CDMA Studio Show

CDMA's 2nd annual studio show culminated yesterday, Sunday, June 29th at the Clark Center for the Performing Arts . It was a successful two-hour show featuring all the talented students of CDMA in a myriad of exhilarating dance numbers (jazz, tap, ballet, lyrical, hip hop and music). We feel so honoured to be a part of this collaboration of talents headed by CDMA's Director, Kathy Schultz, and Assistant Director, Tara Behnke (Kathy's lovely daughter). We are so grateful to them for bringing out the best in our Isabella.

Isabella was in a total of 8 numbers:

  1. Billy Jean - Tap
  2. Cooties - Repertory Class/Jazz
  3. La Danse Pour Jeunes Filles - Friday Ballet
  4. Shop Around - Jazz
  5. Waiting on the World to Change - Tuesday Ballet
  6. Rhythm of the Rain - tap dance to her dad's guitar accompaniment
  7. All You Need is Love - theatrical dance depicting CDMA's story
  8. You Can't Stop The Beat - Jazz/Tap Finale
She enjoyed and gave her all in every single number. We were stopped on our way to our car in the parking lot by several people, some of them we don't even know, congratulating us on Isabella's superb performance.We are all so proud of her energy, focus and dedication. We truly feel so very grateful for this talent she's blessed with. It is my prayer that she will continue this spirit and someday use it for the glory of the One Who bestowed this incredible talent.

Here are some photos from the dressing room with her wonderful and beautiful friends/dance troupe mates:

Tessie and I were also part of the show. We performed a jazz dance number (Rescue Me) with 3 others from adult jazz dance class.

more photos to follow as they become available.


cell adhesion molecule. It holds one cell of our body to the next cell. The "glue" that holds our cells together. Without it, we would fall apart...literally. Wikipedia states: Laminin is vital to making sure overall body structures hold together.

Colossians 1:15-17 The Supremacy of Christ
17 He is before all things, and in Him all things hold together.

I was blessed to see this video at church today about how great is our blew me away!!!...gave me goosebumps!!!...awesome!!! gotta see it because I can't explain it any better....truly amazing!!!

here is a photo of laminin

Mexican Cruise

We're back from our delightful Mexican cruise. I left my camera so I purchased several professional photos on board. here are the scanned photos for now. Wonderful detailed account to follow....

first day - Saturday, June 14th - Embarkation aboard Carnival Elation
and our 22nd wedding anniversary

2nd day - Sunday, June 15 - Fun day at sea and formal night

3rd day - Monday, June 16 - Cabo San Lucas

4th day - Tuesday, June 17 - Fun Day at Sea

5th day - Wednesday, June 18 - Ensenada (sorry no photo in Ensenada for now but check out who starred as James Brown at the final night main show - Carnival of Legends; check out also who played Ricky Martin and Gloria Estefan)

6th day - Thursday, June 19 - debarkation

a day at Legoland, checked in at Doubletree Hotel in San Diego/Del Mar

Many Hands, One Heart

New series at New Life Church.
New Life's Missional Opportunities #1

The Opportunites of A Lifetime
  1. To Live By The Grace of God
  2. To Live With the People of God
  3. To Live for The Glory of God

To Live By the Grace of God

2 Cor. 12:9
But He said to me "My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness." Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ's power may rest on me.

1 Peter 5:5b-7
All of you, clothe yourselves with humility toward one another, because,

"God opposes the proud

but gives grace to the humble"

Humble yourselves, therefore, under God's mighty hand, that he may lift you up in due time. Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you.

To Live With the People of God

Romans 12:10-13
Be devoted to one another in brotherly love. Honor one another above yourselves. Never be lacking in zeal, but keep your spiritual fervor, serving the Lord. Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer. Share with God's people who are in need. Practice hospitality.

To Live for The Glory of God

2 Cor. 5:15
And He died for all, that those who live should no longer live for themselves but for Him who died for them and was raised again.

1 Cor. 10:31b
Whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God.

Carpe Diem...Sieze the Day!

Last Field Trip

to Shell Beach. We walked from the school to the beach (the beach where I normally stop for meditation after I drop off Isabella). The 3rd graders had fun looking for crabs at the tide pools. I was amused looking for unusual rocks...especially rocks with holes that can serve as pen holders. Even the rocks are all different just like we all are. Amazing Creator...My Rock and Redeemer.

Isabella enjoyed 'model posing',

but not after about the 4th shot....

when she bids "peace out" and was off looking for crabs with her friends.

Barefoot Sunday

Isabella and I walked out of the church happily barefoot for 'Soles for Souls' tickles... the soul.

Home Projects Continued

writing this while the kids are at the park. Here are some photos to share as I enjoy the fruits of my decorating labor (I moved from the kitchen to the living/dining room while I contemplate granite choices) I was shopping with my GFF Tessie one day and we saw this dining table that I truly love. Tessie is my new shopping buddy. Though we are so different in our shopping "attitudes" (frugal me and the 'not-so-frugal-at-all' Tess) we truly enjoy shopping together. Well, here are some of the photos of the fruits of our shopping escapades.

here is a shot as you come in through the front door. The big iron candle holder was given to me by Tessie. The bookcase is from Costco (thanks to Phil and Ian who helped put it together); the curtain rod is from Pottery Barn and the panel is from a local decorating shop.

Our new sofa and loveseat from Model Home Furnishings. I'm planning on changing the wall sconces to iron ones to reflect a more old world style I'm going for. I'm also planning on doing a different finish on the sofa table behind the sofa (thinking of applying mosaic design on top)

Our new Dining Room old world style

will be changing the chandelier to iron old world/tuscan look.

Here are my 'before' photos of our old formal black and white dining room

and its matching formal black and white living room