An update on my ballerina

I'm deeply ensconced in book writing. Just hit 11,000 words. I am so proud of it this time. I really feel like this is my very best work. I can't wait for you to read this book!

In the meantime, I wanted to give you a little update on my ballerina. So many of you generously helped send Jewel to American Ballet Theatre this past summer. She learned so much and has continued to grow in grace and strength. The summer intensive was crucial in her training and we were so grateful for your support!

Ballet is her passion. Did I also mention she's a straight-A student? She's the kind of young woman I wanted to be at her age. Yes, I'm bragging. Forgive me, I'm just so proud of her.

She has continued cleaning her ballet studio to help pay for lessons. She does this without complaint. She is also on a ballet team and will be competing in the Youth American Grand Prix in January. It's a true honor to watch her develop into a beautiful dancer and a gracious, hardworking young woman.

I was never allowed to take dance lessons as a child. It went against my parents' modesty rules. If there is one thing for which I am deeply grateful now, it is that my own daughter is free to pursue her dreams. Freedom is so sweet.

My daughter had these pictures taken in preparation for upcoming audition season and I thought it would be fun to share them with you. Thank you for sharing in our journey. From the bottom of my heart, thank you.

All pictures taken by Sharyn of At Play Photography.