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Wednesday, December 19, 2012

So yeah, I spun a little fire. It was only one fire poi and I kept it slow and careful. But hey, it still counts! This weekend, I shot some video for a professional fire poi spinner. He was amazing. When we finished the shoot, he let me spin one of the poi, until it burnt out. Audrey grabbed the camera and shot a few seconds of video, so we could share it with you. Um, yes. I want to do this again, with smaller, beginner poi--two of them. This one was pretty gigantic, kind of like swinging a flaming pineapple around. Fire poi, partially checked off my Life List. Now, to check off fire hooping...It will happen. (much to my husband's chagrin)

Amazing fire poi spinner dude

Speaking of checking things off the list--I spun poi in church a couple of weeks ago. I know that sounds weird, but we did this song called, "White Flag" and I spun my white, tailed poi. It was a pretty cool fit. Here's a pic:

You can kinda see the poi, if you look carefully.

And then, I played the congas and my UKE! (not at the same time)


The reason I mention this, is because it was the first time I did either of those things in public. (I'm not counting videos.) Here's the weird thing--I spent eight years on staff at this church. These people are family. But often, I was content to stay behind the scenes, filming or directing. There were a lot of times that I felt really self-conscious about getting up in front of anybody, because of my size. I was embarrassed. Um, hello--these people see you already, Shelli; it's not like they don't know... Silly, yes? Some of you know what I'm talking about.

Spark has helped me feel comfortable about putting myself out there, right where I am. I don't have to wait until I reach a certain goal, or look a certain way. I can share my journey. I can share any gifts or talents I might have. I can do that right now. It feels good. It feels authentic. I hope you're in a place where you can do that too. It's a pretty amazing thing.

Speaking of amazing, allow me to brag on my offspring for just a moment. Here is my 18 year old son, heading off for his first day of work at the grocery store. I'm so proud, I could explode. He has Asperger's (high-functioning autism). People told us, way back when he was in the first grade, that he might not be able to be independent, that he may always need someone to take care of him. Excuse me, but he drove himself to work that day. He still has a lot to learn, but that is a HUGE woohoo moment for my Manboy!!

Let's all agree to ignore the McDonald's bag he's holding, okay?

And Audrey was great in her nearly all-female cast of Robin Hood. She was Little John. This is what happens when you're the tallest in the class. There were two boys in the class, and neither of them wanted a big part. (They were a Guard and a Merry Man.) So, yes, Robin Hood, Maid Marion, Friar Tuck, Sheriff of Nottingham--all girls. Too funny. Like reverse Shakespeare. Audrey's getting ready to start rehearsals for a nearly all-female case of Aladdin Jr. next. Yeah, she's Razoul, Captain of the Guard. Again, this is what happens when you're the tallest... But she's thrilled and that's what matters.

Girl Power Little John!

Okay, I'm through rambling for now. Spark ON!!
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    wow shelly as usual you amase me looked good my son said it looks so easy,i told him it is not as easy as it looks.hoping you havenĀ“t put ideas in his head lol.good job hwe have already got his unicycle he asked for for his birthday tomorrow or he might have asked me for poi,lol.audrey looks awesome would have loved to see her on being the proud mom you have everyright so brag away love and yes we will ingnore the mc donalds he is holding. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon
    1953 days ago
    Okay that looks a little dangerous! Careful.

    Tell your son we are all excited for him. I think it is great that Audrey has a chance to participate in the dramas. How fun.

    Take care.
    1953 days ago
    McDonald's bag? What McDonald's bag? lol. Love this post! Especially the part where you are talking about behind the scenes because you felt self conscious. Been there, done that. And as you said, they already know and love you anyway. We are funny creatures. Thanks again for another uplifting post, I needed it tonight!
    1953 days ago
    1953 days ago
    Great accomplishment. Woohoo!
    1953 days ago
    That is SO COOL!!! I never thought that was something I would want on my bucket list, but boy oh boy that looks fun!! :-)

    My son has autism, so I can understand just exactly how proud you are of your son!! WTG!! :-) And your daughter is cuter than cute - even for playing a boy! :-)

    ~ Christa
    1953 days ago
    emoticon to all 3 of you! I think I'd be scared out of my wits to do the fire poi... which I guess is kinda odd since I learned "fire breathing" in bar tending school. And that's awesome for your son. I've learned that I don't get along well with "retail" jobs. I'm fine if I'm stocking shelves or pushing paper, but I'm not so great with the customer service thing or working register. And of course Audrey is awesome as usual too. emoticon
    1953 days ago
  • MCELLO58
    Goodness gracious, great balls of fire woman! You are amazing. You should be very proud of yourself as well as both of your children. I applaud you.
    1953 days ago
  • 123ELAINE456
    You have Two Wonderful Children that You and Your Husband can be very Proud Of. Your Son is Very Special and doing Great. And Audrey is following You in your foot steps. I Love your VBlog. Spinning with Fire. God Bless You and Have a Super Good Day. Take Car Stay Safe and Warm.
    1953 days ago
    It is amazing the things you come up with. Congrats to your wonderful kids also.
    1953 days ago
    Nice clip but I love the mummy passion when talking about your kids,
    1953 days ago
  • JACKIE542
    You have so much confidence and you have passed that on to your children, congratulations to all of you. emoticon
    1953 days ago
    WOW you looked like a pro with the fire poi. Next fire on the hula hoop?

    How was your son's first day of work? How exciting?
    1953 days ago
    1953 days ago
    Wow- that is so cool. The place you were doing that was perfect. Plenty of room to swing it around. Congrats to both your kids on their accomplishments. First day at work is a big one for many of the kids we hire. We hire 14-15 year olds even for carryouts at work. They can only work up to 3 hours and not past 7 pm, but it does give them a feel for having a job and earning a paycheck.

    1953 days ago
    You are awesome! Your kids are very impressive. My nephew is autistic. He is smarter than I will ever be!

    By the way, I see no McDonald's bag, there is no McDonald's bag! emoticon
    1953 days ago
    WOW! The video is awesome and you are looking great! Kudos to the kids too; you are all doing such a great job of being all that you can be! It doesn't get any better than that!
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    1953 days ago
    wow there is so much here don't know what to comment on first..

    holy wow lol fire --you go girl!!

    and yes I would be so proud of your son... so cool -- he's doing it mom!

    now your daughter another wow -- good for her in all these plays .. fabulous!

    keep sparkin!
    1953 days ago
    Nice fire and cute kids and great blogging as always.
    1953 days ago
    OMG I would be sooooooo on fire! You ARE on fire! NOT literally of course !

    AWESOME AWESOME AWESOME for your wonderful son AND AUDREY too. You have two fantastic, amazing kiddos.

    1953 days ago
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