|Tyce with his pretty Homecoming date, Kayley, back in October.|
|Mary and I after Thanksgiving.|
Yesterday we had the carpets cleaned so she and I were out for the day. Mary has many quirks and one of them is anxiety--she didn't want anyone in her room. There was a minor meltdown but she was able to pull it together in the end, enough to leave the house. She didn't want to see a movie but she did want to visit her dad at work. She we just showed up, and lucky for her, there was a dessert party downstairs. It was very hard for her to talk to people but she endured the socialization for the sake of mini red velvet cupcakes. After that we drove to the Las Vegas temple. We sat in the car, listened to sweet music, and talked. I love that I can bear my testimony to her, and that she accepts it. I have talked to many young people in my life but to share my deepest feelings with my daughter, and know that is hearing with her ears and her heart, is a joy.
Because we are together all day I can work WITH her personality instead of steam-rolling right over it, which is what I have done in the past (being frustrated, angry, and intolerant of her social issues and learning style). She is an amazing person, and forgiving of my follies as a mother. I thought I knew it all but I was wrong; she is patient as she teaches me how to love her. I always had the feeling but I lacked the ability to make my actions match. I am obviously still learning but my skill set is growing.
I am trying to be more mindful of the twins as well. They are in a wonderful stage of life, those sweet elementary years, still innocent and loving. I can't think of them without my eyes welling up with tears for the lovely boys they are, good and honest. Oh man, I love them so much, hope so much for them. I want to protect them from everything and everyone who would bring them down.
|Harrison playing with worms.|
|Cameron was looking for worms as well, but settled for climbing walls (literally).|
|"She Shall Bring Forth a Son" by Liz Lemon Swindle|
Did her heart break knowing the burden He was willing to bear not just for her, but for all mankind?
Perhaps we are in good company.
|"Mother" by Liz Lemon Swindle|
Mary did you know that your baby boy will one day walk on water?
Mary did you know that your baby boy will save our sons and daughters?
Did you know that your baby boy has come to make you new?
This child that you've delivered, will soon deliver you.
Mary did you know that your baby boy will make a blind man see?
Mary did you know that your baby boy will calm a storm with his hand?
Did you know that your baby boy has walked where angels trod?
And when you kiss your little baby, you have kissed the face of God.
The blind will see, the deaf will hear and the dead will live again.
The lame will leap, the mute will speak, the praises of the lamb.
Mary did you know that your baby boy is Lord of all creation?
Mary did you know that your baby boy will one day rule the nations?
Did you know that your baby boy is heaven's perfect Lamb?
This sleeping child you're holding is the great I Am.