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.
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.