and at evening let your hands not be idle,
for you do not know which will succeed,
whether this or that,
or whether both will do equally well.
The month of May is now over. Under normal circumstances, once May is done, so are our birthday celebrations. But this year is a special birthday for Kyah, as she has turned 16. She still has another upcoming surprise to celebrate her milestone. More on that later – once it happens.
Kyah’s birthday was two weeks ago now. She was given some amazing presents and experiences from some very beautiful people we have in our lives. A hair makeover which she loved. She got as much hair cut off as she could so it still reaches into a bun. Kyah’s hair is so thick and heavy it becomes cumbersome after a while in a bun. So, she has opted for as short as possible for the time being. She loves it, and it looks beautiful.
The day of Kyah’s birthday was a bit of a surprise for Kyah. Her dad came up and surprised her. Also, the group of girls I have for training that evening were more than happy to hang around for a while after their session to celebrate Kyah’s birthday and share some of the delicious GF chocolate mud cake that was made. They all gave her some beautiful presents, but the most meaningful thing these girls gave Kyah was their time and love. They each adore her and them being there made it a very special day for Kyah. Thank you all.
Kyah was given a gift of a facial, massage and pamper package, so the weekend after Kyah’s birthday, straight after dance practice, we raced out with Theresa to Carindale where we each had a scrumptious drink, and then Kyah had her pamper. When we picked her up, it was like she was on another planet – totally zoned out. Her skin was glowing and more beautiful than usual, and she was so relaxed. She just loved it.
That same night there was a celebration for her and another ballet girl, who share the same birthdate. The dancers all went to Southbank and enjoyed food at a place called “Cowch” – it’s a dessert bar. All the kids enjoyed it. Some of the others wandered around after, but it wasn’t a late night for Kyah as she is pretty focused on getting enough sleep and looking after herself so she can perform at her peak, or as close to, all the time. I picked her up and she was home, in bed fairly early.
We caught up with our friends from the Gold Coast; Kate and Misha. There was an eisteddfod on last weekend and they came up to Brisbane to participate in it. It was lovely seeing them again. Kyah actually got to see another girl, Leila, she used to dance with about 4 years ago. It was a great night. Company was great, food was good. Only problem was it was a bit cold outside!!! Winter is coming. We do not like the cold.
Kyah had her ballet exam last week and she just completed her contemporary, pas de deux (partner) and character exams this week. It is always a bit stressful for the Kyah because the exams contribute to her being accepted back next year. These exams are more for her to find out where she needs to focus on for improvement to ensure she passes her end of year exams. So it is critical for her to preform as best she can in each and every exam.
Tonight was the Year 11 Semi Formal celebration for the school. Kyah went to a friend’s house with three other girls and the five girls got ready together and all arrived at the pier together. They went on a boat along the Brisbane River. Kyah reported that it was a good time had by all participants. There was about 300 year 11 kids on board, so I can imagine there was fun and frivolities. Again, there were after parties to go to, but Kyah needs to get up early tomorrow morning ready for dance, so she has opted to come home and sleep. There are constant sacrifices she makes in order to pursue her dream. I continue to pray and believe that she is walking the path chosen for her, and that path is becoming more defined each and every day.
Tomorrow after dance we plan on going on a shopping spree. Kyah received some money for her birthday, plus gift vouchers. So we plan on spending a few hours looking at things she may like to buy. This will be a nice little break from the high pressure of the last few weeks.
A huge thank you to everyone who made Kyah’s 16th birthday a very special and memorable time. We are so blessed to have so many wonderful and beautiful friends in our lives. Each one of you that played a part, impacted Kyah in a special way. Both of us are extremely grateful to you all and you all have a special place in our lives and our hearts.
John 15: 16 You did not choose me, but I chose you and appointed you so that you might go and bear fruit – fruit that will last – and so that whatever you ask in my name the Father will give you.