23 Days of Thanksgiving: Day 3

Today, I’m thankful for my daughter, Allyson.

I don’t know if she knows how thankful I am for her.

As a little girl, I remember watching gymnastics competitions on TV. I loved it! I was in awe of those girls’ abilities and artistry on the floor and on all the “equipment.”

I now know what all that equipment is: uneven bars, balance beams and vaults. I know it because of my gymnast daughter!

When she was about 3 years old, I enrolled her in baby ballet our local YMCA. It’s what our family did. My mom, grandma and aunts all did ballet growing up. Even my name, Coppelia, is a ballet.

Ater the first few classes, Allyson confidently announced that she didn’t like ballet and she wanted to do gymnastics.

I was impressed by her clarity and certainty. But I’m also the mom who says we need to finish what we start.

Reluctantly, she did a wonderful job and looked really cute in her tutu!

Then, I started asking local mom friends if they knew of any good gymnastics schools in our area. Turns out, we knew quite a bit of people at one of the local bigger gyms!

We signed her up for a summer session, just to try it out and see if she really liked it. It wasn’t long until her coach told us that she was really good!

It has been almost 5 years since that beginners class. And Allyson continues to get encouraging comments from her coaches. Recently, one of the coaches couldn’t believe that she was doing Level 5 skills, when she is currently at Level 2!

Baby: Daddy, your brother and I are all super proud of you! And we cannot wait to see what God is going to do through you and Through Your Love of gymnastics!

Happy Thanksgiving (and Happy Birthday month!)

Laughing thru Life,