Wow, this summer has just flown by!  It’s hard to believe that next Saturday August 23 is the opening day of Reverence’s 7th season, and the start of the new school year.  Summer is a great rhythm change for me and the studio.  We have six weeks of camps and our intensive, we hustle to get the recital DVD out to all those who ordered (this was the first year we had decided to mail them and it worked out pretty well in the mailhouse o’ Kirsten), I have one-on-one meetings with the studio staff, I lesson plan, and a whole crew of people helps me get the studio cleaned, painted, and ready to reopen for the fall.  It keeps us busy, but like I said, it’s a rhythm change that I’ve come to value over the years.Neshema at Reverence 5

Reverence was honored to be the Reader’s Choice Award Winner for Best Dance Studio for the second year in a row!  Only by the grace and goodness of God is that even possible.  My two theme verses for Reverence from the very beginning have been Mark 10:27 and 2 Corinthians 12:9.  Only God can use imperfect-walking-in-grace people such as myself.  If I were operating in my own strength, Reverence would not exist.

Readers Choice


One of my longtime dear friends Angela is getting married on September 6, and I have the honor of being a bridesmaid in her wedding.  We’ve had lots of fun wedding stuff to do this summer…a bridal shower, a bachelorette party, and lots of wedding crafting.  Angela and I have known each other since we were in high school, and we’ve encouraged each other through many of life’s ups and downs.  Just for kicks and giggles, here is a picture of the two of us at my wedding almost five years ago!

dweezil and kirsten

Seth and I have been enjoying extra time together this summer.  We love to laugh and go on adventures…whether five minutes or thousands of miles away!  We enjoyed a big adventure at the beginning of the summer, and lots of small ones ever since!


seth and me alaska

I love to have people over, and this summer has been amazing for that.  I think we’ve had a group of friends over at least once a week throughout the summer.  It’s been a blast!  We’ve also had a bajillion parties and weddings and big celebrations to attend this summer, and it’s been AWESOME to celebrate with all of our friends.

Prince Caspian has been enjoying his typical daily routine of impressing our guests, sleeping, and eating.  I put together a picture of Prince Caspian the parlor panther in his typical gargoyle pose with an actual panther for your amusement…

Prince Caspian and panther

It’s been a really great summer, for which I am so thankful!  You may or may not have noticed that I’ve been on a bloggy hiatus while I’ve been doing some other writing projects and taking a rest this summer, but I’ll be returning for more regular posts very soon!