bank experiences.

For example: when she was on camp for rehearsals, she was able to see some of the world’s best athletes training. Morning and night, these various athletes would be doing their thing right in front of her and the other participants.  She told me all about it, knowing how much I would have loved that. Priceless memories for her.

She got to learn a bit more about the Aboriginal Culture that she a part of, and that, too, was a great benefit.

We left early the next morning and drove south. Called in to Port Stephens to see her dad, helped me teach a Stability Workshop, saw some friends (others we just didn’t get time to see), and then drove to Sydney to see grandparents.

We managed to spend a few hours with a dear friend of ours, Neil. He used to fly fighter planes for the RAAF. He took us around Fighter World at Williamtown. It was great to be up close and, on some occasions, in the planes.

These are some of the planes we looked at in Fighter World, Williamtown. A great place to go if you want to see some old, and relatively new, fighter planes and jets. 

Kyah sitting in the cock pit, with Neil explaining all the gadgets to her.

     

It was a whirlwind of a time. No rest, too much coffee, (me!) and too much food. But it was lovely to spend time with those we got to spend time with. We are very sorry and disappointed we could not get time to see everyone we wanted to, so hopefully next time.

This is how we felt some days after too much food and, believe it or not, coffee!

Coming back a few days before school started was a good idea. Kyah got to settle in to the new house – she was hardly here before we left, because she was on the Gold Coast.  She could fully unpack, set up her desk and organise herself for her daily routine. This term she needs to increase her focus on everything – school, dance, prehabilitation, fitness, strength. Everything takes time, and it is hard when there are so many easy-to-access distractions, for teenagers now.

I get to have parent teacher interviews over the next couple of weeks. That will be nice to meet some of the teachers, that I have not yet met. I am looking forward to discussing Kyah’s progress and where they see she is at, and what they think she needs to work on – academically and dance related.

I know that with experience, and lessons comes maturity and knowledge. Kyah is growing up and learning how to prioritise and when to rest. Amazingly, her foot does not give her any problems at all. She reports it to be more stable than the right one, but not quite as mobile. No-one untrained would notice! Maybe 1-2 degrees less flexion…. nothing. Considering her left foot has more range than most other dancers. Her mobility, strength and stability is way more than adequate. What a great success story this is turning out to be. We pray and believe the path she is on will continue to open doors and opportunities for her.

John 15:5 I am the vine, you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing.

 

 

 

Commonwealth Games – Here We Come

Tonight is the eve of the XXI Commonwealth Games; Gold Coast 2018. Kyah has been up and down the motorway a few times, over the last few weeks. She’s also been staying with Ruth and John at Miami, more so the last couple of weeks. This has been a huge help for us, as it has saved her and I having to travel up and down for every single session, especially with the late finishes. A massive thank you to Ruth and John for adopting a child for this length of time. I know Kyah has really enjoyed staying with you. I have also enjoyed staying there on the odd occasion.

I am sure you are all aware, there has been two dress rehearsals,. One was last Saturday night, which Ruth and I attended,  and the other, was last night. It seems all the performers are ready to go, and know their roles, for tomorrow night.

Kyah and I are looking forward to the opening ceremony. I plan on watching it with Ruth and John from the comfort of their lounge room!!

Ruth took Kyah and two of her grandchildren down to see the Queen’s Baton Relay this afternoon. They were up very close to the action and it was great for them to experience it.

It will be nice to get some normality back into our lives over the next few weeks. Moving again, and having the hassles associated with that, along with the commitments of the Commonwealth Games; that was all very disruptive. We have a bit of a road trip ahead of us starting out Thursday. As nice as that will be to see some close friends and family, it will be nice to get home, and hopefully get Kyah settled before school resumes for term 2.

Micah 6:8 He has told you, O man, what is good; and what does the LORD require of you But to do justice, to love kindness, And to walk humbly with your God?