Tuesday, March 11, 2014
Lexi is so excited to take this big step in her life. She's a good girl who loves to choose the right. She is good to her brothers and sister (most of the time), and is good at keeping mom and dad on the right path. She is a little lady-princess with an imagination that knows no bounds. She could carry on a good conversation with just about anyone. She is confident and brave. She is tons and TONS of fun.
Her dad (son Rex) just posted these pictures on Facebook. Her mom had them taken at the LDS temple in their area as a beautiful reminder of her upcoming baptism. I'm in love with them. They capture a little lady who is powerful and sweet and lovely inside and out. When I look at her I remember how it felt, long ago, to have such clarity of thought and action. Before life and it's issues got entangled in everything, and made seemingly simple choices complicated and difficult.
And so I like to look at these images to remind myself of where I need my mind and spirit to be - looking ahead to the person I want to be, and making the clear choices to get myself there. Without complicated, jumbled excuses or negative thinking. Just like Lexi, who clearly sees where she wants to go, and is taking one giant leap in the right direction.
We will be there, Papa and me, on her baptism day. Celebrating our first grandchild to be baptized, as well as a wonderful little girl's 8th birthday. (I can't believe she is 8 already!) Her younger brothers and sister will want to follow her good example. Her mom and dad will realize a proud moment in parenting, and will also be humbled by her sweet spirit. A warrior in an angel's body.
And then let the birthday celebration begin! There should be cake. There should be gifts. And then I will take home my memories of our 8 year old Lexi that will have to last me until I see her the next time. Dang, it's hard to live so far away.