Our Ballerina

July 2018
Age 6 1/2

August 2017
Age 5

May 2016
Age 4

June 2015
Age 3

Anna took Ballet 1 this summer and learned so many new things!  I feel like this class was definitely more technique than the early, little girl ballet classes she’s taken in the past.  And she loved it!  

One of the things I love about the ballet studio we attend is the focus on Jesus.  They talk about dance being a form of worship and at the end of every class, the girls are encouraged to worship, dancing however they want.  They talk to the girls about listening to Jesus, too.  The next two pictures show one class where they were listening and then danced according to what they heard.  Love that.  

Psalm 149:3 – Praise His name with dancing!

While Anna was in ballet for an hour every week this summer, James and I either went to the library or hung out in the van reading.  He spent several weeks looking over the manual for the van, locating air bags, and checking out the dashboard.  He thinks he’s ready to drive!  

Little House on the Prairie

We finished the Little House books!  I can’t remember when we started this series, but I think it’s been at least a couple years.  There are nine books in the series and we enjoyed each one.  All four of us loved these books so much.  They are charming, beautifully illustrated, and full of detailed descriptions.  The books capture Laura Ingalls Wilder’s childhood in the Midwest during 1870-1894.  They are fascinating, jaw dropping, and full of much joy and heartache. 

Most nights before the kids go to bed, the four of us pile onto our bed and read together.  It is one of our family’s favorite traditions.  We so enjoyed this series and I think we were a little sad to finish.  It may be difficult to find something to top these!  If you haven’t read these charming books I would highly recommend it!