I hope you dance

I Hope you Dance

My best friend is sick; his cancer is back.

Two years ago our dog Rocky was diagnosed with Grade 2 Mastocytoma (a mast cell tumor that was malignant). He was given 4-6 months to live, but graciously God has given us 24. The cancer has recently returned to his foot, and we are now trying out a new medicine to reduce the tumor.

I don’t know what the future holds, nor do I know how much longer we’re going to have our little buddy. I only know that until the time comes for us to give him back, I plan to thank God for him every single day, and continue to dance with him for as long as I can.

“A time to cry, a time to laugh; a time to mourn, a time to dance.” Ecclesiastes 3:4

I hope you dance right along with us.


Photos © Salina T Gibson

I hope you never lose your sense of wonder
You get your fill to eat but always keep that hunger
May you never take one single breath for granted
God forbid love ever leave you empty handed.


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 dance

I hope you never fear those mountains in the distance
Never settle for the path of least resistance
Livin’ might mean takin’ chances, but they’re worth takin’
Lovin’ might be a mistake, but it’s worth makin’

I hope you dance

Don’t let some careless heart leave you bitter
When you come close to sellin’ out, reconsider
Give the heavens above more than just a passing glance
And when you get the choice to sit it out or dance

I hope you dance


I Hope you dance – Lee Ann Womack, MCA Nashville, 2000

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11 comments on “I hope you dance”

  1. kimberleykoop Reply

    I love how when we share about the things that bring us joy, that they bring joy to others too!! ‘Meeting’ Rocky has been a blessing to me. Thanks for sharing Rocky’s story and fantastic photos.

    • salina19 Reply

      Thank you Kimberley. I’m so glad to know that Rocky has blessed your life. Thank you for letting me know that. <3

  2. Sharon Thomas Reply

    I am so glad you have Rocky. Mom loves you so much and will be praying for him. God will see you through this. Mom

  3. Joan Reply

    I’m so sorry that Rocky has to go through this…and that you and your husband are anticipating losing your best friend. I always love seeing pictures of Rocky and these are no exception! He looks like a fine dog with lots of fun personality! Keep us posted, Salina, and know that I will be praying for God to comfort your heart and to give Rocky many, many more days in which to dance with you.

    Blessings, Joan

  4. sheiladailie Reply

    Salina, this struck a chord with me, as my mother-in-law has been battling cancer and she loves to dance! Thinking of you as you continue this journey with Rocky.

  5. Kelly Hausknecht Chripczuk Reply

    The freedom, the joy of dancing resonates with me. Sorry for your loss, but grateful for the grace that appears in the midst of it. BTW I like your blog design and the “bleeding heart” flowers. We had those at our old house. I’m happy to be getting to know you through the (in)ked group.

  6. Kimberly Reply

    I’m so sorry to hear it, Salina. Your photos are beautiful. Wishing you many more days of unconditional puppy love.

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