Once we got the buckets full and started to carry them to the back yard to do our challenge, it started raining. I figured, "we still got this...we've danced in the rain before." :) So as we moved on with our plan despite the light rain and quiet thunder, we sat our buckets on the porch and I got my phone ready to begin taking the first video of Brooklan.--BUT we were stopped in our tracks when we heard an extremely loud clap of thunder. Boom! That was our cue to head inside temporarily and as we did our appliances beeped letting me know our electricity had just went off and back on due to the lightening being so close. Glad we weren't dumping our buckets of water on our heads at that moment! :) As we watched it rain outside, it then began to spit out small hail pellets, as well. We decided our baby girl was challenging us to this 'ice' bucket challenge as well!--As Josh called it, 'the ice bucket challenge from heaven.' :) She wanted in on this action!! The timing was impeccable: Perfect. From God. Our baby girl was right there...
We watched the rain and little bit of hail for about 10 minutes, then out we went. It was still raining, but the thunder, high winds, and heavy rain had stopped...at least the rain was falling more softly...not sideways like it was a few minutes before...and no more 'ice' from heaven. :) Brooklan went first. She challenged all of us, as well as her cousins Brennan & Brady. Then Aili went. She challenged Daddy & I, her cousins Brennan & Brady, and without any word or cueing from us, she also challenged her sister Avelyn. :) Then I went; I challenged my sisters and their families...Angie, Jay Dee, Brennan, & Brady, and Ashley, Mark, & Cole. Then Josh went; he challenged his Mom and Dad, my Mom & Dad, his brother, and all Sunday school teachers at our church, LifeSpring. We had tons of fun. What a great thing to do as a family, and for such a great cause. We still need to make our donations, as well.
After pouring buckets of ice over ourselves, we couldn't resist but dancing in the rain, once again. For some reason, it felt so warm! ;) So much peace and freedom in this. Once again, the timing was perfect. As some of you already know, dancing in the rain is one way we have experienced, felt, loved on, danced with our baby girl in the past 3 months. And I have no doubt about it, she was right there with us this evening. No. Doubt. :) Sun peeking through the clouds. Shape resembles a cross, an angel...ready for our challenge. Starts to rain. A huge clap of thunder. Hello! :) 'Ice' falling from the sky. Soft peaceful rain as we are ready to dance in it once again... Love. These. Moments. :)
Here are the pics and videos...of all 5 of us. ;)
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