Monday, December 6, 2010

"There are souls in this world which have the gift of finding joy everywhere and of leaving it behind them when they go." ~Frederick Wm. Faber

Sunday,Zoey and I had the privilege and honor in being invited to watch the dress rehearsal of the Free 2 Be Me Dance, winter ballet program,for their beginning group.Their little part by the way,was from "The Sound of Music","So Long, Farewell" song ... little "Gretl",the cutie that played that part,oh my gosh,she was darling!Also,if you notice in the pictures,they have red and blue tape on their shoes to help them remember their left and right and the minute we got there,a few of the girls insisted Zoey have tape and put it on for her!I just about died.

Our angel nurse during chemo days, and now,very dear friend,Laura,is a volunteer with the program.Although Zoey is still years away from being able to participate,today I received the beautiful gift of a glimpse into a future filled with possibilities.As for Miss Zoey ... Watching her take everything in,was absolutely magical.She smiled and laughed and "danced" and waved to everyone and of course had to hug every,single,solitary person and let me tell you,she knew when she missed some one!When it was over,she so did not want to leave.We will be back my precious girl and oh what a day that will be!

Prepare for picture overload!













19 comments:

Elizabeth said...

How awesome is that? I'm dying over here, looking at those pictures --

Kristin said...

Oh, that melts my heart.
Piper's ballet teacher puts a red heart and blue star on their slippers, too, so they know which foot is which.

Emma said...

Aw Zoey so looks like she's trying to dance! she looks so happy and I'm sure she will dance one day. In a sense, she already is.

Beautiful.

Anonymous said...

Wow!!! What an amazing event. I went into their site, - How great is this? And LOVE, LOVE the pics of Zoey signing with the ballerinas! Oh boy, can I just see little Miss Z in the future with everyone in the Needham family watching her!

Thank you so much for sharing Heather and a HUGE thank you to your friend & Zoey's nurse Laura.
What a treat for Zoey & (mom too)

Love & Hugs to everyone
Aunt Bluebelle

The VW's said...

What a perfect quote! And, what a great experience for you and Zoey, and all who are involved in that program! Makes my heart smile! Hugs!!!

Rochelle said...

Amazing, love all the pictures! Can't wait to see Zoey doing that!

Lacey said...

How cute is that?! As a dancer I always wanted to open my own studio. In the past few years I've considered opening one strickly for special needs. That would be so fun.

Tina said...

Wow this looks like such an amazing program and how lucky to be invited to watch the dress rehearsal. Zoey looks so happy, she obviously loves the music and dancing, one can see it written all over her face. Pure joy.

Anna said...

honey to my heart.We have found a dance school that will allow little G to come and join in their 3 & 4 year old class.

Becca said...

I'm grinning from ear to ear here...what I would give to have one of those sweet little hugs of Zoey's!! Fabulous photos, and definitely not an overload - makes me just want to see more! Loved this.

Becca said...

Btw, I just love that quote in your title, too. It's so beautiful, and definitely speaks volumes about our kids. I may have to use that somewhere sometime soon.

Cammie Heflin said...

I LOVE it!!!! I think whenever decides it's actually okay to be upright I will put her in dance. She dances like crazy on her bootie!

Angi said...

Just plain AWESOME...cannot wait for the day when the princess joins in:-)

Googsmom said...

Now i'm just a puddle of tears!! I love it!!!

Ruby's Mom said...

How sweet! Loved all the pictures!

Kristy said...

I LOVE this sooooo much!!!

Melissa M said...

I love the Sound of Music, the tape on the shoes, and Zoey's tape most of all!!

SECRET PEPPER PERSON: said...

I won a raffle at The Boy's schools' silent auction night.One month free of special needs dance class...and they do wheel chairs too! i can hardly stand it!

Laura Gilmour said...

If you and Zoey have an interest in being in a ballet class now, you might want to look into the Ballerina Dreams program if there is one in your area. If serves children with a variety of disabilities (including Zoey's challenges of DS and CP. Helpers will even hold the children up and help them dance. Also, some children dance in wheelchairs or walkers. Zoey is old enough for this program as it serves ages 3 to 12 and it's excellent therapy. Our city (Edmonton, AB) offers this program for children and I know several other major cities across Canada and the US do.