Tuesday, November 18, 2014

all the world is filled with love.

we've got an angel and a mouse, plus two bon-bons/soldiers in the nutcracker this year. what a treat for all four of them to be dancing in this one.
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a couple of weeks ago we showed up to class and the downstairs of the studio was almost empty. upstairs finn danced his little, mouse-heart out. liam sat reading in the lobby. downstairs a sweet lady put on a favorite, nostalgic tune from riverdance and evy, ossi and i twirled and hopped about the dance floor. it was a little sampling of heaven.
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i hope that the kids feel as much love and peace in their childhood as i felt in mine. listening to those old tunes brought back sweet memories of happy snuggles with my parents and siblings while we watched irish dancing.
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at the heart of many of my happiest memories is my parents' marriage. that may sound strange. i guess i mean that the best times were when we were all together playing or relaxing and you could tell they were a team. it's really hard to describe those moments because they aren't one particular memory as much as a string of small events that taught me what true love looks like.

this video from the vatican summit (where global faith leaders are currently meeting to discuss marriage) was a powerful witness to me on this topic. it wasn't flashy or mind-boggling. i just feel in my heart that he's right.

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Kindly heaven smiles above
When there's love at home;
All the world is filled with love
When there's love at home.
Sweeter sings the brooklet by;
Brighter beams the azure sky.
Oh, there's One who smiles on high
When there's love at home.
Love at home, love at home;
Oh, there's One who smiles on high
When there's love at home.

-John Hugh McNaughton
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