Thinking About... How Mike and I are going to raise our daughter to understand the beauty of her body the way God made it. The beauty of the inside of her. The beauty of the one-of-a-kind girl that is Gigi Kent. This weekend we saw Gigi perform at the fair with her dance class. It was precious. She loves the stage. She loves the spotlight, and she was in heaven for that 1:30 that was hers to do her thing.
BUT we also saw the rest of all the girls perform ages ranging from 3-16 and the older girls did a variance of dances from tap to hip-hop. I was shocked at the song choices (if you have to bleep out a bad word every few seconds, maybe it's not the best choice)...and shocked by the gyrating, booty shaking, twerking and shimmying that was going with these young girls. Mike and I looked at each other and was like, "really?". We were sad by the fact these sweet innocent girls are being exposed to music and body moves that we believe are inappropriate for their age.
Also, the hair...the makeup...the fake eyelashes on a 5 year old, really? I danced when I was REALLY little, but I settled into the athletics world...so this whole scene is new, different and very much out of our comfort zone and know-how. I am just not aware of what the standard is for a dancer..what they need to perform, what is necessary and what is just NOT. This all made me realize the challenge it is going to be to raise Gigi with a TRUE sense of awareness of who she is, what is appropriate and what is GOOD. Mike and I both agreed after tonight we don't want her dancing like that...but what if she loves dancing? Do we force her not to or give in? It is going to be brutal. Sex is just everywhere. Lord help all parents and give us wisdom.
Listening to... Hillsong's "Oceans" I know this song has been out for awhile now, but it took sometime for it to really resonate deeply in my heart. Now, I feel like every word from these lyrics are truly speaking to me and are very profound.
Thankful For... An eventful weekend with our little family. We still had some set backs (Mike might have pink-eye and I had a horrible sore throat and sinus headache all weekend) but at least the kids this weekend were happy and healthy. Some of our weekend adventures included: stuffing our faces with yummy Food Truck goodness, walks in the neighborhood, Red Box moxie rental, car washes, getting wet in the backyard, getting chores done, going to the county fair, playing carnival games, and watching Gigi perform. It was a good weekend.
What about you? What are you CURRENTLY up to?