Over Half Way

Well, it’s the start of August tomorrow! Over half the year has gone. It has been such a busy seven months, and unfortunately, it doesn’t look like slowing down at all for us. If anything, it is going to get more busy as the year progresses.

Dance started back three weeks ago, school started back two weeks ago. The week just gone, was an easy week, with most of the school year away on camp. Kind of a gentle ease in to the school term again.

Kyah also had dance commitments through the school holidays with school dancing. They are doing a performance towards the end of August and the kids needed to rehearse. She is doing some jazz, some hip hop and possibly some contemporary dances. It is taking her back to the days she was in a commercial dance school. She is enjoying the variety. Rehearsals are through the week when they can arrange times that suit the dancers, as well as Sundays.

A trip down to Harbourtown saw Kyah catch up with her friend Emily. We also went to the movies where we  saw Mamma Mia Here We Go Again,  it was enjoyable. Probably not as uplifting as Mamma Mia, because it had more real-life issues in this second movie. But it was still enjoyable to see it and tap along to the Abba songs.

As always, it was lovely for Kyah to spend time with Emily. They have a lovely bond between them. Both girls are very different from each other, but they both respect each other for who they are and what their interests are. It is a lovely relationship they have.

We had some new friends from church come over for dinner one night. It was nice to get to know them a bit more. There are some really lovely people in the church we have found. Genuine, caring, people. Very nice place. If any of you decide to come to Brisbane, let me know and we will happily take you there.

Kyah caught up with her friend Ebony. They danced together a few years ago at a dance school on the Gold Coast.  Occasionally they catch up, but this time, was very special. Ebony has been offered a position in a dance academy in Paris. The plan is that she stays for at least three years, then sees what is offered to her from there. What a fantastic opportunity for Ebony. We are both so happy for her. She is a couple of years older than Kyah, so it is very do-able for her and her family. Kyah will miss Ebony, but what a great excuse to go to Paris!

Subject selection for year 11 and 12 are happening these next few weeks. Kyah knows what she wants to study, but it is a matter of whether or not the school will accommodate her desires. We realise there is a huge diversification with learning paths now and we are hoping what she wants will be achievable. We will find out soon enough…. There is information nights, compulsory interviews and lots to research and figure out if it will work or not.

We wandered around the markets at West End on Saturday, before dance commitments. There are some absolutely amazing food stalls and food dishes available.

This is a “Bad Boy Roesti”: Bacon and Egg with Salsa Sauce on 2 Roestis. Very Yum. That was brunch.

 

These paella dishes look amazing! Maybe next time…

 

Kyah did a ballet workshop with Li Cunxin, Artistic Director from Queensland Ballet. The workshop was open to anyone interested in ballet, aged 14-17 years. Naturally, the class was full. It was great to see Li Cunxin teach, and Kyah picked up a few tips on technique and movement, that she has not previously been taught.  Obviously his experience is invaluable as a teacher of the art form.

We watched Queensland Ballet perform Synergy, straight after the workshop. The performance was a fusion of both Academy and Company dancers. It was a compilation of four choreographers involved with Queensland Ballet, some of them are current dancers. It was a great show and very inspiring for Kyah. We are going to watch it again on Thursday night.

We have had a few different groups of student homestays with us for many weeks. One was from Thailand, she stayed for ten weeks. Another two were from Korea and they stayed three weeks. We currently have two from Korea staying for four weeks and a Chinese girl arrives on Sunday for over four weeks. It is lovely having homestay students with us. We get to learn about their culture, their different way of life and just having them here and sharing our way of life with them is really rewarding.

As for all of us, Kyah has people in her life that are very challenging. It is teaching her to be resilient, persistent and focused. At times it wears her down, and we need to stop, and get focused again. The frantic pace she lives makes it very difficult to be on top of everything all the time. So when I notice the workload and pressures of life building up, we take time out for her to just relax and “be”. After all, we are “human beings”, not “human doings”!

Rom 12:19 Do not take revenge, my dear friends, but leave room for God’s wrath, for it is written: “It is mine to avenge; I will repay,” says the Lord.

Kyah has definitely had a few hard knocks in her life. We put it all down to preparation for “life” when she is older. It is good for character building and she will be one tough cookie when she reaches adulthood.

On the flip side, Kyah also has had some fantastic people and opportunities in her life. She is extremely grateful for all of those, and we often reflect on the positives to get her through the harder times. I do hope this is teaching her good skills for later on.

Jer 20:11 But the LORD is with me like a mighty warrior; so my persecutors will stumble and not prevail. They will fail and be thoroughly disgraced; their dishonour will never be forgotten. 

Some very dear friends of our have moved to Vanautu. The husband, (and father), has a job over there for at least six months. The whole family has moved, doing distance education and living a totally different life for a while. We will miss them, but again, what a great excuse to travel… this time to Vanuatu! Obviously it is all dependant on Kyah’s dance commitments, but that is okay.

We are here for the long haul. Kyah has a path to follow and we are doing whatever we can to ensure she follows that path. Those of you that are close to us, know the sacrifices we have made for this to happen and to continue happening.

Deut 28:2 All these blessings will come on you and accompany you if you obey the LORD your God.  

A Bit of a Break

The last few weeks have been very hectic for us. The possums were taken from the roof, but they came back! Obviously all access areas were not sealed up properly. So even though we have had sleepless nights with possums trapped in cages in the roof cavity, it seems like it has been for nothing.  What a shame. I have had 4 full nights sleep since we moved in here, in March this year!  Thankfully, Kyah is a better sleeper than I am. She cannot live on borrowed time and perform at the level she is expected to.

School exams were complete two weeks ago. Kyah has had a bit of a break from school. Dance has also been on break for two weeks. She had time to make some sushi rolls. We also made falafels and hummus. These are both popular with Kyah and the falafels are somewhat easy to take to school.

 

We had a gathering of most of the dance children at home for one of the girl’s birthdays. One girl was quite unwell, so she couldn’t make it. It was nice to finally get to speak to the kids and see them interacting.

We went and saw The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time.  What a fantastic production. The National Theatre of Great Britain presented it in such a way – it was just amazing. The story , and its presentation was just so good. No wonder it has so many awards. If you have not seen it, and you get a chance to, I recommend you go see it.

We have been catching up on things that Kyah is not able to do through the school term due to being so busy with school and dance. Dentist check up. Orthodontist appointment. Hair appointments. Kyah has also finished her Certificate Four in Dance Teaching. She managed to complete her theory a little while ago, and she has just finished her practical assessments. What a great achievement. Technically, she is now qualified to teach dance to children.

A person in Kyah’s life that has been extremely nasty to her and causing much grief and sadness in Kyah’s life has finally moved on. They are now no longer in her life and it is amazing the change that has occurred already. Kyah is not so anxious and hopefully her confidence and self esteem will increase now. It was extremely sad to see Kyah being treated that way and not being able to do anything about it. We were praying this person would  change their heart and attitude toward Kyah, or leave. Prayers have been answered, and this particular person has left Kyah’s life. What a relief. We are hoping the next 6 months will be much more enjoyable for both of us.

You made men ride over our heads; We went through fire and through water, Yet You brought us out into a place of abundance. Psa 66:12

Kyah went and watched a friend perform in a dance concert. It has been lovely for Kyah to have some time available to spend with friends. She also went to a birthday party with some other friends. Again, it was lovely that she had time to spend with friends. Kyah also caught up with her bestie – movie and lunch. She has had a lovely time in the  school break.

 

This beautiful teddy was given to Kyah by one of her old dance teachers.  We saw Robyn at Easter and it was so nice to sit and chat, and catch up on life. Even though Kyah only had Robyn for a couple of years, I know there will always be a special bond between the two of them. She was just one of those teachers that genuinely cared about Kyah. Robyn makes the outfits and does the make up on the bears and gives them to her dance students or sells them.

Kyah has also been doing strength and stability work. She needs to be extremely strong to be considered of the same strength as other dancers. This is because she is more mobile than others, so she looks like she is not as strong.  Again it has been recommended by Queensland Ballet that Kyah focus on her strength.  So if Kyah wants to be successful and stay in QB next year she must continue working hard all the time. It is tough when they get them so young. These kids really need the maturity and insight of an adult to realise exactly the level of commitment required in order to work their way to the top.

We are believing for more answered prayers. God is good, and we are believing that circumstances will change and Kyah will start to flourish.

We had Alejandro Arias come to our church this week. It was lovely we both had miracles of healing come on us. We saw others healed. God is definitely alive and answering prayers. I don’t know where we would both be if we did not have our faith.

Dance starts again this coming week. School starts the following week. So it is a gentle easing in, to the frantic pace that we are getting to know.

The last few days of the school holidays have been spent resting and preparing. Kyah has managed to watch every available season and episode of Brooklyn Nine-Nine in her break! What an enjoyable show. It is interesting to see the various personalities behave and interact. She won’t be able to do this again until her next break.

We are praying that life might be a bit easier this second half of the year. We are also believing God’s plans for Kyah will come to fruition, doors will open and the path might be a bit easier. Rather than us having to fight all the way. It seems there are people that are trying to prevent Kyah from getting where she needs to go.

But they that wait for Jehovah shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; they shall walk and not faint. Isa 40:31

Behold I lay in Zion a choice stone, a precious corner stone and he who believes in Him will not be disappointed. 1Pet 2:6