Wednesday, 4 August 2010

I Hope You Dance

I am a mother to two beautiful daughters. My eldest is six and the baby is three; both of them have totally different personalties. Kimee is the more daring, risk-taker; while Simone is more cautious and becomes very nervous and anxious in new situations. For example, at the park, Simone approaches the monkey bars with extreme caution, but the time I blink she is at the top yelling, "Look at me, Mommy!! I did it all by myself!!"

So, when I pray for my girls, I always find that my prayers have two very distinct focuses. For Kimee, my prayer usually sounds something like this, "Lord, please help me to allow Kimberley to take risks, even if they make ME nervous. Please keep her safe from broken, twisted, and sprained limbs. Give her a strong sense of discernment so she will know which risks are not worth taking. Amen."

For Simone, my prayers are a little different. I pray that God will give her courage and boldness. I pray that she will know that her thoughts are worth sharing and that she will always be brave enough the speak her mind. I pray that she will be more confident than I was when I was a child. And in life, when she gets the choice to sit it out or dance, I pray that she will choose to dance.
**I just used my favourite parts of the lyrics in my layout :)

I Hope You Dance
by Lee Ann Womack

I hope you never lose your sense of wonder
You get your fill to eat
But always keep that hunger
May you never take one single breath for granted
God forbid love ever leave you empty handed
I hope you still feel small
When you stand by the ocean
Whenever one door closes, I hope one more opens
Promise me you'll give faith a fighting chance 

And when you get the choice to sit it out or dance
I hope you dance

I hope you never fear those mountains in the distance
Never settle for the path of least resistance
Living might mean taking chances
But they're worth taking
Lovin' might be a mistake
But it's worth making
Don't let some hell bent heart
Leave you bitter
When you come close to selling out
Give the heavens above
More than just a passing glance

And when you get the choice to sit it out or dance
I hope you dance.


Kiwi The Kreator said...

This is amazing, Racq...especially that you've captured her shyness in this shot!

Taj White said...

Racquel, I am so happy I was able to come and check out your gorgeous blog and gorgeous work. Your I hope you dance layout is just darling. I love the photo and not to mention all the work put into it.

sammysgrammy said...

Raquel.......I attended the etsy virtual lab last night and made a note of your blog - to study for my blog education. I haven't jumped into the blogosphere yet but am planning to. yours is just what I'd like mine to be like, artistic, sophisticated, cool!!

Sammysgrammy (Rita)

soulenergy said...

I'm glad I found your blog through the etsy virtual lab... I can totally relate to you... I've got two girls, the oldest will be six in three weeks, the youngest was two last week.

All the best,

Natalie Elphinstone said...

what beautiful and heartfelt journaling. And a stunning layout too. Your girl is gorgeous!