Now isn't this the most beautiful girl you've ever seen? (With the exception of Chloe, who is just as cute). I wish my scanner would do better justice to the pictures, but alas, it is what it is.
This beautiful child, who is all of 4 years old, teaches me every day what it means to be a daughter of God, a mother, and just an all around good person. In her own childlike way, she is much wiser than I am. The simplistic way she understands life and the Gospel always cause me to take pause and really think for a minute. I think we adults try to make things too complicated.
Three quick stories:
The other day I wasn't in a very good mood and I was arguing with Joel. I was frustrated about everything in my life and I was taking it all out on him. Bria was in the next room and she came out and put her hands on her hips and gave me a stern look. She then disappeared for a while and came back with a piece of paper. She thrust it at me and said, "Mommy! What does this say?" I looked at it and it had as many smiley faces as she could fit on the page. My heart immediately sank...she was trying to tell me that I needed to be happy and nice. So I apologized...to Joel and to Bria. Our children watch us every minute and if we aren't careful they'll catch us doing the very things we teach them not to do. I'm thankful she called me on it.
Last month she was asking me to spell hundreds of words for her. She is in a phase where she loves to write words everywhere...she goes through reams of paper, but I love to watch her learn. I've gotten to the point where I don't really pay attention to which words I'm spelling, so I was surprised when she brought me a finished product. THINK GOOD ABOUT SOMETHING GREAT. Now if those aren't words of wisdom, I don't know what are.
Last night, I was doing something for the Relief Society, so I missed scripture reading and prayers with the girls. Joel told me this story and it is truly amazing. They finished reading the scriptures, and Bria had recited all the scriptures she has memorized. She then took her Book of Mormon, showed it to Joel, and said "If we read all the scriptures, then we will know all of the commandments of God!" How right she is. It doesn't get any simpler than that.
Yes, I have much to learn from my children and I am glad that I have them as teachers.