Well, it is now the middle of September. We have been so busy with life it is hard to find time to sit and write the updates you all ask me for. Apologies for my infrequent posts.
We are still in the process of getting Kyah’s subject selection approved. Once she knows that she is in Queensland Ballet again next year, we can finalise her subjects. At the moment because of subjects being offered on different lines, she needs to make small compromises if she isn’t successful for Queensland Ballet. I think it is early November we find out, so we can finalise it all then. At this stage she has two different options, but they are not too different, which is good.
The two homestay girls we had from Korea have now gone back home. They kept us busy with things. We still have one girl from China. She is very pleasant and it is lovely to see her becoming confident with getting around Brisbane. She will be over here in Australia, for almost four years studying, so in the near future she will move into student accommodation. It is nice getting to know her and talking about the lifestyle over in China as a young student and trying to get the best education, and how they make their career choice on what will be successful, rather than what their interest is. It is very sad to a point. This girl would love to be a film director, but she is studying commerce. It makes me realise how fortunate Kyah is that she has such an opportunity to do what she loves. We are believing Kyah will make a successful career out of dance. How fortunate will she be? Not many of us can say we are doing what we love and being paid for it.
We have bought more pointe shoes. The ongoing expense. I am now darning the block. It is interesting to see the different thoughts and theories behind why people do things and what works for them. So far Kyah likes the darning. It seems very strange to have beautiful satin pointe shoes and to be cutting them up and sewing them before they have even been worn. But this is how the dancers like their shoes. They have to have the elastics and ribbons sewn on in the exact right place. Then there are so many options for where to darn the block. After I darned the first pair of shoes my thumb was numb for over two weeks! I have four more shoes to darn, so I’m figuring I get them all done at once to reduce the time frame of numb thumb.
We buy two pairs of shoes at a time for Kyah now. Her feet have stopped growing and one foot is a half size bigger than the other. As she was growing, we used to buy one pair to fit the larger foot. Now we buy two pairs; one to fit the left foot, the other to fit the right foot. Thankfully, pointe shoes and ballet shoes don’t have a left or right.
Kyah had the opportunity to attend a Queensland Ballet ‘taster day’. We attended the Q & A together. Kyah caught up with some of her friends from around the ballet world, so that was lovely. There was a couple of girls she caught up with that have been lovely over the years and they are auditioning for Queensland Ballet for next year. We wish them the best in their auditions.
Even though Kyah would love to dance with Queensland Ballet, it is good to attend these things. I am amazed that so many girls want to go over to Europe to dance. I suppose, if you know in your heart where are supposed to be, you are rested with that thought. Kyah and I definitely are.
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.
Once of Kyah’s friends, Ebony, left last Thursday for Cannes, France. A three year dance contract. We are so happy for her. There seems to be great opportunities for her. We spent a few hours with Ebony and her mum before she left. Kyah will miss her, because Ebony has been a really lovely, true, supportive friend. But nowadays, we are connected around the world so they can still communicate.
Kyah had her ‘Night of Dance’ at school on August 24. We had a full house – Anne came up and the Howie’s came up. It was so nice to watch Kyah dance on a stage again. I haven’t seen that for ages. She really enjoyed it and she looked absolutely beautiful. We all loved watching the production.
It was a whirlwind of a visit from our friends, because I have started working in retail (bit of a change for me, a distraction and an interest I have), and I was busy with that, Kyah was busy with rehearsals, but we managed to make time to spend together. These times are very precious for both Kyah and I. Thank you dear friends for making the time to come up, it means a lot to both of us.
Cinderella, performed by Queensland Ballet, has started at QPAC. Again, Kyah was fortunate enough to go to the dress rehearsal. She loved it. It is a great experience for the academy students to see the dress rehearsal. I went and saw it last night. It is a lovely ballet and if you don’t have tickets as yet and you are able to, I recommend you go.
Block exams are on this week. Kyah has math today, drama Thursday. Fairly easy workload. Most assignments have been done and handed in for other subjects. Dancing is still on, although it is a bit of a smaller schedule this week. School holidays start on September 21. At this stage, almost every day is booked up already! Catch up stuff, dance commitments, Certificate IV stuff, you name it. However, I will make sure we get to the movies at least once.
Kyah has made a lovely group of friends at school. It is nice for Kyah to be around kids outside of the dance world. It is interesting to see her growing up and dealing with issues that teenagers face. I am so blessed that she has had such a good grounding of what is right and wrong and she knows how to treat people, what to avoid, what not to say, how to act and respond in situations. I am just so blessed she has turned out the way she has. We all get knocks and blows in our life and Kyah has definitely had her share, but she continues to be kind and gentle to everyone. A number of teachers commented to me about Kyah and how much they enjoy her being in their class. This is such a compliment for both of us and very reassuring we are both doing something right.
Psa 28:7 The LORD is my strength and my shield; My heart trusts in Him, and I am helped; Therefore my heart exults, And with my song I shall thank Him.
I got a phone call from my friend Tina and she said ‘I’m just going to pick up the lamb and take it home’. My thought was; she’s going to the butchers to buy a half a lamb for the freezer. Then she kept talking about how this lamb doesn’t sleep well, and it wears a nappy, and she bought a port-a-cot for it. Hang on….. What? Well, they are minding a lamb at home for a period of time. It is so cute.
This weekend will be nice for us. Catching up with some friends we have not seen for ages. Lots of socialising and maybe a movie and lunch out with friends.
Heb 10:36 For you have need of endurance, so that when you have done the will of God, you may receive what was promised.