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Psalm 78
. . . we will tell the next generation the praiseworthy deeds of the LORD, his power, and the wonders he has done. .
so the next generation would know them . . . and they in turn would tell their children.
Then they would put their trust in God and would not forget his deeds but would keep his commands.

Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Happy Saint Patrick's Day!

St. Patrick was kidnapped from Britain and taken to Ireland where he was sold as a slave. The suffering he endured helped bring him back to faith in God. After he escaped Ireland and returned to Britain, he decided to go back to the pagan island of Ireland with the Good News of Jesus Christ, as a missionary.

Did Patrick use the shamrock to explain the Trinity to the Irish? Find out by listening to this ten-minute interview with Philip Freeman, author of St. Patrick of Ireland: A Biography: NRO's Between the Covers.

Saturday we danced in the St. Patrick's Day parade here. Since January the girls and I have been learning Irish dancing on Saturday mornings. This was our first time to dance for a crowd! Actually, I think we were way off on our steps most of the time, but we had a great time. Hope and Sydney were pretty thrilled to be in a parade! The boys and Mr. Edwards watched us go by and we were proud to know they were watching. Still, when I asked Lane which group was his favorite he replied, "The little cars!" But Mr. Edwards faithfully told us, "The Irish dancing was my favorite!"

You can see Sydney (l) and Hope (r) dancing with Mr. G. I am behind them. 
The tradition of Irish dancing was all new to us in January when we started learning to dance. Here you can see some of the Corry Academy girls in their black and gold class dresses. The other girls are wearing colorful competition dresses. The white poodle socks are traditionally worn for competition, but competitors over 18 wear black tights. Also, Irish dancing girls traditionally wear their hair very curly and over the years dancers began wearing curly wigs for performances. 
Our friend Mr. G. made the big Celtic cross with dancing silhouettes that you see on the float.

More pictures of the parade here and here.


Jennifer said...

Happy St. Patrick's Day to you!

It looks like you guys had a great time in your parade.

My daughter used to take Highland dancing, where they learned the Highland Reel and the Irish Jig, but sadly this year it isn't being offered at her dance studio.

When we move, we will definitely be looking for a place for her to learn again - it was SO much fun to dance and to watch!!

Anonymous said...

Love the pics and info about the parade. What fun and what memories! The girls and I have also been taking dance and it's neat to see another mom doing the same. One takes tap, two others ballet. I take tap and jazz (an old school soft shoe version). Isn't it delightful to enter our littles' worlds?

Mrs. Edwards said...

Tap and jazz sounds fun! I'd love to be able to dance to the old Fred Astaire movies, like Holiday Inn. After trying to learn Irish dancing--and finding it a bit challenging--I really appreciate the talent of those movie star dancers!

We are really enjoying this Irish dance studio. One of the things that led me to try this was the fact that we could do it together. It is a blessing that they like me there and that we can practice together and share the experience!

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