I was a figure skater as a girl, for about 10 years. I still enjoy watching it and skating when I can, which isn’t very often! I don’t think I’ve put my skates on for a few years now due to either being pregnant or having a young baby to tend to. When the Olympics were in Vancouver in 2010 Eva, who was 4 at the time, loved to watch the figure skaters and put on many kitchen floor performances for us afterward. Joannie Rochette was one skater who captured the hearts of Canadians and people all over the world with this performance, which she skated just two days after her mother passed away:
I still get tears in my eyes when I watch it, knowing how difficult it must’ve been to perform so soon after her mother passed away.
World Vision sent me an e-mail last week thanking us for our support and inviting us to a Family Day Skate with Joannie Rochette. Of course, I had to accept the offer and signed us up right away. Peter had Eva watching YouTube videos of Joannie’s performances each night to get her more and more excited. We got to meet Joannie and Eva was too shy, but she had me ask Joannie if she ever falls down while skating. Joannie was so sweet and said that she falls all the time, even now! Eva had a big smile on her face.
Peter took Eva out onto the ice to skate with Joannie and the many others who participated in this exciting day. Ezra, Isaac and I were cheering them on! In the middle of the one hour skate, Joannie did a performance for everyone. Eva absolutely loved it. It was so sweet to watch her have this experience. I know that if it were me as a young girl, I would have been so excited. It was still very cool to me today to meet Joannie and be able to watch her skate in person!