Category Archives: dance



Remember 9/11. We didn’t do a stair climb or attend any services, just remembered it at home.

School went well today. Bethany took Hannah to breakfast while I helped Grace with school, then she took Grace to lunch and I helped Hannah. We started Worship dance and they moved times around, so Hannah and I went at 2, she had ballet at 3 and Grace went at 4. There are 5 adults, 5 kids in Hannah’s class and 12 in Grace’s class (that might change.) The theme this session is Love and relationships, God to us, us to God and us to other believers.

God to us
God’s love is – unconditional, sacrificial, generous, serving, treasures, relational

God does not love our sin because it creates a wall, on one side is God, always flowing love toward us, on the other side is us. With the wall of sin we can never reach the love of God, when we tear down the wall, the love that was always there flows to us
God’s love – John 17:22 I have given them the glory that you gave me, that they may be one as we are one 23 I in them and you in me—so that they may be brought to complete unity. Then the world will know that you sent me and have loved them even as you have loved me.

Think about that, He loves us even as He loved His own son. You are not a speck, unworthy, hopeless, lost cause, you are someone that God loves as much as He loves His own son.

Romans 5:5 God’s love has been poured out into our hearts through the Holy Spirit, who has been given to us.

God loves us, Jesus loved us so much that he sacrificed Himself and put us before Him, and God also gives us love through the Holy Spirit.

If you have doubts, worries, are confused, go back to the Word and rely on the foundation that is set. People make mistakes, if we had an oral history handed down – we could doubt its veracity. But, we have the Living Word of God set down to read, if you read it, you will find that there are truths you cannot doubt – God made you, He loves you, He has always loved you and always will, He waits patiently for you, He treasures you because you are wonderfully made, a son or daughter of a King, bought with a price, made whole and LOVED.

1 Corinthians 13 If I speak in the tongues of men or of angels, but do not have love, I am only a resounding gong or a clanging cymbal. 2 If I have the gift of prophecy and can fathom all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have a faith that can move mountains, but do not have love, I am nothing. 3 If I give all I possess to the poor and give over my body to hardship that I may boast, but do not have love, I gain nothing. 4 Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. 5 It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. 6 Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. 7 It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. 8 Love never fails…..13 And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love.

The chicken enchilada casserole I made in the crockpot was good, and a bit spicy. We went by Guitar center to see about getting Hannah’s ukulele restrung and popped by Toys R Us to pester Alex.


Seed bombs and Hike {Three mile creek}


Thursday we went to the library to make seed bombs with Craftsman and apprentice. I told them they should offer the arrow making at the library – we’ll see.

Our seeds will be growing shortly. Friday I took Grace and Hannah to Three mile creek for a hike. As soon as we got out of the car we saw a marmot, he was posing.

We saw a deer, jay, chipmunks and the same marmot when we got back to the car. I wanted to cross the pass to Georgetown, but it was still closed so we just came back 285.

Crossing the creek and the marmot-

Back at home Bethany and I got ready for a Women’s banquet at church, Grace went to a dance and Hannah and James went to Taco Bell.



Today was recital, I think the adult class was spot on, we were confident and able to praise and worship with our dance instead of being worried about formations or remembering steps. That’s how it should always be, but sometimes the moves are hard or life gets in the way of practicing or you are old and your knee hurts. I was worried about being able to get up (and look nice about it) while on stage, but I did it twice during rehearsal and once when it really counted. I was searching for Hannah so I would know when she was on stage, I could not find her in the seats and Grace said, ‘She’s on stage right now.’ I had glanced at the stage, but she looked so grown up with her hair piece in and outfit on that I missed her.

Good thing they go through the dance twice!

Grace liked her dance and song (both good things) and her class did an amazing job. They were together, they had smiles on their faces and an attitude of praise that was infectious. She also looked so grown up with the longer tunic on and pants again instead of a skirt. Sorry for the little flag girl, they were starting to practice recessional…the other video was shot from the other side and she’s mostly on this side.

Here is the other one –

The adults had new blue tunics with gold trim around the neck, these were made by Stacy and Linda in our group and they did a great job. There was just enough fabric and trim to do the 7 tunics and that was it! Me right after rehearsal, don’t worry, I cleaned up and put on some make-up before performance.

Selfie time.

We’re laughing here because we had people taking pictures with 4 phones and we didn’t know where to look.

Some friends came out to see us and I got to see almost all of the dances, which was nice. After we grabbed our stuff we went to Freddy’s to eat (we were starving) then home to change and put away everything (until next session.)



Bethany went to get her make up done, get her hair done and was just about to get into her dress for pictures when the zipper broke. The thing at the bottom flew off and the zipper would not zip. James happened to be working from home, so he took the dress to the tailor while Bethany wore her back up dress for pictures (and it ended up being the dress, the tailor couldn’t fix the other one.) I liked this one better anyway (and Bethany had three dresses of similar color, so when the first one broke she wore the second one and brought the third as a back up to the back up dress.) Alex came over and they placed/pinned the corsage and boutineer  that Jennifer made (so nice.) We headed over to the Highlands Ranch mansion to take pictures, I wish the sun had been covered with a cloud, but we did get some good pictures.

We dropped them off at the venue to help decorate, the theme was Masquerade ball.

After prom they had dinner at Angelo’s while the parents had good drinks, dessert and conversation while they dined.

Last dance, Hudson, rain ruins a hike


Monday we had our last dance session. We got a copy of the words to our song to mull over this week, tweaked some hand and arm positions in the dance and ran through recessional. Back at home I sketched out 3 pictures to finish on Tuesday, one about the dance, one about the recessional song and one about being the Light.

Tuesday James worked from home for half the day, then we went to lunch with him at Yak and Yeti and ate way too much Nepalese food. I finished the pictures, I think they turned out great.

We dropped him at work, then went to Hudson to see what was blooming and check on the frogs. Grace found one frog in the muskrat pond, but none in the regular frog pond – which I expected, it’s still too early.

Today (Wednesday) we were supposed to go on a hike, but it hailed and rained during the night and into the late morning. Even when it stopped I decided it wasn’t a great idea as the area we’d be hiking in probably got snow/ice last night so it would be wet and slushy/icy. We’ll try again soon.

Monday – dog shaming


We did school, shamed Maisy, picked some dandelions, then headed to dance.

Devotionals from dance (last week and this week.) In 2 Kings we read of a great military leader, Naaman, who had a skin disease. He was used to speaking to kings and great men, but God was going to humble him. By using servants instead of kings, men of God instead of leaders with no power, God healed Naaman. Naaman was instructed to do something – bathe in the River Jordan – and he didn’t immediately obey. It wasn’t until a servant told him, why not do it, if it heals you – great! Of course, when he bathed in the river, he was healed. God will put people in our lives to speak into it, but we can miss out if we are looking for one thing when presented with another. God uses both the rich and poor, the mighty and the low, those we feel comfortable around and those that we feel are beneath us. God honors humility and faith in action, it was a servant that caused Naaman to go looking for a healer and a servant that prodded him to do what he was told, if he had not listened and obeyed, he would not have been healed.

2 Kings 5: 14 So he did it. He went down and immersed himself in the Jordan seven times, following the orders of the Holy Man. His skin was healed; it was like the skin of a little baby. He was as good as new.

15 He then went back to the Holy Man, he and his entourage, stood before him, and said, “I now know beyond a shadow of a doubt that there is no God anywhere on earth other than the God of Israel.

This week – Remember. Abraham was promised to be the father of nations, he was reminded many times of the promise that was to come. When we look at his life, leaving all he knew and going to Canaan, traveling through Egypt and making a few mistakes there, splitting with Lot and settling in Canaan, struggling with the promise when he had no children, trying to go around the promise with Hagar, finally seeing his son born, being tested by God – in all of these things, in spite of Abraham’s mistakes and failures, God was faithful and what He promised, He delivered. We don’t walk around worrying if gravity is going to fail us and we will float off into outer space, but we often walk around worrying about the promises of God. Will He be there, does He love me, what if I mess up? How would our lives look if we walked in confident expectation of the promises of God? What promises do we need to be reminded of?

Do you need to know He’s on your side –  Exodus 14:14  Yahweh is fighting for you! So be still!”

Are you tired – Isaiah 40:29 He gives strength to those who grow tired and increases the strength of those who are weak.

Have you been abandoned and need to know that God will never leave you – Isaiah 54:10 Even if the mountains heave up from their anchors, and the hills quiver and shake, I will not desert you. You can rely on My enduring love; My covenant of peace will stand forever. So says the Eternal One, whose love won’t give up on you.

Deuteronomy 31:8 Yahweh is the one who is going ahead of you. He will be with you. He won’t abandon you or leave you. So don’t be afraid or terrified.”

Do you need to know how great is the love of God for you and in you – Ephesians 3:16-19 I’m asking God to give you a gift from the wealth of his glory. I pray that he would give you inner strength and power through his Spirit. 17 Then Christ will live in you through faith. I also pray that love may be the ground into which you sink your roots and on which you have your foundation. 18 This way, with all of God’s people you will be able to understand how wide, long, high, and deep his love is. 19 You will know Christ’s love, which goes far beyond any knowledge. I am praying this so that you may be completely filled with God.

John 3:16-18 “This is how much God loved the world: He gave his Son, his one and only Son. And this is why: so that no one need be destroyed; by believing in him, anyone can have a whole and lasting life. God didn’t go to all the trouble of sending his Son merely to point an accusing finger, telling the world how bad it was. He came to help, to put the world right again. Anyone who trusts in him is acquitted; anyone who refuses to trust him has long since been under the death sentence without knowing it. And why? Because of that person’s failure to believe in the one-of-a-kind Son of God when introduced to him.

There are many more promises, in any situation there is a promise that God has made that will overcome the fear and uncertainty of this life.

We’re done, owls, art, cat cafe, Vegas, river sampling


Yeah, I’m gonna shove everything into one post. Bethany, Grace, and I finished our dances (Hannah’s class lost 2 kids, so they spent some time redoing the dance up to this point and will finish next week.) This is great because we have some time to do the whole dance instead of just pieces and that helps muscle memory. Of course, the dance is not about dancing, but it’s nice to be cohesive while trying to get the praise message in there. Dance devotional from today – (coming soon)

Here are some owl pics.


The trees and bushes are flowering out and I think we’re past any frost/snow, so bring on the gooseberries, crabapples, pears, chokecherries, raspberries, plums, cherries, grapes and more.

We made some art at Creativity club and went to a new craft store – lots of cool stuff in there.

James and I went to Englewood Grand for jazz after dinner at Lena, then I took him to the airport early Wednesday morning for his flight to Vegas for a work conference.

While he was working the girls and I went to Mas Kaos for lunch, then went to the Cat cafe to do school. We also stopped at the library to pick up our fused glass.

After work James got to see the Blue man group – the girls were jealous.

Thursday we did some school and Grace and I got out to sample, of course it started raining as soon as we got to the river and stopped as soon as we left.

On the bank.



Right bank.

Left bank.

Getting the temperature and DO in the rain.

We were going to go on a hike, but Grace was a bit stuffed up, I actually had to find the nebulizer and give her a treatment Wednesday night. She’s been going downhill since Monday, but by Thursday afternoon she was a bit better.

Now it’s Friday, some school, some cap and gown pics, HS skate, Disney sing-along at church and picking up James from the airport and that will top off the week.