Monday, April 13, 2009

Dance like no one's watching - Project 365

The rain was coming down in a steady, melodic drizzle.

Storms are a rare sight to see around here, and oh, how I love a good rain. I pulled a blanket around my shoulders and stepped outside with Savannah, and we huddled together, warm in our little cocoon.

But since she's 3, cuddling only lasts for so long, and she popped out and inched her way towards the edge, where the roof stopped and the sky began. At first she just put out a hand, tentatively, and then shrieked and pulled it back when the rain splashed and ran down her arm.

That's wet, Mama, she informed me.

She did it again. Her hand, and then a shoe. She stuck out her tongue to catch a drop, and her curly hair straightened into wet strands.

And then she was dancing in the rain.

Pure abandon. Such joy. Such freedom.

I wish I could dance like that.




We had a wonderful, simple Easter. Wonderful because of Jesus.

Wonderful, also, because our friends, who know that we have no family in the area and always take us under their wing, invited us over for a mid-afternoon lunch. Followed by an Easter Egg Hunt that lasted about 1 minute and 4 seconds. Those kids are fast.





Thank you, Sara, for hosting Project 365.

Happy Monday!

41 comments:

Rachelle said...

She is such a doll!

Carrie said...

What beautiful pictures to remember such an innocent moment! {Love the pants! ha ha!}

She is such a sweet girl! How do you stand her cheeks! I'm sure they're kissed ALL the time!!! So cute!

Wendi @ Every Day Miracles said...

Jackie,
The way you wrote this was so beautiful! I love your descriptive words.

I also love the innocent freedom that kids possess. If only we could all find our "inner child" and dance in the rain. :)

Lisa said...

How PRECIOUS! I too wish we adults were better at just enjoying dancing in the rain with such abandon.

sara said...

Oh I loved these pictures! Seeing your daughter dance in the rain was so sweet!!! I am thankful you have that in pictures!!

we had the same kind of easter!

Aspiemom said...

Savannah is so sweet! They are so much fun at that age - dancing in the rain, coloring eggs and having an egg hunt! Love her Easter hat!

Thanks for sharing.

The Bayou Belles and Their Beau said...

The dancing pictures are precious. Her pants are so cute. I remember the days I could dress my girls in the cutest stuff. Now, they have something to say about everything.

{Jodie} said...

One of these days I'd love to play in the rain with my kids. I don't know that I have much of a desire to dance in it - but I would like to stop being "the Mama" long enough to enjoy a good game of tag in it!

The pictures you took of Savannah dancing are fantastic. It always feels so good to be able to capture a moment in your heart AND with your camera, doesn't it?

Loved your post, as always! It makes me happy to see y'all taken care of by friends like this. :)

Tracy's Porch said...

Beautiful moments captured and so beautifuuly written. She is just a doll!

The Fritz Facts said...

She is simply wonderful. Boo loves to dance in the rain, even now. I love to watch it, she has no cares.

Carpoolqueen said...

LOVE being out in the rain. You'll usually find me sitting just under the eave watching it pour down.

The boys have inherited my love for it - I let them play in it with nary a word of caution.

Marci @Finding Joy in the Journey said...

There is nothing more free than dancing in the rain! So why is it that it's the kids dancing their little hearts out? At least the Mamas are getting good at pictures in the rain! Their is lots of joy in that!

Glad you had a good Easter!

Kim said...

Lovely photos! What a good week you've had. What great memories you've made.

Jennifer @ Taking My Time said...

I love that you captured her dancing in the rain. Too precious.

Sara@i.Sass said...

Oh she is SO cute!!!!

Gretchen said...

dancing in the rain...celbrating life no matter its season or your season...that's where it's at. Glad you had great Easter. Awesome pics.

Jenn@A Country Girl's Ramblings said...

I do love a good dance in the rain and so do my kids! Loved the pictures of Savannah dancing and playing with pure abandon!

TCKK said...

She is sooo cute!

Rachel said...

So adorable. You are an amazing writer, too!

Juice said...

What a beautiful post. Thanks for lifting my spirit today!

H-Mama said...

love these pictures! your daughter is precious! simply. precious.

Krystal said...

Oh Jackie she is beautiful! This was such a gorgeous post! Aren't great friends such a blessing? Praise the Lord for good friends! I know mine are precious to me and my family!

Have a great week!

fransmomma said...

precious pictures; your daughter is adorable! some of the sweetest times with my kids have been dancing in the rain together. thats so much fun!

Amber said...

PRECIOUS!!!!

Looks like you had a great Easter! :)

Becky said...

What great collages and words too. Isn't it funny how us mommies spend so much time preparing for egg hunts and such and they are over so quickly. Memory made... moving on :-)

Elena said...

Those are all great picures Jackie!

2nd Cup of Coffee said...

So glad you had a blessed Easter. She truly is an adorable little girl. She also reminds me a little of my oldest when she was that age, so sometimes it tugs at my heart a wee bit. Anyway, glad you're in for Phase 2 of 30 x 5!

LuAnn said...

She is soooo cute and your writing is awesome.
Easter Blessings to you and your family.

Kellie said...

Sounds like you had a great holiday weekend.

Savannah is such a beautiful little girl!

SarahHub said...

Oh, Jackie - Savannah is just beautiful! I love how you captured the moment with both your words and pictures.

Melissa said...

Lovely snapshots...she's precious, Have a great week!

Jules from "The Roost" said...

What a precious moment, dancing in the rain with such joy! :0) Looks like you had a wonderful Easter!

Growin' with it! said...

okay, so we live in one of THE rainy-est states ever and do i jump in puddles? n.o. shame on me!

Lois Lane II said...

How beautiful! Your daughter is so beautiful, too!

MoziEsmé said...

That dancing is adorable! And the Easter egg stuff looks like such fun.

Colored With Memories said...

you are such a gifted writer! loved this...

your eggs look like pieces of artwork...i'm guessing "yours" not 'Hers'...or lily is WAY behind in art class!

her hat is so fun too!

Jamie said...

Love, love, love it! Excellent post and adorable pictures!

Becca~TimeWellSpent said...

So beautiful! I love a good rain and it doesn't happen that often where I live but as a child I loved to play in the rain!

chickadee@afamiliarpath said...

great photos!

ttm said...

Oh Jackie, the pictures of Savannah dancing in the rain are priceless! These are going to be the best memories when she is older! I love them and am so glad you captured them!

mer@lifeat7000feet said...

I'm so ashamed that I'm so far behind on your blog that I haven't read your EASTER post. Oh dear. (hanging head in shame)