Well it is already almost half way through March, 2019. Life is just flying by, and every minute of our days and evenings are busy.
Kyah has a very busy schedule – she is up before 5am every weekday and leaves the house just after 6am. Catches two buses to the venue for ballet. They start at 7.30am. She usually finishes her dance by 12.30pm and is then bused over to the school for afternoon classes. These classes finish by 5pm. She is home by 6pm. Long days for her. Then Saturdays she currently dances 8.30am-2pm.
As I have said previously, we managed to be very strategic with her subject selection at school so Kyah does not have to attend school two afternoons each week. She is required to do studies outside of school on top of her limited subjects that she has to do at school. This seems to give her a bit of time in the afternoons to focus on prehab and strength stuff for her ballet, as well as ensure her school work is getting done.
So far it is working. She does specific Pilates classes two or three times each week outside of ballet to help improve strength. This is on top of all the stuff she does at home; massage balls for trigger point releasing, stretching tight muscles, strengthening specific areas, specific foot strengthening, going through her corrections step by step and whatever else has to be done.
We have both noticed it is getting darker in the mornings and very occasionally slightly cooler. I can imagine when it is winter and she is doing this routine it will be much more difficult. But at the moment she is getting up every morning without complaint. She even opts to do a 6.30am Pilates class on Sunday mornings! That is dedication.
We managed to catch up with one of Kyah’s friends from the Gold Coast and her family. It was Emma’s 16th birthday. A swim in the pool, lots of chatting and catching up on what’s been going on in their lives and a nice reconnection for the girls.
We also caught up with our friends that recently got back from spending 6 months living in Vanuatu. It was lovely seeing them again and hearing about the lifestyle over there and how different it is to here. The girls seem to have settled back in to normal school and life over here again, which is great.
We had an international student stay with us for a month. It was lovely to have her stay. We both really enjoy having the students stay. Learning about them and their culture, welcoming them to Australia and helping them settle in to life over here. We eagerly await the arrival of the next student.
We had a fun day out with our friend Theresa. We managed to get complimentary make overs at Mecca Maxima. So the three of us went and had a fun afternoon of make up application. I am not sure any of us have that much spare time in any day to take that long to apply make up… But it was fun and we all looked great. It is amazing what make up can do , haha.
One Sunday afternoon was spent with Kyah’s friend Emily and her mum. Southbank is such a good place to meet and wander around as well as finding a great place to eat. Emily did so well in her year 12 final exams. She is Kyah’s age and has completed year 12 already. Emily has now started university studying medicine. The girls are on different career paths, but they are both very mature and also both very dedicated to what their passion and dream is, so they have a great bond and understanding between them. We are organising a 2 hour spa pamper for the both of them as a joint 16th birthday present. They will enjoy that, each package has been designed to specifically suit each girl. That will be in April. Something for them to look forward to.
One Saturday afternoon we drove up to Coolum so we could present Kyah’s foot testimony and perform the dance from church, to a group of women. It was so well received and all the women were just amazed at Kyah’s miraculous healing and now her ability to dance without any problems. We have found that this in itself has encouraged so many people to hold on to the promises God has given them. We need to know His will for us and stand on that promise no matter what we see in the real world. Believe what God says will come to pass. Stand on His word and walk in faith and hope.
Isa 55:11 So will My word be which goes forth from My mouth; It will not return to Me empty, Without accomplishing what I desire, And without succeeding in the matter for which I sent it.
It ended up being quite a late night for all of us. Kyah ended up getting a bit of a head cold for the following 5 days, but she recovered very well. We need to look into her getting the flu injection very soon as a preventive measure for the winter months.
Kyah has been doing partner work each week this year and she generally works with the same partner. She is really enjoying working with him and he is slightly older and therefore more experienced, so he is giving her tips on how to work with him better. She just seems to be taking everything in her stride this year.
Kyah saw her physio and Jo complimented her on how much stronger she is getting. This was really nice to hear. Kyah is extremely flexible (hypermobile) and usually people that are hypermobile find it harder to get strong and even harder to look strong. So all the effort she is putting in is finally coming to fruition. It is encouraging for both of us to have confirmation and see the results of the efforts.
The Bolshoi ballet are performing in June/July this year. I have purchased tickets for us to go see them. Neither of us have seen Spartacus live before, so I bought tickets to that. It should be a great ballet to see, as the Bolshoi are renowned as being one of the best ballet companies in the world.
Kyah has made a couple of really nice friends with some girls in her ballet year. They seem to hang together, chat and get on very well. It is nice to see that Kyah is really enjoying what she is doing and the people she is with. What an absolute blessing to be in a situation where you totally enjoy what you are doing and the people around you. She has had some very positive feedback on her progress so far this year, which is wonderful too.
There was a 16th birthday party last weekend. Lots of people were there. Kyah had a great time. We then had to go to a friends birthday dinner party. So another long day for Kyah, but we make sure she has down time to recover and relax and regenerate, ready for the next week.
There is another busy week ahead. We are just so thankful for everything we have been given and seeing God’s plan come to fruition. Seeing these things come to reality definitely helps with reinforcing one’s faith. Kyah is relatively young and she has really been tried and tested. For her to see the promises come about in her life has most certainly helped with her faith and hope.
Rom 8:28 And we know that God causes all things to work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose.