I have written posts on kitchens and dining rooms and burlap drapes and porches and pancakes and barn doors and pecan pies.
And somewhere between the pom-pom pillow and the pallet top desk….
….I wrote a post from my heart.
A post about the ability to live each and every day to the fullest.
A post about a twirly whirly skirt.
It’s such a simple post, really. But when I wrote it…..I left my heart on the page.
When I wrote it I cried.
And then I laughed.
And then I counted my blessings.
It is my favorite post I have ever written.
So when my incredible friend tara, offered to create a hand-painted sign for me with anything I wanted painted on it.
I didn’t hesitate.
I knew the words that would truly represent so many of the chapters in the life of our family.
“I hope you dance.”
Here is our sign.
And here is the post that inspired it:
The Twirly Whirly Skirt
One of the twins had to have a twirly whirly skirt. I guess twirly whirly skirts are all the rage if you are ten and Hannah Montana is your fashion icon.
I saw her outside one day.
Arms lifted to the sky.
Blonde hair floating in the wind.
With a smile on her face.
And her twirly whirly skirt was whirling. Whirling ike it could whirl until today turned into tomorrow.
And my heart skipped a beat and filled with overflowing emotion and awe.
Awe at the joy and the abandon with which she twirled.
I wanted to pause that moment in time. You see, time is so fleeting and the years rush by faster and faster than a twirly whirly skirt could ever twirl. And one day in the not so distant future, that skirt will become a distant memory.
So I wanted to imprint that twirly whirly skirt on my heart forever.
For the storms ahead.
For the teenage years.
For the challenges and difficulties that life sometimes puts in our path.
I want to tell those twirly whirly skirted girls….when faced with the mountains and valleys of life….
…..I hope you dance.
I Hope You Dance
I hope you still feel small when you stand beside the ocean
Whenever one door closes I hope one more opens
Promise me that you’ll give faith a fighting chance
And when you get the choice to sit it out or dance
I hope you’ll dance…..I hope you’ll dance
~Mark D. Sanders & Tia Sillers
PS Thank you so much, tara for your beautiful artwork. You are amazing. And the two tiny girls in their twirly whirly skirts thank you, too 🙂
PPS To see more of tara’s incredible artwork or to create your own family sign, stop by the Between You and Me ETSY shop. She has also generously offered to give Thistlewood Farm readers a 10% discount for the entire month of October and simply enter the code THISTLEWOOD at check out and happy shopping.
Please note: This post was sponsored by Between You and Me but all twirly whirly skirt opinions were completely and utterly my own. For more information see my disclosure policy.