Thursday, May 7, 2009

Father-Daughter Dance

A few Saturday nights ago, our Christian Kids Club sponsored the first-ever Father-Daughter Dance at our school. Girls in grades 4 through 12 (roughly ages 9-18) could spend a night out with their dad and hopefully learn how to be treated by a gentleman! We were fortunate to borrow a beautiful gown from Ally's cousin (thanks, Claire!) and here she is, our little girl.

After enjoying a "Daddy-Daughter Date Night" special at the local brewery restaurant with a few other dads & daughters, Mark drove Ally up to the door of the high school for the big dance. It was pouring rain, so it was neat to see some of the dads drive their girls up to the front door. Chivalry is not dead!! A local photographer volunteered her time to take pictures of all of the couples. I snapped one of Ally with her friends, too.

Then it was time for our speaker. We had a local father of 3 grown daughters take a few minutes to reflect on his insights into raising children, specifically daughters, in a Christian context. Jeff did an amazing job of blending humor and seriousness into his talk, pointing out how important it is to put God first, your spouse second, and children third. Keeping it all in balance, not taking yourself too seriously, and spending time with your kids. It was wonderful!

After the speech, it was time to move the chairs and get dancing! My sister-in-law Mary Kay is a dance instructor for local schools and clubs. She did a fantastic job of teaching our dads and daughters various modern dances (such as this Cuban Shuffle) as well as traditional couples dances (like the polka and waltz). Knowing how to dance gives a person a little more confidence and structure on the dance floor. Many dads joked about sweating from the "work-out"!

Mark and Ally worked hard on their waltz steps.

We also had plenty of time for "free dancing" without the instruction. A local high school boy was our DJ (thanks Tyler!), and he ended the night with a few slow dances. For me, it was very gratifying to see the night filled with fathers and daughters who truly adored each other--one little girl hopped up in her dad's arms, another little girl held her daddy's hand, another put her head on her dad's shoulder. (Mark is going to be very busy in a few years when his other 3 little girls are old enough to attend!) A few dads came up and thanked me for organizing the evening. We definitely plan to do it again!
I could go on and on about how sweet is the bond of a father and his daughter (as God intended it to be), but I'll just let the pictures do the talking.

Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her--Ephesians 5:25


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