stopping the motion

Six years ago, Jodie was but a blur as I tried to capture her dancing  her very first solo for the first time.

Apparently I took over 300 pictures at that competition team preview trying to capture her. As the years literally flew by it seemed that trying to still her dancing was impossible. It has been…most of the time. Still, sometimes I get lucky.

Of course I have spent the last seven dance competition seasons watching her every move, every step, every turn, every leap.

Slowly, but surely, I am getting better capturing this whirling dervish that is my dancing daughter.

Then again, sometimes I just get lucky. Actually most of the time because this time at this preview I took only a little over 1,000 pictures.

18 years ago this week, my worst nightmare as a NICU nurse & mom began. Only 26 weeks pregnant with my 4th baby my water broke and I found myself in active labor, dilated 3 centimeters. I remember my boss would not tell me which neo was on that night when she came to visit me…probably because I surely would have freaked out even more because sometimes knowledge is just too much. But Jodie was not meant to be born in February much too soon. So many dear friends made 99 days of complete bedrest possible for me, my darling husband and our children and Jodie was born fullterm..absolutely miraculous. The love, the prayers and the daily visits, meals, childcare, housecleaning and everything else made this all possible. I kind of fogged up the viewfinder of my camera tonight taking pictures of this beautiful, talented daughter of mine as I got a little teary thinking of so many people who made this possible. What Jodie does on stage is partly because of the kindness, the love, and the help of so many. I’m forever grateful.

You know who you are.

Thank you!

Wherever this may take her, you certainly can take some credit, point at her on the stage or the screen or at any child in tap shoes whom she has taught and tell anyone and everyone that you helped make that perpetual motion possible.


there is another…

It’s going to be a fun season, my last season as a dance mom.


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