My 8 year old accomplished one of her dreams, a lofty dream I might add! Her goal was to perform in the Nutcracker at the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC. Awhile back I wrote about the audition process and the elation I felt when I was ushered into an elevator to the ballet studio after being told my daughter was chosen to be in Ballet West’s Nutcracker. Well, that elation could only be topped when I saw my daughter perform on Saturday! She was beautiful!!! She lit up when she was on stage and was totally undaunted by the sea of audience watching her. I can’t do justice to describe all the emotions I felt, it was surreal and I was so proud of her for persevering through even the really hard times, for going to every rehearsal on time, for her sacrifice, for her kindness and compassion even towards those who weren’t kind to her, I was proud of her humble little heart and her desire to reach her dreams.It was 4 months of hard work and she did it! My little girl is amazing and I’m blessed beyond measure. She makes my heart soar! I’m not sure why God decided to give her to me, but I thank him everyday. The best compliment I received about Anya was yesterday when another sweet mom said to me how Anya is so humble and blessed. I know this won’t be the last time she accomplishes one of her dreams, in fact I believe this is one of many, but I pray that she stays humble, God loving, and as beautiful on the inside as she was created to be. Here are a few snapshots 🙂 Unfortunately, we weren’t allowed to take any pictures with their costumes on.. yeah not too happy about that, but anyway here are a few!