Sunday, April 20, 2008

I Love This Kid

As I have mentioned in the past, my youngest angel is a Hip-Hop queen.  She is the little one in the middle with the very large attitude.  Ever since she was a toddler, the music has spoken to her soul and when it speaks, she just has to MOVE!  Not only is she good at Hip-Hop, but she is also a very talented Ballet dancer.  Her body is her instrument and she uses it to express her exuberance for life.  I am awed by her ability to give into the rhythm.  She dances because it makes her feel good.  She dances because she can.
Yesterday was her final dance competition with this team.  I know she will miss her friends but she wants to expand on her abilities.  I always tell my angels that they can use their God-given gifts to go as far as they would like to reach.  I encourage each one of them to do something because they love it and never because they think that they have to.  It has served them well, so far.  

In this world of parent-driven desires for children, it has always been my philosophy to allow my angels to take the lead in deciding what their interests are.  As a result, Mark and I have shared the blessing of having daughters who exude great pride and pleasure in the activities which they choose to participate in.  Our oldest angel has been a singer and an actor ever since she was small.  She is a Fine Arts/Theater major at her university.  Angel Daughter number two has always had a need to express herself by being an incredible Gymnast/Cheerleader.  She has recently taken up photography for which she has a very natural eye.  This is something she would like to pursue in college.  Angel Daughter number three is a natural born athlete.  She gravitates towards sports where she can be an integral part of a team.  She inspires her teammates with her dedication and drive.  They have each chosen their own paths.  Seems to me that that is the way which it should always be.  How else can we learn to listen to our souls?  How else will we ever be able to find our own joyfulness?

May you find a way to listen to the rhythm of your own spirit.  May you remember to express yourself in ways that make you feel good and may you take the time to honor your own gifts.  It is never too late to say YES to your heart's greatest desires. Never.

17 comments:

Ness said...

I don't have words, Deb, after reading your post except to say Amen and wish all parents had your vision on raising children.

Thanks for sharing the pics. So inspiring. You can see deep down through her soul in looking at her face that she is one with the music and dancing.

I wish you had been my mom.

Hugs and much love to you today. This post made my day.

Coffee Bean said...

What a little doll baby! You are such a good momma!

Well. I should say that sometimes you do need to curb your heart's desire Deb. I know. My heart's desire is cheesecake. Cheesecake is not my friend. She is very mean to me.

Laura ~Peach~ said...

I wish you had been my mom :D
you have very lucky and very loved daughters!
Coffee bean i nearly choked! i was just finishing off my last bite of my cheesecake when i read your comment... SNORK
Love n hugs to ya Deb

NeereAnDear said...
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NeereAnDear said...

Sorry should read a true zest for LIFE

HUGS

NeereAnDear said...

How wonderful that you allow your children to pursue their dreams ... no matter what that might be and express themselves as they wish... they will grow up to be stable and well rounded children and have a true zest for life...

Kudos to you... I love the pics of her dancing! What a treat...

HUGS

JO

Alison said...

wonderful post Deb, as usual! I wholeheartedly agree with you. I always feel so bad for the children who are forced into a sport or activity...it breaks my heart to see their spirit broken. My daughter just quit soccer after 9 years of playing and started taking Karate...she loves it and we love seeing the smile on her face and her enthusiasm.
Your daughters are all so beautiful and talented, each in her own way. You are a wonderful Mom and a wonderful friend.

Angel... said...

What a wonderful post Debbie..and a lovely pictures of your cute little daughter..You are such a lucky Mom to have a daughter like that. and she is lucky coz, you guys are letting her dreams comes true..

Glad to see your beautiful post

Melissa @ The Inspired Room said...

Isn't it wonderful to have such amazing daughters? And to know you had the ability to shape them into who THEY wanted to be? Yep, because without YOU they don't always have the confidence to be who they are. You are a great momma! And it shows in your amazing daughters....

xoxoxoxo

Alison said...

there is a present at my site for you.

Grammie Hoffman in WA said...

Deb Dub,

Your little angels are a reflection of their parents.

I'm being a nosey granny...if you weren't afflicted with FM, would you have been a working mom? This might be an affiatus! Hugs, Grammie H

tj said...

...Oh Deb, you are the BEST and it shines thru your daughters! What a wonderful way to raise your children and what a shame that more parents don't take those same steps... Could you imagine what our world would be like today if all our children be raised with those same values and inspiration? Gosh...(*sigh*)

...You can tell just from your Angel daughters photos that each one of them has a bright light that shines from within - you can tell they each have a zest for life. You've done good Momma Deb! ;o) Oh and Papa Mark too (I'm sure he had a hand in it too! lol... :o)

...I think of you daily and hope you are feeling well my friend... Thank you for your sweet words over at my place - you do a heart good... :o)

...Blessings... :o)

tj said...

...And what is Miss Coffee bean talkin' about up there? Cheesecake is a "she"? And "she's" mean?! lol... Just what kinda cheesecake are you eatin' there 'coffee bean'? lol...

Irene Latham said...

Hi Deb - how fortunate your daughters are to be absolutely infused with your wonderful spirit of love and generosity. Love these pics! So great when folks are doing the thing they are most passionate about. Here's to saying YES as much as possible! love,
Irene

Melissa @ The Inspired Room said...

xoxo..."daughter news" on my blog today...

Wyanne said...

What a great post. Thanks for sharing it. Great advice that I'll never forget. Love, Wyanne

Sparrow said...

Debbie, thanks for the invite to your blog. I wonder how many of these people who read and post are aware of what a beautiful light you are? I've never had the privilege of meeting your children, but any great in them comes from your nurturing. I know you sure know how to bring the good out in me, and I'm thankful.

You're amazing! Please never change, except if you know of ways to make you happier. You deserve all good.

Sparrow

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