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I want to see you be BRAVE!
I want to see you be BRAVE!

God's timing is always perfect. This past week I was thinking of Kirsta's mom and felt led to text her and share what was on my heart. I babysat Kirsta and her sisters in college and have written about their encouragement to me in numerous posts. Here is what I text her... Me: Good morning! (Insert pic of Jack) I just wanted to tell you that I am thankful for your Godly example of a hard working mom! I think of you often and I am encouraged by you! K's mom: Too cute! Kirsta's in the talent show tonight at the HS, signing the song BRAVE (by Sara Bereilles)...she's also up for senior winter fest royalty! Coronation tomorrow :) Life is good. My wheels got turning on how I could make it work to get to the talent show that night. I was able to help with bedtime with the boys and hurry over before her act. I hadn't been in a high school in a long time and it was very entertaining to see the acts that were preforming...from solo rappers, to boy bands. As Kirsta's name was announced along with her two closest peers (which happen to be the volleyball stud and the lead actress in the fall drama performance) the crowd hooted and hollered. The curtains parted and there on the platform was Kirsta in a sequin dress, sequin leggings, and sequin shoes! She rocked that outfit. Behind her were these beautiful friends signing along with Kirsta. She whipped her hair around and had the dance moves that lit up the auditorium. She was like Beyonce in Destiny's Child...all eyes were on her. The final part of the song was she signed the words...I just want to see you be brave...I just want to see YOU be brave...Kirsta pointed to the audience and dared us to be brave. At the final chord, the crowd was on their feet. She nailed it! I was a mess. Tears streaming down my face. Along with a stellar performance witnessed by all...she won the talent show! As the lyrics read...say what you want to say...Kirsta signed that message to the whole student body the following day at the HS's winter pep fest. She showed me what brave is...and I felt like when she was pointing to the audience she was challenging me to be brave! She said so much through this song... and has through her amazing life... The time had come for the announcement of the crowning of the queen...and when her name was announced that she indeed was voted by her classmates as the queen of winter fest..with double arm pumps and a "yes" she accepted her crown. :) Watching this community be impacted by her amazing personality, her love for life, and her ability to inspire us to be me so much excitement for Jack's life! (My second son was diagnosed with Ds at birth in March 2013)

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