Sunday, April 22, 2012

The Butterfly Ball - Rob and Faith's First Daddy-Daughter Dance

As Rob was putting on his tie, he asked, "how did I get roped into this again?" He was referring to his and Faith's first ever Daddy-Daughter dance. A friend of ours who also has a little girl in a wheelchair has gone for the last four years and has asked Rob in the past if he was going or not. I was so excited when Rob decided to buy tickets for this year's dance called the Butterfly Ball, which is a fundraiser for a local music school.

When we got to the venue, we were a little surprised at how packed it was. Not only were there 299 other dads with their little girls, but there were also moms, grandmas, grandpas, aunts, uncles, cousins, friends, neighbors - all of them taking photos of the dressed up dads and daughters.

What a handsome husband and beautiful daughter!
Rob and Faith with our friends, Tracy and Paige
Most of the dads were sporting suits and ties and most of the 5-12 year-old girls were dressed in mini prom dresses. I'm not sure where you buy a prom dress in a size 6X - apparently somewhere! Some of them even looked like they had just come from the beauty shop and when we arrived, we even saw a limo pulling out of the parking lot.

Neither Rob and Faith wanted to get in the long line for the Grand March so instead we found our friends and got a place to sit. I really wanted to stay the whole time but I also knew this was Rob and Faith's special time together.

I did however stay just long enough for the first dance - Celebrate Good Times, Come On! I thought it was so funny that all the dads were singing along to all the words. Later, I asked Rob what kind of music they played throughout the night and he said mostly music for the dads. I said, "What, no Justin Bieber for the girls?" Rob also said that the few times they played a Michael Jackson song, Faith would ask, "can we go home now?"

Dads and daughters having a ball!
Although Rob and Faith didn't stay for the whole event, we are all glad they went and I was very proud of Rob for taking his little girl to the Butterfly Ball. And I was proud of both of them for actually getting out on the dance floor too! I know it was a very special time for them that they will never forget.

Saturday, April 14, 2012

SURPRISE!

Faith loves surprising people. There's only one problem - she's not very good at it. She starts giggling and laughing and sort of gives the surprise away. Sometimes when Rob is working in the office, we like to surprise him with cookies. Well, we try to surprise him but he hears us coming down the hallway long before we even get to the door. She yells, "Surprise!" anyway.

Because Faith likes surprises, she was very excited for her uncle Todd's surprise birthday party. Unfortunately it didn't work out that she was there when Todd walked in the room and we all got to yell Surprise! She had been a little nervous beforehand so she and Rob ended up coming a little later. After she warmed up to the new environment, and all the unfamiliar faces, she couldn't wait for us to put the candles on the cake and sing Happy Birthday.

Due to Todd's rigorous rig schedule, we had his party a little early
Todd, Barbara and family
The cake was a huge hit!
Faith helped me count all 35 candles!
Happy Birthday Uncle Todd!
The birthday party was a lot of fun and Todd certainly was surprised. We got to share some time with Barbara's two sisters who also live here and their families and meet some new people as well. It was a big success and Faith is looking forward to trying to surprise someone again - even though she's not very good at it!

Sunday, April 8, 2012

A Blessed Resurrection Sunday

Today we celebrated Easter, or as I like to call it, Resurrection Sunday. We started our day by attending church with Faith's auntie Barbara. Faith had never been to this church before - I had gone once before with Barbara. Though the music was a little loud, Faith did great. At one point, Rob was concerned about how she was doing so he took her out into the lobby but she wanted to come back in and sit by Barbara, who held her hand the whole time.

The whole service ended up being about two hours long but Faith very patient through the sermon and at one point was repeating the words the pastor was saying. The pastor gave a great message talking about  the Resurrection of Christ being the foundation of Christianity - without Jesus rising from the dead, Christianity would be just like any other religion - completely man-made.We ended the service singing the great song "Because He Lives."

After church, we had dinner with our two terrific friends, Bob and Lola. There were other guests as well and we had a wonderful time. Faith especially loved Bob's home-made ice cream!

As it has been our tradition for the last couple of years, we set out after filling our tummies to fly kites. Faith was really excited to fly her new parrot kite that Bob and Lola had gotten her for Christmas. But after trying to fly her kite in three different locations, we decided it was just too windy. Guess we'll have to try that another weekend.

After such a wonderful and blessed day, we came home to relax. Well, actually I did a load of laundry, made a lasagna for tomorrow night's supper and egg salad for lunch tomorrow. While Faith has the day off tomorrow, I get to go to work. After being outside in the wind today, I'm sure we'll all sleep well! 

I hope all of you have had a blessed Easter and I hope that you take a moment to thank our Savior for all He has done for us.

Tuesday, April 3, 2012

You Are Who You Are For a Reason

Guest Post by Russel Kelfer

You are who you are for a reason.
You're part of an intricate plan.
You're a precious and perfect unique design,
Called "God's special woman or man."

You look like you look for a reason. 
Our God made no mistake.
He knit you together within the womb,
You're just what He wanted to make!

The parents you had were the ones He chose
And no matter how you may feel, 
They were custom-designed with God's plan in mind,
And they bear the Master's seal.

No, that trauma you faced was not easy;
And God wept that it hurt you so.
But it was allowed to shape your heart
So that into His likeness you'd grow. 

You are who you are for a reason.
You've been formed by the Master's rod. 
You are who you are, Beloved,
Because there is a GOD.