Tuesday, June 14, 2011

A Gymnastics Show To Melt My Heart.

If you follow Sarah's blog (who doesn't, right?), you know our girls had their first "show" last weekend at a local gymnastics academy. Sarah did a great job as usual giving the low-down on that day - check out her post(s) here.

I will have to say that watching the girls perform in the show may have been one of the most emotional times for me since their birth. I have watched this video several times since the show and every time I put the video in motion, my eyes water.

They are all wearing pink leotards so...to spot Allie, look for a side ponytail. Emily has ponytails. And Anna, like Allie, had a side pony. Allie is lined up in the 1st row - far side, Emily is 2nd row - middle, and Anna is in the back row doing her thing!

One reason I get so emotional seeing the girls develop before my eyes is Anna's innocence. Anna gave 100% in the show, just like she does with everything else. Anna's HUGE heart is what makes me proud the most, though. Having a kind heart like Anna's (and Allie's and Emily's) is what is important to me, not so much how they "perform".



My sister, her husband and daughter attended the show also. Having other family members there (Grammy & Papa too) meant a lot to us as a family. You have to understand that my niece "J" had practiced gymnastics in the very same gym. "J" passed away due to complications from cystic fibrosis several years ago. She was only 13. This was the first time my sister and her family had visited the gym since their daughter had passed away. My sister told me they were all crying when they arrived at the gym and she also said they "saw J out there" during the show.

I am a man who believes life is about the moments. This day was a moment with strong emotions attached.

11 comments:

JourneyWithTheCrosiers said...

I have read Sarah's posts about the event, oooo'd and awww'd over the pictures, but seeing them in motion is so fun! And Anna...she is simply amazing!

Pyjammy Pam said...

sniff, sniff, i got a little teary there too. such sweet girls!

Ami said...

Oh my goodness Rich! I'm so glad you posted that! Sarah writes incredibly well, but man, a picture (or a video even more) IS worth a thousand words. I literally have tears running down my cheeks. That was about the sweetest thing I've seen in a very long time. All three girls are just amazing, but I agree, there's something about Anna's wholehearted effort that just makes you so proud. She's an inspiration to so many.

CJ said...

Awesome! That was so cute!!

Rich said...

I'm glad everyone enjoyed watching the girls preform as much as we did.

Taking graduate level courses on top of regular life stuff (work, etc.) makes time for blogging almost null, but I do try to find time to post periodically!

Rachel W. said...

AND I'm tearing up at my desk :) God, they are so cute. all three are adorable, but GO ANNA! you can tell in sarah's pictures and your videos, how proud you guys are , of each of them. thanks for sharing a little bit of your family with us.

Mamma Sol said...

Here I am sitting all the way over in Trondheim, Norway crying my eyes out over this video. You are AMAZING parents to AMAZING kids! I may need to enroll my kids into gymnastics now ;)

Karin said...

I have only just discovered Sarah's blog a few days ago and have been reading about your girls every evening when my little girl was in bed. Your girls are adorable and seeing Anna perform made my eyes well up, as well and I don't even know you and your family! What a lovely family you have! Karin living in Switzerland

Ann said...

Anna always the cutest one..:)

Aris said...

I cried too. Anna has such spirit! And all three are so cute.

Alice said...

i cried, that was beautiful!!